12.4Km in 1:39… not bad for a first hilly long run!


It was raining again this morning. I was a bit disappointed as I really wanted to kick off running a longer a distance. Since the beginning of the year there has just not been an opportunity. I put on my running clothes thinking I am going to do a long run today even if it is in the rain!

Be prepared for when things go wrong

What am I gonna do if it rains during Two Oceans. So far everything has been going extremely smoothly, but what am I going to do if it rains on race day or at Two Oceans. I better prepare myself mentally for “if things go wrong”. The rain started pounding down and I chickened out. Disappointed thinking that I now have to go do my long run on a treadmill in the gym 😦 But instead I left the thought and decided to teach my 5yr old muskateer how to play chess. It is amazing how quickly they learn! After one game of chess…by the way it took much longer than I anticipated – “Karpov” in the making:-)… the weather seemed to have cleared.

Don’t procrastinate

I was thinking it was now or never. The air was cool and clean and there was not a lot of road activity yet. The route was hilly but I always wanted to run the route. It took all my energy. I manage to run/walk most of the hills. This was suppose to be my easy run, but with all the hills I just could not keep to my target heart rate. The fact that I was moving forward on the hills was what kept me going. At one stage I turned around and quietly smiled to myself thinking “I have ran THAT!”

Did I ran this?..12.4km

The results

To my surprise I ran 12,4km!!!! Much more than what I committed for this run. I still felt great afterwards.

Duration: 1:39:28
Distance: 12,4 km
Calories burned: 1372cal
Average speed: 8km/h

My speed: mins per km and (total time)

  • 1km – 8:36
  • 2km – 8:23 (16:59)
  • 3km – 8:14 (25:14)
  • 4km – 7:40 (32:54)
  • 5km – 8:21 (41:16)
  • 6km – 10:15 (51:31)
  • 7km – 7:16 (58:48)
  • 8km – 8:28 (1:07:16)
  • 9km – 7:31 (1:14:48)
  • 10km – 4:11 (1:19:00)
  • 11km – 6:26 (1:25:26)
  • 12km – 10:29 (1:35:56)

Quote of the day

“Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself”. William Faulkner

About Moerieda Mackay

Late to running and absolutely loving it! I'm married to my soulmate, Adam and blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am a Business Transformation and Innovation Professional and holds a MSc (Eng) in Industrial Engineering. Yip, a bit of a workaholic. I became addicted to ultra running whilst searching for that elusive “work-life” balance at the age of...40! I have no sporting background and with zero athletic ability running is by far the most challenging thing I've taken on but it has put me on a path of self discovery and serious transformation both physically, mentally and spiritually...and I love it!

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