Testing Endurance…13.5km!


I was really looking forward to this morning’s run. Set my heart on running 14km, the furthest I have ever run! My coach and running partner seems to have recovered from all the ailments :-). What’s depressing is that there is no signs that he has ever been off sick. I am still struggling with the hills and he just ran them as if he has trained as hard as I have over the last 3 weeks. Some people are just “natural born runners” :-). I was not going to let that bother me…

Tougher than I thought

The run was much tougher than I anticipated. I only fuel up with a slice of peanut butter wholewheat. Wanted to have a cup of coffee but it was 7am already so I decided to leave it – did want to down the coffee. I was in 2 minds about taking water with me. I was going to be on the road for an hour and half at most and was bound to get thirsty, but finally decide not to, there are 2 petrol stations en-route so I would fuel up there. But by the 3rd km I got so thirsty, really felt that sandwhich in my throat. I also felt a side pain, so I decided to just takes things slow, the road was so nice. I did not want to shorten the run. There are so many people running, never realised running is still so popular. And then of course there are the cyclist. They seem to be enjoying themselves on those bikes, whilst our runners seem to use every single muscle to propel ourselves forward. I must say, I enjoy the fact that I am working my body. I am still huffing and puffing, but not so much anymore and only really when I need to climb a hill, for most of the time, especially downhill I seem to be fine. Also, lately I noticed that there comes a point during the run that you actually don’t feel so tired any more. Because I am a slow starter (really need to walk for a good 5 minutes before my legs understand I actually need to run), for me this point comes at round the 8km. By then I guess I am so tired and know I am almost there, so there is no turning back, so i just keep going…

Thinking of joining a running club

I am extremely happy with my performance today. At km 11 the Nedbank running club runners came blasting by. I was looking at these guys in awe. There is no way in hell that I will ever be that fast! BUT then there were the not so fast ones :-). One of the guys came and cheer us on as we went up the most painly hill in Midrand. I was just quietly laughing to myself when the guy had to mention that they have done 24km already. He seemed very proud about his club, asking us if we belong to club and invited us to come and do time trials with them. So now I am extremely curious. Will be checking it out during the week, the only thing is it is in the evening, does not really fit my schedule, so i will see. I think it would be quite nice to get some advice from more experience runners and to run with other people.

Today’s Route:

Pure HILLDistance: 13.5km

The Results:

Distance: 13.5km
Duration: 1:52min
Calories burned: 1564cal

My speed: mins per km and (total time)

  • 1km – 8:44
  • 2km – 8:03 (16:48)
  • 3km – 7:42 (24:30)
  • 4km – 8:02 (32:33)
  • 5km – 7:21 (39:55)
  • 6km – 7:04 (46:59)
  • 7km – 9:09 (56:08)
  • 8km – 10:26 (1:06:34)
  • 9km – 7:34 (1:14:08)
  • 10km – 10:20 (1:24:29)
  • 11km – 8:44 (1:33:13)
  • 12km – 8:25 (1:41:38)
  • 13km – 9:22 (1:51:01)

Quote: “Tough times don’t last but tough people do.”
A.C. Green

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!

One response »

  1. Keep it up!!!
    Your post made me laugh.
    I’ve just started training for a 1/2 marathon and today’s challenge was to keep going for 1hr30 just to see how far I could go.
    13.5km completed!!!!! But I was really struggling towards the end…
    Keep going!!!!

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