Thursday’s quote of the day read – “I like to say, and I truly believe, that every run brings new experiences. You just don’t know what they might be until you actually do the run. That’s one of my major reasons for pushing out the front door as often as I do—the adventure of it all“
Well this morning’s race was truely an amazing learning experience. Even though I have to say so myself – I have come far, from being scared to run alone on the road to waking up at 4:30 am in the morning to go run a race on my own! It takes a while for you to become familiar with the whole set-up of race day. You can clearly spot the veterans, the professional athletes, the health conscious, the weight watchers :-)…etc. However, at some point you all just become RUNNERS.
I really enjoyed the Deloittes race. Everything was well organised. I decided to abandon the online registration process for races where it is not required, because there alway seems to be queues…trust me you don’t want to be queueing if you “running” late. I registered this morning and the race only started at 6:20 so I had enough time to warm-up, relax and just enjoy the atmosphere with the crowd.
I have trained hard over the last few weeks and was a bit tired this week and deliberately did not do more running…was listening to my body. I knew this race was gonna be tough, “the hills of Pretoria” so I needed time to recover.
For the first time in a race I actually did not worry about heart rates. I just watch my time so that I could pace myself. I was expecting to work hard in the race so I knew I had to run hard right from the start, but still save energy for to finish off well. I ran the race with my coach’s voice in my head – that I’m looking forward to the “walking” in my race. I did adopt a run/walk/run strategy to train for the Two Oceans Half, but my coach feels I focus too much on the walking. So today, I paced myself. I took my walk breaks, but really tried to limit it to 15s at a time…and the results were A M A Z I N G !!!! I chopped off 7 mins from my previous 10km race time, that is equivalent to 1 whole kilometer :-)!
Quote of the day
“I’ve always felt that long, slow distance produces long, slow runners.“ Sebastian Coe