35km LONG RUN…DONE!

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I never thought running a 5okm ultra marathon was going to be easy. In fact, that was the whole point of doing it, to see how far I can push myself – to see what I can achieve if I set my mind to it and train for this endurance event. I have not been running for that long, but the bug has bitten. I am proabably pushing myself a bit too hard at the moment, especially with the race so close – ould have loved to do a few more long runs before the race, but time has ran out.

35km Midrand to Sandton by moeriedam@gmail.com at Garmin Connect – Details.

Today’s long run started out easy. The goal was to do a 35km run – by far the longest distance I have ever done. I am still not sure how I did it. I tried to do 30km, two weeks ago and only managed to complete 25km :-(.

The route I ran today was full of hills. I was going to call it quits at 30km, my feet were hurting, my legs tired. But..I decided NO! I am finishing my workout! I just had to finish this long run of 35km. I won’t have another opportunity before the race to do this, so this was it! I walked most of the last 5km. It was hard, it took me 50mins to finish 5km…literally walking at 10mins/km :-(. How de hell am I gonna get through another 15km!

I almost collapsed when I got home after the 35km run. I had no more energy left in my body. In fact I did not know what to do with my body – I could not stand, sit or walk. I now know why people just collapse at finish lines – It’s like something mental kicks in at that point. You mind telling your body that it is all over!…and you no longer have control over it. So scary! 🙂

The only saving grace I have is that all my training runs have been on difficult routes with lots of hills and pulls. I went to look at the city-2-city route and it seems do be doable, but there is no way that I will be able to complete the run in less that 7hr. Today’s 35km took me almost 5hrs..which means I need to finish the last 15km in 2hrs.  A tough call on tired legs….

I am so tired now – I consider my peak training completed. Even if I wanted to train more I don’t think I have the energy. What’s left for me now is to taper – to recover well, to rest well, to watch my diet and take things easy. Everything else now is out of my hands – I have done the training, what must be, must be….

Quote of the day

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary line and adding to one’s liberty“. Henri Frederic Amiel, Swiss philosopher, poet and critic

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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