Monthly Archives: December 2011

A GREAT 2011!

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What a great year! I have been blessed with great health and are looking and feeling GOOD! Running for a year injury-free is indeed a milestone! I have so much to be greatful and excited about. The year certainly had its highs and lows, but by far MORE HIGHS THAN LOW. Absolutely worth-it! :-).

What I will always treasure and value most, something you can only appreciate if you’ve been through it all is the JOURNEY…They always say life is a journey and not a destination…so true! For me preparing and working hard to achieve my goals are what makes all of this FUN. On race day, it is really just about enjoying it! Trusting that the training you have done in the months prior was right and enough. :-). I suppose you can apply this to everyday life.

The one thing that surprise me most about my running is the fact that I started this blog. I always wanted to blog, was not sure what to write about or how to start. And now I am just doing it, not even thinking about content anymore. And I am loving it! Just shows you what you can do if you are passionate about the stuff you doing. So those days I find it difficult to get into my training, I just remind myself how good my running has been for me and ask myself if I really want to give it all up now??? The answer is always…Not In A Million Years!

My 2011 Running Highlights…

(1) First Major Race

My 1st Half Marathon – Jackie Gibson (2:32). I did it!!!

My 1st Two Oceans – Half Marathon (2:34). A proud moment…

May 1st Ultra Marathon (50km) – City2City (6:50). What can I say. Never in my life thought I would be this CRAZY…AWESOME!

(2) Personal Best (PBs)

My Best 5k – 34min

My Best 10k – 70min

My Best 15k – 1:48

My Best 21.1 – 2:32

(3) Most Interesting Races

Clover Milk Run (Only gave us juice and water, NO COKE!)

Vodacom Country Half Marathon (Atmosphere was great!..Go BIG, or Go Home!)

Alberton 15km (Love that flat course….looking forward to a PB in 2012!)

(4) Worst Races

Muller Potgieter 15km (That double loop hills were too much for me…)

WITS Kudus 21.1km (I hate double loops!!!!!!!!)

What’s waiting for me in 2012 🙂

(1) First Major Marathon/ULTRA Races

My first Marathon (Johnson Crane!!!!) 42.2km

My first Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (if I qualify) 56km

Two Oceans Half Marathon (A definite. 7 April, on my birthday!!!!…will be going for a PB if I dont qualify for the Ultra)

My first Comrades (if I qualify) 89km. Definitely a BIG STRETCH! Sjoe!…Maybe.

What else…(2) Trial Running (3) Mountain Biking (4) Beginner Swimming…guess you I am already thinking 2013…Ironman! 🙂


Quote of the day: “Marathons are extraordinarily difficult, but if you’ve got the training under your belt, and if you can run smart, the races take care of themselves. When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel”. Deena Kastor

25 Mental Mantras

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Training is back on track..I think. Really excited about my new training programme. Busy reading a book that provides a whole new perspective on training smarter for 40+ runners :-). Never thought I would be reading stuff like this but at age 40 I am stronger and healthier than I’ve ever been and I would like to keep it that way for as long as I can. More about the training concepts of this book in upcoming posts.

4 weeks to go before my goal race, have to admit I would have wanted 4 more weeks to train, but I am not confident enough that I would make the cut-off of the other qualifying races..they are rated more difficult, so why risk it. Right? 🙂

I did some race prep work – I went to have a look at the race route. It looks doable. The issue is the distance…distance…distance…distance…. The only things that would stand between me and qualifying is “HITTING THE WALL” at 30km. I know what is what happens to me at the city to city race when I started getting cramps in my one calf…from there on my pace slowed down dramatically, cos bailing was NOT and option. Don’t want that to happen again so I’ve started to take some vitamins (magnesium and iron) and making sure I am eating properly after training (Thanks Ester!)

So what’s left to do. They say the last 10km of a marathon is all mental. No amount of training can prepare you for it. Remember,  you never really run the full distance of 42.2 km in training. It is just too hard on the body. Your longest run in training is normally only 30km..at least 2 times, so the last 10-12km is normally unfamiliar territory, especially if it is your first marathon. You enter the unknown…Where you really have to dig deep and tell yourself NOT to QUIT!!! So I am really going to work on mental strategies and mantras to get me through the last 10km. So here I go…

1. Pain feel so much better than REGRET…

2. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it…

3. Pain is weakness leaving the body…

4. Losers let it happen, winners make it happen…

5. Dont Quit!…

6. RESPECT the DISTANCE (when training); TRUST the TRAINING (when racing)

7. One foot in front of the other, one fuckin foot in front of the other…lol! 🙂

8. No pain, no gain…

9. PAIN is TEMPORARY, PRIDE is FOREVER…

10. Losers quit, winners train…

12. On the much more positive side: Running is the “All Me Show” starring ME! 🙂

13. Never say die…

14. There are two types of people, those who run and those who should…

15. Quiting is not an option, now FINISH…

16. If it don’t kill you, it will make you stronger

17. He who is patient wins…

18. People do not lack strength, they lack will…

19. Tough times don’t last, tough people do…

20. The faster you run the quicker you done…

21. Every freakin mile that was in front of you, that is now behind you, freaking counts…

22. HILLS : I do it because I love, I do it because I can…:-) 🙂

23. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it

24. Nothing lasts forever…

25. PERSISTANCE IS INSPIRING…

Leave a comment if you have any good mantras :-).

A GREAT RUN!

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The ‘Great Run’ on Saturday was truely great. In so many ways I felt unprepared going into the race. I really had a bad week and just could not manage to get any training runs in. It is more effort to run races than doing a training run but somehow seeing other runners struggling with you make things seem easier :-).

It is sometimes good to just go and run free and not plan and strategise too much. Just have fun, enjoy…the unexpected :-).

I struggled through the first 6km, but I somehow manage to get into a nice rhythm and was really cruising, sometimes even running at 11km/h :-). Yes, yes, yes!!!! If I could just maintain that pace for much longer I would be set for my sub-5hr marathon. I guess lots more training to come. I managed to get a new PB for my 15km, but I know I can do so much better on those hills.

This morning was a bit of a truggle to get onto the road and I settle for the gym but what nice work-out. I guess it really is about whatever works for you on the day.  Manage to do a 5km..even though I felt just like doing a 3km when I started.

Quote of the: “I love the feeling you get after a workout. You know that you’ve done something great for yourself, with a little effort. There’s no cost, but the payoff—feeling good about the way I look—is huge.” Colby Phillips, U.S. Army Officer