What a great start to the new year! This weekend’s race was just awesome. Best E-V-E-R 21K race, finish time of 2:27! I am still on a high…talk about starting 2013 off on a BANG! Slashed 10mins off my race time of 2012. Still a lot of work to be done but it means training is working and that is all that matters.

I ran a good race in 2012, so I went into Sunday’s race unsure of even whether I will be able to at least run the same time! The thought of finishing at a slower time crossed my mind so many times. So much for believing in myself :-). The issue was I did not know what it was that I wanted out of the race. In the bigger scheme of things I knew it was not important whether I ran a PB or not – Dischem was just a training run and that is what I had to keep in perspective.

I wanted to race hard but I did not want to get injured. The whole time during the race I was telling myself I still want to train this week coming. I cannot let this race prevent me from achieving next week’s running goals and that is how I got through the 21.1K. Running hard, but not giving my all. There is still ALOT of work to do on the mental side though. I knew kilometers 12-15km  was going to be tough so I needed to have pushed a bit there :-(. Next time…

My Comrades Marathon training is now in full swing and on track. The next few weeks building up to my qualifier is going to be tough. I just need to be careful and avoid getting sick again. It will just kill me to be off training for 3 weeks again.

Quote of the day: “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going”. Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano

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