I am really enjoying my running. I used to just run to get the kilometers on the clock, now I run with purpose. With each run I learn so much about myself. Long Runs have become my favourite weekend activity. I told Adam it is not good to leave me alone on a long run; my brain works overtime – all that time to think; about everything! Best therapy if you ask me.
Today’s run was particularly exhilarating. Started off with a bid of wind and thought it was going to rain, but I persevered. Kept thinking what Don Oliver said in his book “Learn to run in all kinds of weather; they don’t postpone Comrades because of bad weather”. The weather turned out to be perfect! I really did not feel like a long slow slog for 2.5hrs, so did a tempo run. It felt good running the faster pace and being able to hold it. Only took very short walk breaks every 5km or so; best part is how I can now even climb some of those deceptively long “ever-so-slightly” inclines and NOT WALK!
Fuel was used sparingly on this run (only took one gel with me). This was on purpose – I hate taking those gels; only need them after 1.5hrs; but the second half of my run was tougher and I could feel the fatigue creeping up but managed to keep the pace. Ran 21km and felt great! Did not think I could push myself like that…
It just amazes me how I went from running “on/off” 2-3 days a week to doing really quality work now 6 days a week! I ran 165 kilometers for the month of January so far, still 3 more runs to go, probably finishing off with 180km – a good base for the Comrades build-up. A milestone indeed; and I haven’t even run a marathon! It feels good to see progress being made. Just hope the body can adapt to all the stress that’s still to come over the next 4 months.
February will be the time to focus….not to do anything stupid; to listen to my coach and think about the progress ahead (baby steps)! J
Quote of the day: “Train where your fitness is NOW, not where you want to be”. Scott Jurek (ultra marathoner)