My 3rd Long Run for 2013

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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)

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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