I am finally starting my big count down! So excited now… just need to get through this last week in one piece. I’m a bit worried about the 50km run on Sunday. My ankle is not 100% – not sure what the problem is, probably should have gone for some x-rays. I don’t have any pain (so it must be all in my head :-)). Going to get it strapped today and see how I am handling the easy run. I do feel it is important to do this last long run…COMRADES DRESS REHEARSAL (actually I am looking forward to it, just which I had no niggles at this stage)
Know the Comrades Route
I have started to”STUDY” the Comrades route. Not sure if this is such a good idea. It is scaring the hell out of me! Loskop I ran so well because I did not know what was coming, where the hills were, just told myself to hang in there for as long as I can. And I surprised myself with a PB. I know that is NOT how you prepare for Comrades. So with 4 weeks to go I am starting to doubt myself. I had a look at some of the pacing charts and for me to get my sub-12hr medal I need to get to the halfway mark (43km) in 5h30…a tough order with 3 of the 5 BIG hills to conquer before you get there! SCARED. SCARED.SCARED.SCARED….
Mental Training – It is the Ultimate Human Race!
So needless to say, I need to work on this mind of mine. I was feeling so confident until this ankle niggle and now I don’t know anymore. I can’t believe I went from a bronze, to sub 12 and now all I can think about is to just get to the start uninjured and without a cold/flue. I can’t even think further than that. MIND OVER MATTER! HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOUR TRAINING….
NO DOUBT..this is going to be a conservative attempt at the UP RUN! It is important to me that I finish the race. Thought about going out there and “trying” for a bronze, but I don’t think I should risk it. Hopefully there will be other opportunities in the future to do just that. I found a sub-12hr pacing chart on the “ALSORAN” website….Finish time of 11:36! I CAN DO THAT! :-).
Quote of the day: “There are a MILLION reasons why you can’t. Focus on the few reasons why you can”. Kara Goucher