Comrades Marathon Countdown!


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….

My Goals

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

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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