My Comrades Dress Rehearsal


My ankle started to give me problems two weeks ago, right after I ran my PB at Loskop so I had to take an easy week. Better safe than sorry. Right? But now I missed out on the opportunity to do my last 50km long run as part of the Wally Hayward marathon and was faced with the decision to do this run all by myself…was I dreading that! It was important for me to finish this last piece of the peak training. There were couple of things that I wanted to still get sorted before the big day. I missed out on a whole week of running already. I’ve started to “study” the route and I was also worried that perhaps I have not done enough hill training. Should I do the long run or not. What if I do more damage to my ankle by doing the long run. Honestly, I was starting to become a bit of a nut case :-).

So after I got my ankle and hammie all strapped up I felt a bit more confident to do the long run. It also helps a lot to have a good coach, especially someone that has done many Comrades. They understand what you going through and know what to say to get you all motivated again!

The Dress Rehearsal

I woke-up very early yesterday so that I could give myself enough time to have a proper breakfast (actually I could not really sleep; it was going to be a long day and I wanted to get the run over and done with). I had 2 slices of low GI toast, scrambled eggs and coffee. I don’t usually eat eggs for breakfast before my runs but apparently it is good to have some protein as well and not just all carbs.

I was dressed in my full club kit and had my fuel bag filled with all the stuff I was gonna need on my run. A dress rehearsal indeed….

Decided to run to Sandton and back with a couple of detours, was not the easiest of courses but I thought what de hac, the Up Run is just hills, who am I kidding here! But, I did take it very easy on the hills. Running with a strapped ankle is also not fun. At some stage I was thinking of taking the strap off. Really did not want to end up with bruises and blisters as well…

Lunch On The Run

Actually the run went well, before I knew it I was at 20km. Comrades is a long race, for me it will probably be a 12hr event! Scary to think I am going to be running for that long. I won’t be able to live off gels the whole day, so I better practice eating on the run. I have never done it before. I have just never been hungry on a run before (probably too pumped with all the GUs). I had chicken breast; apparently the protein helps with recovery and an Energade (at Comrades you get Energade and Powerade and Coke!).  I must admit the chicken was quite a refreshing break from the carbs. Made me feel full so I did not have to take so many gels…(blessing in disguise cos I hate taking gels). For the whole long run I only had one gel at 30km. The gel does give you that bit of a kick. Some people say it is all in the mind. But I am not going to make major changes to my fuelling strategy now. Needed to get breakfast and lunch sorted. Mission accomplish :-).

After 30km it was mostly uphill and I could feel I was getting a bit tired. At 38km my ankle started to pain a bit so I decided not to push too hard and mostly walked the last kilometre. I managed to get 40km completed. I felt good and glad that I went out and did my dress rehearsal. Less things to worry about now. Finished peak training…and time to focus on my taper, getting my ankle sorted and work on this mind of mine!!!


Quote of the day: “My injury was devastating. But I decided I wouldn’t feed negative thoughts. I was going to surround myself with positive people, imagine the best outcomes, and bathe myself in awesomeness”. Lauren Fleshman, two-time U.S. 5-K champion, after an IT injury forced her to refocus her 2012 Olympic Trials goals

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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