Monthly Archives: October 2013

Becoming Mentally Tough…


Yes, I have now become completely obsessed with my “silly” 10K time goal. I know I can do it, which is why I cannot let go, not yet. My training has been going so well. Racing, that’s another story. But everyday I see and feel that I am becoming stronger both physically and mentally. I love getting out every morning just giving my best. Honestly, never have there been a time where I did not want to get up for my run in the mornings. If I have missed a session it’s because I was listening to my body and then could not wait for the next day to get out there. I think I am now officially a running addict.

My last three 10K races were not the easiest. They all came with their own challenges…from massive crowds, slow starts, heavy down pours to very hilly courses. I just keep telling myself what does not kill you makes you stronger. I have learned a lot about pacing, racing and mental strength in the last 8 weeks. This is so different from running the marathon. I am completely focus on the task at hand. There really is no time to think (the reason why I have not blogged that often as well, I normally come up with my blog content on those long runs). But with shorter hill sessions and repeats I just focus on getting through the session and nothing else!

It is clear that my 10K time goal is not gonna come easy. Not even sure if it will happen in 2013. If I want to run this 10K PB I have to learn to become tough and aggressive mentally. Clearly the focus for the next few weeks! But I don’t mind. I don’t think I have had so much fun with my running as I am having right now. It is so nice to just train hard and build yourself for your future adventures. No pressures of major marathons looming (at this stage).

Quote: “Push harder than yesterday, if you want a different tomorrow” Anonymous

I Love Running FAST!


It’s simple. To run faster times you have to RUN FASTER. 6X600m repeats on Tuesday and the penny finally dropped! I started to believe that I am capable of running a 5-“something” pace! It was all there in the results – my “track” record!

I don’t believe I have ever worked so hard for anything before as training for this sub-60min 10K (not even Comrades with all it’s mileage can compare). Speed work and racing is new to me. But I love it – I get such a kick out of pushing myself. I can’t believe how I could not have wanted to experience this sooner. Before running for me was all about losing weight and the experience of participating in major marathons. Now I am in it because of what it has done for me. It made me believe anything is possible. I now want to see how well I can perform and what I can achieve if I put my mind to it and do the work.

I used to get a fright when the Garmin says 5-something mins/km. Told myself that I am not suppose to go “there”. This week was different. I was excited every time I saw the “5”. I really started to believe. I could not wait to get out there on Thursday. 8X400m repeats. It took a lot of talking to myself to get my head right to believe I can maintain the pace…EVERYTIME! Tough like hell but I loved every minute of that session. I got such a kick out of pushing those limits. I had to walk home. That’s how finished I was, but without a doubt a mental breakthrough!

Definitely don’t think of myself as a 7min/km girl anymore. There is still some work to be done before my next race on the 19th Oct.

But first NIKE WE RUN JOZI this weekend!!!!!

  Quote: Don’t train till you get it right; train till you can’t get it wrong!