If I didn’t know any better I would have thought I was suffering from writer’s block. This is the longest I have gone without posting any updates to my blog (whilst there were lots happening). I am having so much fun with my running and other running related activities at the moment I sometimes have to just sit back and laugh at myself…never in a million years would I have thought running would make me this happy!
The past 2 months have been hectic though; the “work-life-running” balancing act is becoming increasingly challenging! I ran the Soweto Marathon and resume training a week after that. I signed up for the 2015 Comrades UP RUN so it goes without saying….training never stops!
My theme for 2014 was ‘JOURNEY’…and what a journey it has been! Anyone following my blog would know that I have been on a “runners high” for pretty much the whole of 2014! Without a doubt my best year yet in running. I could not have done this without the support from my family and my running coach…forever in debt to them!
So many great experiences and memories, too many to mention. I love my running journey and celebrate and cherish all my races. I might not always achieve the ambitious time goals but with each race I grow into a better and more experience runner. That’s the reason for my blog, its a reminder to myself of how far I’ve come.
It is not all smooth sailing though. I’ve been experiencing some numbness in my left foot the last few months which could be due to some muscle weaknesses and imbalances caused by my left leg being a longer than my right leg! 🙂 The frustrating bit is that the numbness only affects my running when I try to run at faster paces. I’ve worked hard post Comrades to improve my speed. I enjoyed going to the track and nailed all those speed sessions, but I’ve noticed that every time I tried to run faster than 5:00/km my foot just goes numb. It is the strangest thing. There is no pain or “pins and needles” feeling…it just goes numb. If I ignore the feeling and keep on running my whole leg will go numb My leg feels like a block of cement that I’m pulling along. 🙂 I have to slow down and walk it off. I suppose you could get away with that in ultras where the pace is a bit slower and walking is more “acceptable” but that’s something you can’t afford to do in a 10K! I am now seeing a Bio and also focusing on incorporating more strength exercises into my training so will have to see how it goes.
I also blog for UltrarunnerZA and I’m really enjoying interacting with the elite ultra and extreme endurance athletes; very interesting to hear everyone’s story and to learn how they’ve progressed in the sport. Here are some of the blog posts I have written…hopefully there will be more this year.
1. Interview with Lucja Leonard, MdS Finisher and 2nd lady at the 2014 KAEM
2. Interview with SA Trail Champ, Thabang Madiba