Training for Ultra-trail Cape Town


I started this blog with its special landing page “My Daily Sweat!’ in 2011 to stay motivated and focused training for my 1st half marathon, the Two Oceans Half. Little did I know that it only takes one race to get you hooked on running. Fast Forward 4 years…and I am still running, more than I would’ve have ever imagined possible!

Over the last two years my focus was on training for the Comrades Marathon and mostly blogged about my race experiences and less about my daily workouts or my training so “My Daily Sweat!” became somewhat redundant. I didn’t want to just blog about my daily training runs without having something significant to say. I discovered Twitter and it is far easier and more convenient to just tweet about a run using 140 characters and a great photo (lol!).

I’ve certainly learnt a lot about running over the last few years; trust me people that say running is just about putting on a pair of running shoes are lying. There is so much more to running as a sport and if you cross over into the world of ultras it becomes even more interesting. Challenging your beliefs and discovering that you have no limits is one amazing experience. I’ve read and reread some of my old posts and I can’t believe I wrote them! I have come a long way and in some weird way have become my own inspiration and motivation (lol!). I guess that is what my blog is about….to motivate and inspire others…but mostly to stay true to myself and to keep pushing those boundaries. 🙂

I am about to start training for Ultra-trail Cape Town; an event that is simply put…out of my league! The organisers have just released the trailer to the race and it promised to be nothing sort of EPIC!

Funny, I’ve never been scared of a race before but after seeing the 100km startlist of Ultra-trail Cape Town (I shouldn’t have peeped) I am starting to have some serious doubts! I need to keep my eye on this ball; best way I know how is by resurrecting “My Daily Sweat!” i.e. blogging my way through training for UTCT!

Week 0: It’s all about that base!

Training for a 100km mountain ultra is going to be a challenge but I manage 80km over a long week and happy to report that I am still feeling great. Yes, leveraging all that easy running during Comrades training! 🙂

…and long training runs?

I have 2 training races planned before I make my way to Cape Town which hopefully will prepare me both mentally and  physically for my biggest challenge EVER!

  • Crazy Store Magaliesberg 50km (15 August)
  • Mont-Aux-Sources 50km (5 Sept)

Blood, sweat and tears awaits me with both these races, guaranteed!

Why I’m running Ultra-trail Cape Town

Running all these crazy ultras are all part of my bigger plan in building up for Trans Arabia 2016, a 300km desert ultra in Jordan. Even though it’s a desert race, it is not all desert. Within the first 50km you traverse over a mountain range so I want to ensure I am well prepared and capable of running on all different terrain and conditions…but mostly I want to have fun running Cape Town and learn as much as I can about running on trails over the next few months. Knowing at the back of my head that UTCT is a training race will help me to keep things “easy” and not try and do anything stupid along the way (lol!).

Ultra-trail Cape Town 100km Flyover

Let the journey begin…super excited!

Quote of the day: “There’s no magic to running far or climbing Everest. Endurance is mental strength. It’s all about heart.” Bear Grylls, Host of Man vs. Wild

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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