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A LONG WALK!

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I am still recovering from my Valentine’s nite race. I am suppose to run 15km today…my body is saying NO. My muscle still sore and aching and I have never felt like this before. Could be a combination of loading more km this week and doing a race. I really struggled to get onto the road this morning, but I knew I had to do it, even if I had to walk the whole way. And that is exactly what I did! I walked for 10km…took me 2hrs :-)! Even got a chocolate milk shake on the way, felt I deserved every bit of it…I tried to run, but it was so difficult. Not that I was in pain or sore or anything. I wanted to run, but my body just did not want to do it.

Heading back to the gym

I might be starting to get burnt out, so I need to start and change something in my routine. My focus for this month was to build up to a long run of at least 18km…I am at 13km now and i just feel tired mentally…need some serious motivation. Taking a break is not going to help now, cos the goal is to get as much kms on the legs during this stage. It would probably be a good idea to go to the gym and do some cross training as well. The variation of would be good and I can also do some speed work on the treadmill.

Quote of the day

If someone says, ‘Hey, I ran 100 miles this week. How far did you run?’ ignore him! What the hell difference does it make?…. The magic is in the man, not the 100 miles.
– Bill Bowerman

Undulating Valentines Nite Race!

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My first night race…what an experience.  Did not really thought I was going to do this. I have become a bit paranoid lately. Scared of injury, so I don’t really wanna do things where there is a higher risk of getting injured and then derail all my training plans! But I thought, this cant be too bad, candle lit streets…Common, this is going to be fun.

I am used to training in the morning, I feel fresh and energised. I know I am a bit sluggish in the evening, but I thought it would be great to experience a 10km and this event seemed to be well organised. Well, sitting through traffic to get to the venue was so stressful. I did not want to get a late start again. Finally, we got to the venue, just to stand in more queues to register. My heart rate was climbing without me having lift one foot as I said in traffic :-). We probably cut it with minutes to the starting line….and then 3,2,1…and off we went.

The CROWD

The crowd was awesome, there was probably over 5 000 runners. So, you can imagine it was a SLOW start. I thought to myself, ag its fine..I know I can run this 10km in 1:10. But it is not easy zig zagging around the crowd, you use so much energy! It was also getting darker and I struggled to monitor my pace and time on my watch. Not all the streets were equally lit so it also became difficult to see in front of you. I must say just seeing all the runners moving in front and back of you is awsome. BUT that is how far it goes for me and crowds…I NEED MY SPACE…I NEED MY TIME..and I NEED TO SEE WHERE I’M GOING.

My PACE

The roads were so full and as much as I want to pass it was difficult. I need to have an idea of how far into the run I am. Could not see a damn digit on my watch..did not want to bother with backlights and stuff, cos I did not want to fiddle in the dark and loose my race data. SO I just ran…and when I felt tired walked for what I believe was 30s…I think about 2km into the race I started to except my situation and just focused on the LONG ROAD still ahead.

UNDULATING?

The rout was so difficult. Felt like we were climbing most of the time, which is why I really needed to watch my time so that I can control the amount of walking.

The undulating 10km route...

Apart from all the hills, it was actually a nice race. The atmosphere was great. the residence really did there bit of cheering..there was more than enough coke and water…and HILLS. It was a beautiful evening…except for the fact that it was RACE! Just before the 8km (have to be honest, never saw any of the other markers) there was this HILL that never stopped. I think it was at that point that I decided..stuff this…now I am walking..I cannot run this. The time was showing 1hr..I knew I was not going to make my goal time. I can run 1km in 7 mins, so this will mean at best I could come in at 1:14, which would still be an improvement on my previous 10km, but I was so tired. That last 1km was a fairly easy run, it just felt that so LONG!..Finally, I’m there…1:17! :-). What can say…


The DEBRIEF

I  just could not understand why I could not run the 10km in 70 mins. All my training runs went to well. Its not that I was unhappy with my performance, just could not understand why I struggled so much, especially on the hills. I went and read up on the rout profile and realised it is actually categorised as a LEVEL 4…out of 5. So it was a pretty difficult race. Two Oceans is rated LEVEL 3, so I there is hope for me. So ya, back to the drawing board. This was definitely a great experience. Made me realise that to perform well in a race it is not just about running, there are other things to consider on race day, the crowd, your environment, the natural elements (rain, wind, dark :-))…so as much as you prepare, you need to always keep an open mind and be flexible. Most of all to enjoy the race.

I read on Two Oceans facebook site that there will be 20 000 runners, so I need to get more practice running in big races and getting use to crowd. Also, Two Oceans is not the race to be setting time goals/PB due to crowds, so I guess I have ONE GOAL…to finish in the 3hrs.

Quote of the day:

“The body does not want you to do this.
As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong.
You always go too far for your body.
You must handle the pain with strategy…
It is not age; it is not diet.
It is the will to succeed.
-Jacqueline Gareau

Running faster

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This morning I went all out! Started with a hill and started running right from the start. Wanted to practice “hills”…I consistantly applied the 30s rule. It is actually working. I am so excited about this cause this mean my times will definitely be improving

Distance: 6.1km
Durantio: 40min
Calries burned: 611cal

Valentine night race
I am running the KFC 10km Valentines night race tomorrow evening..How ROMANTIC . I suppose it could be quite fun. I have never ran at night so I am looking for it. Have been carb loading today and drinking the water. I want to run a “fast” 10km tomorrow evening. I know I can improve on my previous 10km time. The training of the last 6 weeks has really made me feel confident and strong. I am not going to set a specific time for tomorrow nights race as I just want to have fun and practice running a bit faster.

Quote of the day
“Run hard, be strong, think big!”
Percy Cerutty