Tafelberg Road

Not half as exciting as the run yesterday, but I did score some decent sympathy points with the crowd when I pointed out my war wounds. ‘Did I show you my purple fingers?’ Oooh.

Running notes
Route: Kloof Nek car park to the Lower Cable Station turn at the end of the tarmac on Tafelberg Road and back
Height climbed: 180m
Time started: 17:50
Total time: 1:18:20
Total distance: 12.59km
Average pace: 6:13 min/km
Weather conditions: Sunny
Temperature: 26˚
Runner’s condition: Fine


Blood on the tarmac

Yes I stacked it on Chapman’s Peak Drive this morning. Went down like a ten ton sack of spuds. Bam. Those sodding cat’s eyes. This is the second time I’ve ‘gone for a burton’ in 6 months. The last time was in Hout Bay right in front of the traffic which must have made someone snigger. That time I was running with Chris and I don’t think he knew whether to laugh first or try and scrape me up. Today was classic, I couldn’t actually get my right hand out fast enough so now I sit here typing with two fingers taped together and an array of plasters covering the palms of my left hand which underneath looks like I had a fight with a cheese grater, and my shoulder also got a piece of the action. ‘Don’t you think you should put some sun screen on that’ Wiebke said pointing to the area of raw meat, on Camps Bay beach this afternoon ‘Why?’ I replied ‘you actually need skin to burn it’.

Running notes
Route: Car park opposite The Chapman’s Peak Hotel to the farmstall in Noordhoek and back
Height climbed: 380m
Time started: 08:15
Total time: 2:30:17
Total distance: 22km (Not measured with Nike+ as I forgot it. Again)
Weather conditions: Sunny with wind
Temperature: 24˚
Runner’s condition: Hungover from a bender at Brewers & Union


I hate Sea Point

My heart sank as they said ‘lets go this way’ pointing north towards Sea Point. I hate Sea Point. Not only do certain sections of the promenade stink, they are literally covered by walkers, other runners, small dogs and even smaller children, bergies, and its paved. So if something off the afore mentioned list doesn’t trip you up then your knees are knackered. I hate Sea Point. I really hate Sea Point, in fact I loathe the entire section from Bantry Bay to the Waterfront. I think you get the point. Off we trot. It takes us about 30 minutes to the water fountain in the promenade at which point the other three decide to turn. O.M.G this means I have to press on further into the hideousness for another 25 minutes and all the way back to Camps Bay by myself. No ipod because its a club run and we like to chat, gossip and dissect injuries. O.M.G.

Running notes
Route: Sand Bar, Camps Bay to Mouille Point (which is the stinky bit) and the Newport Deli and back
Height climbed: Flat
Time started: 07:02
Total time: 1:42:37
Total distance: 16km (Not measured with Nike+ as I forgot it)
Weather conditions: Sunny with a breeze
Temperature: 24˚
Runner’s condition: Tired from yesterday’s round trip to Joburg


Me and Dave

On my 10th lap of the reservoir this morning I considered why my trusty Nikes were getting heavier and slower, probably because of those hill repeats last night which I calculated was less than 12 hours earlier, had to walk twice. The slackness was accompanied by groaning, sighing and the general bitching from the voices in my head. All this was drowned out by the other voice on my Nike+ ‘two kilometres to go’ or rather ‘two keelomeders to gooo’ (thats Americans for you). I like to call him Dave. I’d like to think of Dave as some hot little bod in fancy sunglasses pounding the California Hills. Working in the digital industry I know the reality is probably different. He’s likely to be some poor soul that coded the application in a cubicle somewhere in the dark depths of dungeon in the development house Nike outsourced to. He’s probably never seen the sun let alone a pair of running shoes. So thats why I call him Dave rather than Brad or Nicky, he’s just not that lucky. Oh yes, the ducklings have got a bit fatter since I saw them last week, but the Mum still gives me evils.

Running notes
Route: Lower Buitenkant Street, Bree Street to the reservoir 10 laps and then back the same way
Height climbed: 60m
Time started: 06:14
Total time: 1:23:31
Total distance: 14.48km
8km time trial: 46:20
8km average pace: 5:46 min/km
Weather conditions: Cloudy
Temperature: 22˚
Runner’s condition: Knackered (though most impressed I didn’t touch the booze at bookclub last night)
Song of the run: Tainted Love: Soft Cell


Hill repeats

Every gym session at Wembley Square never fails to irk me. Today on my third hill climb the treadmill just stopped dead. Thanks Virgin Active. Not only are half of your machines out of action at any one time, they malfunction as well. Thank the lord I wasn’t doing speed work because I’d have been over the top and in the pool before you could have said ‘WTF?’

Running notes
Route: Gym
Height climbed: 9 x 2 minute hill repeats (4 at 5 incline 10 speed, 5 at 5 incline 9.5 speed)
Time started: 17:34
Total time: 1:07:40
Total distance: 11:23km
Average pace: 6:01 min/km
Temperature: Outside 36˚ (inside Wembley Square probably 45˚)
Runner’s condition: Vexed
Runner’s weight: 71.2kg (Whoop whoop lost 1.2kg Christmas fat in a week!)
Song of the run: Casbah Wonder


Heavy legs

Oh god, oh god, oh god… What a nightmare getting up the hill from Kloof Nek to the Cable Station. My heavy post race legs were an understatement. They felt like lead. The South Easter was blowing, and to make matters worse I made everyone run Tafelberg Road (because my race plan said one hour and thirty minutes) oh they were cursing me as we ran into gale force winds at the corner below Devils Peak. Seemed to warm up a bit at about 10km and actually led the pack back to the cable station. Maybe I’m loosing some weight and getting fitter? Either that or I was looking forward to finishing…

Running notes
Route: Kloof Nek car park to the Lower Cable Station turn at the end of the tarmac on Tafelberg Road and back
Height climbed: 180m
Time started: 17:54
Total time: 1:19:22
Total distance: 12.25km
Average pace: 6:29 min/km
Weather conditions: South Easter (that’s serious wind if you’ve never been to Cape Town)
Temperature: 23˚
Runner’s condition: Sore legs and knees


First race – 30km Bay to Bay

What a shocker! Despite the fact that I haven’t actually been on a training plan since September I managed to scrape a moderately respectable 2:58:11. Not bad considering the diet of alcoholic beverages, Indian takeaways and god knows what else I’ve been packing away over the holidays. One of my favourite races of the year and also one of our club races. Ocean Basket also sponsored this year, but sadly no fish and chips at the end.

Race notes
Route: Race start outside La Med to Hout Bay, loop around Hout Bay and back
Height climbed: 320m
Time started: 06:00
Total time: 2:58:11
Total distance: 30km
Average pace: 5:54 min/km
Weather conditions: Cloudy and some mist
Temperature: 25˚
Runner’s condition: Stressed due to the fact I couldn’t get the car out of the garage and had to call a taxi to the start