Hills again and again and again

I did it, it was boring and then I did some weights, also boring.

Running notes
Route: Gym
Height climbed: 9 x 2 minute hill repeats (9 at 5 incline 10 and no I didn’t increase the speed)
Time started: Have no idea
Total time: 1:05 ish
Total distance: 11.5km ish
Temperature: Outside 23˚ (inside Wembley Square probably 27˚)
Runner’s condition: Fine
Song of the run: Wasn’t really listening


I missed my mountain

What with Joburg last week, a late client meeting in Stellenbosch the week before and an AAC committee meeting before that, I’ve not been on the Monday night run for 4 weeks. There must have been 20 people there tonight – great turn out all with their fancy fresh legs – was last as usual. Sigh.

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: 17:51
Total time: 1:17:21
Total distance: 12.59km
Average pace: 6:13 min/km
Weather conditions: Sunny with breeze
Temperature: 22˚
Runner’s condition: Fine, tight hamstrings – bit of a worry



Got up too late again, burnt my shoulders, burnt my nose, burnt that patch of skin where my hair is parted, great racer-back tan line, but that lie in sure was nice.

Running notes
Route: My flat to Kloof Nek, Signal Hill and back to Kloof Nek, up to the cable station, back to the flat
Height climbed: 350m
Time started: 09:12
Total time: 1:54:22
Total distance: 19.24km
Average pace: 5:56 min/km
Temperature: 28˚
Runner’s condition: Fine


30km ‘training run’ with a bunch of people that are much faster than me

I had a great view of their backs up Chapman’s Peak this morning. Nothing like being the last man on a mega hill. Sue, Caroline and Robert are all seriously experienced hill/trail runners so I did have to suck it up and try to keep the distance between them and me as small as possible. At one point Robert was a small pin prick in front of me on the hairpin bends, so the gap was a bit on the large side. Still I’m pretty good on the downhills and beat them all back to the Chapman’s Peak Hotel. Nothing like a bit of competition eh?

Running notes
Route: Chapman’s Peak Hotel via Chapman’s Peak Drive to Noordhoek, loop in Noordhoek and back
Height climbed: 400m
Time started: 06:03
Total time: 2:50 with about 20 mins break for drinks etc
Total distance: 29.7km
Temperature: 24˚
Runner’s condition: Fine despite having to get up at 4:45am


No excuses I suck

I tried to take a half day in lieu of the Joburg trip which involved sleep deprivation, and an average working day of 17 hours on Monday, Tuesday and most of Wednesday (welcome to the world of the creative pitch). When I made the fatal mistake of just ‘quickly’ checking my emails on the way out for my 8km time trial and 40 minute jog. Well, after three crisis telephone calls, and much stroking of design feathers I got out at 11.30am, and went to the reservoir to run laps which was my intention two hours earlier. Oh hell it was hot (had I left my brain in Joburg as well?) I had to get back in the car after two laps of said reservoir because I couldn’t see through the sweat which was stinging my poor dehydrated eyes and drive to the gym. Nightmare. This welcome but irritating break clearly skewed my results (which I am still pretending I could have done by myself) and by the time I finished I was in such a huff I didn’t even bother with the other 40 minutes.

Running notes
Route: Reservoir and gym
Height climbed: Flat
Time started: 05:05
Total distance: 8km
8km time trial: 39: 58
8km average pace: 4:59 min/km
Temperature: 32˚ (probably less, but it certainly felt like it)
Runner’s condition: Dessicated from evil Joburg flights
Song of the run: You’re S*@” and You Know You Are. Okay I don’t have this football chant on my ipod, but it would have been fitting.


Thin air and weaver birds

This morning I woke up at 1753m above sea level. Yes, I’m in Joburg this week lucky me. In fact I consider myself even luckier that I had the chance to run through Fourways for an hour and a half at 6.30am dodging the worst rush hour traffic in the world. Those ‘poor’ peeps in their Lexus Hybrids certainly weren’t going anywhere fast on William Nichol this morning.

I was surprised (between gasps for breath, and the onset of altitude sickness) to see a bit of wildlife in this city of 10 million souls. Wafting above the sprinklers and perfectly manicured lawns which are concealed behind concrete walls and electrified fences (strong enough to keep an elephant out and the rich egos in) was a clutch of weaver bird nests. I love weaver birds.

Running notes
Route: Fourways – have no idea where I started or where I went
Height climbed: 30m
Time started: 06:23
Total time: 1:30:27
Total distance: 15km ish (Nike+ had no juice)
Average pace: 6:00 min/km ish
Weather conditions: Warm and humid
Temperature: 25˚
Runner’s condition: Suffocating


The lonely distance runner

Today I ran 31.5km by myself. Yep, me and only me for three hours and five boring minutes which as I’m sure you can imagine is not for the faint-hearted.

Running notes
Route: My flat to Kloof Nek, down The Glen to Camps Bay, turn at the Twelve Apostles back up to Kloof Nek to the top of Signal Hill and back to my flat
Height climbed: 500m
Time started:
Total time: 3:05
Total distance: 31.5km
Average pace:
Weather conditions: Warm
Temperature: 27˚
Runner’s condition: Fine
Song of the run: Lily Allen: The Fear