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Very last time trial?

Pushed myself harder tonight. I think I might not do the time trial next week (my last training week) just keep it easy.

Running notes
Route: Gym
Height climbed: Flat
Time started: 18:02
Total time: 1:20
Total distance: 13.5km
8km time trial: 40 mins ish
Temperature: 20˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Back in the gym

Again today – working late tonight so had to miss the mountain run, wouldn’t have mattered anyway because its still raining.

Running notes
Route: Gym
Height climbed: Flat
Time started: 06:02
Total time: 1:20
Total distance: 12.5km
Temperature: 20˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Gah! Raining again

Couldn’t run on Signal Hill because it was chucking it down so hard that I could hardly see the end of my street. Went to the gym and did the time trial I missed this week, except I only managed 3 lots of ten minutes.

Running notes
Route: Gym
Height climbed: Flat
Time started: 9:45
Total time: 1:20
Total distance: 13km
8km time trial: 3 sets of ten minutes (rubbish)
Temperature: 20˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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A short run on a Saturday!

Only did 20km! And along the normal route from Camps Bay! And at 7am! I didn’t realise bow much I’ve really missed it, it must be months since I’ve run my normal Saturday club run.

Running notes
Route: Sand Bar in Camps Bay over the top of Suikerbossie, down the other side and back
Height climbed: ?
Time started: 07:00
Total time: 1:58
Total distance: 20km
Temperature: 21˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Hard to get up

Had a tough time getting out of bed this morning. I think Sunday tired me more than I thought. Late to work again, Oh yeah, and it was book club at my house last night, which meant I could drink as much as I liked (mistake).

Running notes
Route: My flat to Bellevue road, hill repeats and then home via Buitengracht
Height climbed: A lot
Time started: 07:11
Total time: 1:20 ish
Total distance: 11km ish
Temperature: 15˚
Runner’s condition: Blood alcohol units to high

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Pole Pole!

Feeling pretty good after Sunday. Nice and easy this morning though. Had a slow run today in the gym in case of niggles.

Running notes
Route: Gym
Height climbed: Flat
Time started: 06.35
Total time: 1:20
Total distance: 13km
Temperature: 20˚
Runner’s condition: Fine, bit tired

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Sixth race (well sort of): Four Hills for Lindsay 56km

Oh look, another ultra marathon…why not? I mean its only four weeks since the last one. So as every Comrades trainee knows you need to run two ultras in April, and as every runner knows it takes your body 6 weeks to recover from the damage of running a standard marathon – so how much for an ultra? I’m already broken from four solid months of training, it really can’t hurt any more than it does already.

Four Hills for Lindsay is not really a race, its a long training run around the Peninsula. There is no starting gun (you start more or less at 6am), no finish line, no race clock and no medals. You pay your 50 bucks, show up and then run for a very long time. The whole thing is arranged by Fish Hoek AC and the water tables are manned by volunteers who keep leapfrogging around the course, there is nobody to sweep up, so you can’t run through the water stations. Everybody stops, has a chat and throws their sachets in a black bin liner. Best of all there was food, I’d never eaten and run at the same time, and it was easy, don’t know what I was fussing about. After five hours on the road, a simple thing like a pink marshmallow or a salted potato takes on epic culinary proportions and is quite frankly fabulous.

Running notes
Route: Start at Fish Hoek AC, to Kommetjie, up to Misty Cliffs, Scarborough, Red Hill, down to Simonstown, left to Glen Cairn, up Black Hill to Sun Valley, up Sir Lowry’s Pass, right on a dirt road through Clovelly golf course, back down onto the main road and through Fish Hoek town centre, right at the roundabout and back to Fish Hoek AC.
Height climbed: ?m
Time started: 06:05
Total time: 6:23
Total distance: 56km
Temperature: 20˚ Cloudy and cool
Runner’s condition: Fine

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