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The paranoia has arrived

So with less than two weeks to go I’m finding this all a bit overwhelming. I was waiting for this to happen, it happened last year and bang on cue it happened again. The volume of emails I got this morning from fellow Comrades runners – ‘so what are you planning to eat on Saturday night?’, the official Comrades newsletter with its well meaning ‘last tips and the dos and don’ts’, meant by lunch I could hardly breathe. As your heart rate begins to climb its hard to not panic.

Tonight I was glad to see that it wasn’t just me on edge. Steve had managed to leave work and buy a brand new pair of trainers before getting to the club run at 6pm. His old shoes are fine, he is just worried that they might be just, well, too old. He ran with one new shoe and one old shoe as a test and then worried that he has unbalanced both pairs of shoes as one shoe from each pair had more mileage than the other. This coming from the man that put his shoes in the wash the night before leaving for Durban last year. See what I mean? This race messes with your head.

Running notes
Route: Lower Cable Station to the turn at the end of the tarmac on Tafelberg Road and back
Time started: 6pm
Total time: 55 minutes
Total distance: 1okm
Weather conditions: Cool
Temperature: 15˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Last Saturday run

Its now hard to make yourself stop thinking, ‘this time in two weeks..’ OMG.

Running notes
Route: Camps Bay to Oudekraal and back
Time started: 7am
Total time: 1 hour
Total distance: 11km
Weather conditions: Cool
Temperature: 14˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Another short run on a Monday

10km mostly in the dark.

Running notes
Route: Lower Cable Station to the turn at the end of the tarmac on Tafelberg Road and back
Time started: 10:30
Total time: 55 minutes
Total distance: 1okm
Weather conditions: Cool
Temperature: 11˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Good speed session

Legs are back to normal this morning.

Running notes
Route: My house to Keizersgracht Street for a 30 mins fartlek session and back
Time started: 7:30am
Total time: 30 mins
Total distance: 5km
Weather conditions: Fine
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Still have heavy legs

Tough on the hills this morning. Can still feel Oceans in the pins.

Running notes
Route: 1km hill repeats at 30% x 4 up Bellevue Street
Time started: 6:30am
Total time: 55 mins
Total distance: 8km
Temperature: 18˚
Runner’s condition: Tired

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Another public holiday

After last week’s public holiday where nobody showed up, I decided that today I wasn’t going to wait until tonight to run. Went out this morning.

Running notes
Route: Lower Cable Station to the turn at the end of the tarmac on Tafelberg Road and back
Time started: 10:30
Total time: 55 minutes
Total distance: 1okm
Weather conditions: Cool
Temperature: 16˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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Short Sunday run

Signal Hill and a bit down the side towards Camps Bay

Running notes
Route: Signal Hill out and back and a bit down The Glen and back up to the car
Time started: 9:30
Total time: 1:05 minutes
Total distance: 1okm
Weather conditions: Cool
Temperature: 20˚
Runner’s condition: Fine

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