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63km week

Red Sock 8km. Second day in a row I had to get up before 5am for a run. I’ve only done a month of training and I need a break already.

Running notes:
Route: Mouille Point Lighthouse – Seacliffe Road – Mouille Point Lighthouse
Distance: 8km

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Thursday = hills day

Last week I did 5 repeats on top of a 3km jog to the base of the hill. Today I just could not be bothered to run there so I got in the car instead. I’m being really tough on myself for 1 June but give me a chance to be just a little bit lazy and I’ll take it every time. It really is soul destroying running up and down the same hill 6 times in an hour and a half, but it does entertain the old boy at No.12 who sits in his front garden if the weather is nice.

Running notes:
Route: Bottom of Bellevue Street – 6 x 600m hill repeats 
Distance: 7km

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Time Trial No.2: Improvement

24:02. 39 seconds faster than last week. I find that doing a 1km warm up improves the end result. It has taken me more than 5 years to listen to this good advice from the older guys in the club and believe me it works. Though, if I had concentrated a touch harder somewhere in the middle I might have been sitting on 23:59. Damn.

Running notes:
Route: Wakame – turn around point – Wakame
Distance: 6km
Time: 24:02

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Really? Twice in two days?

Another late start on the mountain, interestingly enough the legs didn’t feel too heavy. The quads felt okay and the calves were a bit spongy, the difficult bit was generating the motivation to run a large portion of the same route as the race yesterday. Bleurgh.

Running Notes:
Route: Kloof Nek – Cable station – End of Tafelberg Road – Cable Station – Kloof Nek
Distance: 12km

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Race No.1: Kloof Nek Classic (21km)

Probably the hardest half marathon you can do, just when you think you’ve run up a very steep long hill there is another one and then another one. Ouch it hurts. Ran with Clement who told me that I was the ‘bus driver’, we had a good chat until Clement decided to ‘get off’ near the summit of Signal Hill so had to drive myself for the last 5km. Weather was perfect with no wind, felt great and pushed it on the downs, managed a personal course record so pretty happy as this race is a good indication of fitness.

Running Notes:
Route: Camps Bay High School – Kloof Nek – Cable Station – Tafelberg Road – Cable Station – Kloof Nek – Signal Hill – Camps Bay High School
Distance: 21km
Time: 1:55:25

> See the race report from 2011

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