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Smashed 77km this week

Final run of the week for the Red Sock 8km. Pleased with the distance this week. Will drop it down to about 65km next week and pick it back up the following.

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

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I made myself get up at 5am, I made myself run and I made myself do hills

I could have cried real tears I was so tired. After the first hill repeat I wanted to curl up on the tarmac and go to sleep. I had a big pretend stick and I had to hit myself with it.

Running notes:
Route: My house – bottom of Bellevue Street – 5 x 600m hill repeats – My house
Distance: 12km

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Time Trial No.1: A poor performance in 32˚ heat

What a scorcher. The denizens of Sea Point were relaxing on the promenade lawns supping sundowners as the AAC time trialers ran past spraying them with sweat. I was disgusting by the time I finished 5km. My heart was in my throat all the way round due to the heat. I was also one of the worst times ever: 24:41.

Running notes:
Route: Wakame – turn around point – Wakame
Distance: 5km
Time: 24:41

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The Southeaster gave me a beating

I thought last Monday was bad. I’d been watching the tablecloth from my office window all day, and it was looking spectacularly violent by 4pm. The lamp posts on the highway were bending by the time I left at 6pm. After I’d done 3km on Tafelberg Road I was considering turning around due to the fact I couldn’t see. The blasts of gale force winds are vicious enough to squash your eyeballs to the point you lose your vision for a split second, which isn’t comforting when you are running on the side of a mountain. Of course I carried on, and it ‘stopped’ a bit under Devils Peak. I did have the pleasure of of being slammed again on the 3km back to the car.

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

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30km training run with ‘the voice’

By myself, we’ll sort of because the voice is back. I don’t think I’ve mentioned ‘him’ before but he is always there when I’m feeling a bit crap. He joined me as a small voice at 2km when the exhaustion of the last week of training and a particularly trying 60 hour week culminated in me walking a step or two. ‘Is this all you’ve got? Is that seriously the best you can do at 2km? Tell me how you’re feeling at 75km, because that’s tired, that’s exhausted. Now crack on.’ Right then I will. Oh, and I did inhale two packets of jelly babies so we both felt a bit better after that.

Running notes:
Route: My house – Kloof Nek – Camps Bay drive – Twelve Apostles Hotel – Camps Bay – Kloof Road –Kloof Nek – Signal Hill – My house
Distance: 30km
Time: 3:30

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