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Blood and guts!

Last week my sister sent me this – perfect for today’s entry:
Today’s motto: Even if you fall on your face you’re still moving forward

I fell on my face this morning in spectacular fashion – two cars even stopped to check I was alright. I usually fall maybe once a year in training when I get tired, but today’s was probably the best one yet. I don’t even know what I tripped on but I was running fast downhill on Camps Bay Drive and the momentum combined with my lack of concentration due to a hangover and not much sleep meant I left quite a bit of flesh on the footpath and gained quite a bit of grit in my arm. By the time I’d rolled over and checked my legs (an injury now could literally put me out of the race) and then my nail polish (manicure yesterday) blood was running down my arm. I even entertained the thought of turning back for about  half a second until I realised I’d already run 6km so I might as well finish the 21km I’d set out to do. And now I’ve got the biggest dressing to show everyone tomorrow at work!

Running notes:
Route: My house – Kloof Nek – Camps Bay Drive to 7/11 – Kloof Nek – Signal Hill – Kloof Nek – My house
Distance: 21km

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Saturday morning ‘Centurians’

Didn’t run yesterday as I was on a low mileage week. I also tweaked my knee at work just getting up from my desk and I can still feel it. Not happy about that, and I’m trying hard not to let it freak me out. Wanted to do Centurians this morning as I’ve not done it since before Christmas and it is a tough 20km run up from UCT, through Cecelia Forest and back to UCT via the Two Oceans route (always good practice to run the M3 section). Weather was gorgeous, knee held together.

Running Notes
UCT – M3 – Kirstenbosch Top Gate – Cecelia Forest – Constantia Nek – Cecelia Forest – Kirstnebosch Gardens – Rhodes Drive – M3 – UCT
Distance: 20km

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5 x hill repeats

Not much to add under this one apart from I pushed the last one hard and had to sit down at the top to catch my breath. Getting much cooler in the mornings now.

Running Notes:
Route: Bottom of Bellevue Street – 5 x 600m hill repeats 
Distance: 6km

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Time Trial No.4: Just beat my 5km PB by 2 seconds

Really pleased. It’s a rare thing for me to go sub 23 minutes for 5km (only managed it once last year) and to improve my PB even by a fraction is fantastic considering it has stood since 2008. Now I need to smash it again before June 1…

Running notes:
Route: Wakame – turn around point – Wakame
Distance: 5km plus a 1km warm up
Time: 22:47

 

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It’s 4:45am (again) I’ve slept for 4 hours and I’m still going out for 10km

I’ve come to realise that 50% of the training is psychological. I didn’t need to do 10km this morning, could have stayed in bed an extra hour and it wouldn’t have made a difference. Getting up in the dark when you can’t face another run, day after day is half the work. Teaching the mind to cope with exhaustion and not stopping is what gets you the medal, because when everything goes to hell at 7okm, that tough little voice you’ve been training is the only thing that will hold you together.

Running notes:
My house – Kloof Nek – 1km over the top – Kloof Nek – My house
Distance: 10km

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Last run of the week: 13km

Ouch. Getting up this morning at 4:45am was not fun as I’d only got home from work at 11pm. Shuffled my way round 13km this morning mostly in the dark. Bleurgh.

Running notes:
Route: My house – Kloof Nek – Camps Bay Drive (Fiskaal Road) –Kloof Nek – My house
Distance: 13km

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PT Session No.12

I could see them sweating gently in the mirror at 360. Nope, not my biceps, but my knees. If my knees were sweating then you can only imagine what was happening to the rest of me. Bit of a toughie today.

Notes:
360 Training

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PT Session No.11

‘Ha, bet you didn’t see that coming!’ said Justin. Er that’s right, because I couldn’t see anything through the sweat dripping into my bulging, bloodshot eyes. He’d got me lifting the 24kg kettle bell into a ‘goblet grip’ (who knew such a term existed?) and doing squats until my bum very nearly touched the floor. Ladylike it was not.

Notes:
360 Training

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New shoes!

The old ones have had it. After the 100km week I’d started to feel the grit on the pavement through the soles, I’ve also picked up a sore muscle over my left hip so it was time. Ideally I wanted to get new shoes no more than 6-8 weeks out from Comrades. Enough time to wear them in but not enough time to wear them out. I might have to buy another pair now. Damn. Shoes only last 600-800km. I bought the last ones in late August, so I know I’ve done 1200-1300km in those and the hip is telling me I should have bought new ones in January. Oh well, it’s just that they are so bloody expensive.

The man in the shop told me ‘don’t worry you’ll get used to them soon enough’. But, I’m spending R1300 on a set of running shoes that I don’t like the colour of! I’d never dream of paying that for a pair of leather shoes that would probably outlive me, yet here I am dropping a ton of cash on a pair that are so bright you’ll see them coming before I do. Will they make me go faster? No. Will they my me look good? No. Will they be my constant companions over the next 4 months? Yes. Will they get me to the start line of The Comrades Marathon? Yes. So, quit bitching, put them on and get outside.

Running notes:
Route: My house – Kloof Nek – Camps Bay Drive to 7/11 – Kloof Nek – Signal Hill – Kloof Nek – My house
Distance: 21km (Okay, the new bright shoes felt really nice)

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Race No.4: Century City (10km)

I’m not going to lie to you, I did go out to beat the PB I got at Top Form 10km three weeks ago. I just can’t help myself.

I wasn’t surprised when I didn’t considering:
a) I ran the Peninsula Marathon two weeks ago and ‘they’ do say it takes at least 6 weeks for a marathon to leave the legs. Remember, the international elite marathon crew never do more than two a year and those boys are doing 150-200km a week in training.
b) I followed the Peninsula up with a 100km training week
c) I didn’t sleep well due to the bergies on the street having a fat conversation about god knows what at 3am
d) The start was a shambles

But I did come in at 46:58! So given the points above, not bad at all and only 13 seconds slower than my PB. Pretty happy with that as it demonstrates my training is going well and I’m managing to pace consistently. Speaking of which, I had two complete strangers stop me in the finishing chute, one slapped me on the back and the other shook my hand, to tell me that they’d stuck with me in the last kms in order to get a good time. This is not the first time its happened, but at least these guys weren’t breathing down my neck. There is absolutely nothing worse than being shadowed on a race. You can see them in the corner of your eye but they never overtake, you move to the right, they move to the right. Argh! Anyway, next time I’m going to take a sign out saying ‘Carpenter’s pacing bus R20’.

Running Notes:
Route: Couple of loops around Century City and Canal Walk Mall
Distance: 10km
Time: 46:58

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