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PT Session No.20: 13:4 on my bleep test!

Second attempt this afternoon, ran it again with a trainer and another female client who was power lifting when I got there (yes, seriously). Both of them dropped out before me, one with shin splints (ouch) and the other because she had weird flat shoes on. Good for getting your feet to stick to the floor when you are lifting 100kg+ above your head, not so great for sprinting. I do have an unfair advantage in the fact that I imagine neither runs more than 20km a week. I was stoked to have beaten my score from last time (12:2) but I suspect it was the technique on the turn rather than any improved lung capacity.

The 25 year old trainer I’d run with high-fived me later, ‘well done’ she said. I’d like to think that was because she thought I was genuinely impressive at the test and not because I’m an ancient 37 year old.

Training notes:
360 Training

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Chapman’s Peak and then some brunch

Drove all the way out to Noordhoek this morning to run 12km up Chapman’s Peak and back to the farm stall for brunch (it’s a public holiday today). Was beautiful weather, we saw a huge pod of dolphins heading into Hout Bay and the legs are feeling like they are coming back to life a bit.

Running notes:
Noordhoek Farm Stall – Chapman’s Peak – 1km down the other side – Chapman’s Peak – Noordehoek Farm Stall
Distance: 12km

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56 days later and I’ve bought another new pair of shoes

The paranoia is coming on.

I can feel it. Happens every time I run this race. About a month out I begin to have an unnatural fear of twisting my ankle, falling over, doing too much mileage, other people’s germs, door handles, diseased children etc. Yesterday I woke up and needed new shoes. I’ve worn the others for 8 weeks now (bought them at the beginning of March) which means, including yesterday’s run, they’ve done 511km. They still look new but are actually f***ed. The uppers are feeling less supportive and the midsole is thinning. So I go and spend another R1300 yesterday on the same shoe just navy blue. ‘Ouch’ said my bank balance, but my Comrades feet at 75km will thank me for it. I’ll run them in right up to the race which should give me approximately 140km. The old ones aren’t dead yet, still got at least 300km in them, but like I said paranoia is making the decisions now.

Running notes:
My house – Kloof Nek – Signal Hill – Kloof Nek – My house
Distance: 15km (damn those shoes felt good)

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Centurions on Saturday. Could be the last one

It’s a tough old 20km on the legs up Rhodes Drive and through Cecilia Forest. Wow, did I bitch for the first half, I didn’t realise just how tired I was after Oceans last week. Luckily everyone else had run it too so we were all moaning about our sad heavy legs. Beautiful run though as ever, but a good reminder for me just how long a heavy run or a big mileage week takes to disappear even after the noticeable stiffness or soreness has gone. Got to be disciplined now, with 5 weeks to go I need to balance recovering from Oceans with enough mileage to keep me ticking over and then the correct amount of tapering to ensure I’m a coiled spring on the start line. Many runners mess up their Comrades in the last few weeks by doing too much. Got to stay focussed on the plan.

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

 

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I ran 1000km this morning

Well not exactly this morning, but my 5km leg stretch contributed to the total distance from 1 January.

You’d think this milestone would encourage me to bounce out of bed and get my running shoes on. Nope, I laid there in the dark staring at the ceiling. I didn’t run or exercise at all on Sunday or Wednesday and now I can’t get out of bed to do a tiny 5km leg stretch. Made it out and it was great – what was I waiting for? No muscle tightness or joint soreness, so we’re all good to start again properly on Saturday (I’ll have another day off tomorrow in light of the nice tidy number with lots of zeros).

Oh and just for interest’s sake, I looked up a 1000km radius from London. The internet told me that is the equivalent of running to Berlin, Prague or Marseille. And from Cape Town? The only place that popped up was Mthatha.

Running notes
Route: My house – Camp Street – Buitengracht Street – Wale Street – My house
Distance: 5km

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PT session No.19

Pretty surprised by how tired I was today. Justin felt sorry for me and gave me 8kg kettle bells instead of 12kg. He still made me do walking lunges up and down with them raised above my head.

Training notes:
360 Training

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