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First run in 5 days, that’s the longest break I’ve had in 6 months

I started my training in December and during this period, the most time I’ve taken ‘off’ is two days. Tapering like this is hard especially as you can feel the weight gain and the heavy legs at the start of the short runs you are doing. Finally after 3 weeks of slowing down, the legs felt great this morning, I bounced up the hills and they felt like they were leading me for a change.

9 days to go.

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

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PT Session No. 23

Was supposed to be an easier hour this afternoon, but as I discovered, a ‘lighter’ session is not the same as an ‘easier’ session. One minute side plank with my feet on a bench, led to some creative collapses.

Training notes:
360 Training

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Two weeks to go

Just need to tick over now and stay sane.

I’ve been having a look at the watch this morning wondering, calculating, guessing where I might be, how I might be feeling. I’ve also had a glance at the long range weather forecast. To be honest I don’t care what the weather does if I can get to the start line 100% healthy. After my last Comrades it could snow and I wouldn’t care. I said yesterday that particular Comrades outing was quite possibly the worst day of my entire life. When I’m asked why I would put myself through it again I can also say it was one of those rare great days when you emerge from a difficult experience a better person. That’s why we do it.

Running notes:
Route: Kloof Nek car park – Signal Hill – Kloof Nek car park
Distance: 7km

 

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‘Comrades is not a race’

Said Paul at our club pre Comrades breakfast. He should know, he’s run 14 of them.

I tend to get a lump in my throat when I think about the dark part of the race, the last 20-25km when it ‘all goes black’, when there is nothing left and all you can do is hold on. Paul referred to this as ‘the bit where you don’t want to run anymore’ and in my experience the pain is so intense you’re only running because walking is worse. He also told us that what you do and how you approach this section after 70km is what makes this the day you’ll remember for the rest of your life. You can fight it, or you can embrace it. I know which one I’m going to choose.

Running notes:
Route: Hamiltons – Promenade – Swimming pool – Promenade – Hamiltons
Distance: 8km

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So I worked out that I have just 30km to run before I line up in 16 days

I’ve got just over two weeks, but in running terms it feels like tomorrow.

I’m seeing reminders everywhere. Old Comrades t-shirts sported by other stupids out on the road, Durban on the news, Drummond is the surname of the copywriter I sit next to. And so on.

Every morning I wake up and think one day closer. Getting harder to keep the nerves in their box.

Running notes
Route: Gym
Distance: 4km

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Time trial No.8

Pretty tight hammies after the PT session yesterday. Ran into a big cloud of flies by Rocklands Beach, I could actually feel them hitting my face. Disgusting. Something must have been very, very dead on the beach tonight.

Running notes:
Route: Wakame – turn around point – Wakame
Distance: 5km plus a 1km warm up
Time: 22:23

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