Peppadew Training Log – 2.8.2015

I know that Comrades training has begun in earnest when I start receiving comments like:

” You look tired”

“Are you sick?”

Or, my favourite, “You look like crap” (courtesy of my tactful and ever friendly Bossman – clearly not a runner)

And yes, I will admit that I look like all of the above.  I know that in a few weeks time my body will adapt to the increased pressure and mileage that I am putting it under and I will look slightly better but people… I am never going to look like Gisele Bundchen so maybe keep the unhelpful comments to yourselves!

MONDAY: 2/2/2015 – Beloved rest day… I enjoyed every second. That is all.

TUESDAY: 2/3/2015 – 6 miles total – TRACK DAY! I have been very slack with the track (sorry!). I decided to stop avoiding the inevitable and just go and do it. My endurance is pretty good at the moment but my speed SUCKS. Please salties and salty readers, HELP ME TO GET FAST!I did 400’s. Initially I was going to do 4 sets of four 400’s (say that fast, I dare you) with 200 m jogging recoveries and a 400 m jogging recovery between sets. I had to admit defeat at 3 sets. It was supposed to be a speed session so when I entered my data into the trusty McMillan Calculator I was supposed to be aiming for 90 to 95 seconds per 400. Ha! Here is how it went: 88; 90; 91; 95; 99; 100; 97; 101; 99; 101. Sad face.

WEDNESDAY: 2/4/2015 – 10 miles – 1:24:16: My running club run :I met up with one of my funniest and most entertaining running friends Tee before 5 pm and ran 2 miles with her to the club. Then we did 7 miles with the club. It was extremely tough – so humid and I really felt as though I had absolutely nothing in my legs. Really struggled. Ran back to the car with Tee after the club run.

THURSDAY: 2/5/2015 – 3.3 miles 30 minutes: I had a nice easy jog with my husband who has managed to wrench his back picking up a canoe that was full of water. It was sedate and enjoyable. Strictly speaking I should have done a hill session however my legs were fried and I was just proud that I pulled on my running shoes at all.

FRIDAY: 2/6/2015 – 6.4 miles (47:47) I went to the early morning run at Regent Harriers and pushed harder than usual.  I was trying to keep up with my speedy friends and managed to stay within 20 metres of them… I will call it a victory. I feel like when running becomes slightly uncomfortable I am too quick to back off and “save myself”… MUST.GET.BRAVER.

SATURDAY: 2/7/2015 – 3.3 miles untimed. I did a solitary easy run in the evening while the kiddies were eating dinner at home with Dad.  It was a shakeout run before my half marathon race. I always do a 3 mile run the day before a race just so my legs aren’t stale. I did not feel any pop or zing in them… oh well.

Focus on the finish
Do I look tired?

SUNDAY: 2/8/2015 – 20 miles total including half marathon race – Another popular race on our local calendar is the Hillcrest Half Marathon.  It starts with 10 km of nice downhill and then you have to turn around and run up that same hill! I went out pretty hard (for me) and did the first half in about 47 minutes. The second half was not so pretty! Although I felt okay, it was MUCH SLOWER and I did it in about 54. I ended up on about 1:41 / 1:42 but I don’t actually know because the race organisers lost my time. After the race I waited for my friend and we did 6 miles together on the course. It took every ounce of will power to get back out on the road – go team!

TOTAL: 50 miles

Goals for the next week: Start some consistent mobility work, run 6 days, conquer a very high mileage week.


QUESTION: How do I get fast?

An ultrarunning gal from sunny South Africa... I'm a mummy of two kiddos under 5, wife, runner (and attorney) from the balmy shores of South Africa. Although I am definitely a mid-packer I have the soul and aspirations of an elite athlete, sadly without the pedigreed legs! But every day I dream and work towards loftier goals... maybe a sub 20 5k to start?

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