Peppadew’s (extremely late) December training log

I started off December with the best of intentions – it was the start of my training programme, the start of a new training cycle and the start of group running with my OCD gals. But here in South Africa our summer long holiday is taken in December and January and the extra special time that I got to spend with my family at far flung locations across SA meant that there was more limited time for running and absolutely no time for blogging. We were also on holiday in two places where internet connectivity was patchy at best so I decided to embrace the lack of technology and enjoy the holiday. This is a quick and nasty run down of the running I did in December (starting from 8th December – my last December training log was for the first week of December):

WEEK 2: 12/8/2015 – 12/14/2015:

Although I managed to go to the track and do a long run on the weekend, this week was pretty pathetic training wise. On Tuesday 12/9 I went to track to do mile repeats. four were scheduled and I managed two. I did do 8 400’s to make up for the shortfall but I considered the session to be a fail. The next day I flew to Cape Town for the Foo Fighters concert to celebrate our 7th wedding anniversary. That basically destroyed my training week… travelling, no sleep and rocking out to the Foos put paid to any training plans until Saturday morning. I managed 15.3 miles with my running group on Saturday before we travelled to the Drakensberg with my parents and sister’s family. I ran 2 miles with my sister to round it off to a 24 mile training week… blah!

FOO FIGHTERS

 

My favourite people
Fun in the mountains with this gang
The first week of our holiday was spent in the mountains - altitude training!
The first week of our holiday was spent in the mountains – altitude training!

 

WEEK 3 – 12/15/2014 – 12/21/2014: I ran three times in the mountains with various members of my family. None of the runs were long, they were all extremely difficult due to the altitude and I came down with a stomach bug on the Wednesday which made me feel grotty.  We travelled back home the next day and I did not run again until Friday morning where I did 10 quite speedy miles with my friends. About 7 miles in the suffering began and I had to jog the rest of the route alone. That weekend we flew to Cape St Francis in the Eastern Cape to stay with my in-laws for the festive season. It is a beautiful little seaside town with beautiful running trails and lots of healthy people being active.  We celebrated our arrival with an 8 mile run to round off another sub-par mileage week of 33 miles.

WEEK 4 – 12/22/2014 – 12/28/2014: Whilst in Cape St Francis my sister-in-law, my mother-in-law and I did aqua aerobics classes every second day. I scoffed at the idea of it before I did it but I can honestly say that it was one of the best crosstraining sessions I have ever done! It was taxing on the muscles and I could feel myself building strength but I did not feel sore and I could still run. I did a lot of running with my father-in-law who is a local legend.  He was a Comrades Marathon gold medallist in 1980 and has a marathon PR of 2:18.  He also competed in the Ironman World Champs in Kona in October 2014 and came third in his agegroup (65-69) with a marathon split of 3:40. in other words, he is legit! We ran 13 miles together on Christmas morning. Merry Christmas to me! I also ran two local 5 km races on that weekend which were somewhat disappointing time wise, but I blamed it on the festive cheer and dusted myself off for lazy days on the beach!

 

Beach holiday selfies
Me and my mini-me

WEEK 5 12/29/2014 – 12/31/2014 – Two more aqua aerobics sessions and three good runs. 8 miles Monday, 6 tempo miles Tuesday and 9 easy miles Wednesday. A great end to 2014!

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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