Peppadew January training diary 2015

A new school year begins for the littles
A new school year begins for the littles

I did not do a lot of blogging in January (ie. none) but I did a fair amount of running. For Comrades Marathon training it is recommended that you do at least 1000 miles in total between 1 January and 30 May – the race is on 31 May. In that time you should complete 3 marathon distance runs and two ultramarathon distance runs. I have a marathon scheduled for 1 March and a 35 mile ultra scheduled for 4 April.  I will probably do the club long training run sometime in April which will be about 40 miles and I need to find two more marathons to do in between. I am wanting to total more than 1000 miles in training this year (I did about 1000 miles last year). I need about 220 miles a month to get a decent total.

WEEK 1: 01/01/2015 – 01/04/2015: New Years Eve saw me drinking more than I have in years (i.e. 2 whole Gin & Tonics… what a party animal!!) so a New Years Day run was out of the question. I dragged myself to Aqua Aerobics on the last day of the holiday and then got on a plane back to Durban and reality. To repent for my New Years sins I did back to back 14.5 milers on Saturday and Sunday. They were tough but they got done. SHORT WEEKLY TOTAL: 29 miles


WEEK 2: 01/05/2015 – 01/11/2015: Ran 5 days in a row between 6 miles and 10 miles on each occasion. My husband was a groomsman at his best friends wedding and so we were away for the weekend.  This resulted in a less than stellar weekend training bloc. I did 9 miles on Saturday before the wedding and succumbed to lack of sleep on Sunday and did not do a thing. TOTAL MILES FOR THE WEEK: 43 miles

Swanky wedding gear

WEEK 3: 1/12/2015 – 1/18/2015: Had a fairly productive week of training – managed a tempo run, a 4 mile offroad race, two easy-ish 10 mile runs (they had their up tempo moments when I was trying to hang with the girls) and 20 miles on Sunday.  That 20 mile run had a number of set backs… it incorporated a very hilly and hard half marathon race which I will describe as an #epicfail simply because I was not organised for it. I got it done and it was hard but it was completely due to lack of planning on my part. After the race and once I got home I changed my shirt and headed off for another 6 miles… that was a mental victory! TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 51 miles

Smiles after my #epicfail

WEEK 4: 1/19/2015 – 1/25/2015: I had three rest days this week, two unplanned ones. The first was as a result of us going to view our new house (we move in a few months) and the other was on the weekend because my neck went into a spasm and I could not move my head… suboptimal. In between that I did a quicker 10 miler, a 2.5 mile time trial with my club (I was the 9th lady home) and a 14 miler on Friday to keep a friend company for her long run.  I rounded off the week with a 25 km race on tired legs.  I must say that it was a battle. I could feel the accumulated fatigue very early on in the race and I did not feel like I had a lot to give. I finished in 2:02 which was three minutes slower than I wanted but it was a good training effort. TOTAL WEEKLY MILES: 44 miles

So that’s it, we are up to date and looking forward to hearing from everyone how I am going to 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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