Peppadew training log – 11.02.14

Oh the angst, oh the drama… well, not really, but in the Peppadew world there was a huge black cloud hanging overhead for a while and the sun has peaked through… read on to find out more (sorry, you may be disappointed, I have possibly talked this up a tad!)

MONDAY 10.27.2014 – Rest day… just because I felt like it… sigh!

TUESDAY 10.28.2014 – Unplanned rest day BUT at least it was for a good reason: my smallest furbaby Mimi the french bulldog needed to be picked up from the hospital where she had been staying since last Thursday. (Madame Therese Defarge is her full name  – it is a family tradition to call our hounds a Dickensian name – she is named after a character in “Tale of Two Cities“)  An entire blog could be dedicated to the trials and tribulations of Mimi and me… suffice it to say that she has been a serious drain on my emotional and physical energy, but dang she is cute.

Mimi the accident prone Frenchy
Mimi the accident prone Frenchy

WEDNESDAY 10.29.2014 – I got my behind into gear and did an easy 6 miles around our neighborhood untimed. I have certain “go-to” routes which take the thinking and planning out of the equation. My new distraction is playing a running podcast in one earphone (must keep alert on the roads). Usually I listen to Endurance Planet podcast or Trailrunner Nation – I fool myself that “friends” are talking to me… weird? Perhaps!

THURSDAY 10.30.2014 – RED LETTER DAY – A double day! At lunchtime I went to Crossfit again and had another enjoyable session of getting my butt handed to me. We had quite a short workout with heavy deadlifts and box jumps – an 8 minute very high intensity session doing as many reps as possible. The rest of the hour was filled with crunches, running and other “fun” activities. Then later that day I did a very easy 4 mile loop untimed around the neighborhood in the howling wind!

FRIDAY 10.31.2014 – A major look up for the books – I got up at 4:30 in response to my alarm clock for the first time in forever (Cue Frozen music in my head – other toddler mums may get this reference!) There is a casual running group called “the Regent Harriers” in a neighborhood close called Durban North. They do a different 10km route every Friday morning from 5:15 am so I feel very righteous when I actually get there. Its fun, its hilly and its usually faster than a plod alone.

SATURDAY 11.01.2014 – Kiddies birthday parties and unscheduled visits from family put a dampener on running, but hey, at least I got cupcakes!

SUNDAY 11.02.2014 – TA-DAAAAAAAA the announcement you have all been waiting for… for the first time in FIVE WEEKS (aaaaargh) I did a long(ish) Sunday run. The curse of the lazy Sunday has officially been broken. 10.6 miles in 90 minutes nice and easy. My husband joined me for 6 miles and it felt like “the old days”. Umm… yes, so I definitely talked this up a touch but it REALLY makes me happy!



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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