Its been incredibly busy around here in the world of Peppadew. First there was a long holiday in December when we were away from home for about 3 weeks. Then there was the start of the working year, then a new school year and a new school for my eldest daughter and suddenly I have landed up in February 2015 without a word published here since December… tsk tsk tsk. Happily training has been going fairly well and I am logging some consistent miles. The Comrades Marathon will be held on 31 May 2015 and I have Two Oceans Ultra on 4 April 2015. In order to get a good seeding for both races I need to run a fairly good marathon soon and I will try for that on 1 March 2015 with the Durban City Marathon. I am hoping to squeak under 3:30 for that Marathon… even 3:29:59 will do. I am hoping for some serious tips and guidelines in the next four weeks!
I have recorded all of my runs since my last training log and so it is just a matter of transferring them nicely into separate blog posts but for now i will start with the week just past.
MONDAY 01/26: REST DAY. I have become very pedantic about my Monday rest day and look forward to it from the second I stop running on a Sunday morning. I ran a 25km race on 01/25 which shattered me physically so I was thrilled to sleep in and laze around all day – that is besides chasing children around.
TUESDAY 01/27: 9.4 miles total: One of my running friends is assisting one of the local running clubs to find a new venue and the local sports club hosted a time trial. Before the time trial I did 6.7 miles at a fairly easy pace. The time trial route was 2.5 miles on a very hilly course. I finished second behind my friend in 17:55. My legs were very tired from the Sunday race but I can’t help wondering how I am ever going to get faster (Cinnamon you can help me here!) After the race my daughter was determined to kill me off completely by making me run around the bowling green chasing her… the gal loves to run!
WEDNESDAY 01/28: 10.3 miles (1:26) I arranged to meet up with one of my running club pals for an evening easy run to our club. We ran there and then ran the 5 mile time trial with the club at a moderate pace. We added on some extra miles to make a total of 10.3 miles.
THURSDAY 01/29: Unplanned rest day. A very sad digestive system put paid to any running plans… it was physically impossible to run.
FRIDAY 01/30: Morning 12.5 miles (1:43) A very early start to the day with my friend and I starting our run at 4:45 a.m. We did a fairly paced 12.5 miles with 3 miles before our big group run commenced at 05h15 and 3 miles after it finished. Lunchtime: 3.5 miles very easy in the sunshine alone. Some may call those junk miles but I prefer to call them endurance miles!
SATURDAY 01/31: 14 miles easy (1:58:09) Another early start with a friend and our running club. Unfortunately we were soon alone as the guys started off jogging VERY easy. Us ladies needed to get home quickly and so we ran at a slightly faster pace than the rest of the crowd but it really was not fast. It was ridiculously hot and humid and I was completely drenched by the time I got back to the car.
SUNDAY 02/01: 20 MILE RACE. This was another race that was done as a training run. It is a notoriously hilly and difficult course and it did not disappoint. Considering the mileage I had done this week I was aiming for a conservative 3 hour finish time and I let my running friends go within the first 3 miles. Even though I did not run fast I felt fine for most of the race and managed to run all of the hills with no sneaky walks (a victory!!) I also finished in 2:50 which was 10 minutes under my goal and felt happy.
My biggest week of the year so far is under my belt. Now to keep the consistency in both running and blogging and life!
TOTAL MILES: 69.7 miles (pretty close to 70!!) whoo hoo!