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Run day dread

April 11, 2017

It’s a little under a week until the Two Oceans Half Marathon, and with each passing day I am filled with more and more dread. I don’t feel ready for it at all.

In all honesty, I’ve not been on the road as often as I should have been. I’ve still been working out with my trainer twice a week (with the exception of one week, as I had issues with my sinuses for 3 weeks). My booster pack with my trainer has completed and I’ve since signed up for more sessions with him. We’ve been working on strength and endurance, and I’m definitely a whole lot stronger than when I first signed up.

Although I’ve actually trained for the race, I’m finding myself googling, “how to run a half marathon without training for it”. My biggest concern is not the distance, I believe I can cover it. My biggest concern is that I won’t be able to finish within the cutoff time.

It’s too late to back out now

Although I don’t feel ready I’ve invested so much time and so much money on it. It’s not only the entry (I got a substitution so I had to pay extra), there’s the new running trainers I had to buy because my current trainers are not actually suitable for running, flights, gym fees and the personal training sessions, and the list just keeps growing. This half marathon is costing me a whole lot more than what I budgeted for. Our country has just gone into junk status, can’t let money go down the drain and give up before the race has even begun.

Also there’s the issue that I haven’t found running tights yet. At the moment I’m wearing long tights, but I don’t like jogging in long tights. It’s just not 100% comfortable. There’s so much that needs to be done. Where has the time gone?

Then there’s the fact that I overslept on my last long-ish race before OMTOHM. Saturday I was supposed to do the 10km at Lady Slipper/Greenbushes and like most of the last two weeks, I slept through my alarm. The race started at 6:30, I woke up at 06:20.

Let a light shine

That being said, I’ll fight the dread and remain optimistic. The marathon and the half marathon have what is called pace setters, which is basically people who lead runners (called a bus) who want to finish a certain time. So I’m going to join a bus and pray that I don’t fall behind.

My journey

Still standing, still moving

February 27, 2017
fitness rock

It’s been a while since there’s been a fitness post in these parts of town. And although I not yet ready to share the reason why I temporarily stopped writing fitness posts, it’s time for them to return to the blog.

Back to the gym

Firstly, I joined a gym. Virgin Active in Port Elizabeth to be exact. So far I’m quite happy with them and hopefully will get an opportunity to share why I joined VA. I’ve also gotten a personal trainer.

On the road again

Secondly, I signed up for my first half marathon. The Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. Late last year, I flirted with the idea of signing up for the 2017 half marathon, but managed to miss the application period. I discovered that my brother signed up for it, and managed to get an entry. I then decided, come hell or high water, I will get a substitution entry.

The competitive side of me came out full force. At university I belonged to an amateur athletics club. More about that can be read here, as well as my failed attempts to do the Knysna Half Marathon, here and here (whom I kidding, I didn’t even enter). Long story short, I couldn’t let my brother who has never been a runner before, complete a half marathon before me. In order to ensure that I’m prepared for the race. I’ve enlisted the help of a personal trainer.

Not a walk in the park

Thirdly, I’ve completed my first parkrun and it was the toughest race that I ever competed in. I participated in the first Lady Slipper parkrun on 11 February 2017. I knew the race would be tough as it was the first trail run that I participated in. It was tougher than I expected and the heat didn’t help. The route is set at the foot of the Lady Slipper Mountain. It is beautiful with gorgeous views. The route has a number of ups and downs. One of the inclines was so steep that I was tempted to lay flat and roll down to my car. I’m glad I participated in it, and despite the difficulty, look forward to completing it again.

Are you following a fitness routine? Let me know in the comments below.

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My journey

Move More: I will exercise

November 7, 2016

It’s been quiet on the blog, but not because I’ve fallen off the exercise bandwagon, well not completely at least. It’s been three weeks since I’ve last posted and for the most part, I’ve been sticking to my routine. The first two weeks I met my goals, but this past week was not that great.

Week ending 23 October 2016 in review

Last week has been interesting. In terms of exercise, I’ve done quite well and reached my goal. I aimed to cover a distance of 15kms, and I covered 17.98kms. I’m quite happy with this. My eating has however been terrible, but d

This week I do not aim to increase my distance. Instead my goal would be to once again cover a distance of 15kms.

Week ending 30 October 2016 in review

This week my study load began to pick up again. My final portfolio for one of my modules was due, but despite this, I completed 20,82kms. On Saturday a few friends and I participated in the Algoa FM Big Walk for Cancer and it was really nice. I also won a cellphone from the organisers, which is really motivating. Winning stuff shouldn’t be the only motivation to exercise, but it is really a good perk.

Now that my body is beginning to get comfortable with the distance of my regular route, my new aim is to increase my speed. For the most part I’ve been walking and occasionally jogging short distances. As long as I covered the distance I set out for the day, I didn’t care how slow I was going or how long it took me. (This piece I wrote at the end of week ending 30 October 2016.)

The past week

This past week I did not meet my goal. In fact I haven’t met my 10 000 footsteps per day goal at all this week. Things were busy at work and I had my final law exam. Basically I came home, rested for a bit then studied. On Saturday I completed a whopping 2km on the treadmill. I didn’t want to go out because it was Guy Fawkes and kids were up to no good in the area, so I decided not to risk it. One may think that not exercising for a week doesn’t make much of a difference to your body, but honestly it doesn’t. I could feel my hips getting tighter from the lack of movement.

This upcoming week my goal is to cover 15kms. If it were not for the fact that I hadn’t exercise for the past week I would have increased my km goal.

My journey

Move More Mondays: An Introduction

October 10, 2016

A while ago, I wrote a post on how I lost 15kgs in three months. Unfortunately I managed to gain back all of the weight back plus some more. How embarrassing. What can I say? I’m lazy and I love food. My weight has reached the point where I can no longer ignore it. As a way to motivate myself to sticking to a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and exercise, I’m creating a new series on the blog called Move More Mondays. I didn’t come up with the phrase, I’m not sure who did, as it is all over the net.

What is Move More Mondays about?

Well it’s all about moving more. I used to belong to a gym, there’s a possibility I may still belong to one, its just that I haven’t been to gym in a year and they haven’t answered their phones every time I’ve tried calling. It was one of my goals to complete the Knysna Half Marathon this past year, but decided to focus on my studies instead. So that goal was missed

If you’ve been following the blog for a long time, you’ll know that I used to be an amateur runner. Yes I was one of those people that Twitter loves to complain about, the ones who run for fun. Back then I was one of the slowest runners in my club, with my fastest 5km being 32mins. I always felt as if I was super unfit, but looking back I realise I wasn’t. I tried getting back into running multiple times, but it never lasted more than three or four months. The reason being that every time I started I thought I could go as fast I used to, not taking into account I’m not as fit as I used to be and I weigh nearly twice the amount that I used. I’ve come to accept this and no longer over push myself to that point.

What will I be doing in order to move more?

I’ve gotten back into running. Well technically, it resembles speed walking than actual running, but I’m working my way up. What I’ve realised is that I enjoy jogging outdoors more than I do on the treadmill. On the treadmill I get bored easily and I’d be barely into my warm up and already feel like giving up.

When I’m walking outside, I persevere. I continue even in the wind and up the hills. I persevere when my thick thighs feel like lead and I continue through pain and stiffness in my calves and through the dull cramps in my feet. There’s just something about the fresh air that keeps me going.

I’m considering going back to gym or joining a new one. I’m still weighing up my options.

At the moment I am not following a specific plan, but would to like to continue building up my distance. Once I  can comfortably do 5kms I will start a plan and work towards longer distances.

My first goal for Move More Mondays is complete 20kms this week. Normally when I go out I complete around I complete between 4kms and 5kms, so the goal is to either complete four 5km runs or five 4km runs. Wish me luck!

My journey

Ultimate Who?

November 4, 2015
athletes running

A few weeks ago I started the Sleek Geek Ultimate You challenge with a buddy and have been failing hopelessly by eating everything within a 100m radius of me. I’m not kidding. On Sunday I remembered that I was still doing the challenge and decided to still go ahead and submit my measurements and weight.

I lost 0.3kgs in four weeks. Oh well at least I didn’t gain anything.

On Sunday I also remembered that I set a goal to run the 2016 Knysna Forest Half Marathon and had not taken any steps to reaching that goal. I was going to do what I normally do with goals that I don’t achieve, pretend that I never set them and go on with my life. Then I remembered that I blogged about it.


Considering that I have roughly eight months to train for it still, I have no excuse not to complete it. Having a fast pace is not a priority for me. As long as I cross the finish line before cutout I will be happy. On Monday I started the Runners World Beginners 5km training plan. I’ve completed it before so I know it’s doable. Once I’ve completed the training plan and am comfortable with 5kms again, I will progress to 10kms and so forth.

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