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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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