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On Saturday 7th of Feb I ran my first race of 2015 – the McCarthy Toyota 10km in Pretoria. I have to be honest I have not been running consistently this year, not long distance – more track, so I was nervous I was out of shape for this race. Running a full marathon isn't easy!
Weather Conditions: HOT! Even tho this race started at 6.20am, it was still very hot on the route.
Parking/Traffic: We got to the venue very early and waited in the car. We parked down a side road a far way from the start/finish area so parking was not a problem. I am a firm believer of parking away from the venue and walking a bit than being stuck in traffic after a run!
Event Organization: As always, this race is very well run by Magnolia. Race number pick up was the morning of the event and was no hassle at all. My only comment would be that we got our race number in A4 envelopes, it may have been a bit more Eco-friendly to not use such a big envelope.
Water stations: There was definitely enough stations along the route, and at the right spots, at the top of a tough hill. It was a bit messy looking with a lot of cups scattered on the floor. I was previously on this salt free diet, which was great, but prior to the race I had to stop.
Marshalls: Super friendly and helpful Marshalls. I always appreciated Marshalls who can see you are chugging up a tough hill and they still allow you to pass before allowing the cars to go.
Medals: The Bling, much deserved this one, I beat myself up a lot during this run and was happy to see this bit of sparkle at the end for all my efforts.
Vibe on the road: There are always a ton of people at this race, so the start is a bit congested but thins out pretty quickly with a slight incline at the start.
I had some trouble with my calves 1km in, a sure sign I am unfit and untrained for long distance. Sometimes you need to learn how to ease into running.
I walked a considerable amount till I walked past an elderly lady who said to her friend how chuffed she was that they finished the first 5km in 55minutes. I was defeated. I had an serious chat with myself at that moment:
Either I quit now, get Rob to pick me up and give up all the money I am spending on online personal training or I get my ASS into gear and push it, give it all I have and keep running.
I chose the later and finished in 1hr34, my second to worst time ever in the two years of my running career. I promised myself at the end of this race that that will be the last time I see those times for a 10km and that from now on, I am committed to running and getting back my fitness.
Watch this space fellow runners. You have not seen the last of the PB’s with this one.
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How to ease into running? It feels like forever since I planned a goal, since I ran every day of every week.
Okay, lets be real I never ran every day of every week. But a ran almost every week and at least a few times a week.
I have some exciting news, (aside from the fact that I got engaged!) I have signed up with a running coach.
I kept asking myself "How to ease into running again?" I started last week Tuesday with the assessment, and I was given a training plan. If I am honest perhaps this isn’t the best time to be starting a new running program. My head is all up in the sky with wedding plans and I am in a happy bubble of engagement love.
So last week was a bit of a fail, I worked out 2 times and did a park run. But not nearly enough as what was on my training program.
The goal I set with running coach is to do a PB in my upcoming Soweto Marathon 10km at the beginning of November. With that in mind it means I need to be running every week. The plan is intense. It covers running an average of 24km a week, split into 5km runs that means I need to be running on average 5 days a week. On top of strength, core and body conditioning. My head is clearly not in the game and my legs well they have gone on holiday it seems.
How To Ease Into Running?
The same way I have done it before I just need to START running!
So that’s the plan, although I haven’t run yet this week, I plan to do the following for the rest of this week:
- Wednesday: 3km Run
- Thursday: Run with coach
- Friday: RPM cycling class
- Saturday: 5km Park Run (new one! we are trying Bryanston this weekend!)
Wish me luck Guys! New Goals will be set and hopefully smashed in due course! View my post on The Importance of Love.
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My second 21km EVER – and I was not ready for it (training wise) and yet I still did it and I finished!
Distance: 21km – BOOM BABY!
Weather Conditions: It was slightly overcast, we started at 6am, but by the time I was coming in the sun was out and it was pretty warm out there.
Parking/Traffic: Directions to the start and where the parking was was a bit of a mess. We met up with other runners all looking for parking down side roads in Pretoria. Thankfully we like to get to a race with enough time so we had time to look for the parking etc. Because I came in late, and well after the 10km runners, leaving the parking was pain-free.
Event Organization: Like the directions, it was a bit of a mess. They had limited hands available to hand out pre-entries and not a lot of structure so there were no clear lines to queue.
Water stations: Well organised water stations and plenty of supplies, especially since I was at the back of the pack, by the time I came through the support was still strong on the sidelines and enough water and coke on offer.
Marshalls: Super efficient. At times in the race I was only me on the road and there were at least plenty of Marshalls on the streets guiding me on where to go.
Medals: This was honestly a well earned medal. I had the option of not doing this race, or only running 10km, but I stuck it out and I finished it – and before cut off.
Vibe on the road: We hit the streets of Pretoria bright and early at 6am. Rob have me a quick kiss and was off to try beat his previous 21km time. I started running at a nice pace in the beginning with a lovely French guy. He had a nice easy pace and we chugged along nicely together. At 3km, I had an upset tummy (over-share but at least I am honest! and it happens, right fellow runners?) I made the rookie error of changing my eating habits and drank a low GI endurance drink at the start of the race – clearly this needs to be tested on a few training runs. 4- 6km I had pain and cramps in my legs/calves and numbness on my feet. I hit 6km and I suddenly felt great – and climbed a hill for 1km in 7min. At half way, 10km, I knew I would finish the race if I kept my pace consistent. And I managed to do that. In the end it was longer than 21.1km – my watched clocked me at 21.3km! and I am telling you those extra 200km were the longest part of the race – I was mentally and physically finished. I finished in 2hrs56min – which averages as 8.15min a KM. Not too shabby for an untrained runner!
One thing is for sure, I proved to myself that I can run. And that I can run 21km. This week I plan to give my legs a rest. I have a 10km race this weekend and then next weekend I run Sarens 21km.
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As most of you know I signed up with a running coach. I started beginning of October. I have to say I have noticed a big difference in my overall running performance.
Here are a few things I've learnt through my training with a running coaching:
1. I can run around a track in a circle and not be bored.
2. I can run faster than I think without my legs falling off and my lungs exploding.
3. I am a consistent runner. (What I mean is that I can keep the same speed each time I run around the track)
4. I am a runner not a walker – who knew?
5. Consistent practice makes the improvements greater.
6. Rest is just as important as running.
Two weeks ago I ran my first 10km after a month of training with my run coach and I can honestly say that I felt different. I ran consistently throughout the race. I felt strong throughout. I finished strong. I may not have run a personal best time but I ran consistently, not a lot of walking. I ran most of the up hills. These are all massive improvements for me personally!
So what are the things I now need to focus on:
1. I need to get into a running routine on my own. I tend to just run with my run coach and not a lot of runs on my own.
2. I need to focus on keeping my pace and worry less about time.
3. I need to do more body conditioning and core strength training.
4. I need to keep focusing on my stride, the way my arms swing and my breathing.
In other running news I have signed up to a running club (more to follow on this soon) for next year.
My plans for next year start with running my second 21km race on the 11th of January, The Dischem 21km as well as training for the toughest 21km around Johannesburg, namely the Pirates 21km (a lot of hills!) which will be in February next year. A lot of training and running needed over the festive season to ensure I stay fit and ready to tackle 2105 head on!
What are your thoughts on a running coach? Have you ever used one? What is the toughest 21km in your area and have you tackled it?