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:

Training with a Running Coach

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?

Joining an Athletic Running Club

I finally bit the bullet and have committed myself to a running club. For most runners its a natural progression, and for others its not necessary.

I personally decided that I was ready to join a run club for the following reasons:

1. I can run a reasonable pace now, so I feel like I can keep up!

2. I want to save on all the cost of temp licenses for each and every race.

3. I want to be part of a team of runners so that I can learn from others and possibly make some lasting friendships.

4. I want to improve my running, and running in a crowd may just do that.

5. A lot of bigger distance races require that you are part of a running club so it opens more races up for me to enter.

Joining an Athletic Running Club

So who did I decide to join and why?

 

I decided to join L.A. Running Club

 

They are an up and coming Athletic Club with a lot of spirit and fun. Plus they are running this great early bird joining special! (did I mention how much I love a bargain?) If you join L.A. Running Club before end of November, you only pay R500 (this cost includes ASA license and a PUMA club vest). From December this joining fee goes up to R700 which frankly speaking is actually still a bargain as far as running club fees go.

 

So I have joined a run club, and signed up to a few races for next year – 2018 promises to be another goal-smashing, running-strong year!

 

Are you a part of a running club? How do you think it benefits you?

The Importance of Love - Love me like you do

 

 

Before I start this post I need a disclaimer:

  1. I have not read 50 shades of grey nor watched the movie
  2. that really is not my scene
  3. but I really love the Ellie Goulding song
  4. #nojudgement #dontcare

 

Moving on.

The importance of love! In the spirit of Valentines Day and all that gushing, smooching, mushing stuff this post is for the love of my life.

I have said it before, and he really is the love of my life. 4 years ago I would have told you that a man like him doesn’t exist. That I was meant to be on my own. That no one would ever understand me.

The Importance of Love

 

Then Rob came along and literally rocked my little world. He is the most down to earth guy you will ever meet. He is non judgmental, will never say a bad thing about anyone and will go above and beyond for his friends and family. He is probably freaking out reading this post. But its all true.

As we lead up to our wedding day and with all the planning and prepping and fun stuff one thought really sticks in my mind – forever.

Forever I will have someone who loves me unconditionally.

Forever I will have someone who always has my back no matter what.

Forever I will have someone  who is my biggest cheerleader and my best friend.

And that is what I am most looking forward to. Marriage. Love. Forever.

The Importance Of Love

Never forget the importance of love and the impact it can have on your healthy and happiness!

I'm Stuck in a Funk!

So anyone reading or follow my blog will know that I have been exceptionally quiet these last few months. And anyone who knows me in real life would know – quiet and me are not really compatible.

 Stuck in a Funk Quote

I have been a bit in a funk lately, one that I am haven’t really been able to get out of. I am not really sure what its all about.

At first I thought it was all the training leading up to my first 21km that I just needed a break. Then I thought it was December holidays and training is hard when wine in the summer sun tastes so good. Then the new year started and I had all these big plans for a fresh start and then work got in the way and getting back on track was more about getting to bed early and getting myself out of bed in the mornings in time for work each day.

Whatever the reasons, as Rob put it, its February now and this year has started and this funk needs to funkity funk off right about now.  I can't stay stuck in a funk. I need to get back to training ASAP.

Last week was my first week that I stayed true to my training plan. And it was hard. I hurt in muscles I didn’t know I had. My legs cramped and my race pace sucked. In general most would say last week was a bad week – but for me it was a new beginning, it was a start, it was the light at the tunnel that I needed to feel – to know that I have felt this all before and that I have and will overcome it all again.

I have booked myself up with races every week till mid March, so that I cant back down and give up.

Stuck in a Funk Quotes