After running my first Half Marathon, I am ready for my next challenge – the Lady K Urban Obstacle Course on the 28th July 2018.
I took a 3-week break after my Half Marathon – it wasn’t meant to be such a long break but I struggled with some ‘post-race blues’. I had planned and talked about my goal race for months so when it was all over, I felt a bit…lost. It was when I wrote my Race Recap that I felt motivated to run again. So I’m back and I have new and exciting challenges lined up! I have registered for my next Half Marathon – the HILLY Soweto Race in South Africa in November. Before I start work on that though, I am going to train for a 10 km Obstacle Course Race – a team event I am doing with Tapiwa, Elisa and Ditiro. 🙂
According to this article, ‘Obstacle races are unique because they combine running and strength components in a stop-and-start environment. It can be incredibly challenging and disorienting to “pure” runners who aren’t used to this type of racing.’ In terms of training, it highlights that you need to run a lot, build well-rounded strength and increase your overall athleticism including agility and coordination. The running I can handle but I really need to work on the other stuff. So I am going to incorporate a lot more gym classes plus strengthening exercises at home like squats, skipping, push-ups, planks and pull-ups. As part of my training, I’m also doing two 15 km races, one in June and the other in July. So I’m in for a fun and exciting winter! Here is my FIRST week of training:
Monday, 4th June: Easy Run, 40:47 min, 5.21 km | 1xmin Skipping | 5 push-ups | 2 x 20 Squats. I drove from work to the CBD for a run with Tapiwa. It was a great run considering I had not run in 3 weeks! It felt really good to be back in the game. I also started a new home routine of skipping, push-ups and squats.
Tuesday, 5th June: Gym, The Grid, 1 hr | 5 push-ups. My legs felt sore after my 5 km run the day before but after putting the kids to bed I did a gruelling HIIT gym class. It was a torturous whole body workout but it felt GREAT. Our hands were shaking so badly at the end that we struggled to get a photo that wasn’t blurred.
Wednesday, 6th June: 1xmin Skipping | 5 push-ups. My whole body was in such pain from Grid Class but I managed to do my 2 minute home routine.
Thursday, 7th June: Treadmill, Incline, 34:15 min, 5 km | 1xmin Skipping | 5 push-ups | 2 x 20 Squats. It was a crazy day at work but as soon as I got home I hopped on the treadmill for a run. I made it a bit harder by increasing the incline for each km.
Friday, 8th June: Rest Day. This was an exciting Blogging Day!
- My friend Taffy guest blogged a great piece for me, “Healthy Soup and Stew Recipes for Winter”.
- I was also really excited to be interviewed by Coach Nicola for her blog “Running Happy” on what I have gained from online coaching.
Saturday, 9th June: Long Run, 1:03:17 hr, 8 km | 1xmin Skipping | 5 push-ups | 2 x 20 Squats. When the alarm clock when off at 05:20, I turned to Ditiro and said, “Let’s call off this run”. He momentarily agreed and then said “But what valid excuse can we use?” That quickly got us up and we had the most amazing run with Tapiwa. It was freezing but so refreshing. It gave us such a high and Ditiro’s take home advice is, Never cancel a run from the comfort of your bed. Haha! Well, I am SO glad we got out there.
Sunday, 10th June: Kgale Hill Hike, 1:58:15 hr, 5.44 km, 281m ascent | 2 x 20 Squats. The Kgale Summit is the highest point in Gaborone and is a very popular weekend hike, attracting quite a few tourists too. The Hill overlooks the whole city, the Gaborone Dam (the city’s main water source) as well as the Kgale Quarry (shown below). Kgale is also the site of the PPC Kgale Hill Challenge which is a 15 km race I will be doing later this month. The race starts at the PPC Botswana Office, passes the Game City Mall and winds around the Kgale Quarry, up the Hill and back to the Office.
I haven’t hiked up Kgale in so long so it was a very tough climb for me. It’s quite a rocky path but it gets to a point where it is paved and I tried to run as much as I could on this section. It wasn’t much but it was a good start. It felt really good to get to that summit!
Mileage this week: 23.65 km
Mileage this training cycle: 23.65 km
Mileage for Year 2018: 344.75 km
Gym Classes this week: 1
Grade: A (Solid Work – a very good start to this training cycle)
Do you suffer from post-race blues? Have you ever participated in an Obstacle Course Race? What else should I do to train for an Obstacle Course Race?