After running my first Half Marathon, I am ready for my next challenge – the Lady K Urban Obstacle Course on the 28th July 2018.
Wow. What a crazy four weeks! The first 2 weeks were fantastic and then it went downhill from there when I got sick – nothing serious, but I had a cold that knocked me out a little bit. I am definitely feeling myself again and I am looking forward to the next few weeks of training. Here is a quick summary with some highlights of the last 4 weeks:
In Weeks 2 and 3, I ran three days a week. On Mondays, I scheduled 5 km tempo runs, and ended up with a PB of 36:45 on the first Monday and another PB (36:30) the following Monday. What a high I had! I was shocked at how fast I could go when I really pushed myself. On Wednesdays, I did 30 min Treadmill Runs with an incline, usually between 1% and 4% – I managed 4.38 km on the first Wednesday and then 4.44 km the following one. Saturdays were reserved for my Long Runs. On the first Saturday, I did a 12 km run in 1:32:04. This was a beautiful out and back on the Western Bypass. The second Long Run was a fantastic 15 km Race, the PPC Kgale Hill Challenge. The first 10 km was on flat terrain and then 4 km involved climbing Kgale Hill, a 258 m ascent. Once back down it was about 1 km to the Finish. I did it in 2:03:46 and was extremely happy with my efforts.
I had such fun earlier today supporting my friends at the Time Team Challenge – Leruo did the first leg (10 km); Ditiro did the second and third cycling legs (30 km); and Tapiwa did the last leg (5 km), all on magnificent trails in the Mokolodi Nature Reserve. I did the event last year as the 5 km runner and it was brilliant. But it was great to be a spectator this year and chill on the sidelines for once! Well done to Time for another great event.
I continued with my home exercises – a combination of squats, skipping and push-ups. In Week 2, I did 40 squats, 2 min skipping and 7 push ups, every other day. In Week 3, I maintained the number of squats and skipping but increased to 9 push ups and tried 1 pull up. Yes, just ONE very unsuccessful pull-up! LOL!
I didn’t make any gym classes but I did go to the gym one evening. How intimidating! It was rush hour so it was quite crowded and to be honest I didn’t enjoy the experience. I much prefer classes where someone is shouting at the front and telling me what to do. I like the team spirit atmosphere and the mutual groans of pain. In the gym, I just felt like a fish out of water. Be that as it may, I managed 20 min cycling, 5 min rowing, and 20 min machine work (focusing on arms and legs).
Sadly, there has been no running or gym work in the last two weeks (4 and 5). I came down with a cold the day before my race and after the high of the race, I was hit quite hard. But I must admit, it felt quite nice to be sick without the pressure of having a major goal race on the horizon! I have had quite a relaxing time.
When I started blogging in 2017, my main focus was on posting my training plans and race recaps. I didn’t feel I had any real tips or advice to share. After all, I was still very much a beginner. I still am but I feel I am coming into my own as a runner; I am reflecting and analysing things a bit more; and I am looking forward to sharing those thoughts and lessons as I continue to grow. I also have friends and family who have such interesting stories, inspirational journeys, great fitness and nutrition ideas that are worth sharing and my blog could be that platform.
So although I have not recapped my training in the last four weeks, I am quite happy with my blogging efforts. Have a look and let me know what you think!
- Five Healthy and Delicious Lunch Ideas
- One Runner’s Story of How Running Saved His Life
- 10 Tips for Running in Winter
- Five Lessons from a Disappointing Race
Social media terrifies me. I’ve seen how unnecessarily cruel people can be to others. But somehow blogging and linking up feels like a safe space with a lot of positive energy. However, I also know the power of social media and that I can reach a much bigger audience. So I’ve decided to ease into it and have set up my Facebook Page! Please like my page so it’s not just my mum following, LOL!
Mileage the last 4 weeks: 33.82 km
Mileage this training cycle: 57.47 km
Mileage for Year 2018: 402.22 km
Gym Time: 1 Day
Grade: C- (A great first 2 weeks including a race; but a dismal last 2 weeks. I am also just not doing enough strength work, gym classes or pilates – sick or not. I need to up my game)