After running my first Half Marathon, I am ready for my next challenge – the Lady K Urban Obstacle Course on the 28th July 2018.
It’s just one week to go until I tackle my first Obstacle Course Race. I am surprisingly relaxed even though my training has been far from ideal and that’s putting it mildly (see Week 1 and Weeks 2 – 5). But training for this race has really been about keeping myself active while taking a short break from serious running. I start training for my second Half Marathon (Soweto) in August so my objective for doing this Obstacle Course Race has always been about having fun, getting dirty and enjoying the whole experience. But for the sake of accountability, here are some highlights from the last 2 weeks:
Week 6 was a bit of a disaster. I transitioned from being sick to being lazy and spent the week thinking about running but not actually doing it. Week 7 was slightly better! On Monday, I ran a speedy 2.75 km (20:30 min) to the gym for an intense Grid Class.
After the gym class, we ran back home using a different route for 2.25 km (18:38 min), bringing my total run to 5 km.
That afternoon I travelled to Windhoek, Namibia for quite an intense week of work. However, on Wednesday I managed a 3.51 km walk around Windhoek. It was extremely hilly but I had so much fun power walking up the inclines and stopping to take photos of some of the historic monuments and buildings. The whole walk took around 45 minutes and it was really worth the “timeout” from work and was the perfect way to see the city and a great way to squeeze in a workout.
My Monday Grid Class with Ditiro was torturous but such a great experience. It included lunges, pushing a heavy box across the room, walking plank and push-ups, and some other forms of torture my mind has chosen to forget. It was tough doing this after our speedy run to the gym and I felt nauseous for parts of it. What was even tougher though was trying to run back home with such heavy legs! We contemplated walking but as soon as we started running we kept moving and even got faster. I am so glad we did this and I walked onto the plane that afternoon like a boss! LOL!
I had banked on using the gym at the hotel. Sadly, the gym was being refurbished so I had to find alternative ways of working out. I immediately decided to use the stairs instead of the elevator and as I was up on the 6th Floor, this proved to be quite the workout! I even convinced my poor colleagues to try it out one day and my boss announced one morning that he had done a workout on all 14 flights of stairs. At the start of the week I was so out of breath but by the end of it, it started feeling a lot easier and I powered up those stairs with a lot more energy.
For two of the days in the Hotel Room, I did squats (20 x 3 sets), push-ups (10), planks (1 min) and tricep dips (10). Not too bad.
The Sunday before leaving for Namibia, I went up Kgale Hill with some friends. It was so crisp that morning but what fun we had – 4.97 km in 1:36:45, with an ascent of 296 m. The bright smiles say it all. 🙂
Laziness reared its ugly head in Week 6 and the Namibia Trip threw a spanner in the works in Week 7. But I am glad I managed to find some ways of staying active while in Windhoek including taking a walk, using the stairs and doing some strengthening exercises back in my hotel room.
In case you missed them, since my last Training Recap, I have posted the following:
- Six Reasons to Spectate a Race
- PPC Kgale Hill Challenge, Race Recap
- Five Things I Love About the Lady K Trail Run
Mileage the last 2 weeks: 13.48 km
Mileage this training cycle: 65.98 km
Mileage for Year 2018: 392.05 km
Gym Time: 1 Day
Grade: C- (There was no valid reason for me to take Week 6 off. I improved a lot in Week 7 but when I returned from my trip on Friday I could have done more to make up for the disrupted week. So unfortunately my C- still stands)