I spent 8 weeks training for the Lady K Urban Obstacle Course Race which was on the 28th July 2018. This was my final week of training!
What an incredible week of fun, family, happiness and sports craziness! It was Health Week at my daughter’s school so she had Sports Day, Cross Country Running, a Sponsored Walk, Zumba and even Yoga! They start them young these days! LOL. We had an incredible Obstacle Course Race and my husband took things to the next level with an epic 78 km mountain bike challenge! Here are some of the details, enjoy! 🙂
Monday, 23rd July: Easy Run, 39:25 min, 5 km | 2 x 20 Squats. I had a great Easy Run with Tapiwa in the CBD. We hadn’t been running in a while so we were very happy to take it easy and catch up on life. I find that when I run on Mondays the rest of the week just works out. So I was really glad we bit the bullet and went for it. Earlier on that day my husband and I had an amazing morning at Kaia’s Foundation Sports Day.
Tuesday, 24th July: Unplanned Rest Day. I got home from work and immediately got dressed for my evening Grid Class at the gym. I do this so I have no escape clause when it’s time to leave for class at 19:20. However, just as I was leaving my husband got an emergency call about a sick cat so he had to head back to the clinic. It was too late to take the kids to the gym with me so that was that. I was quite disheartened as I was finally in the right mindset for gym. But there was really little that I could do. 😦
Wednesday, 25th July: Easy Run, 55:53 min, 7 km | 2 x 20 Squats. After work, I grabbed Ditiro and the kids and we had some great family bonding time while working up a sweat at the Sebele Agricultural Grounds. I figured it would be good to get in a bit of trail running before the Obstacle Course Race. I was only scheduled to do 5 km, but to make up for my failed gym trip the previous day, I decided to go a bit longer and do 7 km. My daughter accompanied me for the full 7 km on her bike (this was after her morning cross country race and a lunchtime swimming lesson). It was hard but I was so proud of us all.
Thursday, 26th July: Rest Day.
Friday, 27th July: Blogging Day. I have been thinking about my training goals for my next big Goal Race – the Soweto Half Marathon in South Africa and I finally managed to get them down on paper and posted them for the Friday 5 Link Up – Six Training Goals for Soweto. My first Half Marathon was all about the running – this time I want to have a more holistic approach to training – actively incorporating good nutrition and strength training. Putting it all down made me feel so excited about this next round of training and I am ecstatic to have Coach Nicola back in the picture.
Saturday, 28th July: Race Day, 8.2 km | 1:11:44. I don’t think I have ever been so terrified about a race. This was completely outside my comfort zone. I wasn’t the kid who climbed trees or crawled under things or had crazy escapades! I kept telling myself that it was all about the FUN but I also didn’t want it to be a humiliating experience. Well… it turned out to be one of my best days ever. I have four bruises on my legs and some scrapes on my elbows. However, I did every challenge except for the base jump into the pool. I was surprised at how much I could actually do. It was exhilarating and each challenge came with such an adrenaline rush that left my heart pumping! Best of all, I realised what a strong team I have. We hoisted each other over all those walls and just kept each other going as teams around us started to fight and split. I am still buzzing from all the excitement. Here are some teasers while you wait for the race recap 😉
Meanwhile as I was tackling these obstacles my little girl was doing a Sponsored “Colour” Walk at school with my sister. She did great and managed 10 laps.
Sunday, 29th July: I spent the day relaxing at home while my husband did a 78 km cycle! He was so nervous and people kept putting him off the ride and asking him to drop down to a shorter distance. But I convinced him that he finds so many things easy and maybe it’s time for him to try something that is a little bit scary. And he managed! He did so well on his old bike and I am immensely proud of him. What a great week we all had.
Mileage this week: 20.2 km
Mileage this training cycle: 86.18 km
Mileage for Year 2018: 412.25 km
Gym Time: 0 Days
Grade: A (I ended this training cycle with the energy and heart that I started it with. The goal was always about maintaining my fitness while waiting for my next big training cycle. I wasn’t consistent but I managed to stay relatively fit and had an awesome Obstacle Course Race. But it’s now time to start training for my second Half Marathon. Here goes!)