Thursday, June 21, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
12 days have past since I completed my second Comrades Marathon, a distance of 89.28kms.
I crossed the finish line in a time of 11:36:45 - Almost 7 minutes faster than last years 'Up' run which was 2kms further.
The most remarkable thing about my finish was that I ran a total of just less than 700kms in the 5 months leading up to the race. This included the longest run of 42,2 kms. The suggested/recommended training (by veteran Comrades runners who really know what they are talking about) is a minimum of 1000kms which includes 2 long runs of about 60kms and 3 marathons!
I had also broken the second metatarsal on my left foot in early March and had done no running until April 24.
Based on the above, I was told by many people that I shouldn't even go to the race, never mind actually line up!
But, I figured that I in the six weeks that I had available to me, from starting running again until race day, I could train to run a marathon and therefore could make it to half way at Comrades. I would be happy with this to still be part of the experience and not 'waste' the donations I had raised for PinkDrive. Someone then mentioned that if I make it to 60kms, the rest is dependent on my mind and not my body and it's previous training. So, I thought that I would re-assess when I got to halfway, and if I was ahead of the cut-off and feeling fine, I would run to 60kms and then see how I was feeling. 12 days before the start of the race I started believing that I could actually finish the whole race!
8 days before the race, tragedy struck. My mother, Merle Robb, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. She died in her peacefully in her sleep at home with her husband. Days melt into one another, but at some stage my dad and I decided we would still go down to Durban and run (my dad would be running his 39th consecutive Comrades). We held a beautiful memorial service for my mom on the Thursday and early Friday morning we flew to Durban for Sunday's race.
My dad and I started the race together - he had Elite seeding so could go into C seeding with me. We ran a couple of hundred meters past the start mat and then he left me in his dust.
He had a good run, finishing 8:34:08, perfectly within his target of 8:30!
I exceeded my own expectations and am thrilled to have got my second Vic Clapham medal and my Back-to-Back medal.
It was a bittersweet run for me and a clear demonstration of the power of my mind.
I couldn't have done it alone and I am truly grateful to all those that supported me in training, treatment and positive belief before the race, in love during the week of my moms passing and the encouraging support I had along the road by seconds and fellow runners. Thank you all!!
Congrats to Val and Chris who ran their first Comrades in true style!
I will write a detailed race report in the next couple of days.
Friday, May 25, 2012
I have been enjoying early-morning training, working at my mornings-only-office-job, driving children from school and other activities, taking a weekly WeightWatchers class, seeing coaching clients, hosting Sh'zen spa parties, cooking, baking, eating and a whole lot more. There is a whole lot of stuff going on and I have been heard to say that my morning job is interfering in my real life. I haven't time to have coffee with friends and haven't made anything with my pewter. The good thing about my job is that we can almost afford the tickets for Ian and our girls to visit Greece for two weeks next month.
Today marks 9 more sleeps until C-DAY!I have spent the last month training which culminated in a half marathon race followed, a week later, by a 26km training run with Ian. These are the longest distances that I have run since my marathon in early march. Now to go to 90kms?
I have run 183.2 kms in 21:50 hours at an average pace of 7:09 in the last 30 days. (Information made available by Dear Norman who has monitored my runs on a daily basis and has updated my training schedule on a spreadsheet with a motivating comment/snippet of information and my Comrades finishing time based on the pace of the day.) I would not have known when to run, what to run and sometimes even where to run if Norman hadn't stepped in to be "My Coach". The most important role that he has played is to lead me to believe that "I might well finish this race after all". THANK YOU NORMAN!
I have run almost all my training runs with Ian. The few that I have been alone have been because he has been at gym, doing a Pilates class with Alex. I am very grateful to have had the company, especially in the cold, dark mornings this last month. This time last year, I was doing all my training on my own while he stayed warm in bed. THANK YOU IAN!
I have seen Tarryn for LynoSport a number of times and it has helped my recovery immensely. I am now able to hold all my bunkies for 30 seconds and I have no niggles or twitches. The pain of 'rubbies' has been worth it. THANKS TARRYN.
Thanks also to all those that have shown interest and concern in my training. I am now as ready as I am ever going to be. If you would like to follow my progress on race day, you can SMS my race number 21249 to 31832 and you will receive 5 messages on the day.
This time next week I will be in Umhlanga KZN having been to the Comrades Expo to collect my race number and have a look around. I will be resting up in my hotel room over looking the sea!
I only have 6 more runs to enjoy, lots of mental prep to wrap my head around and a very important race-bag to pack. It's going to be a long week. Enjoy yours