Monday, 20 July 2015

Cape Town Marathon Coffee Date I

Grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair - I have so much to tell you!  

Can we just start off by taking a moment to appreciate how awesome my long run went last week?!  I'm loosely following this training programme by Sanlam Cape Town Marathon ambassador and former world record holder, Elana Meyer.  What I love about the programme, is the fact that it focuses on time rather than distance - something that makes the kilometres just fly by!  Last week's programme called for a 1:30-hour long run, which made me just a tad nervous.  Although I have a strong fitness base at this stage, I'm a bit behind in terms of endurance, but I'm very happy to report that we rocked it!  Thirteen kilometres in 1:21 at a 6:14 pace, with zero niggles and pains - whoop!  


The training programme is published on the web in weekly instalments, so I'm really curious to see what we'll be up to this week.  I plan on religiously sticking to the programme's long run segments, but giving myself a bit of wiggle room when it comes to the shorter, week-day runs, depending on our schedules.  I can promise you one thing: Marathon training as a working mom of two toddlers certainly is a team effort!  (Thanks, Will!)  

The other three members of Team Potgieter!

The foam roller will, of course, be my best friend for the next nine weeks - I'm rolling like it's my job on non-running days.  We're also still planking up a storm in front of the TV every evening - it has come to a point where, whenever I kneel down to search for J Bear's dummy/shoe/blanket/spoon under the sofa/table/bed/chair, Miss K promptly asks: "Mommy, are you going to plank?".  Ha! 

Rollin' and plankin' under the watchful eye of Coach K.  (Old pic, but still doing what works :) .]

In other marathon news, I'm thrilled to confirm that all the race weekend logistics have been taken care of: Marathon entry - check!  (Thanks, race organisers!)  Flight tickets - check!  (Anyone else out there who thinks that booking an aeroplane ticket is one of the most exciting things ever to do?  To me it will just never get old.)  Accommodation - check!  (And within walking distance of the race start and finish, I might add.)  

So, all that is left to do now, is stay healthy (please, please, please let me stay healthy!) and train hard - nine weeks to go!


6 comments:

  1. Best of luck! I love booking anything that has to do with time holidays or places away from home

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    1. Thanks, Cat! Yip, me too - I NEED things to look forward to and work for, and making that flight booking always gives me butterflies!

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  2. Hehe that planking is impressive! I always put it off until the last moment every night, but TV time seems like a good idea.

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    1. We always do it during the ad breaks of our favourite show - and Miss K makes sure that we don't forget! ;)

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  3. That's really interesting, to focus on time instead of distance! And good call on the planking. I need to get back at that.

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    1. You won't believe how much of a difference running on time rather than distance makes, Lisa! (Perhaps because I usually run on distance?) To me it takes some of the pressure off long runs ("I HAVE to complete X km today") and allows me to just RUN and enjoy!

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