Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Cape Town Marathon Coffee Date V: Back on Track

I'm happy to report that the Running the Race household is officially cold and flu free - hooray!  And, after a tough but successful 20 km long run this past weekend, I can also report that my training is back on track for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on 20 September - woot!  Phew, that was a close call.

Healthy and happy!

Let's just talk about that long run for a moment... Longer long runs usually leave me humbled, and this one was no different: Yikes, it was tough.  It was a prime example of the whole "running is 90% mental and 10% physical" theory - the level of debating that went on between my brain and legs was actually quite impressive, ha!  In the end my mind won, though, and only because it knew that there would be no time in either Will or my schedules (he babysat) for a redemption run...  Nothing like a bit of mental blackmail to keep those legs moving, right...? 

When you're too tired to tilt your watch upward for the perfect post-run pic...  [19.55 km in 02:12 - excludes warm-up.]

One thing that definitely made the miles go by a bit quicker was my killer playlist - anybody else who wastes energy by busting out ridiculous dance moves when your favourite song comes on during a long run?  Totally normal.

What long runs are made of.  

Overall I'm pretty happy with the way things are going training-wise.  Above all I'm grateful for zero niggles and injuries - now if everyone could please just stay healthy...!  Obviously I would have loved my long runs to be a bit longer by now, but I should still be able to safely increase its distance to 30 km and have one taper weekend before the marathon.  Which should, ideally speaking, be enough to get me to that sub-5 finish...  Fingers crossed!


  1. Are you running that pace pushing the pram?! If so you're amazeballs!!
    Even so, great pace for a long run.
    Glad your training is back on track

    1. Hehe, no Jeanette - sadly our stroller runs are few and far between these days... The kids want to get out and move by themselves!

      Thanks so much - I trust that that was the last bug of the season!

  2. 20km, you beast! Good stuff!

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I'm really chuffed too, lol!

  3. Woo hoo! Glad you and your family are all well again :). Great job with that long run, Karien. Remember that your mind won in that long run and it can win in the race too. I'm so excited for you!

    1. Thanks, Hailey! I must admit that the longer my long runs are getting, the more I'm questioning my sanity, haha! But you're right, this week's long run already went a bit better than last week's run (mentally), so at least there's improvement :).


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