Fitness, Run, Running

And so it begins…my road to Comrades 2018

Comrades 2018

Darren aka my hubby has decided that he wants to run Comrades next year, taking place 10th June 2018. Starting out in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. #Comrades2018 will be a down run and the 93rd. It’s a goal he has set himself after years of not running anything further than a 21.1km and his focus has been mainly in cycling until now.

He is going to be sharing his road to the start line through a series of weekly posts.

Many times I’ve been alone, and many times I’ve cried
Anyway you’ll never know, the many ways I’ve tried
And still, they lead me back, to the long winding road
You left me standing here a long long time ago
Don’t leave me waiting here, lead me to your door

The long and winding road – The Beatles – 1970 Continue reading “And so it begins…my road to Comrades 2018”

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Fitness, Running

A km at a time …

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This quote right here was my reality for so long, as I’ve mentioned before in earlier posts.

I’ve now been “running” for about 3 months, and I’m so loving it! I can still not believe how far I’ve come. To think it all started with my first Parkrun in Lonehill. That first one I was really determined to just complete it, that I managed to complete it in a decent time .. well that peaked my interest into this world.

So, I managed to complete 5 x 5 km Parkruns now, 1 x official Trail running 5 km as well and 1 x 10 km! I type that, and I still can’t quite appreciate what I have achieved so far. Thrilled and excited now to push myself a little more.

There are goals out there I need to still meet this year, and this is really getting me closer to these goals. A Nike Soweto 10km in November and my very first Triathlon in December. All very exciting I tell you .. for me anyway 🙂

The reason for the post was actually to share that last night the 26th August 2014 I managed to run the WHOLE 5 KM on the treadmill non-stop! No let me take a breather, or I’m aching let me rest a while .. nothing! Nada! Niks ekse! To top it, in a personal best as well of 30.11 minutes according to my Nike+ app. I’m getting there .. not yet broken the 30 minute barrier .. but I’m closer .. a km at a time .. I will get there!

The uphill is still my challenge, but I know, that just like I managed to complete this 5 km last night without a break .. I too will conquer the uphill and one day begin to run a race without walking the uphill!

Hills .. Hills ...

Next year I plan to venture into the Half Marathon world, and hope to complete the Two Oceans 21 km race! To be honest, now it feels to me, as far off as the 5 km and the 10 km felt a couple of weeks back … unachieveable!

I am determined to get to that finish line not only before the cut off .. but also hopefully in a decent time too!

1 KM at a time …

Are you jogging yet?

Have you achieved some of the goals you set for 2014, or have you moved the goal post?

HKL

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Milestones….

For many years I made myself believe that I could not manage to run more than 400m at any given time. I had accepted that this was for my sisters and hubby, I believed that I would run out of breath before I could finish and my feet wouldn’t get me to the finish line.

This past weekend I achieved this “great” feat that for the longest time seemed unachievable in my eye. Friends had mentioned about a new craze here called Parkruns. If there’s a public park near you, there’s a good chance there’s a 5km run there on Saturday mornings.  Hubby did his first one two weeks back, but sprained his ankle in the process.  Sad state of affairs! Before this though, we had agreed that we’d alternate weekend runs. So last week Saturday was mine. Relying totally on my spinning of the last 30 odd days, I started off. Although there were moments through the run I felt like calling it quits…I just couldn’t allow myself to. Needless to say I finally managed to finish and ended up 7th in my age group. Not bad huh?!

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Tonight I managed to achieve yet another milestones.  I recall in high school how I feared swimming the 1500m Freestyle.  It felt long and exhausting.  I did it once then and never again … until recently.

For the last few swims I have managed to push myself to swim at least 1000m.  My intention has been to increase it by 500m every month. Last week I started feeling like I was ready for the increase.

Last night I got into the pool and just swam. For the first 30 minutes I just swam. Eventually stopped after 30 min to see how far I had swum…. O.M.G! I had completed 1450 already. Wow! Wow! From this point I pushed myself to reach the 2km mark … so we skipped the 1500m and reached 2000m just like that.

I’m really chaffed with myself.

Looking forward to achieving more of these milestones.

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I’ve decided I will do a few more parks close to us before I venture an increase in the mileage.

So far though, it’s been fun. What’s next….

HKL