Sunday, August 01, 2010
..........that I wouldn't be home before sunset, I started today's long run just before sunrise! A small bowl of oats with a dollop of yoghurt at 4:00am and reset the alarm for 6:a.m. This training is serious stuff and serious measures such as these are now becoming necessary! But, how I hate getting up anything before 9:00am, never going to bed before the usual time of midnight!
For today, 37km : first 10km loop along Old South Road before the traffic and full sunrise; second 10km around to Inkerman Road where I had a good view of how the new Renwick housing development is coming along...it is, in leaps and bounds. 3rd loop of 10 +7km took me to the end of Diamond Fields Road and beyond, where angels fear to tread! Strangely, once out and about the semi-dark start was quite enjoyable!
Each loop had its ups and downs - mainly ups - and the surface of Diamond fields Road, especially the bit beyond, was rough and rock strewn. I suppose that's why my knees are sore tonight, especially the right knee so, good that tomorrow is a rest day. After each 10km I had a gel, water and sports drink.
I did today's long run as an experimental run/walk (6/1).....walking the 'walk' as fast as possible. After each 10km I was back at the car for a gel, water and sports drink. What is of concern with this, I think, is that it's extra stopping/rest time at the car that I won't have during the marathon; I tend to linger! It's not continuous run/walk, so next long run I'm going to carry what I need and do away with the extra minutes at the car. I believe, in doing this there'll be quite a difference in how I feel at the end of 38km or more and very much more like how I'll be feeling during the marathon next month, ( next month? Shriek!) though I suppose I could chat to the Ambos for a break. 4 hours moving time today.
Anyhow, that's how preparations are progressing....I hope that's the right word to describe the passing weeks!
I'm very tired tonight!