Road to Berlin – Training Week 8 – 12

It’s been weeks since I posted about my journey to Berlin Marathon. 2017 has been a bit hectic with new job and also being back at University studying. As much as that has lead to me not posting on my blog, it certainly has not stopped my training.

I’ve had to change my runs to mornings since I have to attend classes at University in the evenings. It was a bit hard in the beginning, it meant I had long days from Monday until Thursday, by the 3rd week I was in a routine my body could handle. I have continued with 3-4 short morning runs during the week and then long runs or hikes on weekends. Had a bit of bad time with nutrition, stress got the better of me and I usually eat badly during stressful periods but thanks to the runs I was able to put a handle on it

I have about 4 and a half months to go until the Berlin Marathon, and the increase in kilometres will continue, I will be running 30 – 35 km on weekends. This is always the hard part for me because firstly its winter, so its dark and cold, I can forget about any of my friends joining me physically in the training, they will opt for the “with you in spirit” kind of support. Thanks to my friends, I’ve been able to conquer some hikes like Constantia, Newlands Forest, Table Mountain, Lions Head and Pipe Track Trail, which has helped in strengthening the legs and helping with the slight runners knee. The amazing thing about my City and surrounds, there is always a hike to attempt. The victory of completion and the views make it all worth it.

The Cape Town running season will also be quiet during winter, I will be running 2 races before the season ends and it’s the Slave Route Half Marathon on Sunday the 14th and the Fnb Cape Town 12km One Run on the 22nd of May. The Slave Route Half Marathon will be a good race to gauge whether my training and fitness are at a good point and the FNB race will be a good practice for Berlin as it is a fast flat race.

So it’s still all systems go for the Berlin Marathon 2017, I am excited and the countdown continues

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See you on the road!!!

Road to Berlin Marathon – Training Week 4 – 7

It’s been a while since I updated on the training, life sometimes gets in the way of blogging. The training continues, my body is slowly starting to adjust to  running a lot of mileage again. With the increase in kilometers in the coming weeks, nutrition and rest in between the runs and gym days will be vital and important.

The advantages of having scientists as colleagues who also happen to be runners, they offer great advice regarding nutrition, after a lot of mornings arriving to work a bit exhausted from my runs, my colleague suggested that I should try taking Chia seeds. I have been putting off drinking too much energy drinks, so getting a healthier alternative was great. What is great with Chia seeds is I can put it in my smoothies, salads and drink it in water (not the greatest taste). It has helped with the energy levels in the last few weeks and it’s also a great source of protein so my muscles are nourished as well, so I will continue drinking it.

I am continuing to schedule hikes on weekends to keep the legs strong, 3 weeks ago, my friends and I hiked up the Newlands forest, it was the first time hiking up there. We pushed ourselves by running up some of the inclines to get the legs and lungs working harder. Later, I attended the Womens Health magazine and adidas Fit Night Out, it was 4 hours of sweating in 32 degree heat,I had a great sunburn. Got to meet some amazing Fitness Stars, Adidas Ambadassors and awesome women. Also, once a week I do a 40 minute session at Biskop stairs in Clifton with the boys, they are constantly pushing me.

This week is about getting the short intense runs done, they will help in getting the body efficient, I am aiming to get my muscles better at using oxygen, getting the heart stronger so it can deliver more oxygen to the muscles, this will assist in running faster so I can finish my races at a better time. This is called increasing the VO2 max, read more about it here. After the Lion of Africa Half Marathon, I could feel that it was working. By adding 1 or 2 sessions of running faster than my 5km pace, it helps that body get stronger.

The next race is the Constantia K-way 15km on Saturday 11 March. Online entries have closed but you can still enter on race day 5am-6am.

See you on the road!!!

 

 

 

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Race Review: Lion of Africa 21.1km – 4 February 2017

I ran the Lion of Africa half marathon for the first time last year, I went into the race with hardly any running prior and since I had no knowledge of the route, I thought I would be ok……..boy was I wrong!!! This race takes place in Constantia and as any Cape Town runner knows, Constantia has a lot of hills. Last year I regretted not running the 10km with my colleagues instead, the last 5km of this race is the toughest.

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So this year going into the race, I was haunted by the hills and the agony from the previous year. The difference this year, I started my marathon training earlier and I have been focusing on strength training days at the gym as well as the various hikes I have been doing with friends, my legs were stronger.

The race starts nice and flat, the first 3-4 kms is easy, then the hills start coming, I was pretty surprised at how the hills were not difficult for me and that I pushed through each of them at a nice pace and with not too much effort. My legs didn’t feel like jelly at all, I only used one pack of my USN Vooma energy gel at the 12km mark. By the time I reached the last 5km which has 3 hills, I still had enough energy and I could still push all the way to the finish line.

I completed this race in 03:00:56 in 2016 so I was really chuffed with myself to finish in 02:44:11 this year, 15mins faster J . Progress is an amazing motivator, so I will keep up with the training and keep tracking the progress. I am hoping to finish the next 21.1km race in 02:30:00.

This was a good race to check the fitness level, since the Berlin Marathon is a flat race, the hills are going to help me have a great pace in Berlin.

The next race will be the Cape Peninsula Half Marathon taking place this Sunday, 19 February

See you on the road

January Training – Week 2

Week 2 of the training plan has been good, my body still gets a bit exhausted from all the training, can’t wait till my body gets used to pushing, it’s a gradual process so I will just keep at it.

I am still struggling to wake up really early on a Saturday and Sunday mornings for my long runs. I will get there eventually.

Since last weeks’ runs were short and tempo pace, I did most of them at gym and then I either did spinning class or some strength training afterwards. I didn’t do a long run on the weekend since I was taking part in the 3 peak challenge, I got a good workout. Devils peak was brutal on the legs with the massive incline towards the top, if felt like I was climbing up a never-ending sand dune. My muscles are still a bit stiff, they loosened a bit after my Monday Morning 5km run. I love the views that come with hikes in my city. (Pictures below). The next 3 peaks challenge will take place on the weekend of 12th May

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When you are tired but realise there is a steep incline to the top

 

 

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Thank you to the 3 peak challenges organisers for an awesome time

This week’s plan (week 3)january-2017-training is still short run ( 5-7 km)) and speed runs, I will be running them on the road, I don’t want to use the treadmill too much.

My next race will be the Lion of Africa Half Marathon on the 4 February, the race takes place in Constantia, there are a few hills that I will need to prepare for. It’s 2 and a half weeks away. Hope to see you there.

See you on the road!

adidas Unveils Futurecraft Biofabric – World’s First Performance Shoe Made from Biosteel Fiber

adidas unveiled the world’s first performance shoe made using Biosteel® fiber – a replication of natural silk – at the Biofabricate Conference in New York.

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The release of the adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shoe comes in a year where adidas has released a series of products that have pushed the boundaries of sneaker innovation. These include the Futurecraft Tailored Fibre, which utilised revolutionary manufacturing techniques to enable unique footwear designs and the Futurecraft M.F.G., the first product to be created at adidas’ industry-changing SPEEDFACTORY facility.

These cutting edge product developments have been complimented by adidas’ commitment to sustainability, with its relationship with Parley for the Oceans having led to the release of the first mass produced footwear created using Parley Ocean Plastic, the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley.

BACK TO TRAINING

COMPLIMENTS OF THE SEASON!!!!!

There is no better excuse than partying in the festive season to blame for not sticking to your exercise or training routine. The body has been through a lot in the past year and exhaustion got the better of me.

I hardly ran or went to gym, I was in a partying and recovering to party again mode. Now that the festive season is practically over, its time to focus on the tasks at hand:

  • Losing the festive season weight gain
  • Training for the Berlin Marathon

As mentioned in my last blog , I will be sharing my plan with you and you are welcome to join me.

The plan begins this week and you can download it here: january-2017-training. It would be awesome to run and train with you. The Nike+ Training and the Adidas Train & Run apps are great for the strength training days, they have a lot of sessions you can chooses from and they are both free apps.

I will be taking part in the 3 Peak Challenge this weekend, it will be great hill training and getting the legs strong, it’s a weekend challenge which consists of:

  • Friday evening 13 Jan: Hike up Lions Head
  • Saturday morning, 14 Jan: Hike up Devils Peak
  • Sunday morning, 15 Jan: Hike up Table Mountain

The challenge is free, you can buy your cable car ticket to get back to the bottom of the Table Mount through webticket, check the 3 Peaks events page for more details.

I will also be taking part in the following races in February:

Hope to see you on the road.

The Journey Begins – Road To Berlin Marathon

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I received the amazing news that I got a starting spot for the 44th BMW Berlin Marathon. The race will take place on Sunday, 24 September 2017.

Preparations for the trip have begun, I have booked my accommodation which is 2km away from the race start. I’ve also decided to stay a week after the race so I can do some ‘touristy’ things and head to Munich for Oktoberfest before heading back home. I will look at flights early next year.

I had a squiz (look) at the 2016 BMW Berlin marathon race course to see how many hills there are, if any. I need to prepare for those hills, I really don’t like hill training but it has to be done. The amazing thing about the city I call home, Cape Town, there are an array of hills to choose from so hill training will be incorporated. Also, it doesn’t hurt that all the hills come with amazing views.

December will be a month of maintaining the current fitness, the body is exhausted, it’s been a hectic year. So it will just be gym sessions and spinning classes to keep the legs strong.Currently completing my 6 week Nike+ Training plan.

The hard training will kick off in January, this will include strength training sessions in the gym, trail runs, hikes around Cape Town, and lots of 21km-30km races and long runs.

I will be sharing my monthly training plan, you are welcome to join any of the training days. January plan will be live at the end of this month.

See you on the road!!

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Road to Berlin Marathon 2017

Wednesday, 30 November 2016, was a day a lot of runners around the world where anxiously checking their inboxes. I…… was one of them!

We all registered to enter the lottery to win a spot to run the Berlin Marathon 2017. The entries closed on the 2 November, so we had a whole month of waiting for the 30th to know if you got a starting spot.

I was a bit hectic at work, organising  year-end functions but I did keep taking a second or two to scan my inbox. Also the week before I got the regret email from the 2 Oceans Half marathon lottery, so I didn’t feel too positive.

At exactly 10:12, I got an email from SCC Events who organise the race, I opened it..it was in German, scrolled down to the bottom for the English version and……….I got a spot!!!!!

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So I will be running my first World Marathon Major on the 24 September 2017. I will be blogging my journey next year so keep checking the blog 🙂

See you on the road!!!

Will you be joining the RYC Celebrity Crews

adidas South Africa revealed four South African celebrity crews participating in the highly anticipated Run Your Crew, the unique, inner city crew run, redefining the way of running.
The four celebrity crews consist of some of the country’s most beloved TV, radio and online personalities:
The City Sixers
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The City Sixers are captained by two of SA’s favourite sons, Maps Maponyane and Lunga Shabalala. Both TV presenters and models, Maps also finds time to fill his days as an actor, designer, businessman and philanthropist. Joburg born and raised, these stylish gents have built their profile by staying busy and knowing where the best parties are at.
So if you miss the guys on the route – you’ll know to find them at the Block Party because The City Sixers run together and The City Sixers party together.
IOL (In Our Lane)
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Amanda du Pont, a well-known actor, television host, voice over artist, model, MC, businesswoman and long-time friend of adidas has taken up position as head honcho of IOL. Right beside her is Mapule Ndhlovu, Woman’s Health Next Fitness Star Winner 2016.
This crew of health-conscious fitness enthusiasts are ready to push their energy limits at RYC. They train together daily, to ensure RYC is more of walk in the park than a run in the city.
The Stripes
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This power crew is made up of 5fm DJ, Tumi Voster; fashion and lifestyle bloggers, Twiggy and Lulama; Instagrammer Lindiwe; NYC based fashion writer, Kenny and fashion blogger and vlogger, Keagan Carlin.
A team of very well-connected, like-minded women you’ll no doubt be seeing and hearing a lot of social noise from on the night of RYC.
#LetUsRun
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SA biokineticist, Survivor SA Maldives runner-up and adventure enthusiast from Joburg, Letshego Zulu, captains #LetUsRun, a crew in peak physical condition for RYC with 2 extreme trail runners, 4 Comrades runners and 5 Two Oceans Ultra Marathon runners, RUN is exactly what they do. This crew is all about adventure and the idea of not knowing the route before the night of RYC is exactly that.
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Run Your Crew has a unique format which requires you to choose your running crew, and on the night, choose your distance of either 4km, 8km and 12km as well as your route. As long as you start together and finish together. Participants can look forward to running alongside the above mentioned as well as global crews.
With all crews finishing together at a block party hosted directly at the finish line, runners will be welcomed by a festive and engaging experience which takes them from the run to the party. The impressive live acts and DJ line-up includes: DJ Zinhle, Desmond & the Tutus; Plaat Japie, Khuli Chana, Petite Noir, Kid Fonque, DJ Kent, Da Capo and DJ Lag.
Join the adidas Runners community and the RYC celebrity crews at Runbase, Braamfontein, during the month of November for weekly night runs followed by social crew evenings on the Runbase deck. Follow the schedule on Facebook.
To register visit runyourcrew.com, or follow @adidasZA on Twitter / Instagram and use the hashtag #WHYIRUNJOBURG to join the conversation.

Runner’s World announces the “Best Running Shoes in the World”

I am currently looking for a new pair of running shoes as it has come to my attention that all my running shoes have paid their dues and need to be retired. I always hate shopping for new shoes, there is so much to keep in mind, for example, what time of the day is best for shoe shopping (afternoon), low mileage shoe vs high mileage shoe, size of the shoe as different brands fit differently, also because your feet swell the longer you run, you must get a size bigger.

If you are in the same boat as me, recently Runner’s World named the best shoes that stood out from the rest, so maybe this can assist you in your “find the right shoe” quest. The editors from all 20 editions of Runner’s World around the globe meet every year to review the latest offerings in running shoes. These five shoes stood out:

Editors Choice awarded to Saucony Triumph ISO

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Best Debut awarded to New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo

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Best Update awarded to Adidas Adizero Adios 3

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Best Buy awarded to Brooks Ghost 9

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Best Trail Shoe awarded to Brooks Cascadia 11brooks-cascadia11-m_400

For more information on the features that made the above shoes stand out, head to runners world 

Happy Shopping!!