The longest week

So it begins …

1-Running Log for Running Workouts  MapMyRun - Google Chrome 20130430 125041 PMThe only way really to simulate the demands of Comrades without running it and without breaking down:  The highest mileage and hardest work week, at the end of 4 weeks of increasing mileage and effort work. My target is the Comrades run distance of  87 km.

There are still 5 days to go and will include for me a long run, of ~44 km with little flat and 4 hills, up and down.

For the first 10 km today I was in a not-good deep-effort zone. Had they been the measure, I would have had to scale back.

But a surge released and  lifted me through the last 8 km.  Great. I’ll take that and run with it, as it were.

A signal that my training process is working so far.

From now I’ll take it hour by hour, km by km, sleep by sleep, drink by glass of water, meal by salad, and see how far I can push.

But maybe I won’t mow the lawn too often.

Four days before the long run

Here come the old, not-too-wrinkled vigour boys, well this one anyway; and for ~5 km this morning, anyway too.

The first 5 are always easy. It’s just the other 55 to worry about for Saturday’s Two Oceans.

Actually the first 20 km and hopefully probably the first 40. It just the last part that’s hard.

Anyway, I’m not allowed to worry about those either. Comrades is a whole ~32 km further. Those last km after 56 km the real worry-mes.

But even those hard last Comrades km, I have learned to deal with.

I put off worrying about the hard bits until after I’ve finished the run.