Posted: 21/03/2015 at 17:52
If I was in your position OO, I'd probably wait until I was in good form and knock a good one out.
Another high volume weekly Leslie - Impressive
I'm happy to see a few LSR getting done today - I hope you guys have a relaxed Sunday.
Good to hear from Blisters as well and it is good you enjoy what you are doing.
I had an honest appraisal of the current state of my running today at the Om Die Dam and frankly I didn't like the answer. Firstly I was 7 minutes late starting due to traffic and had to run 2km from where I parked. I then started slowly as I caught up with the slow runners and slowly worked my way through them.
I started knocking out 8:30ish miles once I was at 8 miles or so after the first big hill and once the field had thinned. It didn't last long and I was in the high 8:xx by 15miles and then progressively slowed. 20 miles I think was 3:05 which would have been reasonable training pace given the hills and rising temperature.
There's a big hill starting around 23miles (Saartjies Nek) and I went well up that. Off the top I'm running with a 5ft guy in the MV60 category - no talking just running. It was like a 747 having a fighter jet escort. We ran a few good miles together and then he took a loo break. He had given me good energy and I slowed after that. The legs lasted to about 27-28 mile and then shuffle/walk.
Finished in 5:04 (chip) and 5:10 (gun) so the last 11 miles took around 2 hours. Not good as I need to be doing that kind of thing in 4:20-4:30.
There is the bad leg that has limited running over Feb/March, the heat, a heavy day yesterday unpacking, age, lack of strength,..... The problem is I don't know which are the most prominent and by which proportion they cause such a impact of 35-45 minutes.
Now got massive blisters - thanks Addidas - If I'd had a knife then they would have been modified the way Leslie suggested.
Anyway I had a good time, I saw some beautiful countryside and have a cracking medal. Plus wood seems cheap up there so I stocked up for the braii.