Thursday, June 28, 2012


It had to happen sooner or later, but it happened sooner than I would have wished for. Despite starting to get rather nervous as race day slowly approaches, I had managed to sleep soundly every night - until last night. Believe it or not, I was dreaming of running in circles all night! I woke up several times, but every time I fell asleep I was back on the same loop. I'm not sure if that counts as extra training - now that would be handy!

I have been off coffee for almost 2 weeks and I'm slowly getting over the cravings, not that I have any plans of staying off the stuff once the race is behind me. With chocolate off the menu as well I'm actually shedding a couple of pounds, though last night I really had to battle the munchies. I came as close as opening the door to the sweets cabinet but somehow managed to stop right there. With a 24 hours race on the horizon, a little bit of self-control would be handy; psychologically more than anything else.

The training consisted of something I could never envisage me doing - walking. As mentioned before, I am planning on doing a 25 minutes run / 5 minutes walk schedule but because that would lead to only a miniscule amount of walking in a 1-hour training session I did 5/5 instead. It was raining yesterday, which did not help, but the sun was shining for today's otherwise virtually identical session. I find the walking strangely comforting - I was slightly reluctant to start running again every time the alarm beeped; I sure expected the opposite to be the case.

In a clear example of do as I say, not as I do, I started looking at weather forecast sites, which is a rather useless endeavour with 8 days to go. I know they can't even forecast next day's weather with any degree of acceptable accuracy, I just could not help myself.

Metcheck have an "interesting" forecast:

Oh God, please, no!
Accuweather disagrees, but I'm not sure I'd fancy those temperatures. is different again.

I can't help but notice that they all recommend bringing the waterproof jackets. I don't even want to think about the potential chafing issues this would bring.

What the heck, what do they know!

27 Jun
6.1 miles, 1:01:48, 10:08 pace, HR 117
   5 mins run / 5 mins walk
28 Jun
6.1 miles, 1:01:41, 10:07 pace, HR 117
   5 mins run / 5 mins walk

1 comment:

  1. 12C for Metcheck? Isn't it summer up there? It was 12C at 7am in Surfers and it's the middle of winter!