On track with my running

So remember last month I told you that I signed up for my first 21km race? The Soweto Marathon. Well, this month the training started properly. I should really started tagging my running tweets with #werunsoweto like other people are doing, but I keep forgetting! LOL!

I’m kind of following a training program that I found online, or rather, one that was sent to me by Runners World SA on Twitter! I’m following a beginner’s 21km training programme, although I’m actually running more than what they suggest at the moment. I decided to choose that programme because I can’t run more than 3 times a week… my body needs the break in between. So on my “off” days I’m either properly resting or walking the dogs.

After having a dismal running month in July, I was back in action properly this month…

I was really out of action for more than 3 weeks! So July’s stats are not the most fabulous to share… but hey, you cannot go through the year without fitness challenges, right?

During August I…

  • ran a total of 87,7km!! How awesome is that?!
  • ran 12 times
  • spent 9:56:41 hours on the road
  • ran at an average pace of 6:48 min/km, much faster than last month although I feel I’m slower than before I got ill
  • lost a total of 5kg and 17cm since I started running. The weight hasn’t changed this month, but I’ve dropped another cm!

2 of my runs in the last month stand out…

1. I ran a 10km race again! My third one. This one was the Midrand 10km. It started at the Kyalami Equestrian Centre, and the route ran on those gorgeous roads around the horsey areas in Midrand. A lot of the route was on sand roads, which was tough because after winter the roads were really sandy and in parts quite soft… like beach sand. The hills seemed to carry on forever too… although looking at my times and my pace, I kept an even pace throughout the race.

I wasn’t looking to beat my personal best, but after 8km I thought I could do it, and kept pushing at the same pace up the last hills. In the end I took almost a minute off my personal best! I was as a pleased as punch!

2. My last run of the month also stood out. I went to Harare this weekend and stayed at Bushman Rock outside Ruwa. I was determined to run 10 km on Sunday morning, even though I knew I’d be tired after a long 11 hour Saturday wedding.

You see, I’d set my goal for the month at Run Walk for Life at 85km. I was determined to hit that mark. I want to get the 85km sticker in my logbook. And then next month I’m going to push to get the next goal!

I got up at 6am, and hit the dirt roads. To make the distance I needed to leave the farm, and I ran to the closest village on the sand roads, which was about 3.5km away. I loved it! It was really tough though, again, the road in parts was like running on a beach. Not to mention the loong loong uphill at the beginning of my route. It was a really slow run in the end.

I thought I was being clever when I came back onto the farm, and went down a track that I remembered from a game drive I went on…. only to meet a zebra and his mate about 200m down the road!! They refused to budge off the road, so I had to turn back.

In the end, I only ran 8.4km, and missed my distance target… but I felt amazing after that run! It was well worth getting up early in the morning.

My only regret was not taking my phone with me to take photos along the route! Rookie error ;)

 

In other news, I’ve had to get new running shoes already!

The Nike Structures that I bought in January have already started collapsing on the insides of the arch… my feet need more support! So I spent more than a small fortune this month at The Sweat Shop and got Asics Kayano’s.

It was so funny actually, eventually I had 3 people trying to work out what shoes would work best, and I had to run up and down so many times with them checking out my strange running style. My left foot pronates more than my right foot, so they were trying to work out which shoes would give me enough support to work for both feet…. not easy! And to make it more complex, I have narrow feet, so most shoes are too wide for me.

I love my new shoes! I should, for the price I paid for them. It’s the most money I’ve EVER spent on shoes!

 

 

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An afternoon at the Montecasino bird park

My mom and I took the boys to the Montecasino bird park yesterday afternoon. We haven’t been there in years! The boys loved it!

We timed the visit so that we could wander around the gardens before we saw the show.

First stop was the lorikeet cage so that we could feed the birds with nectar in little tubs. The boys weren’t so sure about this, but eventually Bradley decided that if my mom and I could do it, he could too!

Then Connor fed the ducks and geese…

Before we said hello just a few times to the parrots :)

Then it was time for the show :)

Bradley volunteered right at the beginning of the show, and to his surprise a kookaburra flew out and landed on his head!!  Love the look on that lady’s face ;)

We loved the show… with all the birds flying over our heads.

We also loved the story about the blue cranes… because of the conservation efforts, the numbers of South Africa’s national bird have increased from 7000 to 25000 in the wild!! How cool is that?!

At the end of the show, we donated money to conservation efforts… the notes were grabbed from the kids hands by a crow who then placed the notes in a large container!

It was another successful day’s outing :)

 

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Going up the falls with the boys

I took the kids to Walter Sisulu gardens yesterday morning. The aim was to climb up the “mountain” to the top of the waterfall. I’ve never done it with the kids before… I went up there years ago, and it was high time I went again. I’ve seen photos from trail runners who take photos from the ridge, but didn’t realise where the trail actually was.

Of course, we had to exercise at the outdoor gym first ;)

How gorgeously blue is the sky?

Even though the veld was very dry and brown, spring flowers were starting to appear all over the place

I love the shapes of the rocks on the “mountain top”

After having a rest at the top of the steps, we decided to follow the trail. I was hoping to get to the very top, but Connor was miserable by then, and refused about 3/4 of the way up the next climb to take a step further. So Bradley carried on for a while to see if he could get to the very top.

We were so lucky to see the pair of black eagles flying around above the falls, chasing a crow. I only took my 50mm lens so it didn’t come out :(

 

It’s such an awesome outing for holidays. During the week the park is really not busy at all, and it’s also not an expensive day out!

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2 photos chosen for this year’s iPhoneography exhibition

I struggled to choose this year, like I struggle every year, and I’m thrilled that 2 of my photos have been chosen for the iPhoneographySA exhibition this year.

These 2 were chosen, out of the 5 I submitted, by the judging panel:

In the Still Life category… my rock roses from my garden. I love this. I’m going to frame it in white I think… it’s my favourite Printwild frame. I can just see this on the wall in our spare room at home… although I’m tempted to put it up for sale. If you’re wondering, it was edited using VSCOcam.

 

And this one of Connor’s grumpiness in the Portrait category…

I think this one will be printed on canvas. Oh and this was also taken in my garden! LOL! I think this one was edited using Noir.

 

The iPhoneographySA exhibition takes place in Sandton on 1 October 2014. See you there! I’ll definitely be there that evening :)

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Balls and bowling and competing brothers

When Connor was smaller, taking the boys out for a game of ten pin bowling, or anything really, was pretty easy. Bradley would win. Connor would have fun. There were smiles and loads of laughter. As they’ve got older they’ve got more competitive, and Connor is now able to play properly against his big brother. […]

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Just dust and concrete and copper pipes

We’re a week into the renovations at home. So far, Peter and his crew have done the following: 1. Removed all the tiles in the passage and lounge and diningroom. In fact that was done by day 2! 2. Replaced the old galvanised piping in the boys bathroom, and nearly finished replacing the piping in […]

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A morning tenpinning with pros

I spent the morning at the Ten Pin bowling alley at the Zone in Rosebank. I took part in an invitational Pro-Am tournament – The Predator Cup! You’ll recognise quite a lot of the other 10 amateurs in the photos below, if you’re online a lot. It was so cool to see everyone again, and […]

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So much on the go yet nothing is going

There is so much going on right now, and I’m feeling quite overwhelmed. Again. This is a recurring theme on my blog, but I don’t actually blog about it as often as it really happens. I also don’t talk about it. Very few people actually know what’s going on. I rarely talk about what’s really […]

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Hey Mom I’m a dog

We all go outside in the evenings when we get home, to give the dogs a lot of love. Especially Kitara… she tends to just stay outside now, she hardly ever comes inside, and I think she’s exceptionally lonely. She’s really missing playing and jumping and running around the garden. After Bradley gave her some love… […]

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How my blogging and online life has changed

I’ve been blogging for a while. In fact, I started my first blog when I was pregnant with Connor, so it’s been 7 and a half years. And, I’ve been on online forums for longer than that. Yesterday on Twitter, I started following another sports brand and it got me thinking. My interests have changed […]

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