Week 9 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This week I didn’t do so great, but I didn’t totally suck either. I ended up running 3 days just not the total mileage I was aiming for, ended up with 12km, with 16km scheduled for tomorrow. I tried a cross fitness training class on Tuesday – it was a HIIT workout and it totally worked muscles I never realized I had. I am hoping to add this at least once a week going forward. I didn’t get round to RPM or Bodypump this week but that’s not really a biggie for me, what bums me out is my lack of improvement on my running.

Lately I have not really been enjoying my training to be honest with you. I kinda feel like I am over it really, I cant really be over it because I am committed to running the 21km but I dunno how much running I am going to be doing, lately its been a lot of walk/running. Truthfully it feels like this is the most I have walked my entire running career (ok so career is a big word for one year but you get my point).


I really feel I am capable of more. So I am trying to keep myself motivated, keep my eye on my first half marathon prize.

This week I will be doing the following work outs:

Monday: 5km run; Bodypump
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: Cross Fitness Class; 12km Run
Thursday: Rest Day
Friday: 3km run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 16km Run

What is your plan for this week? How do you keep yourself motivated? Are you enjoying your runs?


Week 8 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This week flew past, no seriously!? Can you believe we are coming to the end of August?

I have a few things to recap on, in terms of my training, I ran all my runs this week (total of 40km) but didn’t make it to Bodypump on Monday. I am super chuffed at all the running I did though!

be a better runnerToday is also my last of the #21daysnocheats challenge. True to my honesty on this blog… I bombed this week at the #21daysnocheats challenge. I had dessert two nights this week. So I made it up to 16days without a cheat. I think what this challenge showed was that I have A LOT of sugar cravings during the day, and that when I cut out sugar I have learnt to eat better, healthier options to curb my cravings. I gave in and had pudding when we went out for dinner at a friends place twice this week. I have no regrets about it these 2 cheats. I had a healthy few days (19 days in total) and I enjoyed my little cheats too.

Right so going into week 9 of my training, what do I have planned:

Monday: Rest Day
Tuesday: 5km run; Functional Training Teaser at work; RPM
Wednesday: Rest Day
Thursday: 10km run; Bodypump
Friday: 3km run
Saturday: Rest Day
Sunday: 10km Wanderers run followed by 6km run to make it 16km on one day.

What is your plan for this week?

Thinking Out Loud Thursdays #3: The Story Of Jack

On this fine Thursday in Joburg I am pondering various arb thoughts. Not sure what Thinking Out Loud Thursdays are about? Check out here.

Are you a Dog or a Cat person?

Take this quiz here. Such a funny blog post from a friend of mine. This post got me thinking about how I am very much a dog person. I dislike cats a lot. Its a weird and not so wonderful story. See my mum is highly allergic to cats so we never had a cat growing up. They are very unfamiliar to me, hence I don’t really like them. But I also have never met a friendly cat. I have met angry, bitchy, bossy, stuck up and just plain mean cats instead. So I guess you could say, they started my dislike really. I have mentioned it before but basically Rob and I bought a house so we could get a pet.

Rob never had a dog growing up, so he was a big kid about it and wanted a dog desperately. We wanted (still want) a Lab but our little garden is just not big enough for a big dog so we looked at various smaller breeds. Breeds with a bit of personality and unlimited cuteness. It was down to three breeds in the end: Pug, Boston Terrier or French Bulldog. A friend contacted me early Jan this year and told me about a breeder selling Pug puppies and so with that, the decision was made.

Jack 4 weeks
We chose Jack when he was just 4 weeks old. well, he chose us really. He was the biggest in the litter and he stood on his brothers and sisters heads to get to us. Rob reached out and picked him up and it was love at first sight. He was slightly darker in colouring than his other fawn brothers and sisters. We just knew he was the one for us.

Jack and Rob

So we chose him then had to wait an agonizing 2 weeks till he had his shots and could safely leave his mommy. In the meantime we came up with his name. His name is two fold really. On the one side he is named after an Arsenal soccer player, Jack Wilshire. And secondly, he is named after my nanny noo -noo (my Canadian Grandma), Jackie.

Jack and DadWe picked him up on a Tuesday, in a box with a Teddy and an old t shirt that had his mom’s smell on. From day one he had our hearts and he owned the house. He has more toys than some kids!

Jack and his toysI have also been doing the proper mummy thing to do and documenting his months with us. Each month on the 20th he gets a pic and a shout out.

6months of jack 7 monthsYesterday was his 8 months B-Day. Anyway, this is just a random post about how much I love my pug child Jack. Happy Birthday little guy, you are so very much loved. X

Jack 8 months

So are you a dog or a cat person? Do you treat your pet like your fur child?


Week 7 of 12 Half Marathon Training

This past week my plan was to add more rest days, listen to my body and meet my goals. I am happy to say I did just that!

wake up kick butt repeat

I ran twice; Tuesday (6km) and Thursday (10km). Plus I did a RPM class as well as a Bodypump class too.

Over the weekend I was meant to run my slow long distance but I coughed the whole night on Friday and just wasn’t feeling up to it so I skipped the run and ran this morning (Monday) instead.

This week’s goals are:

  • Monday: 10km run and Bodypump class
  • Tuesday: Rest day
  • Wednesday: 8km run
  • Thursday: Rest day
  • Friday: 10km run
  • Saturday: 5km park run followed by 5km spruit run
  • Sunday: Rest day

A lot more running for this week, so I am slowing down on the other gym workouts to give my legs the rest they need. I am also minding my knee which seems to be playing up. But I am following the physios advice and sticking to the exercises!

What is your plan for the week? Any goals you are ready to smash??

25 Things You Don’t Know About Me {Link Up}

This quiz came from Julie, who stole it from Julie, who took the idea from Tina, so I thought – why not do it myself!

1. I’m happiest when… I am in my PJ’s

2.. …Especially if… I am on our couch with my love and our pug child!
3. I’ve always wanted to… own my own business! Perhaps one day my big dreams will come true 🙂
4. My Family and I… have a wicked sense of humor. Without fail someone in our family will crack a joke and have everyone howling with laughter in seconds. We cool like that.
5. I was terrible… at maths. When I was younger, I actually purposely skipped over geometry entirely in Matric because I had no clue. Even after years of extra maths, I still get easily confused with figures.

6. My First Job was… at the local wimpy at the age of 15. I worked there for a while with a very good friend, Jen. We use to get paid an hourly rate, a burger and chips with a cold drink for lunch – it was a bargain. I still love Wimpy burgers!

PL-Wimpy27. I could probably eat … something sweet everyday. (Which is why I need to give it up for 21 days. #21daysnocheats

8. I stole… this post idea 🙂
9. I was born on the same day as… Nick Carter from backstreet boys! This as a 11 year old girl was a great fact to blurt out! Swoon, we loved BSB!

nick carter10. My all-time favorite film is… Breakfast Club. But ya knew that from my YOU Challenge, right?

11. I do a pretty mean… Jack Impersonation. I can literally make Rob chuckle with everything I think Jack is saying. And I love that. I love making Rob laugh.
12. I’m still mad… that I deleted the last episode of the 2nd season of nashville off my PVR without realising the catch up hadnt recorded it properly – #technologyletdown!
13. I met my husband… well, he is my boyfriend, but I met Rob at University. We were just friends for a few years before we had our first proper conversation (FYI most random first conversation about how bad we wanted to leave Durban and how all our friends were settling down) I knew right after that convo that he was the one I wanted to be with forever. We have been together for over 3 years, moved cities and bought a house and a pup together. Love him with all my heart.
Rob and I in Prague

Rob and I in Prague

14. I always knew I wanted… to have a job that allowed me to travel lots. So far we have done one epic Euro trip last year and I am hoping to travel more next year!
15. I’m not afraid to… speak my mind. In fact this is probably one of my strongest characters. I don’t like keeping my mouth shut – haha!
16. I make the best… Bolognaise sauce. Like its epic! YUM.

17. I have almost no…co-ordination. I cannot catch a ball without closing my eyes. Hence Running is for me, ball sports – not so much.

18. I always cry when… watching anything about children or animals getting mistreated. I once cried in an advert about kids in a car crash. So tragic!

19. I am… allergic to hair dye  but… I still get my highlights done (as long as it doesnt touch my scalp my hair wont fall out!)
20. I spent… my credit card limit on going to Europe last year – no regrets.
21. I wish my folks… would worry less. They, like me, are worriers. I worry about them, they worry about me. We all need to worry less.
22. At 5,we lived in the Eastern Cape in East London. I loved living there.
23. I believe if everyone …exercised more, the world would be a better place. More exercise would de-stress more people, and that means less angry people!

24. I can’t stand… mayonnaise. Like really, that stuff grosses me out!
25. Whenever … some bad reality show is on, I’ll watch it. I have a sick and twisted fascination with reality shows. Possible because it requires little brain activity.

Where is your happy place? What could you eat every day? Tell me your secrets!

Week 6 of 12 Half Marathon Training: HALF WAY!

Confession time.

confessionI took the week off. I didn’t run, or exercise all week!

After my 12km on Sunday, my legs felt really tired so I gave myself Monday off. But by Tuesday my legs and knees were still sore and I had a moment of “I am tired of feeling tired and sore” – So I sulked and didn’t run Tuesday, or Wednesday. By Thursday I was kinda happy I hadn’t run and decided to break until Sundays race (the Sandton to Soweto 10km).

In the end I have no regrets for taking the week off. My legs were kind to me on Sunday – I had no pain while running (except a niggling knee) and I finished strong and in good time (1hr 16min).

What has this week taught me? Well perhaps I have been over doing my training just a bit.

Most people when they train for a half marathon (at my level of fitness) just focus on running the required Km’s a week – with no strength training. I am not saying that is the right way to go about it. I really do believe my strength training will help my legs in the long run. But what it says is that I perhaps need to slow down and take the required rest days.

rest-day-big-deal-1So here is this week’s plan:

  • Monday: Rest Day after yesterday’s run
  • Tuesday: 8km run; and RPM in the afternoon
  • Wednesday: Rest Day
  • Thursday: 10km Hills training; and BodyPump
  • Friday: Rest Day
  • Saturday: 10km Long and Slow Run
  • Sunday: Rest Day

I am at this point in my training where I want to be so much more ahead of where I am – I want to be fitter, stronger and faster. But I think the most important thing I can do is stop and listen to my body. As the weeks go by toward my first 21km, the runs will increase in distance so its a good thing I learn this important fact sooner rather than later. I don’t want to burn myself out to the point where I don’t get to run at all.

mind-2-body-pilates-gym-inspiring-fitness-quotes-sayings-take-care-of-your-body-exercise-motivational-statements-famous-quotesSo what is your confession this week? How is your training going? What are your plans for this week? Do you take the right amount of rest days for your body?

Week 5 of 12 of Half Marathon Training

Another month has flown passed, can you believe it’s already August!?

Before I recap my July goals and chat about my goals for August, how did this weeks training go? Short answer – epic! 🙂

Monday: Bodypump class
Tuesday: 3km hills run, plus an indoor cycling class
Wednesday: rest day, but I bought my new shoes (new balance, strong promotion shoe – review on these to follow shortly)
Thursday: 10km hills run and Grit Plyo (intense HIIT class)
Friday: RPM Cycling class
Saturday: rest day ( got my hair done and chilled with the family in Durban!)
Sunday: 12km in Durban humidity… sometimes I impress myself! I didn’t run fast, check sometimes I just walked but I was still happy I got out there and did it!

Total of 25km running done, together with some strength and HIIT training. It was a good, productive week.
How did July go?
Well I have run over 90km this month! That’s a record for sure! I increased my workouts and now have a very clear workout schedule and I am training 5 days a week, with 2 days training twice! I feel unstoppable!

I weighed myself and I have lost 3kgs and 11cm overall! So I am feeling and looking fabulous too!

I am sticking to eating healthy, some new changes to come this week, stay posted!

I did a girls night, had a braai and lots of get together with family, got to go down to Durban to see my lovely family, so I am feeling happy about all of that.

All in all it was a good month and I am feeling great! August I plan to maintain these goals and keep training so that I am ready for my first half.

What are your goals? New month new challenges?