Only 24 Days to go…

I came upon this realisation this morning while deciding whether or not to get out of my nice warm bed and head out into the cold and wet Cape Town morning for a run at the gym – unfortunately instead of spurring me into action, I just turned over and went back to sleep…

It’s not that I’m unmotivated because I have been training, more so I think than previous years.  I did a 21km near Stellenbosh 2 weeks ago and then a 56km on Sunday, both of which went very well although I still don’t think I’m anywhere near 1000km, but I can live with that.

I think many people who are doing this years Comrades Marathon are reaching the same point, its getting harder and harder to motivate yourself to get out there and its not just because of the weather.  This is normal, or at least I remember feeling like this before, where you are just sick and tired of running – or if you are not running you are thinking about running or stressing about how to fit it in.  This all forms part of the pre-Comrades stress and I wish I could tell you that it gets better… it doesn’t, actually it peaks at round about 5am on Sunday May 30th 🙂

Anyway I hope you have all sorted out your flights, accommodation, pick-up points etc – if not and you still have questions then please give me a shout and I can see what I can do for you.  Oh and Rescue Remedy really comes in handy these last few weeks, go and get yourself some!!

Say Cheese!


  1. Cands says:

    Hi Valerie, thanks for the comment 🙂 I take Rescue Remedy leading up to the runs and I don’t see any problem in actually taking it with you or having someone stand with it along the way. And I can totally relate to having a hard time on long runs when you are in hand-to-hand combat with your mind. If you haven’t already read my post on ‘Running your mind into submission‘? then have a quick look and see if you will be able to do this – it works for me. If you have any questions just give me a shout 🙂

  2. Valerie says:

    Do you use the Rescue Remedy on the runs or just in between them? I totally understand what you are saying about being overwhelmed by the amount of running. I’m doing my first marathon (nothing compared to Comrades) and I’m in crunch time. I’ve been looking for something to take my brain down a notch after a couple of REALLY rough long runs here lately. I know my brain has shut my game down before my legs, I haven’t given up on any of the runs, but it sure doesn’t do much to make it enjoyable when your brain turns on you.

    Best of luck with Comrades. I am totally in awe of anyone who does it!

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