On Saturday I did something which I’m quite familiar with now and that is running a race I know I’m not prepared for – to see how unprepared I am – not really sound logic I know, but then again I am just a beginner (and blonde)!
The Red Hill Classic (36.3km) known to be pretty tough with 2 hectic hills in the profile, is what got me out of bed at 4:30am on Saturday morning. I was rather nervous as you can imagine, having not really put in all that much running time on my legs in the past 3 months, but I thought I needed a benchmark, to see how far off the mark I really was.
As usual my mind carried me most of the way and the bunch of energy gel things the rest (the last 5km were possibly the longest in history) and I was pleasantly surprised with my 3 hours and 45min finish. To be fair I had run most of this race last year during the 56km training run I did just before the Comrades, so I knew I had to pace myself for the 2 rather nasty hills, but as things stand now I don’t think I’m too far off on my training.
I’m guessing that last year I had to build a base and this year I already have that base, so getting to the level of fitness I need to be at (to finish long races comfortably and without injury) doesn’t take as long – this is my guess anyway, unless someone else out there has a better explanation…