soweto 10k update + free music

with anne and teresa post-race

ok, i think i’m giving up on giving up! ran the soweto 10k yesterday in 1h05 (4 minutes better than the spar 10k) and as soon as i got home, went online looking to see if there was another 10k in my area this coming weekend. i’m happy to report, there isn’t. 😉

the start was so disorganized that we crossed the start line a good six minutes after the starting gun went off. hordes of people and a crazy bottle-neck. i stood in line for 12 minutes to use one of the 3 porta-potties available, by which time the starting gun sounded, which meant i finally got to use the bathroom a good 2 hours later when i finally got back home. 

and yet, despite the fact that i had pulled a calf muscle from filming in high heels and doing all kinds of crazy spins for a promo for the station my show is on and had to strap my leg, despite the fact that the sun was already up and merciless at 7a.m., despite running over piles of trash, old carpets, road-kill, etc, it was a great race. there were an insane amount of people and i was so busy getting around walkers and runners of every conceivable shape and size (people running in slippers and flimsy slip-on shoes) that i couldn’t believe it when we i looked up and we had already reached the 3km mark. 

my journo friend, teresa and i finally got to run together and it really makes a great difference, having someone to talk to and share the race. we eventually parted around the 4k mark when i wanted to go a little faster. i normally don’t run without my ipod, but those first 4k’s were just fine when i had someone to talk to. when i was running on my own, though, i put in my ear-phones. there’s a song by  juno reactor called “conga fury” and it always drives me a little faster whenever i put it on. i decided to put it on a loop, and just kept listening to it over and over. it really kept me amped. the orange mega-carb boosters they were handing out at the water-stations also seemed to keep me going. i had taken a gu about 15 minutes before the race and had one on hand for the 5k mark, but the orange stuff they were handing out seemed to do the trick. 

all in all, i really enjoyed it! ok, even i can’t believe i’m saying that! so, i’m going to stop talking about hanging up my running shoes and if it happens, fine, but don’t be surprised if i start talking about the next big race. doing it with a friend makes all the difference. (hey patty, come on over!)

for those of you looking for some (free) music downloads to keep you going:

  • my friend dj kramer has fantastic free hour long downloads of his mixes.
  • over at podrunner dj steveboy has mixes specifically for running – you can find mixes at specific bpm’s to suit your pace.
  • dj steveboy also does groovelectric 
  • electric theatre also has some fantastic mixes 
  • some fantastic mixes here too. i love anything by dj cush.

i have a running mix in my ipod: SONG/ARTIST/ALBUM/TIME

  • Yeah Toxic (Blades Blend Remix/Britney Spears Ft. Usher and/Yeah Toxic (Blades Blend Remix/3:45
  • Poor Leno [Silikon Soul Rmx] / There Is A Light That Never Goes Out [Acapella]/Röyksopp Remixed By Silikon Soul / Erlend Øye/DJ Kicks: Erlend Oye/5:53
  • City Life/Brothers Of Peace/The D Project: Life ‘Iskorokoro/6:09
  • New York City Girl/Bodyrockers/Bodyrockers/4:14
  • Conga Fury/Juno Reactor/Bible of Dreams/8:08
  • Spaced Invader/Hatiras Feat. Slarta John/Best Of Club Hits Volume 4/4:15
  • Gramma Jams/Bassnectar/Beatfreak Bohemia/2:42
  • The Need To Be Naked/Amber/Best Of Club Hits Volume 4/4:59
  • September/The Joker (Shinichi Osawa Remix)/Fatboy Slim & Wind & Fire Earth/Babel Original Soundtrack/6:29
  • Who Are You?/Bassnectar/Beatfreak Bohemia/4:55
  • Burn For You/Kreo’/Best Of Club Hits Volume 4/5:02
  • I Like The Way/Bodyrockers/Bodyrockers/3:20
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mind over matter

i am SO  over running. no, seriously. really. after sunday’s soweto 10k, i am absolutely hanging up my running shoes.

i went to the track yesterday for the first time since the spar 10k. in fact i should have gone monday, but my schedule is such that i’m at work at the crack and back after dark. i have so little desire to do this that i decided not to set my alarm for yesterday, but to see if i woke up in time to go to the track before work.

in the morning i opened my eyes and rolled over to look at the clock. 05H58. urgh. did a quick bathroom run, then jumped back in bed. 06H20 and i was lying staring at the curtain.  i finally admitted defeat, got up and into my running gear and headed for the track.

07h00 – the track lay melting under a seeming-midday-sun. by the time i got to 5k’s, i was having to give myself a good talking to in order to keep going.

matter: damn, it’s hot, i’m not enjoying this. knee hurts. i can feel where i got that  blister last time. i know i can get through the race on sunday. i can just stop now.

mind: what?! what are you talking about? if you stop now, you’re a quitter! you’re not a quitter, come on! just finish this lap.

matter: ok, that’s 13 laps, i can stop now.

mind: no, don’t stop now! come on, just one more. and one more. and one more….

it’s all mind over matter. and i mind. i really do. i think i’m going back to dancing, cos i know some people feel like running is absolute zen. it’s where they find their bliss. not me. i start a run knowing that i’m going to have to have to do this for the next 45/50/60 minutes. and i do it even when it feels like more modern day torture.

for me the best part about running is once i’m done. and i don’t think that’a a good enough reason to do it.

though i am going to do it.  the soweto 10k, sunday november 2, 2008, 06h15. yup, that would be this sunday! wish me luck!

spar ladies race – 10k

ok. i’m officially crapping myself. 

went to pick up my t-shirt and number (#3276)  for the spar ladies race 10k tomorrow morning and had a look at the route. i’m scared. 

i’m feeling so underprepared. 2 months ago, i was in top shape and more than ready. then i had the whole laser peel drama as well as problems with my lungs and since then i feel like i’ve been hauling myself up a mountainside with nothing but dental floss! i’ve run exactly 7 times in the last 8 weeks and 5 out of those were in the last 10 days.

i did 8k’s on monday, 6.4k’s on wednesday and 5k’s last night. and each time it’s been slower than the pace i used to run months ago and i’ve been pretty exhausted after. the realization is sinking in that i may not be quite prepared for this. i’ve been running only on the track, whereas tomorrow, i’m going to have to overcome road-surface and hills. i’ve only run 10k’s once before and that was almost 2.5 months ago.

still, i’m determined. i’m going to finish this thing if it kills me. which it won’t.

good for me! 😉

wish me luck and check back tomorrow this time folks!

i did it!


yup, ran 9 laps today and ironically, i think today’s run might have been the most enjoyable one i’ve had so far! 25 minutes 40 seconds – which for me is great!
i can hardly believe i just said that!
i think the longer runs might just allow more time for the endorphins to kick in. everything just felt better. my ipod stayed put rather than falling 3 times like last time, my laces were laced just right, rather than 2 tight and even my protesting muscles could barely be heard above the episode of this american life on my ipod. i think i might have found my running partner.
this american life gave me lots of driveway moments when i was living in l.a. – now it’s keeping me company on the track.
i love you ira. here’s to many more miles!

you’ve come a long way, baby!


jeez, i’m feeling decidedly ancient! we have a new actor on our show and it turns out that i am exactly twice as old as he is! i think i look fairly decent for my age, but damn, acting opposite someone half one’s age is enough to make one feel decrepit.

anyway, what with eskom’s scheduled “load shedding” leaving us all in the dark and powerless, i only got out of the studio at 7pm and there was no way i was going to repeat the running the track in the dark experience. it was all i could do to decide what pizza to order ( yay, more cheese after my cheese toast in the morning. very unusual seeing that i normally avoid dairy what with being so allergic to it) and make my way to the couch.
what a strange day! started out banging my head and nearly giving myself a black eye on the edge of the step-stool in the kitchen as i bent to pick something up. then i bashed my thigh into the table. next i dropped the sandwich i’d spent 10 minutes making. later i closed my nail in the toilet door. and then something went wrong with the equipment in the studio while we were trying to shoot my first scene of the day. a weirdness seeming to permeate the air. feel like i’ve got my own private mercury retrograde at the moment.
fortunately the cough from the night before seemed to fade away. though i am suddenly eating like a horse. been about 3 weeks since i drank any alcohol, but either it’s the time of month, or all this running which is majorly boosting my appetite.
saturday
day 5 this week. yup, i’ve come a long way, baby! probably because i don’t smoke virginia slims or anything else for that matter! ran 3 sets of 2 laps each. 1 lap walking to start off with and inbetween. still largely mind over matter. on the last set i decided to run at a pace that i enjoy, rather than pushing, but i was still panting at the end. roughly 5 minutes per set, 2.30 or less per lap.
i persevere. it’s going to become fun even if it kills me!
ha. bloody ha.

thursday’s run

today has just been way too long. it’s not 8pm yet here in johannesburg and i am whipped, barely staying upright infront of my computer.

had to be up at 5.30a.m. for a very long day in the studio. endless scenes back to back. lots of words to memorize and for some reason i struggled to fall asleep last night. 
got back from the studio at about 6.15 this evening. rushed in, changed and got to the track by 6.30.
i was hoping that the track would be lit up, but everything was actually pretty scarily bathed in long dark shadows so that one couldn’t see anything from one side of the track to the other. if lasz hadn’t come along and hung out in the middle of the field with the puppy, i don’t know if i would have stayed. i could see the outlines of guys hanging out in the darkness on the grassy knolls on the side of the track. probably just students, but if there weren’t someone watching my back i wouldn’t felt comfortable enough to stay or to wear my ipod for my run. 
there was also the time constraint of the track closing at 7. i went for a fast warm up walk around the track and then probably started out my run too fast. running in the cool darkness should have felt good, but i was a little too apprehensive to enjoy it and my chest hurt. today’s 3 laps should have been easy after yesterday’s 8, but felt as hard. i only walked 1 and 1/2 laps and then ran only 2&1/2 because i needed to get the car out of the lot before 7.
i’m glad i made the time to fit my run into an impossible schedule, but i think i might have to go to the gym the next time i have to run after dark. 
that was not a pleasant experience.
got home and couldn’t stop coughing. am hoping i’m not coming down with a cold. am exhausted. another 5.30 a.m. morning tomorrow and another long day at the studio which will probably be made longer by load shedding. 
urgh! the joy’s of living here on the tip of africa!

i’m so pissed!

i’ve spent hours blogging about the last few days and then lost it when i tried to publish! urgh! 

i’m not even going to try to recreate that post, so:
in short;
i have my first puppy since i was 8. 
it’s  a boerboel.
i’m puppywhipped. 
today i achieved the seemingly impossible;
i ran 8 laps after only training for 2 and 1/2 weeks.
yay for me! i rock!