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RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 Blogs

Training begins
28-Feb-2013 06:51:03 AM [(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria]

It has been a while since we’ve posted something, but that has mainly been due to technical difficulties – grrrr. I just wanted to start off by following on from where John left off… We ran our first trail race in 5 months (well actually it was our first trail run too). It was a beautiful 34km race in and around Silvermine. We had no intention of finishing the race as we thought it would be too long for us, so we were going to play it by ear and bail somewhere along the way. We started the day off slowly, walked all the hills and just took in the beautiful scenery that surrounded us. At halfway we were feeling good and so we just decided to keep going. I am really glad we did as it gave us a lot of confidence and showed us that we still had a good base in our legs. The only thing that hurt were my feet and toes – ouch! #neednewshoes… A few people have been asking us about our training and preparation, so I just thought I would give a brief update of what we’ve been up to. We still don’t have a training program as such, but are just trying to build up a good, solid, consistent base from which to build on. I guess at the moment we are running around 40-50kms per week, but we will need to build that up now, as well as do consecutive days and long runs. We seem to mainly be doing road, which is just ghastly, but we are running with a group of mates who are training for Two Oceans Ultra. They are basically dragging us around, but it’s more enjoyable running in a group – and especially this group . The one good thing about the road is that it makes you mentally strong. Once their training is done then we’ll all head off into the mountain, as we are then training for a 3-day stage race in Grabouw in April, African X. Time just seems to be flying by and before you know it we will only be a few months away from competing in Iceland. Some days I am so excited, and others I am absolutely petrified. We got our buffs for Iceland the other day – so the first sign of this being a reality. They sit in the cupboard and whenever I see them I go into a cold sweat! I think we may be doing our first block weekend this weekend (ie: running Friday, Sat, Sun & Mon), but just relatively short distances – just to see how it feels and to get the ball rolling. Will let you know how it goes…
CARYN KENNEDY
RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013

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Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

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Guest House Owner and mother of 3 daughters

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CARYN KENNEDY
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Hometown
Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

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Guest House Owner and mother of 3 daughters

Why are you competing?
To challenge myself - To experience something that
very few people get to - To share it with my
husband - To get out of my comfort zone - To see
if I can...

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