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RacingThePlanet: Iceland 2013 Blogs

African X Done!
25-Apr-2013 06:56:05 AM [(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria]

I sit here now after completing our 3-day stage race in Grabouw – 90kms covered and lots of fun was had (well except on the last day…). It was a great experience and I suppose a fairly positive one too. The fact that we got up every day and were able to run with no problem, was a good sign to us both. After the race was finished, we too could have got up for another day and continued. At least we know that our fitness levels are getting better and that we are able to run for days in a row without too many problems. We didn’t, however, have our race packs on and there, my friends, lies the difference…. I presume the course in Iceland is also going to be much more challenging as well, so this was just a good little warm up to gauge where we’re at. We really enjoyed ourselves, although it’s not quite the kind of trail running we’re used to. It was relatively flat (okay, undulating hills) and fast! We wanted big mountains to climb and lots of technical stuff, but alas, we were hauled around by the fit and fast runners who love the jeep track. The first day was quite a shock as we went out really quickly and felt buggered as we came to the end of our 32kms. Day two was fantastic – we were both strong, ran really comfortably, had some lovely climbs and a bit of the technical trail we love so much. We felt much better after those 33kms! On the third day we knew we had to go relatively fast if we wanted to get into the top 10 of the mixed category, but John took me out so fast that I crashed and my legs just couldn’t go any faster – I was as mad as a snake with him and felt relieved that Iceland isn’t a team event . Anyway, we finished strong and we ended up coming 9th overall for the 3 days, so we were really chuffed. So what did we learn from our experience: it’s all about feet and toes and looking after them! I’m not entirely sure why I got blisters under my toenails, but I suppose I have always been prone to that and need to get ontop of it before Iceland arrives. The other thing was that we luuuuvvvveee eating after racing and definitely ate all our calories burned. So, we need to make sure we have enough food for the 7 days – I would rather have a heavier pack than go hungry!!! I say that now, but I haven’t even put on a heavy pack yet – watch this space….. On that note, I have ordered our backpacks (amongst other things). Until they arrive I will just use another backpack and make it a bit heavier so that I can start my training. Hope to run this weekend for the first time with a heavier pack – maybe around 4kgs. I also went on a shopping spree and bought a few things from Salomon – baselayers; fleece jackets; tights; beanies etc. I just hope they don’t get so stinky and rotten that I am going to have to throw them away once Iceland is done – yuk! We have also met with a few people who have done previous races / read reports and blogs from fellow runners and we are learning tricks and tips along the way – there just seems to be so much to digest and sort through. We have also just received documents from Racing The Planet that need to be filled out like, medical forms with insurance information, blood types, fitness tests etc, etc – so this is now getting very real…. The next time I write, hopefully I’ll be able to tell you how well things are going with the heavier pack (cough, cough) and that all our stuff arrived from overseas safely.
4 months to go
04-Apr-2013 06:54:51 AM [(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria]

What do you know…I look at my calendar today and I see it is the 4th of the 4th, and something rings a bell about the 4th… Four months today until our race starts!!! It may sound like a long time, but at the rate these last four months have gone, it will be here before we know it. I still feel overwhelmed by it all and I am already having sleepless nights thinking about certain things, like: running with my pack; if I am really going to manage from a hygiene point of view; all the things I need to take with; getting blisters; leaving my kids for two weeks etc. There is just so much that consumes my mind on a constant basis. What I have also realised is how pedantic one needs to be about weight, as every gram counts! I have been researching the lightest pack, lightest sleeping bag, lightest clothing etc, but all the while keeping in mind the cold and the minimum requirements. There is so much to think about in terms of food and which ones have the most calories, but weigh the least….oh boy, it’s a whole science this multi-day stage racing. The training is going okay and I guess I am just looking forward to African X in two weeks time, because that will give me a good indication as to how things have been going. It will also give me a good idea as to how my feet are going to handle 90kms over 3 days. I won’t be running with a big pack, so that’s quite a difference, but once African X is over, then the training with the pack will begin… In March I clocked 215kms, so the mileage is picking up, but there is always something that comes up and I don’t manage to get in all the training I’d like to – I haven’t even been doing any cross-training of late and I am missing that. Trying to juggle it all is not easy, believe me!!! Winter seems to also be fast approaching and it’s getting chilly. Waking up in the mornings and heading out for a run is not as easy as it used to be, but I better toughen up, as this is just the beginning – of Winter and the tough training….
CARYN KENNEDY
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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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To challenge myself - To experience something that
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husband - To get out of my comfort zone - To see
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