The Hills Are Alive… With The Sound Of Tekkies

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By Aimee Vandale

I can’t believe that February is done and dusted and we are into the single double digits of the countdown!

Training is going great! I think my biggest challenge has been to teach myself to run slower. I hate running slow, but I’m getting used to it and running in general seems more enjoyable. I’m feeling stronger and running has become second nature (the inner battle of ‘should I go for a run or laze around’ has become a non-negotiable, I even ran on my first wedding anniversary in the Drakensberg).

This month I have run a couple of races as training runs. I ran the Pirates Half-Marathon a couple of weekends ago and WOW, those hills were killers! But it was a great gauge and confidence booster, as it became a clear indication that my training program is working and I’m seeing a huge improvement in my strength and hill work.

Next on the list is my qualifier on March 11th. I must admit I had a mild heart attack when I opened up my March Training Program and saw my qualifying is in two weeks time. Once it’s done it will be a huge personal accomplishment. I’m looking forward to the next month of training as I will be hitting a lot of new personal milestones.

I keep telling myself to trust the process, breath, smile and everything else will fall into place.


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2 Responses to The Hills Are Alive… With The Sound Of Tekkies

  1. Manette March 13, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I’ve been following Aimee’s blogs from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Our family is just so interested in seeing how she is progressing and how strong physically and mentally she has become throughout the training. Way to go Aimee!!

  2. Mary-Anne Brink May 29, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Ha-ha! Okay, firstly – well done for running on your first year wedding anniversary!!! I am so glad you are enjoying it and that you are feeling confident. Let me tell you… training is important for Comrades, but I can tell you for sure that it has a great deal to do with your mind… when you hit the 60km mark with about 30km to go… think of me… this is where you will know what I mean… there – it is your mind that does the running and not your legs! Enjoy every step of Fields Hill! Hopefully I will see you there, because that is where support carries you through (tell Gert!).

    Then, Pirates!!! Oh my word! I was part of the Pirates Running club when I did my downrun first Comrades in 2010 and my husband and I did the 21km Pirates route almost every weekend as training… boy – that always remains a bit of a challenge, but it is definitely a good gauge!

    I am so excited for you!!! Feels like I am running again!

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