Training for City2Surf: Getting Two-Thirds There – Week 7

14 Jul

5 weeks ’till the City2Surf !  Woot woot !

Stoked, scared, excited.  A myriad of emotions as the big day gets closer.

But hey, let’s start this weekly post with the fun stuff:


Since starting up this segment on my blog, I’ve discovered a couple of other kick-ass mummy bloggers who are also stepping up to the running challenge.

Tat at Mum in Search is also doing the City2Surf.  We’ve made plans to meet (for the first time, no less !) at the finishing line.  That in itself is motivating me to finish strong !

Then, there’s Kirri at Happy Mums At Home who’s training hard for the Bridge to Brisbane run.

Go, ladies !

So, although I’m running on my own, I’m kinda running with the spirit of others.  And that helps take some of the loneliness edge of a novice runner.


Dudes…I did it !  I’ve hit the 10kilometre mark !  And just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke…I ran it again…this morning !

Yes, I have blisters.  Yes, my legs are as stiff as planks.  But, to know that I can run further has given me that extra boost of confidence.

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City2Surf is 14 kilometres in total.

The best advice I received when I was training for it last year was:

“If you can’t cover 14 kilometres before the actual race, that’s okay.  Just target to get to two-thirds of it.”

As I was breast feeding 6 month twins at the time and pretty much housebound, the time I needed to train and run was scarce.

Not to mention the self-confidence battles I was having in trying to get fit again.

But knowing that all I needed was to get to two-thirds of the actual distance whittled away a layer of pressure.

Last year, I managed an 8 kilometre run before the big day.  I was chuffed.  I felt ready.

I still felt like a wounded soldier when I actually finished the race.

I remember during the last 6 kilometres my body was screaming in pain – trying to figure out why I was still putting one foot in front of the other.  Muscle memory was telling my brain, “Um…what the HELL is she doing ???I don’t think we’ve gone this far before…”

But that’s when mind takes over matter.

You know you’ve done two-thirds in preparation.

All it takes is another third to complete.

And come hell or high water…that’s what you do.


You may, or may not know that I’m running to fund-raise this year.

Please click here to my City2Surf fundraising page if you would like to donate to the Miracle Babies Foundation – a support group for parents and families of premature babies and sick newborns, and the hospitals that care for them.


7 Responses to “Training for City2Surf: Getting Two-Thirds There – Week 7”

  1. Twinisms July 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    You are the most awesome of the awesome! Go you!! I can’t wait to hear all about the race! You will feel so great, so proud of yourself! Yay!!

    • mamagrace71 July 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm #

      Aw, thanks my friend. I am planning to totally kick some serious butt 🙂

  2. Kristyn July 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    I wanna have your courage to commit to something big like this and do it. I am such a slob! But I am back to the gym next week, crossing fingers!

    • mamagrace71 July 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

      You can totally do it, Mummy K. Take it in small steps. We’re here to give you all the moral support and encouragement that you need..and then some x

  3. Lifeasmummymax July 16, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Wow you are awesome! I haven’t run in a very long time!! Asthma is my excuse but I would love to get out there and run. Look forward to hearing how it all goes! You are amazing!

  4. Maria Tedeschi (Mrs M) July 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm #

    Well done you. Getting up that early on a cold August morning; I could never do it. Hats off to you.

    Love & stuff
    Mrs M

  5. cookingcrusade July 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    wow ten ks! very impressive! i pretty much die before reaching 1 k on the treadmill at the gym, whoops… hahaha.

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