A Minimalist Approach to the Cape Town Marathon: Training Update #3

by | Jul 16, 2018 | Minimalism, Random Fun Stuff | 0 comments

cape town marathonWe’re taking a minimalist approach to the Cape Town Marathon this year. After 2018’s DNS debacle, we thought it prudent to go minimalist in our choice of distance.

DNS is sports speak for ‘did not start’. The horror.

This err on the side of caution approach has led us to enter the 10km Peace Run rather than the Full Monty.

That’s not to say the pressure is off, mind you. If anything, it’s more on than ever.

The guys at Cape Town Marathon very kindly sponsored us two entries in return for monthly updates on our training progress, which means we either train and finish or risk embarrassing ourselves online. #notanoption

Training Update #1
Training Update #2
Training Update #4
Race Day

Minimalist Training Progress for June/July

We’re heading into Week 9 of our ten kay training programme, which, with roughly two months to go until race day, puts us well ahead of schedule.

Hello bed days!

Sporty is well on her way to a full recovery thanks to the awesome physio our even awesomer spinning instructor, Natalie, put us in touch with.

I, in the meantime, am busy dealing with a back issue that’s decided to show itself in my left buttock and hamstring.

Our four-month car hire stint forced it front and centre, but it would have showed itself at some point anyway.

Thanks to a two centimeter leg length discrepancy I’ve always walked with a limp. Apparently my spine didn’t appreciate this.

No matter, Natalie hooked me up with her biokineticist and soon all will be well again. That’s the handy thing about hanging out with fitness fanatics, they invariably have a phonebook full of useful contacts to call on when life happens.

On the upside, I’m still able to run, spin, swim and do Pilates and yoga.


Speaking of swimming. OMW I’m having so much fun. I started swimming because I wanted to do that ‘get out of your comfort zone’ thing they’re always telling you do. Also, swimming is really good for you.

But then a funny thing happened. I really started enjoying it. It makes such a difference having someone coach you, because they fix all the stuff you’re rubbish at. After three lessons I learnt to breathe bilaterally!

If I wasn’t such a grammar nerd I’d have used at least five exclamation marks.

Breathing bilaterally is something I never thought I’d be able to do, so I’m ridiculously excited about my achievement.

I don’t even care that I’ve only just mastered something most preschoolers can do without effort. I’m celebrating the wins, no matter how big, small or silly.

Our running is going amazingly well. Sporty is literally leaving me in her dust, which is so damn cool. Even better, on the odd occasion I do manage to keep up she’s happy to talk to me.

Before, she considered running and having a conversation at the same time an utterly ridiculous notion.

But between the Full Body Reboot and the Art of Living Happiness Program, she’s suddenly morphed into this crazy fit athlete.

From Wednesday we’ll be adding mountain hikes/walks/runs to our training regimen. With Newlands Forest a mere 20-minute walk from home, how can we not?

Road running and taking advantage of the many classes available at gym is great, but we need to get outside more. Especially now Sporty is sequestered in a cubicle for most of the day.

If you’re not keen on being outside (seriously!?), perhaps this podcast with Zack Bush, M.D. on GMOs, glyphosate and healing the gut will convince you to get out there and commune with nature.

If you’re more of a visual person, you can watch the interview on YouTube. Whatever your medium of choice, just make sure you give it a listen. It’s seriously fascinating.

But then again, so are pretty much all of Rich Roll’s interviews.

Massage Time at MyMassage

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Look, whether you’re a runner, a cyclist or a hardcore couch potato, you need to get a massage at least once a month.

Your body works super hard for you so the least you can do is return the favour with a little TLC.

Check out update #2 to see my feedback on the reflexology treatment the lovely Chido at MyMassage afforded my feet recently.

It’s been a month but I swear they’re still zinging with delight.

If you’re lucky enough to live in Cape Town you can book online or call 021 433 0851 to make an appointment by speaking to a real, live person.

News from Cape Town Marathon

Cape Town Marathon

Other than the 22km Peace Trail Run (which is sold out), entries are still open. The event caters to all fitness levels, so you get to choose between the 42.2km full marathon, the 10km PEACE Run and the 5km Fun Run.

The event’s Run Green Campaign is particularly impressive. Voted the Greenest Marathon in the world for 2017, the Cape Town Marathon is also one of the first events in the world to achieve 100% zero waste to landfill.

For the general knowledge buffs out there, CTM’s history makes for an interesting read. From humble beginnings in 2007, the event has grown in size and popularity, attracting an impressive field of elite athletes.

If you’re socially inclined you can follow CTM on Twitter,and Facebook, where they share news, updates, inspiration and more.

Pro Tip: If sore joints are making your life a misery, I recently discovered the anti-inflammatory wonders of Frankincense. You’re welcome.

See you on the road.


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