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09 November 2006

Run with Maryann: Week 6

"Our Optifit group met at Cecelia Forest this week on Monday. The session involved running off-road on the gravel road in the forest with quite a lot of hills," writes Maryann.

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Our Optifit group met at Cecelia Forest this week on Monday. The session involved running off-road on the gravel road in the forest with quite a lot of hills – very good for building fitness.

I had to miss this session due to a work function, so our trainer gave me the following to do on my own:
Warm-up, walking for 5 mins, then
5 mins run
2 mins walk
10 mins run
2 mins walk
20 mins run
2 mins walk
Warm-down walk

This is roughly a 5km run, especially at the slower pace I did while running on my own. It made me realise how important it is to run with a group or with a buddy. It was so hard actually, and I have been feeling a bit energy deficient, despite the fact that I eat a lot and always have a snack a while before I run.

This week we received some nutritional tips, most of which I feel I am pretty good at! I sit with my 1,5 litre water bottle on my desk at work and try to make sure I finish one every day. I take 3 apples to work and also have those staring at me until I eat them.

We all know we should have 5-8 portions of fruit and veg every day, and my 3 apples goes a long way to achieving that, but the veg part gets difficult if you grab a sandwich for lunch and have a Woolies ready meal for dinner! I buy the ready-to-go stir-fry veg and throw it in the wok for a few minutes to try and bulk up what I eat, but it is hard to not get bored of it.

Wednesday and Thursday we basically did 5km runs, still keeping the 2 mins of walking between each 10 minutes of running. We are doing 6 minutes a km though, which is a fair pace. I really like the idea of running the 10km race in December in under 60 mins, but right now I am not quite there!

Monday we meet at Constantia Nek, which means hills in the forest, so I hope I can cope! – (Maryann Shaw)

Read more about Maryann's journey on the 2007 Old Mutual Two Oceans Superstars page.

Follow our online programme to run 10km in 11 weeks. Here is week 6.

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