Mazda Zoom-Zoom 15K : 7th place for me!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
How to be placed in the top ten and achieve silver at a road race:
Heehee - very easy……just pitch and run in the most inclement weather!
Well Sparkfriends, yesterday I had another brilliant running adventure….
Gloomy bad weather had descended upon Pretoria on Friday, heavy rain and it won’t stop...
It poured right throughout Friday night. And on Saturday when I got up to head off to the race it was still pouring….And it was cold, around 10 degrees C, which is COLD COLD COLD for us South Africans. So not surprisingly there weren’t the usual thousands of runners waiting at the start line….only about a hundred odd mad runners.
Now here in SA silver medals get awarded to the top hundred runners finishing, and so we were all guaranteed of silver! You just had to finish the race. Easy!
(Actually, GOLD would have been a more fitting reward for getting out of bed so early and braving such horrible weather to run 15Ks.)
The race organisers decided not to cancel and let the race go ahead, although they delayed the race for 5 minute hoping that there would be sudden deluge of late-comers, but there wasn’t. Just two or three extra joined our by now sodden and frozen group at the starting line. And then we were off, running through rivulets of water and rain and negotiating muddy patches. I had a good strong run and enjoyed it thoroughly, and what a strange experience having the road and watering points all to one’s self!
I finished 7th lady overall. Would have been 6th, but a Tuks student, who was far better running through the muddy bog at the end, piped me at the post!
What a great race! Oh yes, almost forgot: my finishing time was 1 hour and 22 minutes – a new 15K PB for me.
Race camaraderie: 10 out of 10
Running conditions: 3 out of 10
Medal: Hey, silver is not as shiny as I thought it would be!
Running phobia conquered: Being last at a small race.
A great big THANK YOU to all the marshals, and water and Coke bearers who stood in the cold and rain! (Of course, I did personally thank each one of them as I ran past.)