Another run in the rain – Cradle of Humankind Half Marathon – 27th April
After a very soggy sodden and FREEZINGLY cold weekend here in the province of Gauteng, the rain continued and just kept on falling…
Yesterday was a public holiday here in South Africa – Freedom Day – and I had been looking forward to doing the Cradle of Humankind Half Marathon, but throughout a very cold Monday night it continued to rain, and rain, and rain…and when we got up at 4am yesterday it was drizzling softly. Hmmmm….running in the cold and wet for a second time was not too appealing, but I had really wanted to run this race, so no giving in now and going back to a warm bed. So, as my husband very kindly agreed to drive me there (driving on highways in rain and dark is enough to give me a nervous breakdown) the whole family set off at 5 am towards the north west of Johannesburg.
We arrived just before 6 am and, unlike Saturday’s wash-out of a race (where hardly any runners pitched) runners were arriving in their droves, and we got there just in time to avoid the traffic chaos and secure a good parking spot. What can I say; Jo’burg runners are a dedicated bunch!
The race gun went off on time at 7am and off we set about 1000 plus runners in cool and drizzly, misty weather to tackle the 10 K or 21.1 K race. The route was an out and back one on country roads through beautiful green countryside (thanks to the very wet summer) and was very scenic. Nothing too strenuous - rolling hills.
My aim was to get into a ‘groove’ and just run comfortably, which I did. I didn’t push myself at any stage and felt good, if cold. After the turn around point it started raining in earnest again until I had about 3 Ks to go when it settled down into a soft drizzle.
The last 3 Ks felt terribly long (I’m not running with a watch at the moment as my Polar strap still needs to be fixed, so have no clue as to time) and I started feeling tired but after the last hill it was down towards the end.… And when I finished and glanced at the time clock my time was 2:02:13!!! I couldn’t believe it!!! At first I thought ‘No, it must be 2 hours and 13 minutes’, which was the time I was expecting myself to do but the minutes were actually the seconds, and yes my time was just over 2 hours and 2 minutes!!!! A new PB for me!!!! YAY!!!!
After a cold trip home to Pretoria, and a nice long hot bath (while sipping a big mug of hot choc) and a hearty lunch of fish risotto (cooked by the DH), I had a good long snooze!
What a weird long holiday weekend of rain and cold, and running, EATING, EATING, EATING and sleeping!
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