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Cradle of Humankind Half Marathon - 27 April

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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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  • no profile photo CD5915724
    Great run despite the bad conditions! I'm looking forward to your Comrades report!
    3991 days ago
    Yeah, you are in such a great form you couldn't help but run a PB. Without a watch. Awesome. You are my inspiration for the next couple of years for sure. Unintentional PB - ha-ha.

    How we percept weather in different locations on Earth is interesting. At home in Hungary 15 C feels almost like winter, definitely very cold, here in England it's too hot for a comfortable run. I hope for 8-12 C for my run and without rain. Dizzle is welcome. (But I'm still quite depressed anyway, even running doesn't help with this, I lost a bit of my sunshine for what seems forever at the moment)

    I love the way scientists put together the pieces, even animal fossils are very interesting, and the "origin of mankind" finds are really exciting. Thanks for sharing.

    4031 days ago
    Congratulations on an amazing time!!!!!!!! I'm running a HM in a couple weeks. Thanks for the inspiration!!
    4031 days ago
  • CINDYC53
    Congratulations on an AMAZING run!!! You are...
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    4031 days ago
    Amazing! I am so happy for you! Talk about speedy! Congratulations.
    4031 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6755914
    You are a really really fast streak of lighting!
    No one just knocks 11 min off their expected time!
    I run 5km on the treadmill at the gym in the aircon and think I am tired and working hard.
    Hats off to you!
    How long do you expect Comrades to be for you?

    4031 days ago
    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!! How fantastic!!!


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  • SHEILA1505
    Well done Sam!
    You must be getting really psyched now for the Comrades!


    4031 days ago
    Oh Sam! What a wonderful run! So glad to hear you had a good time. I can't believe the weather you're having, though! All that rain is really bizarre! Nice, though, I imagine.

    PS: I read about Australopithecus sediba a little while ago. Very, very exciting stuff, hey?
    4031 days ago
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