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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!

More about the 'Cradle of Humankind':
www.southafrica.net/sat/
content/en/us/full-article
?oid=4446&sn=Detail&pid=1

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cr
adle_of_Humankind


AND, have you heard the latest, very exciting news?

http://www.maropeng.co.za/in
dex.php/news/entry/lee_ber
ger_the_man_behind_the_sed
iba_fossils/
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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
  • MARKAMURKA
    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
  • CHUBBYSISTER1
    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
  • GODDESSOFHOME
    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
  • BARBIETEC
    I AM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!! How fantastic!!!

    YOU ROCK!


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

    love
    s

    4031 days ago
  • DEUSMACHINA
    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.

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