So, we ran the Sportsman’s Warehouse on Sunday as planned!
We trained for four weeks according to the programme I drafted, and although it wasn’t easy, we did it!
Here’s Lani and I before the race:
The route was said to be ‘flat’ but this didn’t seem the case, as there were hills galore – the first half was almost entirely uphill. It was run in Roodepoort, starting at Princess Crossing. It was a nice vibe and atmosphere though.
I ran the first km in 5min20sec which is RIDICULOUS for me, I wasn’t trying to run fast but I find the adrenaline and the pace of the other runners makes me run faster. I tried to keep up at that pace, which was a stupid idea and I got tired fairly fast. Then, the weirdest thing happened – at 3km, both my feet went completely numb. It was the weirdest feeling. Now, I must have started running differently due to the numb feet as once I got to 7km my ITBS started acting up badly. I insisted on pushing myself through the pain and managed to complete the 10km and got a PB of 1hr4mins (and 7 seconds if you must be nit-picky). This is a massive improvement from my last time of 1hr10min, and it felt great. Although, I was slightly disappointed in myself and felt I really could have done better – if my knee hadn’t acted up I’m sure I could’ve pushed those last 3km.
It was a good race for all, I’d say – Ross and his sister Jenni both got pretty impressive PBs, Lani completed her first 10km ever and Stef completed 10km after falling really badly and busting up her knee – resilience!
Here’s our obligatory ‘biting the medal’ pic after the race:
Upcoming races are the Sisters with Blisters 8.5km walk/run on the 23rd of November, as well as the World Aids Day 10km race on the 1st of December, who will I be seeing there?