Yes last weekend was the TMC a 38km trail run I was going to run, Yes I was on the mountain, but only taking pictures (see last weeks post).
weekends don't end on Saturdays and Sunday saw the running of a new
race on the Cape Town running calendar, the Vlei 10km. My leg was
holding out and I decided I would have enough time to run it and still
pick my wife up from the Airport!!!
Yes Dawn's plane
was landing at 08h00 and the race started at 07h00 so I had 40min to run
and 20min to get there... It's all about timing!
started the race with a friend of mine, Candice, and I set the pace at
just under 4min/km knowing that I didn't have the legs to run any faster
and running slower would get me in trouble with the wife!!! Things
went well till about 6km when we started to lose a bit of time. With 2km
to go I kicked for home leaving Candice and some other guy who had been
running with us.
I want to say I changed gear and the running of old was back...
it wasn't!! I thought I would be able to put in 2 3:45s for the last 2km
but I had to settle with 3:54. (3 weeks of almost no running will do
that to you!)
I finished in 39:45, and without stopping I head for the car and
the airport. I was on time, but Dawn and her 88year old Mom (she had
taken her to England and Scotland for a holiday) took another 40min to
to emerge with their luggage.
Role on this weekend and the Cape Town Marathon... A marathon was
never on the cards, but I was up for another 10km, and with a week of
running under the belt I set my sights on 38min. I didn't have the best
of starts and only caught my wife, Dawn, 150m down the road, Mr Garmin
was telling me I was running at 3:37/km and I was going to blow... lucky
for me we turned and the pace settled. I found myself running with
Jo-Jo a 40+ lady!!! I didn't get away from her till 5km and at this
stage I could see the leaders heading back they had past 6km in about
17:30 and were flying...
I could now see one of my athletes ahead of me and I just focused on
not losing him. Then at 8km he lost it and I started to close in and
with 500m to go I had him. The clock was ticking and I was running flat
out crossing the line in 37:59!!!
The race was won in 28:45 with the leading ladies finishing in
33:20, with the Marathon won by a Kenyan in 2h15:55 (a little slow in
comparison to Berlin's 2h03:38!!!)