Russ and I decided to mark our Valentines Day with the LoveRunning 10k trail in and around Kirstenbosch.
When my alarm went off at 0530 I realized what an awful decision it was.
Grief, I love booking races.
And I love finishing races but I think I may really dislike all the in-between bits.
Suffice to say we arrive at the Gardens at 0640 - it was the most magnificent morning. The crowds were not scary, parking was easy and there was not a single queue for the toilets.
Any runner will know what a miracle that is!
|The queue for registration took all of 10minutes.|
|Happy smiley faces, completely unaware of the trauma ahead of us.|
|Heading off at 0730 into already 28 degree heat.|
|The route profile should have warned me but I chose to be optimistic!|
|This is somewhere around 5kms and 40 odd minutes into the race.|
I was beyond exhausted at this point. The thought of being only halfway seriously messed with my head but I truly found serious guts and got up and carried on.
|Egging on a friend.|
|Post race pic - we survived to tell the tale. |
I did feel more schnookered than I look!
A year ago I ran a 21.1k. This was harder than that. And again, like the half marathon, there were no medals for this race. I think that is just all kinds of wrong, don't you? ;-)
Will I do it again next year? Damn straight!