I celebrated both at the Colgate race in Boksburg.
There was the usual interest in my running sandals, a couple of people spoke to me about running in them. I didn’t see any other barefoot/minimalist runners.
It was incredibly cold and foggy at the 6.30 start (half an hour later than our summer starts). I wore a long sleeve compression top under my club vest to keep me warm.
Ian and I started together and ran the first 4km together. I only set my watch to the 9:1 Run:Walk intervals from the first watering table, so we split up from my first walk. I met with him, past him, caught up with him for a while but then past him around 10km and didn’t see him again.
I was comfortable and still cold in the still foggy weather when we went thru’ the half way mark. There were no porta-loos on the route and I had no luck finding a toilet at the one garage that we ran past. Grin and bear it became my motto.
I was in front and behind and in front again of “The Tambourine Man” Bus. I have never run in a bus before and altho’ I was on track for my 3:30 finish, I made the choice to join the bus at about 24km even tho’ I knew that I would have to give-up my time goal. I realise that it is possible that I might need to run in a bus for Comrades and so I best give it a try. Jafta runs with a tambourine that keeps the pace (averaged 6:45/km). He (Jafta, the bus driver) controls the uphills and the downhills and we walked thru’ the watering points.
I enjoyed the experience and it definitely made the kms disappear quickly. I struggled to keep a 180 cadence and to keep an eye on the road directly in front of me. It was also a slower pace than I had been running until then – my run was averaging 6:15/km and then I would walk. I think I prefer to Run:Walk but at least now I know a little bit more about what to look out for in a bus.
I finished the 32km in a time of 3:37:42 a PB for the distance, altho I can’t really compare my previous 32km to this – the course and weather were so vastly different.