I ran my first race since Comrades, on Sunday. It was also the first anniversary of my first race in my sandals.
I was about 40 seconds slower than last year which i was disappointed about. I wasn’t really looking at my time or pacing myself, I just assumed that I would be fitter and faster, but it wasn’t to be. However, when I look at the stats, it shows that my moving time was 1:02:49 and it took about 50 seconds to get over the start line and actually start running. (I also stopped near the end to take a picture but I could see on my watch that I wasn’t going to make 1:03:32.) So maybe, my time was good after all.
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The race itself is a good one, organised well and a good route. A nice way to ease into the racing calendar again after a month of (well deserved) rest and recovery. I was reminded how much I enjoy the racing scene and am looking forward to a full-ish July and August.
The race is on-the-day-entry only which can get a little chaotic. I was early enough to avoid the long queue (there is also a 5km fun run that takes place at the same time) and lucky enough to receive a cap (only 50 available apparently).
People and feet lining up in front of me
I ran the first 2.5km with Paula, whom I ran a bit with at Sudwala Screaming Monster and who was shouting support for me at the bottom of Polly Shortts at Comrades. The rest of the time I was on my own and in my own world. I ran the uphill between 6 and 7kms which I didn’t last year, so I was proud to see that as an improvement. I also manage 3 sub 6-minute kilometers which I’m thrilled with. Admittedly they were the last 2kms which were downhill, but that still counts, doesn’t it?
All in all, a good morning out and a great way to get back into running.
Thanks Roodepoort Athletics Club for another good run.