February 22, 2010 in Uncategorized
Apologies for the late post! Last week Wednesday was the last in the Cape Summer Trail Series, and despite wanting to give up and kill myself halfway up the first hill on the very first race, i managed to finish all five races. Even if I did downgrade to the short course.
My short course number and – yes – it’s a MEDAL! MY medal! Can i have a whoop whoop!
Last week’s race was held at the Tygerberg Nature Reserve in Durbanville. It was just as stunning a setting as the previous races – although this time had the advantage of drinks and food on offer after the race.
Since it was so far out of town both the long and the short course races started later than before to allow everyone time to get there. Which was fine for me since I finished the short course of 8.5km in one hour ten (YES YOU READ THAT RIGHT- WOO HOO!), but for poor Aimee who did the 14.5km long course she had to finish in the dark which was a bit daunting.
But yet again she rose to the challenge and finished, even though she had to run the last bit in the dark for about 30 minutes – not something I would have enjoyed very much.
I was really pleased that I had chosen the short course and while it was still rather challenging, it was very pleasant. I can’t work out if that’s because it just wasn’t AS bad as the others technically or if I’m getting better at it (*smothers laugh*) or if because I was running with a fellow short-course runner called Suzanne who I had met a few times before who has a similar, although slightly faster, pace to me and we chatted while we ran which made the time fly by and the tricky parts a little easier.
My first medal!
Whatever the reason I finished and I got a medal! Not for finishing you understand – because while I didn’t come anywhere near last this time (I know – awesome huh?) I think the top three can safely say I’m still no threat to them! But the medal was for finishing the series which was quite cool.
For the moment it may be hanging in a rather lonely solitude state, but I intend to remedy that this year with a few more races. In fact, I have already entered the Two Oceans…. no don’t be silly…. the Two Oceans TRAIL run. It’s got an 8km course for folk like me and a super crazy 18km course for the mountain goat half-breeds!
I had a feeling this would be an addictive habit to start, luckily for me it’s a really healthy one!
I took some pics at the final race to put faces to names – I did meet AGuy there as well – well done for finishing too! – but alas I didn’t get his pic so you will have to be content with these below!
These are two of the lovely ladies who helped me get through the first trail run on what I lovingly refer to as the ‘Mountain fo doom’. They also helped me when I locked my keys in the car in the 4th race. These are clearly GOOD PEOPLE TO KNOW!
My running buddy Aimee with her very hard-earned and well-deserved medal.