About Tapering…

I would not suggest that anyone out there tapers too soon for a race – I thought that my ‘taper’ (read:  Thailand holiday) 15 days before the Two Oceans would still leave me fully prepared for the 56km route, I was wrong…

Ok, ok so I knew I’d take some strain having only put in 30 minutes of running the whole time I was away, I  was banking on the fact that we did quite a bit of walking and that lugging my backpack around must have counted for something – right?  Wrong!!  At least now that research has been done 🙂

As predicted I did battle but only towards the end.  I ran the whole way with a fellow club memeber, Jason who was doing a trial for Rockport and wearing dress shoes…  Yes, you read correctly – he had dress shoes on but their soles were designed by Adidas so they weren’t too uncomfortable.  This provided me with an excuse to take it easy towards the end where the only words which came out my and Jason’s mouths were complaints about being sore or tired or went along the lines of ‘Why the hell do we do this to ourselves?’  Anyway all those things faded into nothingness once we finally managed to reach the end and ran into the packed stadium, behind the guy with a prosthetic leg and the Old Mutual Worm which is a group of guys who run the entire way together dressed as a worm, literally.

6:18 isn’t a bad time considering the circumstances and I’m happy that I made it in the 7 hour cut-off.  I’m going to have to put in some quality training before the Comrades to make sure I don’t end up boring everyone around me with my complaints on the day, so I’ll keep you updated on what the next few weeks hold for me.

Oh and thanks Jason for keeping me company the whole race, I think I would have probably died of boredom before getting to the end if I’d run on my own…

Old Mutual Worm

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  1. Talking while running is not only a skill but a talent as well. It takes a lot to talk as you grasp for air to run. But good friends are hard to find, aren’t they? It is a fun way to keep a friendship as you go along your activities.

  2. julie says:

    Love the photo of the worm. Unfortunately I did not see them. I would have been happy to have come in 6:18 instead of 6:40. I console myself in the fact that you are younger and much prettier than me! Always nice to run into a club mate on Two Oceans. As I can attest talking is an important part of running a race, a training run, or just a run!

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