I’ve recently become one of those annoying people who say, “I went for a short run yesterday. Only 7km.” Because anything shorter than 15km is just playing.
In less than a month’s time I will be running the Cape Town Marathon (42.2km). This isn’t the first time I will be undertaking the endeavour. I ran the race two years ago and only managed to complete it in 5:17. This year I’m hoping to cross the finish line in under 5 hours. (Completing a marathon in under 5 means that I qualify for an ultra-marathon. Not that I am plan on running an ultra. It’s just nice to have the option.) People (on twitter) tell me that since I completed the John Korasie 30km in 3:23, I should be able to manage a sub-5. But I don’t believe them.
Or at least I didn’t believe them until yesterday. Yesterday, I ran a half-marathon in 2:01. A few people commented on how disappointed I must be – missing a sub-2 by mere minutes. But I’m NOT! I am elated. This is 8 minutes faster than my previous PB – obtained a friggin lifetime ago.
Sarah Duff recently went on a road trip through the US. Her photos are amazing. Check them out here.
I am currently rereading “The God of Small Things.” It’s a truly beautiful book and I’ve transcribed several extracts of the novel to this ole blog. (See here, here and here.) Here’s another delightful quote from the novel:
“His light brown eyes were polite, yet maleficent, as though he were making an effort to be civil to the photographer while plotting to murder his wife.”