10km road race, Ballito

This past weekend I ran a 10km road race in the 2012 Medihelp Dolphin Coast Striders Ultra event. It was a last minute decision to race, and it would be a good race to see where my running is at the moment with out any rest.

With only getting 3 hours of sleep because of a party the night before I woke up at 4am feeling very tired. On our way there I was sipping on Cytomax and soon began to wake up and feel more alive. Slowly warming up and getting light on my feet I was ready for a big start at 6am. There was some very good competition from some of the top African runners and I had no idea how this race would unfold.

At the start I was in front and slowed down to just hook onto somebody who had a better pace than some who sprinted out in the beginning. After 1km I was lying about 10th and keeping a good pace. Soon after 2km I was already passing runners one by one and at 5km I was in 5th. I had passed another 2 on the way back having to put in a surge when one runner was hanging on to me. I was now in 3rd and really trying to catch the first and second runner about 20-30seconds in front of me, but it wasn’t enough and came into the finish like that with a time of 32.30 for myself on a difficult course.

I was really proud with myself as it was my first running race I competed in and being the only white runner amongst the gifted Africans in the top positions because it’s very rare that you find that, especially on the podium.

Posted in General update, Road Running.