Jamie and I ran our first organized race here in Johannesburg over the weekend! It was called “Rock the Run” and it was a 5K (3.1 miles). All along the course there were bands playing – local bands and school bands! It was a really fun race! The weather was beautiful (always is) and there were a ton of people out doing it. I’m going to speak for Jamie, too, but the thing we find most enjoyable is the camaraderie among race runners, even on the little ones. Running in a race environment is a lot more motivating than trying to run on your own all the time. That’s also one of the reasons people join running clubs. It helps keep you accountable and keeps you moving. There was the lady who was doing the race this weekend with some friends and they were right behind me most of the way. I kept hearing her say “OK guys let’s get moving! We can do it!” and I will tell you I felt like I was one of the girls! Every time she said something motivating to her friends I joined in and did it, too! She had no idea, but she helped mentally get me through some of the race. It’s things like that that I like about races.
The start of the race was a bit congested, as it usually is, so you walk for a little bit until you can find a path through the crowd to start running. The 10K’ers started 30 minutes before us, and their route was just 2 laps of ours. When we started, we kind of merged with those starting their second lap on the 10K. It was a bit of a cluster, but we managed.
The radio station that was sponsoring the race had set up tents along the run, as well as, the bands so there was music everywhere! It was great! I don’t run with headphones usually, especially in a race, so it was nice. Some races ask you to not run with headphones in case you need to hear emergency vehicles or are running on the roads. You want to be able to hear cars. Just a safety thing, and I am kind of paranoid about stuff, so safety first!
The hills!! Johannesburg is a city of nothing but hills. Up down, up down, up down all over the place. I’m going to be straight with you – I walked them. I started running the first one and kept telling myself “just push, Robin, long strides, long strides”…but then I realized my long strides was just me walking hunched over to try and get up the hill. There was no running involved! Haha! So I relaxed a bit on the hills after that. The downhills were great!! Felt like a champ!
But then you turned a corner and had to go up again and you feel a bit defeated. Haha! But it was still fun 🙂
We ran through this parking garage that felt like a tunnel. There was a band in there and everyone was yelling when they went through! It was my favorite part. Remember when you were a kid and you were in the car and your parent drove through a tunnel or under a large bridge and you went “wooooo!!” the entire time from the backseat? I might still do that, but that’s what it reminded me of! It was fun! I took a video of it, but I can’t figure out how to put video on this blog yet. So here is a picture:
Then, by the time I knew it, it was over! Went through the finish line and they were passing out the medals and, get this, Coca Cola in little cups. I know you’re thinking “but Robin, you said you were on a low carb/high protein diet”. Guys – I had to get it. Coca Cola might be my favorite thing in the world and I never allow myself to have it, but I did this time. I felt like I deserved it! Plus, it was only like 3 swigs, but it was the best 3 swigs I have had in a long time!
Jamie was working on personal best for himself and if it weren’t for the hills, he would have done it! Just a minute or 2 off – next time, my love! Can’t wait to do it again!