If I can’t run today then I’m never going to finish this race: 149 days to go

Two stiff gin and tonics, one tom collins, one cosmopolitan, one Amaretto, one Windhoek, two glasses of champagne and some more gin. Add to that one red eye flight from Heathrow and you’ve got a great recipe for a run the next day. By the time I hauled myself out of bed at 12.30, well I started thinking about it at 12.30 it took another hour to actually achieve, the temperature of my bedroom was already 27˚. Setting off in the car at 2.30pm meant the sun was blazing, all the tourists from Gauteng were on the road, and the taxis off to the beach were cutting us all up. The car park was strangely empty – mad dogs and Englishmen anybody? Off I ‘jogged’ and by the time I had got to the end of Signal Hill I’d stopped twice, but at least I didn’t vomit in front of the tourists, I actually noticed at one point that I was walking on the downhill stretches. The thought of running a double marathon and then another 7km was as remote this afternoon as me having another drink, well almost.

Running notes
Route: Kloof Nek car park to the end of Signal Hill and back
Height climbed: 130m
Time started: 12:44
Total time: 51:53
Total distance: 7.78km
Average pace: 6:39 min/km
Weather conditions: Sunny
Temperature: 30˚
Runner’s condition: Hungover
Song of the run: Walk this Way: Run DMC


One thought on “If I can’t run today then I’m never going to finish this race: 149 days to go

  1. Pingback: Seven days to go « Comrades and other short stories

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