Part 2: Siyabulela Ready For NIKE’s #WeRunJozi!
Part 2 of the starts: Saturday 29th September.
It’s a week to the big day, terrible weather, but I know that I need to run 8-10kms today. The wind and cold terrified me a bit, but hey, who says the conditions will be favourable on run day. My main concern at this stage is injury, or Armageddon, because I’m more than prepared for the actual distance.
I have been due for a medical, so I figured there is no better time than now to hear how unhealthy I am, and hopefully be rescued from running the race. Not a chance. Apparently I’m very healthy, overall, but “could benefit from losing about 3 kilograms”.
I believe that the last week before the race should be used for more resting and mental preparation. Okay, maybe the two days before the race. It is also for making sure that you have the proper gear ready for the big day.
Fortunately for me, I was invited to collect a brand new pair of Nike Shield Pack running shoes. Yes, the ones that repel H20 (something I need to test). These babies are so light; it’s like bare-foot running with amazing cushioning.
I also attended #MediaRuns on Wednesday in Rosebank, just to get the feel and kick butt. The event was very well planned, but some media people do need to smile a bit.
In-between work, running around (even literally) I managed to collect the race pack by Thursday 14:00. Oh, and media all-access tag, courtesy of Just Curious. The queue was long, this race will have 20 000 runners after all. Thankfully, the service was efficient service. I was there for just 15 minutes.
In the past week, I’ve had to alter my diet a bit. More greens, more water and whatever the sites with diet plans proposed. I could get used to eating healthier, but who’s going to prepare all this stuff?
In the past week, I have run a total of 27 kilometres, over 3 days, taking a break every second day. I know that I put up a race schedule on the previous post but I got bored just looking at it. I went with what has always worked for me: Run today, rest tomorrow, repeat. The only thing I changed were routes.
Main routes (roads) like Oxford road, etc. actually help to boost the threshold for pain, because well, someone you know might spot you and ridicule your sloppy posture (didn’t happen to me)
I’m looking forward to the run on Sunday. I was hoping the packs would come with complimentary pre-race massage offers…
Let’s catch up after the race.
By Siyabulela Sekeleni