We Ran Jozi!
Oh boy did we run that Jozi. This Sunday morning saw the second in the series of the innovative set of Jozi runs by Nike.
We arrived early in the am to some friendly parking guides and managed to find ourselves a great spot in the media tent. After some snacks, we were comfortably shuttled to the start point (which was great because it was at least a kilometre away) and were smoothly dropped.
The run was something that I never would have expected though. Earlier this year (as some may know) I ran the run in downtown Jozi and thoroughly enjoyed it. The weather was overcast and of couse it was an evening run which meant that conditions were perfect.
Sunday was another story altogether. Sweltering heat – some claimed it was over 32 degrees - and the sun. Also added to that double the number of people that were at the last race.
This didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits though. Anyone who has run Jozi before knows that it has nothing to do with the conditions, it’s all about heart, and the desire to finish.
Being a regular runner, I thought that I might have thing a little easier. I have afterall been running at least every other day, and being lucky enough to live in quite a steep-filled area, I thought I had it covered.
But boy was I wrong. Nothing went quite the way that I thought it would. The weather was blazing, and nobody knows and we soon all discovered that nobody knows an Alexandra steep like a Run Jozi runner. Except of course for the people that run/walk that terrain daily…
This was one of the most gruelling races I’ve run to date. The heat, the steeps, the SUN! I’m glad to say that I managed to better my previous time quite considerably. Ran 59 minutes – 10 kms. Something I possibly would have found a lot more difficult to do (in those conditions) without the support of my compadres. The cheering residents, the fellow runners. I appreciated every one of them I was talking myself into continuing to feel great, and knowing that I could do it.
Ultimately, I managed to run a good race, despite the uuuppppps, and downs, and was rewarded on finishing with a fantastic meal provided by the Nike team on finishing.
A big shout out to them for hooking us up with a great breakfast, and lunch. My girlfriend even managed to forgive me for dumping her for “the gold” – so a complete win situation.
Imagine 20 000 bodies running through Sandton then Alex. Difficult to imagine if you weren’t there, but what a sight!
Speaking of sights; I’m glad that some were given an opportunity to see how the other side lives, right across the highway from the affluent suburbs of Sandton. A story for another day.
Thanks to JC for the experience, and of course to Nike for keeping the run alive!
By Siyabulela Sekeleni