Christmas was a quiet affair. We usually go away at this time, but since we were both feeling a wee bit tired, we stayed home.
After a morning of phone calls to family and friends, I did my stairs, Stuart went for a run and then I got lunch on. This year we decided to to stockings only, and I was well pleased with my Bruins t-shirt!
Turning to another topic, I signed up for the Two Oceans Half Marathon in Cape Town on Saturday 23rd April! The marathon is out of the question, as it is an ultra and I do not have sufficient time to prepare for it. Also, Cape Town is very hilly, and this takes some strong preparation - who knows, maybe in 2012.....
It was quite an emotional experience when I received my email confirmation that I am runner number 58668! I am not usually this excited, but I was out of my skin! I guess doing my first race at home really does have quite a deep effect on one. My mum, as you can imagine, is thrilled, and has already told all her friends. They have all said they are coming "to watch me". Since the race starts at 6am, I told her I will take everyone to brunch afterwards at the Waterfront!
I have only told two of my friends in Cape Town that I have signed up for this, and I know that are coming along too - I shall inform the others this week!
Anyway, amidst all the excitement I also took a quick look at the route, as I cannot quite remember all of it. Starting on the Main Road in Newlands, the first 10 kilometres are flattish. Once you hit the bottom of the Southern Cross Drive, kilometres 11-17 are sharply uphill and you go from an elevation of 100m to just under 200m. Then kilometres 17-21 are undulating and you finish on the rugby fields of UCT, my alma mater.
All I can say is that it is hellishly uphill - even though you do have breathtaking views of Cape Town. There are some parts of the Southern Cross Drive that you can only do in first gear (in a car), so I am looking forward to a jolly time. Anyway, I am still super excited, and any advice you may have is most welcome. Since this is my first race in CT, you can imagine I might want to put my best foot forward.......