One or two weeks ago I finished my Honours Degree in Computer Science. Yay for me. Finishing brought a short lived sense of relief, followed by a great sense of futility. I choose to continue with Masters next year so I have some time to kill until then.
Saturday I was sitting around wondering what to do with my day. It was sunny outside with a moderate south easterly wind blowing, as is common in Cape Town at this time of year. I had just started running again that week after spending most of the year in front of a computer screen. I decided to open up Google Earth and map out a new run. I’ve been wanting to go for a run in the Durbanville Wine Valley, so mapped a one that ended up being 31km.
I was by no means very fit, but figured that if I just kept the pace down and stopped for regular breathers, I would be fine. I had nothing better to do so I gave it a shot.
The run was quite fun, at least until the hill at the top of Vissers Hok road after about 20km. The wind had gotten rather strong and was howling from the top down at me. Running up would have been rather unpleasant so I walked. Things got easier on the other side, but I could feel my muscles staring to burn.
On the way down I got an incredible craving for cold beer. I realized that the bottle store was about to close. I had one hour to cover 10km if I wanted to make it back in time. It seemed unlikely, but I was hopeful. I got home 5 minutes too late. I did however still have some cider left over from my birthday braai, so that went down pretty well. Thanks Lawrence :)
I’ve done squat for the past two days now. My legs are still a tiny bit stiff. I’m feeling quite optimistic about my running endurance, so I’ve plotted a 25km route to Blaauwberg beach that I might do tomorrow. My buddy Jaco has kindly agreed to drive me back home after. It should be a pretty sweet run :)