Well, I`m running my first half marathon on Saturday and I am petrified! I phoned to find out more about the 10km race to be held in Napier on the weekend and the organiser informed me that they do not have a 10km but only a half marathon. The man (Sakkie) was really cool though. I explained to him that I have never done a 21km and that I am comfortable with 10k races. He said that the cut-off was 3 hours and that if I don`t make it, he`ll wait at the finish with my medal! How cool is that? Now look, I`ll probably be able to finish in 2:30 (hopefully) but it is still very scary. Will I make it? Will the dodgy knee hold up? Will the dodgy ankle hold up? I know, I sound like a war veteran (I was in the army for a full 7 days back in '91 and it was Upington, so I`ll be able to pass as a vet).
I did phone my father-in-law, who I trust implecitly with everything, for advice. Seeing that he ran 10.26km with me on Saturday, I had full faith in his opinion. He was very positive that I should do it. Breaking it down he said that I`ll probably be able to run for at least 15km, which leaves my with 6km. So, it`ll be me, my New balances, my Garmin GPS and heart rate monitor and my brand new Strand Athletics Club vest on Saturday with the number 4047. Whohooooo, 21.1, here we come!