Monday, 21 April 2014

How to deal with #OMTOM #FOMO

So while the rest of the South African running community flocked down to Cape Town for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (#OMTOM) this past weekend, we were living it up here in Bloem.  Womp, womp.  Twitter was just cruel: The photos, the updates and the fact that almost every runner on Mother City soil got to meet the world marathon record holder...  I sure did love following everybody's journeys, but doing it from way over here in the Free State kind of stunk.  Boo.

So what's a girl to do?  Easy.  Recreate the Two Oceans weekend at home.  No ocean(s)?  No problem.  Call it Two Mealies (we have plenty of those) - Designed for Fun - and have a blast anyway.  Which is exactly what we did.

First up was Friday's trail run.  Set against the magnificent backdrop of the, uhm, nameless hill in the Free State Botanical Gardens, our run took us over some surprisingly challenging climbs.  And through some think sand and gravel.  It was a whopper, and we were in our element.







Next up: The Nappy Dash.


  
Once K got dashing, she just didn't want to stop, ha!  We dashed to the playground, dashed to the loos, and then dashed to the car to head back home...  Loved.  It.


My little nappy dasher.

Our final item of the weekend was the Saturday morning road run.  K didn't feel like joining me, so I headed out solo, bursting with inspiration from the live #OMTOM TV broadcast.  I didn't do 21 km, and I certainly didn't do 56 km, but I did my longest long run since J's birth 4 months ago and felt strangely connected to all the fellow runners sweating it out over Chappies.  Mission accomplished.

So even though I'd love to swap Two Mealies for Two Oceans next year, this weekend taught me an important lesson: Adventure happens wherever you create it.  Duly noted.


8 comments:

  1. Good stuff, Karien! It's awesome that you made the best of where you were (which still looks pretty beautiful to me). :)

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    1. Thanks, Lisa :) . We really tend to wear blinkers for the beauty that is right under our noses, don't we??

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  2. Nice! I've done Oceans and now actually prefers to skip the masses and traffic jams in CT. JHB becomes nice and quiet over Easter and if I'm in long run mode I do the Easter 100 at Randburg Harriers. This year I just ran at home like you and loved it.

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    1. I must say that I also enjoyed the peace and quiet here in Bloem over the Easter weekend. Very little traffic = perfect for road runs :) .

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  3. Pretty cool Karien, I see some water, and some mountains in the background, sometimes one just has to work with what they have :) Improvise. OMTOM was fun, check out my race review...

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    1. I agree, Paul - bloom where you're planted, right ;) ? I read your review - congrats on finishing your second OMTOM half! I may be just a tad jealous... :)

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  4. Looks like you created a really fun weekend for you and your daughter. I see a runner in the making! And I love the path with all the trees! We're all about the not-so-pretty cactus here in Arizona :)

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    1. Our botanical garden is really scenic, I must agree. I think locals don't make use of it nearly enough. Don't be fooled, though - our city is located right in the center of a gazillion mealie/corn fields... Sounds a bit like Arizona and the cacti... ;-P

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