Friday, 17 July 2015

I accepted the challenge!

You know by now that six months of running for fun has left me itching for a new challenge, and I'm thrilled to announce that the perfect opportunity has presented itself: The 2015 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon!

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I have the opportunity to run this IAAF Silver Label status event through the picturesque surroundings of Cape Town on 20 September 2015 (and have access to the post-race VIP area - how jealous are you?!), and it couldn't have come at a better time.  Since completing my first marathon - the Paris Marathon in France in 2011 - I've always been toying with the idea of running another one.  And, although I'm by no means the fastest marathon runner out there, I can promise you one thing: I'm a pretty determined one!  (Aren't we all?!)  So my goal is simple: I want to dip below five hours.  My time for the Paris Marathon was 05:01:55 - so near, but so frustratingly impossible for me on race day.  So here's my chance.

Running the Paris Marathon in 2011.

Leading up to September 20th, I'll be bringing you weekly updates on my training, nutrition and gear, and, of course, I'll be sharing all the nitty gritty of the expo, race day and the overall experience with you.  Excited?  I sure am!  

Let's do this!
    

14 comments:

  1. Good luck with the training, will be watching your blog :)

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  2. With another 4 years training since Paris you'll smash that 5 hour target - easy peasy. Good luck Karien.....

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    1. I hope so, Gordon...! Thanks so much!

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  3. Heeeeeee, Saar!! Fantasties! Kan nie wag om als te hoor van jou bepkanning nie! Xxx

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    1. Ieeeeeeeeeee! Vliegkaartjies is geboek en verblyf is gereel - sooooo opgewonde! xxxx

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  4. Ahh this post made my heart smile:). SO excited for you, Karien! I believe you can dip under five hours, no doubt! I bet you weren't doing as many tempo runs when you ran your first marathon, and look at you now! Can't wait to follow your training!!:)

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    1. Thanks so much, Hailey! Yip, I really hope that those tempo runs will pay off... Counting on some input from your side on how I can improve and what I can do better when I start posting training updates, okay...? :)

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  5. Go Karien! I am sure you will run under the 5 hours, good luck on your training.

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    1. Thanks very much, Stefano - much appreciated! :)

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  6. That's so awesome! You're going to do great. Happy training!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Should be a beautiful route (plus I hear it's quite flat...) - can't wait!! :)

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