Monday, 21 September 2015

Perfection {Big Bay parkrun}

I'm sitting here writing this in a picture perfect Cape Town: There's not a cloud in sight, with only a slight breeze, and families are leisurely strolling by, soaking up the sunshine.  I'm here for the Sanlam Cape Town Peace Run, which took place this morning, but more about that later.  First up: Big Bay parkrun!

When things fell into place for me to come down to Cape Town for the Peace Run, I immediately started planning a visit to one of the local parkruns on the day before the race.  I mean, it would be unthinkable to be in Cape Town on a Saturday and not do a parkrun, right?  I've had my sights set on Big Bay parkrun for a while now - a parkrun, on the beach, with one of the Seven Wonders of the World (Table Mountain) as a backdrop?  Yes, please!

I planned on using public transport to get to Big Bay and, typical nerd, literally studied the bus timetable off by heart in the days leading up to the trip.  Yes, I'm wild like that.  


Notes, notes and more (bus route) notes!

I set off at 05:45 a.m. on Saturday morning, in the pitch dark, in search of my bus station (parkrun starts at 08:00) and, much to my delight, found it without any problems.  Go me!


Showing up at a bus station in the pitch dark for a 1.5 hour bus ride to do a 25 minute run...  Totally normal, right?

Big Bay was perfect: Sunny, with no wind, and Table Mountain and Robben Island clear and open for all to see.  I lined up with 456 fellow parkrunners, pups and parkrunners-to-be and just couldn't wipe the smile off my face once we got started - what a route! 


Ready to go!  [Photo by Big Bay parkrun.]
     
After a quick lap around the lawn, we crossed a wooden bridge to run a section on (yes on!) the beach, splashing through puddles and sidestepping stones and seashells.  Then onto the sidewalk/road for some short, challenging uphills before running over a dune to get to the turnaround point.  I was in heaven!


[Photo by Kevin from Lisa Olivier Photography.]

The views!  [Photo by Kevin from Lisa Olivier Photography.]

I finished in 24:50 - second lady home and giddy with excitement.  How I wish the rest of Team Potgieter was here to share this with me!

And, of course, the perfect run had to be round off with the perfect breakfast...


     


I'll be back!


10 comments:

  1. Great race!!!! I am assuming that is oatmeal, and it looks delicious
    have a great day
    bakingrunner.blogspot.com

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    1. Oatmeal, banana, almonds, cinnamon and honey - yum! Plus a Chia Charge smoothie - perfection!

      Thanks, Heather - you too!

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  2. Such beautiful views, Karien! :) You look so happy, I can definitely tell you were in your element :). And great placement!!

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    1. Aren't the views just amazing, Hailey? My eyes just couldn't get enough! And sooooo excited about the placement - whooooop!! :)

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  3. Wow I need to run that when I'm in CT again.
    Looks really awesome

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    1. It's breathtaking, Jeanette - HIGHLY recommended!

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  4. What a beautiful place to run, and that's a cracking good time Karien, considering the beach running and dunes. Well done you....

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    1. Thanks so much, Gordon! The fresh ocean air served me well! ;)

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  5. Looks beautiful! I miss Cape Town!

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    1. A lot more scenic than the one we did, hey? ;)

      CT must be SUCH an amazing place to live and work in...!

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