Summer Spruit Charge

I’ve started a self-challenge: running 6 days/week for the next 2 weeks. I’m hoping this will jump-start my 2016 training. I started last Thursday (17 Dec) and have chosen Saturday as my day off. So I’m five days in so far.

ASSARO running team

Yesterday (Sunday), was the Mindful Runner Summer Spruit Charge, which was essentially around 70 of us all running up and down the Braamfontein Spruit going various distances (either a long 18km or a short 11km), along various routes, in celebration of being the only people left in Johannesburg for the holidays. Dogs added to the insanity and bad smells afterwards. We also raised a bit of cash to benefit ASSARO; around R1220 all told. Boss of the Hill Mens “winners” were Mike Nash and Drew Fisher in 2:58, and Ladies “winner” was Shay Fisher in 5:00.

The Braamfontein Spruit is a very nice open access grassy/sandy trail that’s pretty flat and goes on forever. I clocked 11.3kms in 1:44:56, and then promptly needed to go home and lie down for a bit. So that was the beginning of my summer vacation. This morning’s run was quite painful, and slow.

Over the next week or so I’ll be running the numbers for my training in 2015 and planning for next year’s events. I started running on 24 December, 2014, so I have a whole year of running to review.