If you’ve been following my blog for a few years now, you may recall that the Two Oceans half marathon is not one of my favourite running races (understatement). I find the anxiety of the congested start, the hype around the race, and making the race cut-off all contributing to it being a very stressful run. I’ve even documented my feelings in various blog posts throughout the years:
- How I started this blog in 2011 with Two Oceans in mind
- My excitement in 2011 when I signed up to run the race after missing cut-off in 2011 which devastated me
- I’ve analysed the race like a slice of pizza, slice by slice
- I blogged about my feelings when I pulled out of because of injury in 2012 and then for being overwhelmed by stress
- I recall blogging about nightmares I’ve had just thinking about the race
- I wrote a “Dear John” type letter to the race, officially splitting up (hysterical!)
- My Two Oceans fun runs have also been documented the year it rained and 2013’s 8km run
- Conquering my fear of Two Oceans in 2014 was my last post.
Yowzer! I’ve realized I’m clearly obsessed with the race and focus on pretty much all the negative things about it. So I decided to look at the positive side this year. Instead of analyzing all the negative things that stress me out about the race, I’m going down to Cape Town focusing on the positives.
- I am one of the lucky ones who managed to get an entry.
- An Easter holiday down in the fairest, most beautiful Cape. I can’t wait.
- I am blessed to report that I am fit and healthy while there are others, such as KK, injured and having had to pull out of the race. Sorry KK.
- My Dad will be running the race too! This might be the most special thing about that day and I’m going to try and run at least some of the way with him.
- There are so many of my friends and Running Junkie training friends who will be competing. It’s been an honor training with them and I can’t wait to see them reach their goals.
- I have trained hard. I have covered the distances and done the work I need to do.
- My Championchip times show that I am able to run a 21.1km race in under
3:002:50 minutes. I no longer need to stress about that 3 hour axe cut-off over my head.
- I am able to run a distance that majority of people have never even tried to run. I am a runner. I can run 21.1kms! Me!
The Two Oceans countdowns posted on social media still take my breath away and give me serious *goosies*! It’s going to be fab! It’s going to be epic! Two Oceans, here I come!
Are you also running? How are you feeling about the race?