I overheard a couple of runners while passing through Muizenberg, that the Two Oceans Marathon should be called the Two Oceans Challenge, because that’s what it is for the majority of the 12 000 runners taking part.
The 56km route is tough and unforgiving, but it is beautiful and it can be rewarding. After 4 months of dedicated training, I was standing at the start line of this milestone event. The weather forecast promised perfect running conditions, although the morning started with pouring rain. You never know how you’re going to feel on race day. There’s nothing you can do about it, except believe in your training and your body.
The Two Oceans Marathon organisers were forced to make a last minute route change due to unrest in Hout Bay. For the safety of the runners, the alternative route was to go over OuKaapseWeg instead of Chapman’s Peak. It’s a steeper, longer climb after you reach the halfway mark and if you’re not patient, it could cost you your legs for the rest of the race. It knocked a lot of people’s confidence, having prepared mentally and physically for Chapman’s Peak. I didn’t allow it to affect my mindset. It’s still 56km in the end, and it will still be a challenge you need to overcome!
The race or the result does not define you. I was so grateful to be part of this historic event, grateful for a healthy body and the ability to run. I couldn’t have asked for a better race. It went according to plan every step of the way, and I was smiling from start to finish.
It’s known as the ‘world’s most beautiful marathon’ and I don’t think it’s because of the route, but it’s the spirit of the people running and supporting. I was looking forward to seeing the Totalsports Runcrew at the 54km mark, knowing that the team was cheering for all of us to succeed. The electric atmosphere gave me a final boost to cross the finish line in 06:17:44, smashing my expectation and personal goal.
It was one of the best, and happiest runs of my life. The best part of it all? I realized that 56km was not the limit, and that’s fuelling my fire for the next challenge.
5 Tips for Your Post Marathon Recovery:
- Post-race you need to hydrate! Your body lost a lot of water and you need to replace the water and electrolytes, so drinking water and something like Rehydrate for 1-2 days afterwards is a good idea.
- Rest well. Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s rest; this will help your body recover quicker from sore and stiff muscles.
- Fuel your body with the good stuff. You can treat yourself with a celebratory meal or drink, but eating proteins and vegetables will help with muscle recovery.
- Keep moving. Do some light mobility work if you’re still feeling stiff and sore, stretch or light yoga exercises.
- Go for a walk. Don’t force your body to get back into running for at least a week, just walk and enjoy the fresh air!