I must say this week seems to just suddenly be here. 20 March was still far away not so long ago. Now suddenly it’s 5 days to go! Am I ready? I think so, as ready as can be anyway. My mind is ready for a marathon and that wins a big part of the battle already. I’ve got no injuries or niggles so the body seems to be ready as well.
The Elands Valley Marathon starts at the station in the town of Waterval Boven. Waterval Boven is nestled in the Drakensberg Mountains on the fringe of the escarpment, at the foot of the southern hills in Mpumalanga. It is a beautiful place and the Elands River and waterfall make it popular with tourists. It is also famous amongst rock climbers.
The marathon starts in Waterval Boven and runs down the escarpment next to the Elands River, East on the road to Mozambique. The run goes through the Waterval Boven tunnel and passes one of the area’s main tourist attractions, the waterfall and old railway tunnel. Runners go through Waterval Onder and the race finishes at the Sappi training grounds at Ndogwana.
We’ll be camping at Elandskrans holiday resort for the weekend as Monday is a public holiday in South Africa. I’m looking forward to the weekend and run. I ran this marathon in 1997 and it’ll be good to be back. I’m going for a relaxed run and just want to finish under 5 hours.
I ran a relaxed 21km yesterday and I’m resting today. I’m glad to say I can’t even feel I ran yesterday. My legs are ready for longer runs. I’ll run 9km tomorrow, 6km Wednesday and 5km Thursday. Friday is rest and travel day. Saturday at 06:00 the marathon starts.
Now to get through the week’s work and stay sane. I’ll be busy at work which is definitely a good thing. Have a good week everyone!