…and I was right, we ran towards that mountain.
This meant that there were quite a few hills on the route. We ran up and down towards and away from the mountain a few times. The hills were quite steep, but never very long.
At least there were some good downhills as well.
The morning got warmer and at about 17km the sun came out and stayed out for the rest of the way. Luckily these parts of Pretoria have semi-tropical weather so there were lots of lovely trees along the way to provide some shade.
In the last 7km I ran on the pavement next to the road for some extra shade and also to avoid a bit of traffic on some streets. I enjoyed the pavement running and was spying on all the locals in their homes and gardens.
I ran very comfortably the whole way, maintaining my planned pace for the Sani Stagger off-road marathon I’m running at the end of the month. I really enjoyed my run and never felt tired or experienced any problems. My base for the Sani Stagger is very good.
Too soon it was all over and we had this lovely downhill run under the trees to the finish.
Apologies for a few blurred photos…I was just moving so fast!