"I'd rather be seen on my bicycle than on a park run" - Quote from the dark side

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Randburg Harriers Half Marathon Report

The Randburg Harriers Half Marathon has traditionally been the last half marathon before Comrades for runners in the Johannesburg area. Last year the race was moved to 1 October, but this year it was back in its original spot on the calendar.


The race was pretty much uneventful and my main goal was to stay comfortable and be sure I have no injuries or niggles at the end. This was the goal for most runners as nearly all Comrades runners in Gauteng do this race.


Ready to race.

Waiting at the start.

One highlight of the race was running with one of my all time heroes and idol, Bruce Fordyce (the Comrades king) for about 2km. He disappeared towards the front of the race after that. This is one thing I love about running. You often get to rub shoulders with the elite. If you don’t know Bruce you can read my post about him here.


Bruce Fordyce (in green).

Legs and feet of a legend.

Any run in Randburg is tough. There are always some testing hills to negotiate and this race is no exception. It is also a double lapper with a 10km race included and the 2nd lap has a few extra hills thrown in where the 1.1km for the half marathon is added.


There are some testing hills throughout this race...






I relaxed during this run and never pushed. I remained comfortable the whole way. That was all I wanted to do for my last race before Comrades. I finished feeling good. I know my legs need some rest after all the hard training and that will happen during the next few weeks.


The finish at the Randburg sports grounds.


The medal…yes, Run Days are Fun Days!

Next up…Comrades! I’ll do some pre-race posts in the next few weeks.


Happy running everyone!

33 comments:

Teamarcia said...

Congrats on running with Bruce and sticking to your plan! Wow Comrades is coming up fast!

Giorgio said...

The photos show that there were hard hills throughout the track although you ran that race as training. Nice race report, Johann!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I am renaming you Johann the Runinator!!! You are a machine!!!

Laura said...

Yep...I agree you are a machine! Congrats and I can't wait to hear about Comrades!

Molly said...

Comrades is coming up fast!

And I love the photo of your parents : )

Indi said...

Congratulations on a another great race!! You totally have Comrades!!!

Marlene said...

Run days are fun days... I like that! Congratulations on reaching your goal of remaining comfortable. Must have been fun to line up with so many others doing Comrades. Next one is the big'un!

Liz said...

Great running, and what a cool medal!

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

for the most part, I consider myself a "serious PR chaser, racer", but I am so happy that I can go and relax and enjoy (not race) a race too.

rundays are fundays = heart fingers Love it!

good luck at Comrades!

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

This is very exciting! Can't wait to hear about Comrades!

misszippy said...

Definitely some big climbs there! Glad you got it in comfortably and are saving the legs for the big day. And how cool to run with a legend!

Kate said...

Great medal! Glad you had such a great race/run.

Char said...

It's so close now. I got my Comrades update from Andrew (squad member) on Saturday. He's so excited and,like you, super-fit.

ajh said...

Run days are fun days. You must be getting excited for Comrades!

juanitagf said...

Great way to race--nice and relaxed!

Natalia said...

Loved the 'scared and confident' comment.....I think you have the perfect attitude. Oh what an amazing day that will be. Actually I will be in Cape Town then, and will watch the race on telly. I remember they used to show bits of it on SABC back in the day....maybe they will show the whole thing...now that it has become such a world class event. As jy tyd het, miskien kan ons gou praat oor die telefoon....dit sal baie mooi wees, en miskien volgende keer sal ons mekaar tref.

Lauren said...

Run days are definately fun days. Sounds like you had a fun race -- I love those kind of races. Congrats on yet another finely executed finish!

HappyTrails said...

Always great to meat your heroes. Another good training race in - rest up for the big one!!

The Green Girl said...

That medal is adorable!

Congratulations on another successful race - and getting more mileage in. You are doing amazing!

Jamoosh said...

Bruce Fordyce, The Comrades King, got to run with you? He is one lucky guy!!!

Great race by the way!

Patrick Mahoney said...

I'm always amazed how idyllic the race routes look in your part of the world.

Jill said...

Nice plan to keep it easy. Really nice medal, too!! Your blue skies there are exactly what we have here in Colorado - soooo blue!

tink said...

love the medal! so adorable.
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Small Town Runner said...

The legend......Wow! Running with Fordyce , very very cool. I wonder if he'll be doing comrades this year as well? Is it an up or down year?
Getting excited for your race!

OK...I understand the easy training run marathon- but now that i know there are a lot of ticks in SA, I will try to only run fast if I visit. :)

Bethany + Ryan said...

nice job! LOVE the medal!!! I just got a whole bag full of BEAUTIFUL south African treasures for a wedding present form my brother in law's family! We got coasters, serving spoons, wooden animal masks and more. Can't wait to display them.

Amy said...

Great race! So, are you going to take it easy for the next two weeks? What does your taper schedule look like?

Julie said...

Run days are fun days!! I LOVE IT! Sounds like you played this race smart. Now go give those legs some rest these next few weeks! You are going to do marvelous on your race!

Small Town Runner said...

AH! I hope he is better soon!!

Average A said...

Cute, I have never heard the term "niggle." I like it!

Great job pacing yourself at the half. Good luck at Comrades! :)

Black Knight said...

Another good training for the Comrades .... and another beautiful medal.

Julie said...

Congrats on another half marathon Johann! You are getting so good at taking those pictures! I love them...I wish mine turned out like yours. I still have a few blurry ones every now and then. It is always good to see where you get to run and what things look like in South Africa:)

Take care of yourself!

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