RACE: FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN

The FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN was the next race on the calendar. Even though I entered it last year already, I had no expectations back then as to what I was expecting. With my pace getting a tad faster over the last couple of months, that sub 1 hour for the 12km road race was definitely on my mind! I had a 12km run on Friday night to see if I could keep up the pace but had to slow down half way with a slight tight hamstring. Yesterday’s Root44 parkrun I managed to do what I said a few weeks back, get that sub 25! So with that Friday and yesterday, I thought I would take it slow on race day and just enjoy the atmosphere and said to Mel I would run with her.

We had to go fetch our race numbers, tshirt, caps, buffs and all our freebies at the Green Point athletics stadium and the vibe there was awesome. So well organised and everyone so friendly! The Puma guys had this station where they took pictures of you in running action so we decided to just do a freeze shot!

Running freeze frame at the Puma display
Running freeze frame at the Puma display

Night before the race I noticed our numbers were different. We were not even going to start in the same batch so there went that idea of running together. That’s when I thought to myself, maybe I should just give that sub 1 hour a shot? Basically, I had to do it as people were asking me about the sub 1 and if I was going to do it, so I kinda had to try right?

4am alarm goes off and I literally fall back asleep until 4:30am, way too early for my liking! 5:30am out the house and on our way to Grand Parade where the buses are off to take you to the starting pens at Woodbridge Island in Milnerton. One thing I have to add is, the organization of everything before the event was simply amazing. The organizers did a magnificent job! When we arrived in Milnerton, the sight was was breath taking. The view of Table Mountain backdrop and the sun hitting the mountain. Yes, I forgot to take a picture. sigh. KFM was there broadcasting and keeping the crowd entertained! Such a vibe! Coffee and food trucks galore and what was sooooo funny was that when people arrive they all get coffee and then about 40 minutes to go, the toilet queues are ridiculously long because of the coffee drunk! We got into our pens at around 8:40am and some lucky random person walked away with a brand spanking new car!

Batch A and B started at 9, batch C,D,E and F started at 9:10 and the rest of the batches 9:20. Next year I definitely would want to be in batch B! Anyhoo, the race started and the first 2km was frustrating yet again. I kinda started at the back of batch E and was stuck behind slow people and because 12km is not that far to do a sub 1 hour every single second counts! As I was going through the first km, I was thinking to myself, I should just give into the fact that you are not going to do it and you just need to enjoy it. Then that little guy on my shoulder tells me, really? Giving up that easy? You are way too competitive to give up so easy! So I jump onto the pavement and start speeding up and trying to move as quick as I could between people. At about the 1.5km there was a bridge to cross over and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to pass the big bunch of people struggling on the incline, thank you trail running! I picked up the pace considerably and passed the big group and started heading down towards Paarden Eiland and an open road in front of me. I had passed the 1:05 pacer on the bridge and I was determined to catch up with the 1:00 pacer. I finally caught up to him just after the 2.5km and that’s when I just stuck behind him and I could at least start to enjoy the race and relax.

After every km there was entertainment, the VWS, Drum Majorettes, Tribal drummers, DJs, and many more! The support was amazing and really kept the legs going! No time for pictures! I did struggle at times like I do for the first 6 or 7km but the pace setter, Robdog, as his name said on his race number, was determining us to dig deep to finish it in time. He was fun to run with and at times did breathing exercises and arm raises to get us through to the finish! I wanted to go a bit faster but he warned us to hold a bit back for the little up hills towards the end and then finish it fast for the last 500m. I can’t believe how many batch B people we passed and also people from Batch F, G and H! Not sure how those people behind me managed to get to the batch ahead of me!

I gave a huge air fist pump as I crossed over the line and I hope someone took a picture of that and I will find it online because I managed to do it! 12km in under an hour! I was happy! Thanks to the pace setter for thinking and keeping track of how and when for me! I just had to take a picture with the guy!

Thanks to Robdog for getting me there!
Thanks to Robdog for getting me there!

Picked up the medal and boy is it a beautiful one! I said to myself before this race I was not going to do it again next year, but now that I have seen how well organised this event is I might just have to come back next year. At this stage it is pretty hard to say what my next target for next year would be. sub 55min? sub 50min? Only time will tell.