Ready to Run!

Ashley and I recently had the pleasure of running a 10K with 34,999 of our closest African friends….some of whom did not choose to wear deodorant. We decided to run for the experience but the “training” leading up the race almost had us changing our minds. We were told that there were so many people in the race and it was so crowded that we would be forced to walk during the race no matter how hard we trained. We were told correctly.

The race was unlike anything I have ever experienced and having now experienced it, I have no interest in ever experiencing it again. Being that this is Africa and all, there was of course no organization of the race and it seemed to be mass chaos from the time the gun fired till the time we almost received internal injuries fighting the rest of the crowd in an attempt to retrieve our participation medals. I did get plenty of chances to walk in the race and was only too grateful to take them seeing as how I spent a ridiculous amount of my energy needed for running weaving in and out of walkers and dodging elbows being thrown by others. It was soooo crowded and far too many people had no intention of ever running so they clogged the pipelines of those who were trying to keep moving.

The race was fun, an experience, glad I can say I did it…and glad to say that I have no intention to ever run that long again. About 7 km I was giving out and began thinking that this race was about 30 minutes too long for my liking. Excited to get back to my enjoyable recreational running in the countryside and drop my training program – if you could call it that! #gallery-582-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-582-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-582-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-582-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */

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