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What *Insert appropriate swear word here* have I gotten myself into
December 8, 2011 By Justine Joy
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I’m back in Zimbabwe, and I am STILL running… This mean I am STILL committed (something I myself though I would give up on)!

So today my new running partner and I went jogging around the Harare Race Track… Its 5kms. Me, being my usual cocky self said over a few drinks the night prior night ‘5kms? Well, we’ll just have to do two laps then wont we?’ We didn’t do two laps. I’ll tell you why.

I have previously been treadmill running as opposed to road running…. Little did I know that treadmill running is super duper easy compared to running in real life? So the super impressive mileage I get done on a treadmill is actually flippin pathetic in real life. I know its flippin pathetic because I felt flippin pathetic with the pathetic distance I managed today.

5kms, I think altogether I ran 3kms, before nearly passing out from a near fatal asthma attack (Which has risen its dirty little head, I haven’t had a asthma attack since I was 10 and then subsequently used it as an excuse to get out of running Cross-Country or athletics for the remainder of my school career), if the asthma attack wasn’t alarming enough, my thighs felt like I had dipped them in a pot of boiling water, the thought that flashed through my mind was Jane Fonda saying ‘Feel the Burn’, I then felt rather inadequate as I realised that I have NEVER R-E-A-L-L-Y felt the burn before. Obviously that all being said I an thinking to myself ‘WHAT THE F*********************K HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO’

That being said, my trust new running partner did push me further than I would have pushed myself if I ran the course by myself.

I did finish the 5kms in 30mins-ish and that is still pretty good going if Two Oceans is 21kms and you need to complete that in 3hrs which works out to 7km an hour – However this is UP Table Mountain, but it is do-able ever if it feels totally impossible at the moment.

Tomorrow I go running around the block as the race course is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays to run around (Or walk as most of the old people do – Least I passed people it gave me a feeling of victory)

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