Last week I ran my second Diacore Gaborone Marathon, two years after the first. I was worried that I hadn’t done enough long runs during training to perform well, compared to how I remembered training before my first attempt, but I managed to knock 9 minutes off.
So, for the benefit of anybody who is thinking about running further and outside their comfort zone here are a few notes on my preparation and anecdotal evidence on how to survive.
After weeks of preparation and waiting for materials to be delivered we sent our team down to Tsabong on Tuesday with a first-fix of goods. A final delivery of R70,000 worth of PVC pipes and fittings arrived on Friday and was transhipped to a local transporter together with the remainder of the reverse osmosis membranes and a few tons of Grundfos pumps on Friday.
I started running back in 2010, with a pair of Reeboks but they weren’t really suited to the Maun sand and gravel – more of a gym shoe. Sadly most “sports” shops in Maun and Francistown only sell fashionable sports shoes (hello, JB Sports), and Cape Union Mart seem to flog only over-designed, over-priced, gaudy Salomon shoes.