Marietjie Williams - Novice
a novice runner Comrades was all I thought about for about 3 weeks
before the actual run. I was just visualising how I would get
through the pain, maintain mental stability and obviously how I would
push myself to finish. This was a dream of mine since I can remember
and at the age of 25 it came true.
starting line was electrifying but also scary - not knowing what lies
ahead of me. Fortunately we drove the route the previous day so I knew
where I will be needing some extra energy. Thanx to Vlam I manage to
finish as my knee started to pain by first cut off. I joined them
and ran Thousand Hills with them - and then the scary thing happened -
I lost them at 18kms to go and final cut off was about an hour and 30
mins away. Somehow I found the strength and mental stability to keep
going. With 3kms to go, 30 mins from the finishing line I was down and
out and ready to give up. Not even the fact that I have already
done about 86kms could motivate me. My boyfriend, Izak, was the one who
said to me just keep going - you will make it. I was so
dehydrated and there was no water tables left - even though I drank
enough liquids through out the day my body was calling time out.
less than 1km to go, I could hear the crowd and that was when I
realised you need to make it and you can make it . . . you have come so
far - you are not going to lose out on a medal.
Kingsmead was my highlight of Comrades - thousands of people just
cheering you on as the time is ticking very fast . . . going over that
finishing line one can not explain to any other non-Comrades runner . .
. its just simply the best!
would like to thank you guys as your website prepared me so much for
what I can expect. And to all novice runners - it's important to be
in good mental condition, not the hundreds of kms on your legs -
that is what helped me to finish - I never once doubted myself.
Having the locals just cheering us on in that last 18 kms to go
was amazing and I salute them - standing all day there just to support
all the runners. . . it was a job well done.
I am still deciding on Comrades 2011 but with all the buzz that is starting again I am sure I will be back for my first up run.
External links: Official Comrades Marathon