Namib Race Blogs 2020
View All Posts 2020 From : Mabasa Mubatapasango
11 May 2020 09:33 am (GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria
The last time I posted, I was a bit low due to the fact that our race had been postponed until the 5th of November due to COVID-19. A part of me couldn't settle with the fact that I wasn't going to achieve my 365-day personal fitness goal of being able to run 250km in 6 days. This, by the way, was the first time to ever attempt it officially considering the fact that I fall under " beginners' runner's club."
Seated in the "Brew and Bristle coffee cafe" on that day, I had a choice to make - Attempt the distance by myself or Wait for the 5th of November. The former looked like a waste of time because there was no need to put myself under that load as I had more training days. As for the second option of waiting until the 5th, it looked like the obvious route to take. Me being half-witted?, I went for the first option -"Attempt the distance by myself."
The option of attempting the distance by myself would satisfy the fact that "Ï had stuck to my word / running goal." This would also prove that I had done well in training. I would use the results as the base camp of exposing my weakness. If I was to pick up any injury, well I still had more time to recover. Therefore, I set the 25th of April 2020 as my starting day. This is exactly 365 days after taking on the fitness challenge. I needed to make it as practical as possible as I wouldn't be having any support, checkpoints etc. So I set my house as the Base camp where I would have meals, rest and water. I called this attempt - #RTPVirtual
Days leading to the #RTPVirtual, I had done 325km (APRIL total 535km: 3 x 42km, 7x 21km, 2x15km, 2x 10km)
Day 1 - 25 April 2020: #RoundBlocks
I'm not sure if it was excitement or what but went blazing out of the starting blocks. The backpack felt light, energy levels were high?.
Day 2 - 26 April 2020 - #CoastalRun
I was already regretting going fast the previous day. I had to lower my pace if i was to complete the challenge. Did the 42km along the beach.
Day 3 - 27 April 2020 #EarthStation
Started a bit late and by the time i hit the road, Mr Fog was already parading himself around town. I did the first leg of the run in the desert and decided to follow the dirt road along the main road so as to avoid getting lost in the fog.
Day 4 - 28 April 2020
Despite the ?feeling, I really enjoyed this one cause it took me in the open desert towards the Rossin mountain. I have memories of the route so they came flooding.
Day 5 - 29 April 2020 - The 2 part story that went silent.
All I can say is that -I glad I met my 356-day fitness challenge, don't ever regret the run for it made me more confident and exposed the areas I need to work on come 5 November.
"I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times.