Last year this time I prayed for a huge storm so that I could go home early and not do the race. Funny thing is I had done it before and the 5.6km walk was not so bad, it was just laziness getting the better of me. We did have a storm early in the afternoon and by four o’clock it was all clear and off we went for our ‘team race’.
I started this year with a resolution – a fight for fitness – determined to lose weight – aiming for something bigger – a commemorative and special race one day! Almost every Sunday since the 13th of January I have entered and completed a small race.
So with all that experience behind me *I’m literally rolling on the floor laughing* I signed up for the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge again.
JP Morgan has become a team race for our department. It’s the yearly tradition and team build we can all participate in. Although we are all at very different fitness and sporting levels, we enter it for the fun of it!
It’s kind of a celebration of the last summer evenings. It’s warm enough, sun has set and the evening walk or run is just awesome. The smell of jacaranda trees is still sweet and strong. A walk under the starlit African sky…oh that sounds romantic and it could be if we did with our partners 😀
For the most part I had good company with me; two marketing colleagues that kept me going. One is a real runner and I look up to her and her experience and lap up every bit of info & tips I can get. But somewhere near last two kilometers I fell behind and did the rest on my own.
JP Morgan is packed and when you’re a newbie runner it’s quite hard to maneuver between the crowds. I think this year the runners and walkers doubled. I don’t remember it being so packed last year.
At some stage of the race I passed a house with a young cheerleader, she did the same thing last year with her parents. She came back with her pom-poms and was screaming you can do it and waving the pom-poms. I think it’s time to introduce myself to her if she’s going to be there every year cheering
us me on. You can do it. I need that extra motivation.
At every kilometer mark the runners and walkers cheered and screamed. More motivation!
The fun part is when you see the bright lights of the stadium and you can hear the announcer talking about who’s coming in at the finish line. All of sudden there’s a new sudden burst of energy and the walkers start jogging and runners start sprinting to the finish line!
My time is recorded and I felt my cell phone vibrate. It was the SMS with my finish time!
There aren’t that many evening races. This is one you should enter if you want to experience something different. There is no sun heat, the cool evening air is refreshing and to experience real team spirit & gees this is the race to enter. Our company had 700 entries this year. We are different individuals with a similar interest (JP Morgan) we have similar attitudes and it all comes together; proudly wearing our company logo and a TEAM is FORMED.
Whether I continue to be a runner this year or not it doesn’t really matter, one thing is sure, next year I will be doing the JP Morgan again with my team!
Paula Lopes at the Finish in 1:04:08.
Pace 18:19 min/Mile.
Time of Arrival: 7:34:06.