You can do it!!

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.

Start line for walkers

Start line for walkers

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!

Marketing Team

Marketing Team

JPMCCC Johannesburg:

Paula Lopes at the Finish in 1:04:08.

Pace 18:19 min/Mile.
Time of Arrival: 7:34:06.

Another three races

I have completed another three races.

  • Johnson Crane 10km on 27 January

We were so late this morning and still had to register, it was a bit of a crazy start. Then we were mooned, just before the race; if you know what I mean…a runner in desperate need of the loo! (it was an eclipse) #PrivateJoke

  •  Alberton Race 10km on 3 February

I loved this race, close to home. The race officials were supper friendly, it was so well-organized and the spectators and neighborhood people were just awesome; offering support along the way.

  • Pick n Pay Race 10km on 10 February

This was also a good race, we had great laughs at the starting line. They were playing chariots of fire before the start which just made me laugh.

Special THANK YOU to the nice runner that opened her house half way through the race and allowed a whole bunch of ladies to use the loo 😀

Real girl power! I loved it

Happy Feet - On Holiday! No blisters here

Happy Feet – On Holiday! No blisters here

So far it’s been good, I have not seen any results yet. Not too happy about that, but I am still motivated. Sunday the 17th was rest day for all of us. This Sunday we are back on the road for another race. It’s getting darker now when we wake up so I bet it will not be too easy to get up in the morning.

I developed a blister on my right foot. It looks like it’s healed so I’m ready for Sunday.