Phew – it’s been a while… Hello.
So my second big race of this year was also a DNS (Did Not Start) and sugar coat it as much as you like that the race was actually cancelled and I therefore could not do it anyway I had decided to bail before the official cancellation came through.
I had been lying in bed listening to the rain and the wind thought there was NO WAY I was getting up to go and run a marathon in that. Even more off putting than the running though was the standing outside, waiting for the taxi and then waiting at the start in the cold, wet and rain. For those of you that don’t know the Knysna Marathon starts in the forest and to get there you need to take a taxi shuttle. The shuttles start running at 4:45 but the race is only at 7:00 (marathon) and 8:00 (21.1km). So lots of waiting!
At about 3:30 and after BBM’ing my running partner who was elsewhere in the house, wide awake as well we decided not a friggin chance and went back to sleep. To put me to total shame though my mom and sister both went to the start and where turned away – they did not bail.
I am pretty disappointed that I was not able to do this race. It would have been my first stand alone marathon (not in an Ironman) and I was quite looking forward to it.
One of my friends decided to drive the route later in the day to see if it was actually necessary that they called off the race. Below is a photo he took of a causeway that we would have had to cross… Yip, race organisers good call…. (Thanks to Mike Brewis for these photos)