|8km in an hour… That stroller is HEAVY!!|
Another running update from the gorgeous city of Cape Town. I had hoped to run in some of the more scenic areas along the coast, but without a car and as busy as we have been, I am happy just keeping up a running routine around the neighbourhood where we are staying. Our running has been going very well, and even though we tapered off a bit as our social gatherings increased, I am pleased to say that we are still running AND LOVING IT! The weather is absolutely amazing, but the wind is a force to be reckoned with! Running with the wind on your back is best, but sooner or later, you have to turn around and then the battle begins. Alone it is okay, but with the stroller, it is quite a challenge. I assumed that my perhaps fitness was not where I thought it was when I was only able to run a 8km route in one hour (usually I run an average of 10km in a hour, sometimes even further when I feel good). One afternoon Justin took the stroller and walked while I looped the blocks around him and Elijah. It was then that I figured out that the stroller was definitely slowing me down. That being said, I am still very thankful that we have the stroller because without it, Justin and I wouldn’t be able to run together.
I miss my treadmill – because of the convenience of running at any time of the day and without any weather restrictions – but I much prefer running outside, on the road! There are days that I run alone, others that I run with Elijah, and many days we go as a family. This is a great way for Justin and I “to bond” in something that is both relaxing (haha – running is not relaxing for everyone, I know) and beneficial to our health and wellness. When we return to China it might still be quite cold, but hopefully we can do a couple of runs a week together when we get home. Some pictures of our latest runs around the hood…
What the heck was that lying by the side of the road? I stopped to investigate and it looked like a jaw bone of a deer. The area that we were running in is still surrounded by fields of open land. We often take money and stop at the conveince store, as this also gives us a goal and turn-around point. I saw these beautiful flowers at the store last week. The big pink ones are called Proteas, and they are the national flower of South Africa. They are so beautiful! >>>Here (to the right) is a picture of a King Protea that we found on the top of Table Mountain when we hiked there two years ago. Check out that hike here: Table Mountain Hike 2013.
Less then 2 more weeks left to run in this beautiful city!