Now, the original plan was to pop into Cape Town and run a quick 9 miles on Sunday morning. It seemed like an ideal day for a training run — the Cape Town Marathon was in town, so I’d have a chance to watch some of the world’s elite running on a fast, flat course that followed the seashore. I anticipated beautiful sunshine and amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, but what I got was something else entirely.

The temperature when I woke at 5:30 was a brisk 40 degrees with winds off the ocean at approximately 15-20 miles per hour. I had to meet someone later that morning, so I didn’t have the choice to wait out the storm. I had to run through it. I tried to run as inland as I could, but most of Cape Town’s running trails follow the ocean so there wasn’t much to be done but just grin and bear it.

The positive: the nastier the run, the more smug you feel after you’ve finished. So there’s that.

Why I’m Running:

I want to raise enough money to sponsor two promising African ladies: Elaine and Mandisa.  It costs $80 so sponsor Mandisa for one month of Imagine Scholar costs — this amount pays for her transport, healthy food in class, school supplies, and many other things. For Elaine, it’s $78. Lump those two together and you get $156/month. Multiply that out my 12 months and you get a very achievable fundraising goal: $1,896. Please donate at my Crowdrise page here:

Weekly Statistics:

Miles run: 21.32 (184.75 total)

Average speed this week: 3.6 MPH (I forgot to stop the watch after one of the runs)

Calories burned: 3,198 (26,439 total)

Cape Town from the Table Mountain cable car