Since they know me from my 2012 Pace Setter activities, my name got into their mind, when they faced a challenging situation:
One of the runners at the Ultra is going to be the blind adventurer and motivational speaker Hein Wagner (http://www.heinwagner.co.za/). It's going to be the first Ultra Marathon in his life, after finishing several huge sports events, and also a preparation run for his Ironman 2 weeks later.
Now - his running partner who would have guided him through the race can't make it and they need a guide for Hein. And they did ask me.
I still get goosebumps from writing this. Because one of the themes of Two Oceans Marathon is "run for more than yourself".
For this year I had no special plans for my race, because I know I am not fit enough to run a personal best (sub 5h).Last year I ran for the group I was guiding as their pace setter.
It took a few minutes to make a decision:
I knew, that I felt strong enough to run a 5h 15min or slower and Hein's plans are rather a 5h45min which should be in my range anyway.
But it's a different story to run for a group that could carry on even without me as their pace setter - because they can run without a pace setter - and now having a person who would rely on me 100%.
If I can't run, he can't run. If I can't finish, he can't finish. That's a different kind of responsibility.
But, as many of you might expect, I accepted with pleasure.
I want to thank Stefanie from Two Oceans for giving me the opportunity to run for much more than myself and I want to thank Hein for his trust in me.
On Friday, the day before the race, we will meet for a short "test run".
Wish us luck!
And my finish time can be expected at 11:15 MEZ or 12:15 CAT after approx 5h 45 min.
More posts related to this topic:
- Hein Wagner and Axel Rittershaus Test Run for Two Oceans Ultra Marathon 2013
- FINISH Line Video with Hein Wagner and Axel Rittershaus finishing the 2013 Two Oceans Ultra Marathon
- Quick update - how did the race go
- Two Oceans Marathon International Friendship Run 2013
- How to run a Sub 6h Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (56 km) - Pace Charts and more from the official Puma Pacer 2012 Axel Rittershaus