BEING LOST IN THE WILD, FRANSCHHOEK AND JONKERSHOEK MOUNTAINS
READY STEADY AND GO"...MY ATYPICAL EVERY RACE DAY MORNING TO GO MOTTO!
RACE DAY AND FINISH-LINE REFLECTION
I participated in this year’s Cape Winelands MaxiRace 2022, a 45km trail running a marathon, running the Franschhoek and Jonkershoek Mountains. This was my first Trail Marathon and the longest distance for a day race after completing the 35km UTCT race last year and an 89km 3 days stage AfricanX trail race years ago. I surprised myself, did so well, and finished the race in 6h3min (1628m elev. gain), an unexpected and unplanned PB! with position number 23 under my age category and 28 gender category. I was super proud of myself given the fact, the race happened a few weeks after the Comrades Marathon Race 90km down run, and also taking it easy as I had the Sanlam Cape Town 42.2km Marathon 2022 race in the same month. Interestingly, not only did I finish strong but ran impressive negative splits, and still had enough energy to keep going, which was more of the evidence I have been seeking, that I’m actually improving as an ultra-distance runner for difficult endurance races.
LESSONS LEARNED FROM MY RACE PERFORMANCE
My race performance really amazed me as I was a bit worried that I didn’t do much trail running training due to my knee abrasion injury which was still healing. Even though, I made sure that I do what I needed to do in a short period of time to be physically and mentally ready, and well thanks to also my love for being in the mountains. Additionally, as part of my growth as a runner, I also learned that real mental toughness is real, as the trail terrain was highly challenging, the climbs were hectic and steep, and the weather forecast, was so much heat, but I just kept going and pushed and got lost in the wild. I loved every bit of the race, it was all in the mind and the beauty of nature, just kept me moving.
In closure, next year I will be doing the race again but at a longer distance of 75km, and happy to still have been recruited again as the race Ambassador. The latter does show that indeed, “one can achieve the impossible if one believes in themselves, that it’s all in the mind.
Until the next trail race, happy running :).
Dr Caroline Pule
Medical Scientist (PhD), Philanthropist, Fitness Inspiration and Motivational Speaker from Cape Town, Western Cape Province
Club: ASICS Running Club
2022 HIGHLIGHTS REFLECTION: COMPLETING MY 4TH CAPE TOWN MARATHON RACEby Dr Caroline Pule / Jan. 09, 2023
“Yasss! Against all odds, She can still Run and finish was she started!, My words after crossing the finish line of the Cape Town 42.2km Marathon 2022 last year still smiling. And got reminded how I’m so passionate and love running marathons.
MY SECOND COMRADES MARATHON RACE, CHASING B2B MEDALby Dr Caroline Pule / Oct. 25, 2022
The zealous feeling of accomplishing my goal of getting my back-2-back (B2B) medal as I quote the words I echoed after crossing the finish line “Yasss, by God’s grace, I finished Comrades 90km Marathon down run 10:17:41s and improved PB by 1h14min! From 2019 11:31min, Vic Clapham Medal to Bronze Medal 2022, It indeed happened!”
POWER OF MENTAL TOUGHNESS AND RESILIENCEby Dr Caroline Pule / Sep. 26, 2022
"You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have"- Bob Marley. A reflection of what it means to be mentally tough and resilient, to have that inner voice that will tell you to push one more time and not give up!
ASICS FrontRunner International Team Meeting 2022by Dr Caroline Pule / Aug. 10, 2022
What an epic, adventurous and spectacular international team meeting it was in Catania, Sicily, featuring 120 runners from all over the world, with the same passion for running and a great line-up of multiple fun activities.
My 3rd Two Oceans 56km Ultra Marathon Race! "Finished strong and new PB achieved"by Dr Caroline Pule / May. 24, 2022
“I really love how sometimes running can challenge me to a point that it unleashes some of the powerful qualities I’m unaware off! It is so liberating and keeps me so positive!” – Dr Caroline Pule
Weskus 42.2km Marathon 2022 "Finishing the race against all odds!"by Dr Caroline Pule / Apr. 26, 2022
It was a victorious moment to complete Weskus 42.2km full marathon 2022, against all odds (grumpy tummy), allowing me to qualify for Two Oceans Ultra 56km marathon and Comrades 90km Marathon. “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never gives up.”— Dean Karnazes
Pretoria 21.1km half marathon during my work travel: First race in 2022by Dr Caroline Pule / Apr. 25, 2022
Welcome back to Road Racing; my first special spontaneous road race in 2022 during provincial work travel driven by my passion for running and what different cities can offer. “Running allows me to set my mind free. Nothing seems impossible. Nothing unattainable.” — Kara Goucher
My First Epic UTCT 35km Race “Conquering Mountains!”by Dr Caroline Pule / Dec. 23, 2021
“Life begins at the end of the comfort zone.”- Neale Walsch. Finally I challenged myself and entered the most epic world-class trail race, running trails around the beautiful Table Mountain and the experience was out of this world. As I always say, “we keep moving forward and doing what we love the most! Hit the trails and leave our footprints!”- Dr C Pule.
The Nutribullet Bay to Bay 30km race: My first-ever race in 2018by Dr Caroline Pule / Feb. 11, 2018
What a great way to start off my running for this year 2018, with the Nutribullet Cape town Bay to Bay 30km Race. The race started from Camps Bay to Hout Bay and back, with a few hills along the way, which made the race be more fun.
Running in Central Park, Manhattan, New York Cityby Dr Caroline Pule / Jan. 20, 2018
Having to be a traveller and enjoying the perks of exploring different cities, not only did running in New York City captivate me but also the fascinating surroundings I got to see while running. When travelling, I have taught myself how to draw up a realistic running schedule, that can be integrated into my hectic to do list. Here I share one of my 2017 highlights, running in Central Park, Manhattan, New York City, USA.
Running in Mexico, Guadalajara "viva los amigos"by Dr Caroline Pule / Jan. 18, 2018
The fact that with an availability of running shoes one can run anywhere in the world, where there is just enough space, I have learned to fit running along my international travels. And the best runs are those while one is travelling to exotic places, different countries and different surroundings and all this make running liberal and fun. Here I share my 2017 highlight, running in Jalisco, Guadalajara in Mexico and all the great moments that kept me to appreciate running while travelling more.
My first-ever Sanlam Cape Town 42.2km Marathon Raceby Dr Caroline Pule / Feb. 11, 2018
My Introductory reflection: First full marathon race. Everything is possible if you put your mind to it. I happily finished my first ever Sanlam Cape Town Marathon with 04:37:14 time, Sub5, qualifying me for Two Oceans and Comrades Marathons. Yes, I did it with God on my side and here I reflect back on multiples things I learned as I share my race story. I had it in me and believed I’m capable to run a full marathon and I can do it!! But I had to also believe it mentally and through prayer that indeed I’m able. Finishing Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is a dream come true, highlight of my running life this year and it has really changed my perception about what the body can achieve if is well tuned and trained properly. You can never say you can’t do something without having done it, you have to do it first and then judge based on your findings. Years ago I was scared to run a full marathon because I was scared of facing the pain of what if I don’t finish it as I’m very competitive.
Confessions of ASICS FrontRunner: “Why do I love running?”by Dr Caroline Pule / Aug. 10, 2017
You can never know how you love running until you try it out. Is so interesting how something so simple can be so challenging, yet fulfilling. Well, this is the reality of what a runner discovers the more he/she develops more passion for running and hit the no turning back button. Moreover, the best thing is that you don't have to be perfect to start running, but you do have to start running in order to be good at it. As I share my insight about why I love running, one will get to learn that actually running is fun and is not as difficult as certain people think it is. Who knows, by the end of reading this article, you might even want to run straight to sports retail stores and get yourself some running shoes :).
ASICS FRONTRUNNER FINDS HER FIT AT THE CELL C DAY OF RACES 2017by Dr Caroline Pule / May. 27, 2017
ASICS FrontRunner, Caroline Pule finds her fit at the Cell C Day of Races, finishing her 5 km race within 00:24:08 min under “Pretty Fast” wave, improving her time by 2 minutes (min) and 26 seconds (s) from last year’s race.