This past weekend was a big one for Newton runners, with races from 5K’s to half marathons, to full and half Iron distance races and full marathons! We’re going to highlight just a few but we’d love to hear about how your races went as well. First, the one and only Zola Budd toed the line in the Divas Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In a sold out race with a crowd of 4000, Zola broke the tape in a time of 1:22:47. As we mentioned on Friday, this was a tune-up race for the South African native as she gets ready to run her first ever Comrades Marathon on June 3. Also at the Divas event, Zola’s 16 year-old daughter Lisa, took the win in the 5K in a time os 19:38. Congats to both mother and daughter!
Team Alchemy’s Nicole Chyr went to the Colfax Marathon to defend her 2011 title. Due to some injuries, Nicole was feeling a bit less than perfect for this race but nevertheless she was there and ready to rock. On a new course which offered more sharp turns than in years past Nicole says she had a great time though the technicality made for a beautiful yet challenging course. In a time that saw her almost 7 minutes in front of her nearest competitor, Nicole went on to defend her title in a time of 3:07:42!
Next on Nicole’s calendar, after a few weeks off, is the Copper half marathon on July 1st and the Vail half on July 22nd. Nicole’s next full marathon won’t be until the Denver Marathon on Sept. 22.
At the same event, Team Alchemy’s Bob Weiner ran the half marathon distance finishing as the third overall male and winning his age group in a time of 1:14:01!
Congrats to all who raced in their Newts this weekend!
Running legend and Newton devotee Zola Budd is taking on Comrades Ultramarathon next month in her native South Africa. She was kind enough to take a moment and write a bit about her preparation thus far for the famous event.
Training for Comrades has been a whole new experience for me. It is a whole new world that opened up regarding training and my mental approach to races as well.
The biggest change was the long runs of up to 4 hrs and the speed work that was equivalent to my long runs before I started training for Comrades! Most exciting was running the two Ultra marathons in South Africa during April. First up was the Two Oceans in Cape Town. This is a 56km race where you run along both the Indian and Atlantic Ocean. It is a gruelling race which includes two climbs up Chapmans Peak and Constantia Nek. What made the race even more difficult this year was the weather. It rained almost the whole way with strong winds as well. I finished 5th in my age group in 4:29 plus change.
The next ultra was two weeks later in Mpumalanga. It is called the Loskop Forever Resorts Ultra Marathon. The run starts in Middelburg and finishes at the Forever Resorts and is run over 50km. The weather was incredible and I had a better run than at Two Oceans and finished 5th overall in the open Ladies and won my age group in 3:40:02.
Since returning to the US I started my taper and has run shorter and faster distances in preparation for the Comrades. I will be running the Divas Half Marathon in North Myrtle Beach on the 20th of May and will be flying over to South Africa after that.
Keep an eye out for more from Zola before and after Comrades!