Mighty Melissa

Conquering Two Oceans

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My First Ultra
Natasha Malan, Assegaai Marathon Club, Piet Retief


What inspired you to start running?
I participated in cross-country at high school but only got into road running in 2000 when I wanted to move away from team sports.


How many half marathons and marathons have you run and what is your PB?
About 12 half marathons with a PB of 1:47:40. I will be running my first marathon in March as a qualifier for Two Oceans.


Why did you decide to run the Two Oceans?
I had two babies in the last two years and decided that 2011 is the year to take my life back by running and becoming fit again. This is my moment!


What time are you hoping to run?
I just want to finish comfortably and make sure I’m not one of those athletes who have to sprint to make the cut-off with a countdown going in the background! I want to enjoy the run and the views.


What has your preparation been like?
I’ve been having some trouble with injuries, but ran a 10km late last year and that went well, now I just have to increase my distances regularly until April. I’m taking it very slowly and have been following a 22-week training programme.


Are you nervous for the big day?
I’m a bit unsure what I will be feeling like after 25km, because I’ve never run any further than that. I guess as I run longer distances regularly, I’ll get more experience.


What are you looking forward to most about the race?
Definitely having a drink afterwards!


What are your goals after the race?
I won’t run the Comrades this year, but I am hoping that when my body has fully recovered from my two pregnancies, I can really get back into my running.


Any words of advice for anyone taking up the sport?
Stick to the 10 percent rule!



Half Marathon PB, Please!
Elsab? Tromp, Cape Town


When did you start running?
I started running in primary school and I haven’t stopped since.


How many half marathons have you run and what is your PB?
One half marathon in 2009 in the USA. I finished comfortably in a time of 2:30.


Why did you decide to run the Two Oceans Half?
It’s very well known and I hear the scenery is awesome.


What time are you hoping to run?
2:15 would be great.


What does your training entail?
I run three times a week and include a speed session and long run. I also do strengthening exercises every week.


Do you follow any special eating programme?
Not particularly. Eating healthy comes naturally the more you exercise. I just focus a little more on eating enough protein after training and stocking up with carbs before training.


Are you nervous?
Yes, it always feels like a gamble.


What are you looking forward to most about the race?
Running alongside my buddy, hopefully improving my time, and enjoying the sights.


Do you plan to reward yourself if you reach your goal?
I enjoy running so much, I don’t consider ‘having to give myself a reward’ for it.


What are your goals after the race?
After resting a little, I want to get ready for my first trail run at the Knysna Oyster Festival.


Any words of advice for anyone taking up the sport?
Make sure you don’t neglect nutrition when running more than an hour at a time. Also, buy your first pair of shoes from a reputable store that can help with professional advice, and get a ‘lekker’ running partner to share the journey with.

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