It’s been a lovely hot summer in Cape Town & there have been two major things keeping us at Run Cape Town motivated to carry on running: running in the shade & post-run swims in the sea 🙂
But back to the start of our action-packed month: our first trail running guest of the year was Gina, who opted to change her running date from 1 Jan to 2 Jan, to accommodate an early morning start, to enjoy the Lion’s Head trail before the real extreme heat of the day …. We were secretly relieved we ran on the 2nd and not the 1st – it provided a gentle “ease” into the New Year! 😉
Phillipa and her sister opted for an “exercise walk” and we enjoyed a 10km power walk through the city centre of Cape Town at a slightly slower pace than usual. Ellen was staying in the leafy green suburb of Newlands, so we braved the hills up to Rhodes Memorial and enjoyed the beautiful views offered from up there as well as the University of Cape Town. We have also been lucky enough to run with Cape Town locals, as well as people who’ve lived in Cape Town and have popped back for a visit, and have had guests run through Gugulethu with our local guide there, Vince, so we’ve been kept on our toes!
This month we were also privileged to share a bit of our beautiful city of Cape Town with a big group of Swedish guests who are visiting Cape Town on an active holiday. We spent one morning running through the city centre, with our guests ending their run with a picnic in the Company’s Gardens, and on another morning we did a walking tour of Gugulethu, followed by a traditional South African braai at Mzoli’s, great fun had by all!
But the highlight of this month for me, personally, has been early morning track /shady forest running sessions on the slopes of Table Mountain, chased by a cheeky dip in the ocean – Camps Bay is my personal favourite for a quick post-run swim, however Blouberg also offers awesome options for some body boarding, with that fantastic backdrop of Table Mountain!