This Time Next Week (2010)

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- By Brad Brown

What a week it has been. You may or may not know my Mom passed away last week Sunday after a long battle with breast cancer. My charity initiative for Comrades started out as an “in support of my Mom” run and has suddenly turned into an “in memory of my Mom” run. My mind obviously hasn’t been totally focussed on Comrades this past week but I sat most of Sunday thinking “this time next week”. My mind is in it now!

It started at 4:30am when I woke up for my radio show. “This time next week I’ll be on the way to the start line of my very first Comrades Marathon” is the thought that crossed my mind as soon as I turned my alarm off. The drive to work was a sobering one. I remembered the 11 previous starts I have been at with my dad being the runner in the late 80’s and early 90’s. It was a long time ago but I could still feel the fumes from the deep heat burning my nose as I breathed in. It’s was a strange sensation knowing that “this time next week” I’d be contributing to those fumes. I got to work at 5:30 and could hear Chariots of Fire playing in my mind; I heard Max Trimbourn’s legendary cock-crow and the starter’s gun. I kept checking my pacing chart thought the day and trying to figure out where I was going to be “this time next week”. I went through halfway at 11:45. I visualised what is going to be like running onto the spongy grass in Durban with the entire stadium cheering. Just for me. At 5:30pm I said to my wife “This time next week it will all be over”.

It is hard to believe that the last 12 months have come down to “this time next week”. I’m nervous and excited but more than anything I’m overflowing with pride that I’ve come this far. I doubted in June last year when I decided to run this crazy race that I’d actually make it to the start line. But I knew whatever happened I’d be fitter come 30 May 2010 than I was in June 2009. But I’ve made it, “this time next week” I’d have lined up alongside twenty odd thousand other runners, each of them hoping to successfully negotiate the road between Maritzburg and Durban. A friend summed it up perfectly on Sunday afternoon when he said “This time next week it’s up to God, Gu and Guts”.

About my Charity Initiative
I am running to raise money and awareness for the Pinkdrive. They promote breast cancer awareness and prevention. I am doing this because my mom has just lost the battle to breast cancer. She passed away on Sunday 16 May 2010, 2 weeks before the 2010 Comrades Marathon. I have decided to run each of the 89km’s for someone who fighting the battle against breast cancer or has lost the battle to breast cancer. If you would like to support me, please click here for the details. Your support would be very much appreciated.

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