That 6am alarm was optimistic, the whole neighbourhood is still asleep;
Snooze for 10 more minutes;
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, repeat.
6:30am and time to get going;
Running shorts, polyester shirt, cap, brush my teeth.
Compression socks over calloused toes;
Double knotted laces and my GPS watch;
2 Magnesium tablets, one calcium tablet and half a banana.
What do I do with the other half of the banana now?
Scratch that, 1 banana and out the door I go.
Stretch and warm up, 10 quick press ups.
Morning Jimmy, How you doing?
Good Good Pranesh, take it easy!
Sure Jimmy see you now now…
Why did I buy a house on the top of a hill?
It’s down down down but the up is still to come;
Maybe today is the day I run up all the way;
Finally up and just 1km in. How far did we say we going?
Red robot – breath…
Whats in the news today my friend?
Ah same old, somebody is stealing something from someone.
Go away birds in that tree, Indian myna, Karoo thrush;
And that’s a noisy green wood hoopoe bunch I hear over there;
And a rooster crowing to greet the dawn?!
In the Houghton avenues?!
Ah free range organic eggs breakfast;
Or free range Sunday roast.
2km now and a gentle downhill roll;
Neslon Rolihlahla Mandela!
Viva! We still have a long way to go!
Flat and easy now, let’s run till the watch beeps for 3;
Through the car wash, quick splash and dash.
In the zone;
Singing Adele, Coldplay, The Killers, Queen;
Turn right for 6km or left for 8 mate.
Left it is, but why did it have to be up again;
But it’s only a small nyana uphill, then easy all the way home.
Hello Rufus, thank God for that gate.
Rattling pots, signs of life;
Mmmm someone’s making breakfast;
Freshly baked scones with jam and cream or pancakes perhaps.
Magwinya and polony from a plastic bucket;
4 tomatoes in a tower on a plate;
Lawn squares stacked up to my waist;
Hello, morning Ma!
Shirt soaked with sweat;
St Luke’s congregation is gathering up the road;
Easy my foot, why did I buy a house on the hill…
Turn into my road;
Walk it out and cool down;
Why do I torture myself so?
Probably because cake is delicious…