Two Oceans 2014 – why it was my best in a way

April 22, 2014

Coverboy on a mock Runner’s World cover at the race expo

Dear Max

We’re back from a great few days in Cape Town which in summary went something like this:

– We were guests at The Cullinan and it was amazing. We were in a big suite where some of my daily activities included choosing from the pillow menu or deciding which bath bubbles to order.

– You spent good time with your family – your various aunts, uncles, grandpa and extended family.


Smiles around Cape Town and The Cullinan hotel 


His and hers menu (activities for you, bath bubbles menu for me)

– The race, which was the main reason we were there, was good, and quite mixed, to be honest. It was my second slowest time, and I’m not sure why it was like that. I was exhausted physically and mentally, and not very head strong. My running shoes were shot too, and I had sore and burning feet throughout. And I felt heavy, reminding me that I really need to lose weight, otherwise Comrades is going to be another worse-than-usual struggle.

– But, complaints and moaning aside, I had lots of fun on the road, and a very good time, despite my slow time. I know this sounds like a contradiction, but I had a good time on the road, despite the heaviness and pain. The best part of the race was seeing you after the marathon mark with grandpa – you had waited patiently on the side to see me and your dad, who had passed about 15 minutes before me. Seeing you and my own little support crew made my day, and it was your hug and smile that fuelled me for the last stretch. Thank you for the support and brightness you shone on my race.


Pre-race fuelling and snacks-on-the-go




Could I look any more terrified?



Obviously there were race selfies


My greatest selfie of all



Chocolate heaven at The Cullinan



And so with another Two Oceans finish under my belt, a belt size that needs a decrease, and with your decorated packet still full of Easter eggs and treats from The Cullinan, we’re settling back home again – you on holiday still, and me working and seeking new projects.

Thanks for another great voyage,



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  • Sam

    This post made me so happy. So special Xx

    April 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm Reply
  • Karien @ Running the Race

    Sounds like a great weekend away. Congrats on finishing another Oceans ultra!

    April 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thanks so much Karien! I hope your running is going well!

      April 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm Reply
  • Sharon

    Huge respect!

    April 22, 2014 at 3:15 pm Reply
    • Tanya Kovarsky

      Thanks Sharon – appreciate it! Respect to you on your weight loss AND run-walking. Hoping I can follow suit…

      April 22, 2014 at 3:17 pm Reply
  • Karen at MomAgain@40

    Congrats, Tanya!

    April 23, 2014 at 10:34 am Reply
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