Woestmann back for Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
(Cape Town, 19 March 2016) The dream year started at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon for mother of two, Caroline Woestmann who stunned the world when she came from out of nowhere to win the 2015 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. The fairy tale continued when a short while later she also won the Comrades Marathon.
The phenomenal KPMG athlete is back again in 2016 to run in the world’s beautiful marathon, and judging by how her training is going she will once again be a factor. “We (Lindsey Parry, her coach, and Caroline) have learned from 2015 where I was probably peaking when I hit the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. So this year we are doing things a little different and I have held back a bit in my training. As with 2015 I will be running well within myself and looking for a good race.”
Woestmann is cagey about what she expects on race day, but looking at her build up to this year’s Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, she is in ominous form. Her latest impressive outing being her win at the Old Mutual Om die Dam 50km Ultra. Running well within herself, she still won in a time of 3:38.36 – averaging 4min23/km. This was on Saturday 12 March. A day later she runs just over 82 minutes in the Sarens Half Marathon. “Lindsey had me do a tempo run,” Woestmann said smiling afterwards.
Woestmann’s best time for the half marathon is a shade over 80 minutes (80:33 to be exact) and to clock just under 84 minutes (83:54) and a tempo run the day after “jogging” 3:38 for 50km shows just what shape she is in.
“I will just go out and do my best on the day. I am running on heavy legs right now as we have done some mileage and some tempo sessions,” says Woestmann. However, such is the calibre of this remarkable athlete that even an “easy” run on race day will be a challenge to most.
Woestmann has very quickly learned how to be the consummate professional. Upon learning that she would be facing the SA Marathon Record Holder in the Marathon, Colleen de Reuck, Woestmann was excited but not intimidated. “I think it is fantastic that Colleen is running with us. She has achieved so much in her career and to have her in the race will be incredible.” Asked if the presence of de Reuck and in form training partner, Nedbank’s Charne Bosman, will effect her race strategy, Woestmann smiled. “At this level, whilst you are aware of your competitors, you have learned to run your own race and that is what I plan to do on 26 March.”
So whilst Woestmann is looking for a solid run, the rest of South Africa is hoping for a repeat of 2015, or at the very least a race for the ages.
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