Running is greatest metaphor in life because what you put in is what you get out. Running brings me so much joy, energy and excitement but at the same time its very hard on ones body and the path is never smooth but as we all know, if it were easy everyone would do it.
I must apologise, its been awhile since I last did a blog, life has been quite a whirl wind and sometimes it feels like there are not enough minutes in the day to fit everything in but I’m back and I’m excited to share my journey and life with you all.
Where to start?
I haven’t a clue so lets just jump back in and go back to 8 October 2017 when I ran my last race of the year in Cape Town. It was the third time in a row that I had run Gunrun 21 km and I was determined to make it a third win, I was super excited, I love racing in Cape Town and this is definitely one of my favourite races. It was a bitter sweet win for me because I hurt my hamstring at 17 km into the race but managed to hang tough to the end. I knew it was more than just an ache or a niggle and when I got home a scan confirmed a grade 2 tear. Luckily if any time was “ok to be injured” I guess it was then, at the end of a great year of running and the bodies way of saying its time for a rest.
A 6 week break, rehab and lots of physio sorted me out and I got back on the road doing what I love and turned back into a happy human and mom again haha. Its never easy coming back from injury, it always amazes me how long it takes one to get fit, yet so fast to lose fitness. I got knocked down but I got up again, in times like that I’m so grateful for my husband who is a constant pillar of strength and always reminds me just how much I love running.
December is always a tricky time of year to train hard with all the festivities and family events and often being away but its also so fabulous not to have to juggle in school lifts, I love training in December. I went and did some altitude training in the berg and it went really well.
2018 is upon us and I cant believe its February.. That means there is 8 week until Two Oceans Marathon.. Yikes, time is flying.
That’s my next big one as I’m sure you all know. I loved everything about the race last year and am really looking forward to it again this year.
The first thing I’m asked me when I say I’m running The Two Oceans marathon again is: “Are you going to go for the win?”
To be honest, everyone wants to win, we are competitive, its why we run and train as hard as we do. I honestly don’t believe in ultra distance races you can say “I’m going to win”,of course you can want that but they are so different to short distance races and there is so much that can happen, so my answer is :
“My wish is to have a race similar to the one I had last year where I loved every minute of it. I want to continue to prepare the best I can with the time I have left so that I arrive on the start line fit, healthy and ready to take on the worlds most beautiful marathon. If I get that I will be so happy, the position, whatever it may be is the cherry on the top”.
“There is no challenge more challenging than the challenge to improve yourself”