Five months of training finally saw me run the Careflight Woodford to Glenbrook 25km run on Sunday 28th June. Was I lucky with the weather. A beautiful sunny day that also had warmth in the sunrays allowing me to leave my jumper with Jannine at the start of the race and run in a t-shirt. Last year when Jannine had run the 25kms it had been FREEZING and windy with a chill factor of -6 degrees. Who ever organised the weather I am so very grateful.
I almost quit twice during the training, the last time being 4 weeks prior to the race. Why? When I had decided to train for the run I knew that it would be hard work and require commitment however I did not realise the amount of time required to prepare for the run and the mental and emotional ‘stuff’ that would come up. I also had a period of 6 – 8 weeks in the middle of my training where I was not able to train any where near the intensity I needed to train at, due to a jammed T7 vertebrae which affected my breathing. By the time I got to 4 weeks out I had had enough. “I’ll train for it next year” was what was going through my head but then I thought about it and asked myself “Did I really want to start all over again and have to train for 5 months again?”. Hmmm NO! So even though I was not as prepared as I wanted to be physically I decided to run it anyway. As long as I came across the finishing line under the 4 hour cut off and injury free then I would be happy. Ok between you and me and the competitive part of myself, I wanted to be across the line under 3hrs and 8mins as I had completed a 25kms training run in that time.
The views on the run where amazing and there where times when I even got into ‘the zone’ and my body moved easily and fluidly. I’m so glad I did the run now. What have I taken away from the five months of training:
- even with a plan, things (emotional, personal, physically) may come up that have to be dealt with. This is life. Having a plan helped me stay focused on my training (most of the time) and in the end I was much better prepared than if I had not had a plan in the first place.
- telling people what your goal is helps you achieve your goal. Four weeks out I wanted to quit but part of the reason for not quitting was I had told my family, friends, clients and business colleagues what I was training for and I wanted to be able to say “I did it!”.
- I have been able to work through some emotional and mental things that would not have come up if I had not decided to do something that would really push me physically and because of that I am now not carrying that baggage around.
- I can achieve what at times looked impossible. Interestingly I am currently wearing the t-shirt has the following printed on it “It always looks impossible until it is done” Nelson Mandela