Achieving the impossible

Woodford to Glenbrook 25km runFive 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
Woodford to Glenrbook 25km runfeetSo how did I go? I finished the 25kms in 2hrs, 52mins and 43secs. A huge 16mins off the last time I had run 25kms (two weeks prior). I also recovered wonderfully. The following day my feet did not feel like they had run the previous day – they could have gone for another run. Even though my legs where sore by Wednesday my whole body felt great. I attribute my recovery to, having a training plan which also involved stretching and rolling, fortnightly massages and then closer to the run acupuncture, green smoothies, my diet and my home made raw energy goos and of course the support of my partner Jannine.I hope that in reading this that even if you feel that what you are undertaking is impossible, you are inspired to take another step towards your goals as who knows, that might just be the step that has you across your finishing line.

In good health, Vicki

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