Today I completed the last run for this week before I embark on my first ever serious (loose use of this term)event this Sunday. The mount Joggers 10km and I am counting down the days!
Amy and I went for a ‘fun’ run. Up down and around the mount – some uphills, some trail, some down hills. We took it easy with some steady stair climbing, then picked it up for some speedy down hill work, cruising on a little bit of flat all mixed in with the enjoyment of being surrounded by tropical-like clear waters and inklings of sun streaming through trees on to the dirt paths. A little bit of everything, all on a tiny mountain! A 6.61km venture today.
I am super excited, teeny bit nervous but totally amped to get it on!
On the ‘MoonJoggers’ FB page was a question of the week: Every runner runs for a reason. What’s yours?
The comment I wrote in reply: I run because I can’t stop!
It is true. I started running back in Nov 2012, I hated it! I went anyway.
I ran once or twice a week, then turned into 3, then 4. I persevered through injury, through healing, through bad nutrition, good nutrition. I tolerated it. I ran until I liked it. Then I ran till I loved it. Now I run because I can’t stop. Like the air I breathe!
I am also conscious everyday that a gift like this could be taken away just as fast as it may be gained, and so I do my best to learn, and build my ‘runners’ knowledge bank as to make sure I get to enjoy it for as long as I possibly can!
And so this brings me back to my event.
I don’t have any expectations of myself, it being my first. I would like to achieve something under 1.15, 1.16 being the non-event PR I clocked last week. In hind site I should have entered the 5km, I know I would’ve done pretty ok. However, a 10km would be more of a challenge, and I like that! I don’t really want to build up all this hype for a race that will be over in under 30minutes. I just want to live in the run for a wee bit longer than that… even if I come last ha!
I may not have been born a runner, but I will be damned if I do not do my best to become one!
So lastly, a quote that will stick with me, from Runners World.com – Daily Kick in the Butt
“The best way to become a mentally tough runner is to believe that you’re a mentally tough runner.”
– Ryan Hall
The word Believe needs to stick or you may not ever become!
Become a Beast, Believe in Stuff and maybe go out for a run, you might like it!!
3 Days baby!