What a great year! I have been blessed with great health and are looking and feeling GOOD! Running for a year injury-free is indeed a milestone! I have so much to be greatful and excited about. The year certainly had its highs and lows, but by far MORE HIGHS THAN LOW. Absolutely worth-it! :-).
What I will always treasure and value most, something you can only appreciate if you’ve been through it all is the JOURNEY…They always say life is a journey and not a destination…so true! For me preparing and working hard to achieve my goals are what makes all of this FUN. On race day, it is really just about enjoying it! Trusting that the training you have done in the months prior was right and enough. :-). I suppose you can apply this to everyday life.
The one thing that surprise me most about my running is the fact that I started this blog. I always wanted to blog, was not sure what to write about or how to start. And now I am just doing it, not even thinking about content anymore. And I am loving it! Just shows you what you can do if you are passionate about the stuff you doing. So those days I find it difficult to get into my training, I just remind myself how good my running has been for me and ask myself if I really want to give it all up now??? The answer is always…Not In A Million Years!
My 2011 Running Highlights…
(1) First Major Race
My 1st Half Marathon – Jackie Gibson (2:32). I did it!!!
My 1st Two Oceans – Half Marathon (2:34). A proud moment…
May 1st Ultra Marathon (50km) – City2City (6:50). What can I say. Never in my life thought I would be this CRAZY…AWESOME!
(2) Personal Best (PBs)
My Best 5k – 34min
My Best 10k – 70min
My Best 15k – 1:48
My Best 21.1 – 2:32
(3) Most Interesting Races
Clover Milk Run (Only gave us juice and water, NO COKE!)
Vodacom Country Half Marathon (Atmosphere was great!..Go BIG, or Go Home!)
Alberton 15km (Love that flat course….looking forward to a PB in 2012!)
(4) Worst Races
Muller Potgieter 15km (That double loop hills were too much for me…)
WITS Kudus 21.1km (I hate double loops!!!!!!!!)
What’s waiting for me in 2012 🙂
(1) First Major Marathon/ULTRA Races
My first Marathon (Johnson Crane!!!!) 42.2km
My first Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (if I qualify) 56km
Two Oceans Half Marathon (A definite. 7 April, on my birthday!!!!…will be going for a PB if I dont qualify for the Ultra)
My first Comrades (if I qualify) 89km. Definitely a BIG STRETCH! Sjoe!…Maybe.
What else…(2) Trial Running (3) Mountain Biking (4) Beginner Swimming…guess you I am already thinking 2013…Ironman! 🙂
Quote of the day: “Marathons are extraordinarily difficult, but if you’ve got the training under your belt, and if you can run smart, the races take care of themselves. When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel”. Deena Kastor