February was suppose to be the month where I would be smooth sailing and everything would be running according to a training programme, and I would just feel the love in the air..instead I found myself with a foot injury AND flu and somewhat depressed. There is just so much training you can do when your body start to say it has had enough. But what this body don’t understand is that now is not the time to go into hibernation :-). There is major races coming up and some qualifying to be done!!!!

It has been really hard for me not to be able to do all the training runs I know I must do. At some stage I was really confident that that it would be EASY to run a marathon under 5hrs. I could feel that my programme was working, I felt strong and energised…addicted to the adrenaline! Now, everything just seems soooo difficult, like a major effort. I can barely get through a 5km run. I probably have picked up about 3kg, cos I am eating much more than training, just feel so tired all the time and this flu just don’t want to clear. I am starting to think it is all in the mind…and I have to snap out of it!

It is so difficult to feeling like this and still go out there and push yourself. I really have to speak to myself…Flip, where did all my MENTAL MANTRAs go???


Tomorrow I am running the Nelspruit Marathon so I have to focus. Think positive. I can do this. The “minor” setbacks in the month of Feb were OK, I have done what I could. tomorrow I will give it my ALL.

Quote of the day: You’re running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You’re delirious. But you keep running because there’s no way out of this hell you’re in, because there’s no way you’re not crossing the finish line. It’s a misery that non-runners don’t understand.” Martine Costello, author and runner



About Moerieda Mackay

Late to running and absolutely loving it! I'm married to my soulmate, Adam and blessed with 3 beautiful children. I am a Business Transformation and Innovation Professional and holds a MSc (Eng) in Industrial Engineering. Yip, a bit of a workaholic. I became addicted to ultra running whilst searching for that elusive “work-life” balance at the age of...40! I have no sporting background and with zero athletic ability running is by far the most challenging thing I've taken on but it has put me on a path of self discovery and serious transformation both physically, mentally and spiritually...and I love it!

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