Keeping Things in Perspective


What a great start to the new year! This weekend’s race was just awesome. Best E-V-E-R 21K race, finish time of 2:27! I am still on a high…talk about starting 2013 off on a BANG! Slashed 10mins off my race time of 2012. Still a lot of work to be done but it means training is working and that is all that matters.

I ran a good race in 2012, so I went into Sunday’s race unsure of even whether I will be able to at least run the same time! The thought of finishing at a slower time crossed my mind so many times. So much for believing in myself :-). The issue was I did not know what it was that I wanted out of the race. In the bigger scheme of things I knew it was not important whether I ran a PB or not – Dischem was just a training run and that is what I had to keep in perspective.

I wanted to race hard but I did not want to get injured. The whole time during the race I was telling myself I still want to train this week coming. I cannot let this race prevent me from achieving next week’s running goals and that is how I got through the 21.1K. Running hard, but not giving my all. There is still ALOT of work to do on the mental side though. I knew kilometers 12-15km  was going to be tough so I needed to have pushed a bit there :-(. Next time…

My Comrades Marathon training is now in full swing and on track. The next few weeks building up to my qualifier is going to be tough. I just need to be careful and avoid getting sick again. It will just kill me to be off training for 3 weeks again.

Quote of the day: “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going”. Beverly Sills, American operatic soprano

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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