My Comrades 2014 Award Speech

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Pinch me! I feel like a celebrity stalked by the paparazzi… http://midrandreporter.co.za/109686/best-foot-forward-for-the-children/

Three weeks later and I’m still living in my Comrades bubble. Sound cliche(ish) but with patience and perseverance the IMPOSSIBLE became POSSIBLE!

This year everything just came together on race day. I don’t believe I’ve ever run a race with so much confidence. Excited and on a high the entire way from Pietermaritzburg to Durban! Yes, some sections were tough – I was less prepared for the 60-90km ‘down run’ section. In hindsight I should’ve driven that part of the route as well but I thought …”Down, It’ll be easy!” 🙂 However at no point in the race did I hit a mental or physical low.

THE HONOURS GO TO…

I have been thinking about what to say in this post, so many stories to tell but this will take forever to get down on paper. I will do a separate post later about what worked for me this time and how I have progressed as a runner.

Since I am feeling like a running celebrity I thought it fitting to prepare a ‘Comrades Awards’ speech, like the celebrities would do on Oscar/Grammy night. This post is about saying thank you to all the amazing people that inspired and supported me on my Comrades Journey, helping me to get this bucket list item ticked!! It’s a long speech but I have the key notes summarised in CAPITAL LETTERS…to speed up when the lights start flashing! 🙂

So here we go.

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Firstly, Kyalami Running Club (KRC) – I feel spoilt with so much support from everyone in the club. I appreciate everything our fearless leader Gillian is doing to make Comrades the special event it is for everyone running the race. You guys have made me see that Comrades is about camaraderie, not just on race day but also throughout training. The Comrades journey is long; training for the Down Run started in 2013. I honestly can’t see how it is possible to train for months, stay focus and motivated without feeding off the support and encouragement from your running buddies.

THANK YOU KRC FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE (AND OVERSHARE) MY RUNNING JOURNEY. YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST!

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Secondly, my charity Starfish Greathearts Foundation and everyone that supported my Race-4-Charity drive. I looked forward to running pass the kids from Starfish. Last year they were still there when I arrived in the dark in Pietermaritzburg – this year was even more special. The children were all sitting on a special stage at the Nedbank Green Mile and as tired as I was at the point (at about 70km) I gave it my all. When they saw me they all stood up and screamed MY NAME cheering me on!!! I had goosebumps running pass them, blew kisses and wished I had a camera to capture that moment. I love the feeling I get knowing that somehow someone’s life will be touched by the little contribution we’ve made.

YOU ARE DOING AN AMAZING JOB, LORIN!

Thirdly, my virtual running club/community on Twitter. Everyday I am inspired by motivational quotes, dreams and determination shown by other runners; daily support and messages of encouragement from my followers! The podcasts and run chat forums – still can’t believe there is so much to running!

TWEEPS, YOU ARE ALL SO INSPIRATIONAL!

Fourthly, my coach Ray from RunEtics.com – My training programme was Spot On!

I have never worked so hard for anything in my life – I ran almost 1000kms in the last 5 months but at no point did I feel over-trained. In fact I felt energised and strong throughout (sometimes I think I am a bit addicted to my training). No injuries or getting sick – other than the usual niggles but Ray has the answers to all my running related problems!

My highest weekly mileage was 100kms and that was 2wks after I ran the Two Oceans Marathon. A 100km week is huge for me! Didn’t believe I could do it…but I did. Highest monthly mileage was just over 250km! Over the last couple of months I’ve become the strongest, fastest, fittest and healthiest I’ve ever been in my adult life just by sticking to my training programme. I see and feel my body transforming everyday…it’s amazing!

THANK YOU RAY, YOU ARE A GENIUS – can’t wait for the next training cycle to start!

Lastly, my ULTRA AMAZING HUSBAND AND FAMILY! Putting up with me for months…you guys have no idea how easy you made things for me. Early morning runs (tick), weekend long runs (tick), races away from home (tick).What more can a running obsessed wife and mom ask for? Each day I am blessed with your love, believe, support, sacrifices…giving me the opportunity to CHASE MY SELFISH DREAMS!!

THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. LOVE YOU ALL DEARLY…

TO WHOM DO I DEDICATE THIS MEDAL?

I dedicate my first Comrades medal to my first born and biggest supporter who always encourage me and never seem to get tired of listening to my running ramblings!

This one if for you...Sabrina!

Dedicated to my daughter, Sabrina.

WHAT’S NEXT?

I took a self assigned 4 week break from running. Well at least a physical break, cos all I can think of now is running my next race :-). One more week to go!

I am working on my 3 year running plan. There is so many great races and adventures I want to do that I am not yet ready for…so in the short term the focus will be on getting to run a little bit faster.

SOME COMRADES RACE DAY PICS

I can write a book about my 2014 Comrades Race day but these photos say it all….18407792_71802 18464422_71807 18390942_71809 18565225_71810 18554091_1658 18559199_1660

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MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

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