Archive for June 27, 2008

Back on track!!

Yesterday afternoon I ran for the first time since the Comrades Marathon, I can’t even put into words how happy I was to be back on the road after the worst flu I’ve had in years…

It also seems the blisters haven’t healed 100%, but for my sanity I am going to ignore the pain and just keep going.

Running with my original running partner Jo was also a treat – she really is great to run with, dispensing no nonsense advice along the whole route keeping our minds off of the fact that it took us twice as long as what it usually takes, to run from the Sea Point Pool around to Camps Bay and up into Fresnaye – for those of you NOT in Cape Town the road winds along the sea with uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean on the right and the back of Table Mountain on the left – one of my favorite…

Yay for getting back on the horse!!!

Future of Reluctant Runner…

Since the Comrades Marathon, almost 2 weeks ago now, I have had people asking me “What now?” with reference to my blog.  The birth of Reluctant Runner came about to motivate me into training for this race in particular, and yes I managed to raise some money in the process along with motivating other people to take up running – so mission accomplished on all fronts.

 

But, I’m not quite ready to let go of Reluctant Runner.  Over the last few months I’ve found solace in writing, whether it has been to vent frustrations or search for someone going through the same as me and I’ve found it all, right here.

 

I am very proud of what I have managed to do with the blog, setting it up on my own with very limited technological knowledge and really very little help.  I like what this has become (I wonder if this is how you feel about your kids when they start achieving things??) and that people read what I have to say and are actually asking me to keep the blog going.

 

So, I’ve decided not to shelve this – my first “child” of blogging!  I’m going to keep running and for the most part I do still feel like the “Reluctant Runner” so my blog still has a place in the blogosphere.

I will keep writing about what it takes in my life to keep running, and I hope that everyone will keep reading and finding motivation in my posts – which in turn motivates me to keep going…

 

Post Race Blues…

It has been a week since the Comrades Marathon and I’m back home and finally getting over the flu I picked up after the race.  I am feeling a little directionless now that the “big day” has come and gone and even though I have a few things to look forward to (like a new job and the Knysna half marathon in 2 weeks time), I can’t help feeling a little deflated…

 

It already feels like a life-time ago that people were yelling my name (our numbers had our names on them) as I was running into the stadium and to be realistic, trying to top that feeling is going to be hard – but I am going to apply my mind and see what I can come up with.

 

Any ideas as to what I can do next…

 

Damage…

Blisters, I started feeling the first blister form on by little toe around 23km’s, the others I didn’t really feel although, I had a sneaky suspicion there would be more than just the one…

While I was waiting for my mom at our club tent at the finish, I decided to take my shoes off and assess the damage, I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw what my feet looked like…

The underside of both my little toes, both big toes, between my toes and on the side of my foot were blisters that I felt needed their own blog post…

I thought I’d attach a picture I took AFTER I’d stuck a needle into the blisters to relieve some of the pressure, although I still think I got off pretty lightly as far as injuries go – my mom is losing 8 of her 10 toenails…

Blisters

Race Dissection

How do you explain doing a race like the Comrades Marathon??

What goes through your mind along the way??  How you feel?? How you manage to keep putting one foot in front of the other for over 11 hours??

I’ve been trying to think of how to explain it for the last 3 days, and the only thing I’ve managed to come up with, is that you can’t…

 

Trying to explain standing in a mini sea of people, outside the Durban city hall listening to “Chariot’s of Fire” is just too difficult and would be silly to try.

I can say that I wasn’t nervous, strangely calm actually as the gun went off.

 

I can say that the first half was fine, it was great seeing my dad, aunts, cousins and friends in Kloof (about 20km in).  I was happy to see the half-way mark with my mom – although she wasn’t having a great race and persuaded me to leave her just before my dad’s second meeting point with us at 36km to go. 

 

At the bottom of Polly Shorts – the last big hill before the end (having just run 77km’s this 2km hill can be rather daunting), I decided that I’d had enough of the race, I was over running and so decided that the only way to end it was to just to get to the finish as fast as possible, so I put the volume on my ipod to “damage”, took up my power walking stance and steamed to the top of the hill, then started running, basically without stopping (except for at the water tables) until the end.

 

I can’t tell you what I was thinking, because I wasn’t, my mind was clear and I knew all along what I had to do, and that it would be difficult.

 

I can tell you that:

·         NOT finishing the race had never entered my mind! 

·         Complaining wasn’t going to do me or anyone else any good. 

·         Even though I was running on my own, I wasn’t alone

·         The supporters??  Well they deserve a post all of their own, along with my blisters…

 

 

I’m Alive…

Hi everyone this is going to be short because my brain is still on a go-slow, but this is what I have to say – for now:

  • Clearly, the video update didn’t work
  • I made it, took me 11 hours and 18 minutes, but I made it
  • I have blisters of literary proportion on both my feet
  • I’m 3kg’s lighter than when I started
  • I didn’t take any painkillers

That’s it in a nutshell – I will post a full update tomorrow, when I’m feeling more human…

Pledges to date…

Charles: R6 per kilometer – ONLY if I finish

Brendan:  R1 per training kilometer and R50 for standing on the Start line

Russell:  R200 for the race and R100 if I beat him

Werner:  R10 per minute that I beat the cut-off time by

 

Thanks again to everyone who has donated money straight into the Reach For Recovery bank account, and to those who donated through igiveada.mn – I have a running list on the Reach For Recovery page so that I can keep track of who to think about on Sunday…

VERY Grateful!!!

If dynamite comes in small packages…. then here’s some more TNT!!!”

This quote accompanied a VERY generous donation from the team at Drive South Africa thank you, thank you – everyone will be receiving a big kiss from me when I get back, so WATCH OUT!!!!!

PS. These guys have contributed more to the cause than just money – some useful advice, good laughs, motivation and broad shoulders to lean on – Thanks Andre, Carla, Steve and Amanda I’ll be thinking of you guys on Sunday when my legs feel like they want to fall off…

Stats…

It seems I’m one of 379 female first-timers running the Comrades Marathon on Sunday; woman only make up 16.9% of the field which makes me glad I run in a skirt – I’m going to need all the motivation I can get…

 

Just a reminder to everyone about ways to keep in touch on Sunday:

 

  • SMS my race number (43099) to 38337 to get 5 updates of my progress throughout the day.
  • Check out my blog where (hopefully) there will be video updates every 21km or so.
  • Watch TV – I’m the small blonde with the skirt…
  • Call me (this is for those privileged/unfortunate enough to have my number and aren’t afraid to speak to my dad)

 

DON’T forget that I’m doing this crazy race for an awesome cause that would benefit from any amount donated, so don’t be shy – get the banking details off of my “Reach For Recovery” page or give me a shout so I can send you the igiveada.mn details.

 

I want to say thank-you to:

Johnathon who donated per mile – yes, I owe you 56 miles!!

Joe my friend, your Good Luck card all the way from New York made me smile the whole weekend – you are a legend!!

Sheriff Steve, you continue to amaze me with your support and motivation!!!

Good News…

So I’ve had another interesting pledge…

 

Russell from the Fish Hoek Athletic club has pledged FOR me finishing (Charles I’d like to inform you that you are in the minority, opting AGAINST!!) plus he has committed to a further amount if I finish ahead of him.

 

This makes things a little more competitive!!

 

Any other bright ideas out there???

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