I quite like lemons. I love Lemon Delicious Pudding. I love lemon tart. I love lemon icing on a rich moist ginger cake. And I happen to quite like lemonade too.
Life has given me lemons. A knock on the knee by an over enthusiastic calf brought a fabulous year of running to a halt. Three marathons in 2016 all in preparation for an ultra in December. The dream is dead in the water thanks to a sore knee that doesn’t like running right now. Finally on Tuesday the Physio advised that running an ultra in seven weeks wasn’t a good idea. It was pure relief to hear these words because my heart had known this to be the case for weeks.
Life has given me so many lemons I have them completely bursting out all over the place. A bit like the old Fab Washing Powder ad that was on TV in the 70s – my life is swamped by lemons.
But I like lemons and I know how to make lemonade – and I have an experienced set of boot straps that I have been able to give a good old yank on. I’m so looking forward to our Bruny Weekend even though I’m not running the ultra solo.
What’s the lemonade in this tale of the sore knee?
Let me tell you a story. There are two friends. One runs a four hour marathon and the other a five hour marathon. They decided to run a 64km ultra together. The slower friend was worried that her faster friend would be held back. What if I don’t make it? She would say. I think you should have your own support crew just in case. Now that slower friend has had to pull out. Those two friends are really sad about this. They have run miles and miles, kilometres and kilometres together in preparation for this ultimate running goal. They are both as heartbroken as each other.
Here’s Louie on her 28km run this morning in the pouring rain. Louie doesn’t let a bit of rain stop her. I got to run 2kms with her from my Return to Running Program.
Now it’s time for Lemonade!
The slower friend happens to be one of the best cheerers and encouragers known to the sport of running. She is epic. She is amazing. My goodness, if there were Olympic medals for the sport of cheering no one else would get a look in. She is so fabulous that she would get First, Second and Third medals! Oh and we like medals a lot; she would have the full set such is the quality, quantity and all round wonderfulness of her skills and talents. (However if Janette entered this event this slower friend would get a run for my money – her clapping and cheering is known far and wide for its excellence!)
The plan is for the faster friend to run with support from her slower friend, then next year the faster friend gets to return the favour. Both can run at their own pace but still be together. It’s not what they wanted to do but looking at this objectively it’s actually a pretty good outcome.
Winning? I think so! Lemonade out of lemons? The sweetest kind that there is.
For running and friendship go hand in hand together. There is no greater friendship than to support each other no matter what and to be there and share in the success of a goal completed.
A message that Louie sent me
And just because I really do like lemons here is my recipe for low-carb, no sugar lemonade and it is delicious!
First make some soda water. We have the best calcium-rich water in the entire world here in the Meander Valley, Tasmania, Australia! It comes from a limestone bore deep in the ground. Our water has more calcium than average milk and as for the milk we produce? Calcium levels are through the roof. We don’t have curb-side recycling, having a soda stream reduces the plastic in our world.
Squeeze some lemons – anywhere from half to two whole lemons does the job.
Add the lemon juice to the soda water.
Drink and enjoy. I’ve found it doesn’t keep more than 24 hours, it gets a funny taste so make and enjoy it straight away.