It’s Christmas time. It’s busy. We are all busy trying to get ready for this special once-a-year family celebration. Not many sleeps now!
On top of this Team Huey, Dewey and Louie have just had our biggest week of training for Cadbury Marathon. But as I sit here and type I can say that we’ve made it.
It’s taper time! But let’s look at the week that was.
Yesterday I had a wonderful massage and received some lovely affirmations from my beautiful masseuse Maddie (a lovely Canadian girl). Maddie told me in her sweet lilting accent that I’m in tip top condition ready for the marathon. It was so good to be told this.
We’ve zoomed here and there this week. Work has been busy including multiple trips to small towns around and about to finish off things for the end of the year. Pauly and I even did an after work trip to Hobart to see his grandchildren. Getting back at midnight; I was tired!
This week is the week of our longest run. In preparation we’ve been eating well. In an attempt to stay away from junk food I even took my own lunch to my state-wide meeting! I believe that my colleagues thought I’d finally flipped my lid!
Thursday night arrived and I was tired. Pauly was tired. And Louise looked terribly tried too. All three of us looked like we needed to take a holiday not run for four hours or so!
After a good sleep we were ready for our epic 37km training run. Three hilly laps of Deloraine. It was a perfect day too, starting off at an unseasonal chilly 4ºC and when the run ended it was about 15ºC but beautifully bright and sunny. Pauly and Louise stuck with me for the first lap and a half and then they went off at their happy pace and I stayed at mine. They cranked out the kilometres in just over four hours and me just over 4:30:00.
Oh my goodness. We made it. How do we feel? Tired but elated! As Louise passed me at my 33km mark she high-fived me and said No more hills! The last 3kms were a killer, no hills but my legs just wanted to STOP! My mantras were put to good use! Positive thinking is what got me there. With 2kms to go I saw a man walking in the distance and because my pace had slowed it took forever to catch him. When I caught up he said hello and we had a chat about the long run. He gave me a fantastic bit of encouragement. My tired brain can’t exactly remember what he said but I remember his smile and that it was positive. Thanks so much!
Finally back at Louise’s house and there was breakfast ready! After running 37kms Louise scurried around her kitchen and served us the best scrambled eggs ever! All I could do was hobble and try not to cry, fall asleep, cramp or all three at once!
But then she brought out a special gift. I am still lost for words. I am going to have to drink some more electrolytes because I’m losing salt through my tears. I am so totally overwhelmed. So here are just a few photos of some of the pages. I think you will see why I’m overwhelmed.
Thank you Louise x the time and care to put this together when you are so busy is just so … I’m lost for words. I LOVE IT!!!! (more tissues required)
Running. So much more than just putting one foot in front of the other in running steps. It’s about friendship. It’s about challenge. It’s about the joy of being able to do something that we never thought possible. If I can build up to 37kms then anyone can do it. I’m nothing special. But, oh my goodness, I feel special today. Special that someone would take the time to put this beautiful scrapbook of my running journey together.
Happy running 🙂