How far do you run each time?
Oh, a variety of distances depending on what we’re training for.
How far did you run today?
I didn’t go so well today, only did 10kms before I had a walk break and….
You ran 10kms today? Gosh, I couldn’t even run from here to the power pole.
Yes, had a bad run this morning. I always look forward to my runs with Louise but this morning I was tired after yet another busy week. It was hot and humid even at 6:30am; it seemed to take no time at all and I was a slimy, sweaty mess. And I’m convinced someone put cement in my shoes that kept getting heavier as the run went on.
But still, for the lady I met and chatted with just as I finished this morning, she was impressed. She thought I was truly amazing to have run 10kms this morning and truly amazing that we can run so far every week.
When passion and enthusiasm has a little break, dedication and discipline take over the running steering wheel. We know that every training run helps us achieve our goals no matter how we feel about it. It’s a run in the run bank.
Louise ran 18kms today, starting half an hour before me and then zooming off to fit another 1km in at the end. I had planned to run 12kms but by the 10km mark I had a walk break and managed to clock up 11.6kms in total. Paul was stuck on the farm, arriving late to do a fast 10kms – he was so wet and sweaty at the end his running top was dripping!
There’s no point concentrating on a bad run – that’s not going to get me heading positively towards my goals! Onwards and upwards!!! Here comes Nile 10 Mile on Sunday! It’s forecast to be 30ºC with the run starting at 10am.
In February 2013 I ran those 16kms in 1:47:25. It was THE longest run I’d ever done!!! I went in unprepared and under-trained but sheer determination and discipline (and a great big dollop of stubbornness) got me to the finish line.
In February 2014 I ran those 16kms in 1:37:13. I cried. That’s 10 minutes off. In the short space of 12 months I had learnt so much about running and had so much more experience! I was super prepared and ready to run and the time reflects this.
But February 2015? Goodbye goal of running at a sub-two hour half marathon pace, hello plan to finish and not melt. I’m prepared and well-trained but I’m no match for the heat.
As I run I will remember the conversation I had this morning. I will remember that running is a gift and privilege. I will remember that there may come a day when I can’t run and how lucky I am that today isn’t that day!
Happy running 🙂