What did you miss most while you recovered from the ITB injury?
I missed running. All of it. Running has become more than just exercise. It’s my thing. It forms my identity. It gives me a reason to meet up with friends, have weekends away, coffees, breakfasts, lunches out. It keeps me sane and gives time out from worries. I missed the whole running package. I missed everything.
The non-runner who asked me this question didn’t fully understand my response and that’s ok. I know that those in my tribe understand fully and don’t need an answer because they wouldn’t ask the question. Runners just know.
And here I am back again to tell you about marathon number six. The Great Ocean Road Marathon, Victoria Australia.
Here are the highlights
- A fabulous weekend away with The Quackers, Louise, Grant, Janette and Pauly.
- Beyond fabulous weather especially considering how dreadfully stormy it’d been the week before.
- A simply fabulous run for all of us! Louie smoked those hilly 44kms in 4:20:53 and 81st woman overall. Janette in 4:31:12 and 104th woman. These ladies know how to run!!! And me in 5:23:04.
- Pauly managed to be the last Ultra runner through before the sweeper bus coming in in 6:27:24 for those hilly 60kms.
The best thing for me was being at the marathon start line again. Back in September when that calf hit me in the knee I didn’t think I’d be lining up at another marathon. And there I was. At the start line of The Great Ocean Road 44km marathon event. I ran all the way to the 30km mark without walk breaks feeling fabulous. After 30kms I took walk breaks crossing the marathon line in just sub 5:00:00 (a course PB of nearly six minutes). I then walked the rest of the way.
The Marathon. It’s a long way. But then any distance is a long way until we train and manage to run it. How grateful am I that I was able to make a date, be at the start line and then at the finish line with my mate Marathon? More grateful than I could ever say.
Yes, it’s the whole running package that keeps me lacing up my shoes and running. Running is my thing.
Happy running 🙂