During tough times when doors don’t open as we’d like them to here on the farm, I gently remind my Pauly that he is living his dream. His dream to have his own dairy farm was dreamt way before it became a reality. With all its ups and downs he is in fact living his dream. Would he have chosen a different way of life had he known how hard it would be? No way. He’d have still rolled up those sleeves, pulled on his blue overalls, popped on his beanie and purposely strode off in his gumboots to make his farming dream come true. Yes, despite it not looking quite how he imagined right now, he is living his dream. He’s worked hard and he made his dream come true; despite curve balls and odds stacked against us, we are still here! The farming dream lives on.
Life isn’t perfect ❤
Running for many of us is a dream and a goal to work towards. We think of how wonderful it would be to run 5kms without feeling like dying. We imagine the day where we can effortlessly run 10kms and talk at the same time. Then as those dreams come true we set our sights on half marathons and eventually at marathons and perhaps even ultra marathons. Faster times. Longer distances.
One day not so long ago this Unsporty Woman decided that she would try and run. The dream was to get to the red letter box at the top of the 1.2km farm driveway. That was the biggest running dream I thought I’d ever accomplish. Now I look back and, well, yes, I did that and I’ve done even more. I am living the dream. I am living the dream of being able to run. I’m living the dream that trying and working hard does make things happen.
This weekend has been a wonderful weekend of running. On Saturday Janette and I did our long run for week five of our 10 week marathon training plan for Auckland Marathon. With Louie recovering from Sydney Marathon, I hatched a plan to run some kms before parkrun and some kms afterwards. Janette came with me. Janette is an awesome runner like Louie; on long runs I am their slow pacer!
I can’t believe how good my run was! I felt good and was able to keep up a reasonable pace. Janette kept talking and encouraging the whole way. Strava tells me I ran 27kms at 6:21 pace but Polar Flow tells me it was 27.05kms at 7:00 pace. Strava seems to cut out stopping time and we did stop for a bit while we waited for parkrun to start. The 27kms seemed to fly by because of the way the run was broken up into three parts: Pre-parkrun, parkrun and post-parkrun. It honestly didn’t seem like we’d run that far!
Janette and I at the start of parkrun, 9kms into our long run.
Janette finishing parkrun 14kms into our long run.
And there am I.
At the end of our run both of us were on such a high. Janette had so many lovely words of encouragement. I’ve been struggling with long runs lately and doubting myself (I’ve been missing my weekly long run with Louie). You can do so much more than you think you can, she said! Saturday proved this. Thank you Janette x Janette was on a high for the rest of the day! If you need a happy, sunny, talkative running friend who can have a one sided conversation (I got too tired to talk), Janette is the one to ask along!
Do you ever dream of running longer or faster? Do you ever think it won’t come true? I’ve learnt over the course of my running life that trying and keeping on trying does make things happen. Stopping and doubting certainly won’t make those dreams come true so why not give it a go?
Today was the inaugural Launceston Marathon. Pauly dreams of running marathons for the rest of his life. After farming, running is his main passion and running long distance and running long distance fast! The weather was terrible! Head wind, drizzle that went from light and then decided to be full on sideways pelting; just horrible. I felt for all the runners. Janette and I didn’t run, we set up a cheer spot instead. I took along a lucky poncho but it didn’t work!
Lucky poncho keeping my bag and boom box dry. I had a wonderful (?) selection of 80s disco songs that we danced along too.
Janette and I had a ball, we danced and cheered all the runners until Pauly did his last lap. During our cheering I met two blog followers! I cheered them extra loud! It was tough out there today!!!
Pauly was having a great run but with 8kms to go he started to cramp. He ground it with a time of 4:08:33.
Living the dream? Sometimes things don’t go according to plan. The weather is terrible. The body doesn’t respond how we thought it would. We’re tired or stressed or something isn’t right. It doesn’t matter what the end result is, as long as we try our best and give it our best shot, I believe we are living our running dreams. Doing the training and preparation, then crossing the start line makes us all winners. If we get to the finish line even better! It’s being prepared to start, that’s what makes us WINNERS!
To all the people who ran today especially to Pauly, Michelle and the two lovely blog readers who introduced themselves YOU ARE AWESOME! You did it! You made it! Find a special place of honour for that finishers medal because you worked hard for it!
AND a huge thank you to Janette who helped me to achieve a faster than usual training run on Saturday. She made my Bruny Island dream seem that little bit more doable.
Tonight as I type I am yet again overcome with a feeling of utter gratitude. Gratitude to Janette for helping me through on Saturday and for being a mad, crazy cheering lady with me today. Gratitude that I got to cheer on a whole lot of people living their dreams today, running so far in terrible conditions. Is there anything more wonderful than seeing dreams come true? I don’t think there is.
Happy running 🙂
PS Janette and I are awesome cheerers! Apparently so! I’ve received two messages tonight thanking us (they made me have a little cry, they were so lovely). We are available for hire complete with 80s disco music 🙂