Words can’t describe the pride I had in myself when I sprinted across the line at yesterday’s SUNSHINE COAST HALF MARATHON. It was a calm sensation rather than out and out emotion. In saying that, it was deep rooted sense of achievement about something I never thought I would ever want to do or be able to do. Especially when you think the event also double up into The Australian Half Marathon Championships
Exactly 12 months ago I had come down with another injury while attempting to do my very first 10 kilometre race THE WETHERBY 10 K RACE . After lots of physio ,compression socks, orthopaedic inner soles and deep heat I did finish the 10k race but in a very slow time. I remember how amazed and proud of myself I was at achieving the 10km distance!
I’m a big dreamer but never in my wildest dreams ( even as a young man) did I ever think I would be able to run 21.1 kilometres .Well I did that yesterday and did it in style! My goal was to complete the race in 2 hours and 10 minutes or below. That’s right, the goal was not just to complete it but I had a time goal as well.
Amazingly I did it nearly 12 minutes quicker than my original goal. I finished in 1 hour ,58 minutes and 13 seconds. I finished in 887th place from the 1709 competitors to start. I also was 78th of the 102 in the Men’s 45 – 49 category.
I had trained so hard for it, averaging over 20,000 steps a day for the last 6 months I’ve been tracking them. Some of them running, some of them doing stairs training, but 20,000 a day daily average which includes my rest days every week.
That is why the 21.1 kilometres didn’t seem as hard as I thought and I was much quicker than I expected. I have learned if you put the effort in on the practise field ,the game day is easier. I guess you could say I’ve been training for years to achieve this sort of achievement.
Others think I’m mad and this might be it for me. So for me now as a let the sore muscles sort themselves out, I’m thinking ,what is my next challenge ??
Just like it is for me , you to can achieve anything your heart desires. Dreams do come true , because anything is possible .