Thursday, April 17, 2008
Those of you that know me know that I love to run. I've been running only a few years but quickly got into the long distance stuff, for a real challenge. Once my first marathon was done I quickly entered the world of mountain running and ultra running and loved it. I'm more of a climber than a downhiller so even entered an uphill marathon in Switzerland and loved every minute of it! I often felt I had missed out on the middle bit though, the fast marathon bit and so last year decided that this Spring I would go for it. I would enter one of the big city, fast, flat marathon courses and put all my effort into achieveing the best marathon I could possibly run. No pressure like.
So along with a couple of friends we entered Rotterdam Marathon. It seemed ideal. Crowds not too big but being Holland it would be flat. I decided I couldn't do things as I had done before or I would get the exact same results as before, my marathon best being 3 hours 13 minutes. I got physiological tests done to determine my fitness levels/ weaknesses/ capabilities etc. and after blogging about it got the help of someone who changed my training slightly and pushed the limits just enough for me. I trained differently, I lifted weights, I swam, I cycled, I went a bit over the top and crazy but I desperately wanted to do well above all else.
So last Sunday was the day. I won't go through the race here because I've been blogging about it on TGU and here also. But I achieved something that I even thought was way out of my reach and beyond the impossible; I broke the 3 hour mark for a marathon. I had aimed lower and reached much, much higher. Just like Midge said in her post about being grateful, I'm thankful that things worked out in my favour on the day, that I didn't get ill beforehand or on the day itself; that all the stars collided at that one moment to make everything work out fine and for me to be able to write here that I achived something really important to me. I know to some it's just sport but sometimes these kind of human endeavours become really important personal goals, and we see these achievements or failures as a reflection of us personally. And it's also nice to come over here and be happy about something... :-) So what's your goals? Any future plans you're striving for? Anything in your mind you always wanted to achieve but thought impossible? If so, PUSH HARD, you might just get there.
Posted by aquaasho at Thursday, April 17, 2008