My post next week is already sorted. I’m really excited about it too. The unboxing of a lot of running goodies via wiggle.com which my wife insists is all I’m getting from Santa this year.
With 2013 all but gone it’s worth looking back. As a runner in waiting, my quantum step came after the Rotorua marathon back in May where yet another wall was hit and a far from satisfactory performance achieved. 7 months on my weekly mileage is now double what it used to be. I’ve achieved a Boston Qualifying time. I even write a blog about one day getting there, now far more relevant as Ill need another 5 minutes to even get a look in.
Along the way I’ve learnt that only run after run builds endurance. That patience is required when for whatever reason you discover you have no legs on a day that promised a far better time. I understand that being relaxed while running helps to keep those niggles at bay and also miraculously helps you to run faster. Lastly I’ve discovered a community of super nice people in races, on training runs and in the blogging community that all share a love, passion and dedication for the lifestyle they have chosen for themselves.
Running Raggedy is me. A runner constantly trying to battle poor form, ‘iffy’ joints, injuries I can’t quite put my finger on (perhaps imaginary) and polyester t-shirts that cause intense nipple irritation. Am I any less raggedy these days? No, not at all, which makes my quest for Boston all the more meaningful.
Have a very happy Christmas everyone. Enjoy the precious time with family and friends.