I started running back when I was a teenager, doing my first marathon at 19 years of age. It was not long after that I had heard about Comrades Marathon.
The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89km, which is ran in South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race. The direction of the race alternates each year between the “up”run (87km) starting from Durban and the “down” run (89km) starting from Pietermaritzburg.
Comrades immediately went on my must do list and I told myself that I would definitely do it…….one day.
Initially 90 odd km on the bitumen seemed so far out of my reach, which was my initial excuse for not entering. But as the running years went by I became a more capable runner and I truly believed I could finish such a race. So what stopped me from booking a flight, entering and running?
Looking back I really can’t find that answer. Each year I told myself I never had the time to train, I would be fitter and stronger next year, it is so expensive to get to etc etc.
In my 20’s I had all the time in the world, annual leave ALL for me, more disposable income than I could hope for and the ability to train whenever I wanted. It was my selfish years!
But here I am at 35, married, mortgage, shift worker and a very active toddler, laughing at myself for making those excuses.
Busy? Pffft, what did we do with our time pre-children? I can re-call being “flat out”, but doing what, I have no idea!
But I did it, I have entered Comrades 2016 (downhill year). Flights are booked, accommodation is coming together and training has begun.
Like all young families life is a juggling act where running is often on the back burner. Again looking back, this is the least opportune time to train for such an event, Both Caine and I are shift workers, Indie is very active and not a great sleeper.
But I am a very lucky runner, I have a great bunch of girls here on the coast to run with and motivate me and a husband that is super excited for me.
I can safely say that I won’t be breaking any records over there, but I intend to be fit enough to take it all in and enjoy every step
I couldn’t imagine anything about this event being “easy”, but as I sit here watching You Tube clips of the event, I am very motivated and extremely thankful that I do run.
So, I’ll be giving the occasional update on how this little project of mine is coming along and happy to hear any advice and tips people might have to share.