We are nearing the end of January and it is great to see all the usual faces on the road again. Since mid-January many had returned to the road to start their Comrades training. February is around the corner and you can see runners are getting serious on the road again.
I noticed that the majority are still where I am, getting into the swing of things, slowly picking up the pace after the slight slowdown most of us enjoyed in December. I did not stop with my training altogether, but I did a little less. Resting the body is also part of preparation and after a busy running diary last year, it was good to take some well-deserved time out.
Left to tight: Mercia, Douw & Naomi #TeamJohnsonCrane
For the past few weeks I’ve been doing some pace runs with two friends from Akasia Athletics Club, Mercia and Naomi. Both these girls want to qualify for Two Oceans and Comrades at this coming weekend’s Johnson Crane Hire Marathon at Sahara Willowmoore Park in Benoni, Jhb. We’ve had a few great runs and managed to do the groundwork for the coming weekend’s race. This past weekend we did the last training run and the plan was not to dip below 06:30 min / kilometre as an average and when we crossed the finish line we were exactly on an average of 06:30 min / kilometre. Those who did the PwC race will know that this is not one of the easiest routes, but these two stuck with me and flanked me all the way from start to finish. I was so proud of them. But I once again realised the truth of the quote I posted on Twitter later. It says, “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” This is so true. These two worked hard, they were committed and they want this so badly and it shows in their commitment and dedication and the will to succeed. I am confident that they will reap the fruit of their hard work on Sunday and they will qualify.
When you see us on the road on Sunday, please show your support and love for these two ladies as they realise their dream.
One last thought. While I was on the route at the Modern Athlete Bobbies Half Marathon in Edenvale on Sunday, I remembered these words; “Press on” These words have solved and always will solve many problems. We have to learn to press on, to persevere and this we can only so when we realise that things are not always easy. Some things are harder to achieve than others, but it is always possible. Perseverance is a great element of success and we should never forget this.
As January come to a close and February is knocking at the door, I want to encourage everyone who is training for a goal, whether it is your first 5km walk, your fist 10km run, your first half or full marathon, even Comrades, work hard at achieving your goal and when you come across those little potholes of disappointment, always remember, when the world says, “Give up” it is hope that whispers, “Try it one more time.” This is perseverance. This is what will make the difference.
Remember, if you want to remove that mountain that is blocking your way, you have to start carrying away small stones, one by one.
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