I feel as though that is a good way to sum up my winter season.
There have been a lot of positives, a few negatives and the opportunity to better myself along the way.
It has been said in running that:
The first half of any race you can’t win it, but you can certainly lose it.
This will be very much the case for me when I toe the line next Saturday in the Agency 10,000 invitational here in Wellington at Newtown Park.
Sometimes you have to sweat the small stuff in order to succeed, but in saying that, it can all go up in smoke with even one mistake or error and have significant consequences.
The preparation going into this race hasn’t gone exactly according to plan.
Going back a couple of months now, but what feels like yesterday, coming off the National Road Championships fizzing with my run in what was a very competitive race. My time of 31:11 considering the course and less than ideal conditions was very pleasing, backing up well from Wellington road champs 2 weeks prior.
Then coming off the World Mountain running Championships in Andorra (which I’ll endeavor to cover off in another post) with a glute strain and a general feeling of having come up short, I arrived home not knowing that I’d hit the lull of post race de-training.
Having had to take 12 days off training in September combined with the flu pre-race, which was quite likely to have still been lingering on race day meant that there was no rhythm to re-starting training. Literally taking one day at a time not knowing whether my glute would hold up on me was concerning going into National road Relays.
It was no surprise then that I came up short by my standards and ran a disappointing leg by my standards, the Gebbies Pass hill certainly making me look like a mere mortal.
Hoops with all his wise words just told me to take the next while training easy as I was felt and I feel it too. He also suggested that if I had any grand plans of adventures that I’d always wanted to do and never been able to that this would be the time to do them! Trying to conjure up any fun ideas resulted in vast sums of money needed, something which I’m unable to acquire so that was put to one side.
Not supposed to be working out but enjoying the un-structured nature of my current training has me running rogue with no watch and entirely to feel, which can be a blessing and a curse. Thankfully for me they have timing and lap counters for the 10,000
This meant that I had to forgo running in the Auckland Half Marathon, where I wanted to try go sub 70 minutes. Knowing it was for the better took some pressure off me and meant that I could focus fully on getting myself in best shape for the 10,000. Though watching 6 guys run under 70 minutes was a bitter feeling, knowing that I could have been part of that also. This being running – there will be certainly be another chance.
Definitely getting excited by the prospect of a tasty throw-down over 25 laps and everyone trying their best not to blow up and die a miserable death is worth coming to watch or being in front of a live-stream for.
So many questions to ponder, will the weather play ball? Can Stephen get to 100 entries? Is anyone able to get under the WXC qualifying times? How many people will never run 25 laps on the track again after they realize how cruel a race it can be?
How many more people are willing to come watch since there is beer involved?
All these scores and more to be settled next Saturday!
Big thanks to Stephen and co. for making it all happen