Originally this blog was going to be about my Sunday run with the Trailblazers, which was my first trail run in over 8 weeks time (how exciting!!!!), however I was doing some reading (online) and things changed a bit…..
Today I was reading a blog written by Sally McRae (trail runner extraordinaire) and her words put into light exactly what I have been thinking over the past few weeks. She was out trail running when her shoelace came undone and she instantly felt annoyed as it meant she had to stop and bend down to fix her lace mid run. As she got up to run she continued to think about tying laces and after some mindful evaluation came to the conclusion that this action “Would Now Be The Inescapable Moment To Be Thankful“.
About 9 weeks ago I started to get sick and this eventually turned out to be pneumonia. I had planned a 4 weeks break from running during Sep/Oct to let my body recover from the huge training load that I had done over the past 18 months, however this illness forced me to take an early break from running.
At the time I was annoyed that I could not train and that I had to miss the Sydney marathon. All my friends were running in various races during the event and I was to be a pacer for the first time. Like most runners I hate missing out on events (FOMO) but I really shouldn’t have been dwelling on the negative. What I should have focused on was how lucky I had been to have full health over the past 18 months, as it allowed me to be 100% committed to my training and my races, how awesome is that! And that’s just the start to it!
I’m very lucky that I am a runner, that I have the ability to run and can lace up anytime to explore the world. I’m also very grateful to have the love and support of my family and friends, through thick and thin. Over the past year I have achieved monumental goals and distances that used to seem impossible to me, and I could not have done this without the love and support that I get each and every day.
I have a lot to be grateful for and every time I lace my shoes I will take a moment to remember this, so thanks Sally.
Read Sally’s full story here: http://www.sallymcrae.com/2014/11/01/we-tie-shoes/
And thanks to all the Trailblazers for the most enjoyable run yesterday, it was a gorgeous day and we are so lucky! You guys rock!
Happy Running 😀