So this race seems to be coming up soon. I’m not happy about it. I think of the climbs to come and I’m filled with terror. I’ve gone off plan already, pushing myself a little harder than I should which is both good and bad. I feel surprisingly faster than I was a month ago but my body is tired and I’m not getting the distance or miles in I should be. I’ve now taken on James Kuegler’s plan through The Hillary emails as it seems simpler and will push the distance up.
I had an amazing break down in Wellington. The temperature is cooler, the wind refreshing and so many flat spaces to push the tempo. Breathing is easier down there, the wind a constant source of refreshment. Oh so good.
On my return to Auckland I’ve been stuck on the streets or on a hill. It has really knocked my confidence. Nothing worse than knowing you are nowhere near ready to run a race that is coming up. My breathing in the humid air is hard to control, my legs ache after most runs and the motivation to rest is currently very high. Oh so bad.
However there is one constant in all my runs. I’m losing the ugly. My form isn’t perfect but it’s getting better. I’m slimming down slowly but surely. My sweet kicks (Icebugs) and calf sleeves (CEP) make me look like the real deal and help me stay upright. Oh so not ugly (from a distance).
My motivation for running has always come from doing something I thought I could not and as I’ve just hit a year since I committed to the run journey. The Hillary is one piece (albeit an important one) in my journey to enable me to move forward in achieving something great, for me. Hope your journey towards the Hillary is coming together. It’s an amazing privilege we get to run this track, it may be be painful or exhausting but what a great way to see our beautiful land and share in the experience together.