As you all know, I broke my foot last year October, but this didn’t stop me from entering the Two Oceans when entries opened in November. I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy journey, especially because I needed to take a decent amount of time off to heal.
I was inactive for just under four months, and having a bad chest infection didn’t help things either. I drafted a training programme, as I always do, and although I struggled to get into it, I’m getting better with maintaining my programme now.
The beginning was anything but easy. I had lost fitness entirely. I was literally ‘running’ at the slowest pace I’ve ever run – this demotivated me even more, so I stopped wearing my running watch and stopped focusing on my pace and rather focused on the distance and simply getting out there.
The thing I love most about running is that you can literally see your progress from one day to the next, and I have improved in leaps and bounds. I’m getting faster and I’m starting to enjoy running again.
Now that my training is improving, I’m feeling a little more positive about running the Two Oceans half marathon in FORTY FOUR DAYS.
My foot has been quite tender and sore, but I find the more I develop those muscles, the more the pain eases. I was quite worried at one stage that I’d need to forfeit the race because of my foot, but I’m staying motivated and if all goes according to plan, I should be able to run it without too much pain. Don’t get me wrong, I have A LOT of work to do, and I could do with an extra month of training but I need to work with what I have.
Two Oceans, here I come!