Ever had that moment where you look at something and just think to yourself, “Fuck it! Why the hell not?”. Well, that was me this morning when I entered the Bayside half marathon on the back of little to no training. As they say, you only live once so why not enjoy yourself and just go for it? The last time I decided to do something silly like this was two years ago when I ran the Brisbane half marathon after only returning from an overseas adventure a couple of weeks prior. My portly tummy held up, as did my legs and my ever so tight hamstrings. It’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to something. Oh, I ran that day in 1 hour and 57 minutes, a good 15 minutes quicker than I actually expected to finish it in.
I think i’ve had a couple of runs in the past few weeks. Nothing more than 10 km’s but what’s a cheeky 21.1 km run on a beautiful Saturday afternoon by the water with a few thousand running buddies ey? Lots of fun, that’s what I say! Perhaps that’s the astute beauty of these events? I’ve done 30 halves before so I know how easy it is to mentally conquer any fears and doubts that may arise. That’s half the battle. The other half is the conditioning or lack of. The only thing I can do is just put my head down, bum up and crack on.
The lesson from this is that you really can do and achieve anything your heart desires. You just have to hold the self belief, confidence and have a mind that is easily motivated to get things done. If any of you should happen to fancy a trot by the water this weekend, drop me a line and let’s achieve something fun together!