In one weeks’ time, July 1 2012 I will start (and hopefully finish) my fifth full marathon. The Gold Coast Marathon has been on my personal events calendar for the past 6 years and counting. I am certainly no pro, I’m not even fast, I’m very, very average but there is not much more I enjoy than running. My obsession with running begun after coming home from the UK a few kg’s heavier than when I left, before I knew it a little trot ended up in a marathon and now I can’t seem to stop! I run for me, I run for my health and well-being, I run for a personal challenge and I run as I find it hard to sit still and relax and strangely enough, I find this relaxing (well mentally at least).
A quote I read a few years ago, went something like this “I like the solitude, long distance running is a loners sport, I’ve come to accept the fact that I enjoy being alone a lot of the time. It keeps me fresh and oddly enough from feeling isolated. I turn to the open road for renewal. The solitude experienced while running helps me to enjoy people more when I’m around them.” I can’t remember who wrote these wonderful words, but for me they could not ring any truer.
Next Sunday I just hope to beat my PB. My dream would be to complete a sub 4hr marathon, however this would involve shaving a neat 10mins off my previous PB which is a big ask even over 42.195km. Never say never thought!