This weekend saw the Kokoda Challenge take place on our door step - well just about our door step. A saw lots of participants when he went to Masters to get what he needed to finish the railing for the party on Saturday night.
While he was gone I was thinking about exercise and what I am currently doing (nothing now that I haven't been to PT for 2 weeks because of my back) and what I have signed up to do (Learn To Run with Operation Move) and what my Dad has done w.r.t. running in his life.
He has run 10 Comrades Marathons - this is not a 42.2km marathon - this is a 90km marathon that is run every year between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The run from Dbn -Pmb is an up run and the run from Pmb-Dbn is a down run based on the height above sea level that the two towns are. Of the 10 races that he ran, I think it was 3 occasions he broke 7.5hrs and so won a silver medal. The first 5 finishers get gold medals, anyone who finishes in under 7.5hrs get silver and anyone who finishes within the alloted 11hrs gets bronze. Not only did he run this race which is not only an endurance race that puts considerable strain on your body but managed to stay mentally sane through all the races, but he also ran the 100 Miler. Yes, 100 miles (160km) in about 18.5hrs. This is a completely different race because it was run around an athletics track - so, for 18.5hrs, he basically ran in circles. If nothing else, how he managed to stay on track mentally, I have no idea and I asked him about it after dinner last night but he didn't say too much. He said that his brother was marking off the laps and would let him know when he had reached miles stones but clearly you have to be bloody strong mentally and extremely fit to be able to run for that length of time.
Now, I am not about to go out there and try to run the Comrades, nor am I going to attempt the 100 miler, but I am going to get out there and get working on my exercise so that eventually I can be running the 10km races that I ran a few years ago. I am going to get myself healthy and fit for when I turn the Big 50 next year. I don't want to be over-weight and unfit heading off to my 60's !!!!
Together with cutting out sugar and increasing my exercise, you would have to think that I will achieve my goal - time will tell !!!!
Linking in with Jess from Essentially Jess because it's been to long since #IBOT !!!!!
Have the best week !
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