I posted the following few paragraphs on my social media yesterday – I was feeling proud as punch as I had just run my 4th full marathon at 64 (3 of those in my 60s). This is my story about achieving my goal and proving that
the only limitations we have are the ones we place on ourselves.
My social post read…..
Look what we did! 42.2km and ran it all. My 4th marathon at 64 I’m pumped!I was never good at sports growing up and was usually the last picked for the team.I started running at 50 with encouragement from the younger women in my office.
Over the last 14 years I’ve run with a group of women and we call ourselves the Saturday Sisters. I ran my first full marathon at 55, one at 61, 63 and now at 64. No you don’t have to run, you definitely don’t have to run a marathon. You do need to stay active and find something you enjoy. My story is really about showing you can do anything you put your mind to. Age does not have to be a barrier.
For the last two weeks I had been sick and on antibiotics. I actually wasn’t sure if I would be able to run, which was very disappointing as we have been training for this event for many months. I decided to see how I felt and make the decision on the morning of the event. I wasn’t going to be foolish.
Fun runs usually start early, especially marathons. Our run, the River Run 100 was scheduled for 4:45am so we booked into a nearby hotel and enjoyed some timeout before the run. We certainly had a room with a view!
The morning of the run was gorgeous and perfect running weather – not too cold and not too hot, but just right! Brisbane was putting on a stunning morning for all of us.
I’m not going to say running a marathon is easy – it isn’t. It takes hours of training, commitment and most of all a mental strength to carry you through especially when your legs are telling you they can’t go any further – but yet, they can – it is all about the mindset.
What I love about running events and it isn’t all about running
THE PEOPLE – there is such a comradrie amongst the running/walking community – and that includes participants as well as the volunteers who provide water stations, support and help to make the event run smoothly. We are all at different levels some running, some walking, some ‘going for gold’ to run a good time. Yet despite our differences we are all there supporting each other, encouraging each other to achieve whatever goal we have set.
I had ‘Sizzling Sue’ on my BIB (a throw back to the previous name of my blog Sizzling Towards 60) and it was wonderful hearing spectators and marshalls shouting ‘here comes Sizzling Sue – she is on fire!’. I have to admit I was probably more ‘Fizzling than Sizzling’ at the end, but those words of encouragement do help.
FRIENDSHIP – My friendship with my Saturday Sisters is priceless and although there were only two of us running yesterday, we both shared a common goal and were there for each other. We’ve trained together for months and have such a beautiful friendship and bond which goes way beyond running. My gorgeous Saturday Sister, Caz gave me this touching card and a beautiful pendant with Sat Sisters engraved on one side and Sole (get it) Sis 42.2 on the other. I will treasure this.
THE COMMITMENT– working towards any goal or dream takes commitment. It certainly won’t happen if you don’t put the work in. Running long distances is a huge commitment but once we have put the goal in place, we just do it.
THE ELATION – just when you feel like giving up – you here ‘Only 1km to go!’ – so close. You dig deep, you push yourself and then you are running across the finish line having completed your run. You experience such a feeling of elation when you achieve what you have been working towards and sometimes it can be quite emotional.