Saturday, 29 November 2014

On running and golf

My dad used to be a pretty good golfer before an old rugby injury and an iffy back caused him to retire from the sport way too early.  We always used to wait in anticipation as he came back from the local golf club’s weekly competitions to see what prize he’s won; and, trust me, most of the prizes were good.  He used to drive (and still does) a tiny, red little 1984 Renault around town, and also to the golf course, and I remember him returning home from a golfing competition one day with that little red car literally packed to the roof with all kinds of groceries that he’s won.  We couldn’t stop giggling.

Me and the golf meister.

Anyway, it was during those glory days of his golfing career that my dad frequently used to say that no-one is golf’s boss: One day you play like a champion, and the next day you play like a shoemaker (Dad's words).  And yesterday on my (ridiculously horrendous) run, I realised that running is pretty much the same:  You can be a runner for years and years and years – you’ll still have off days when your runs absolutely suck.  Like mine did yesterday.

Will and I headed out with both kids in the double stroller after work.  Miss K insisted on running alongside the stroller for the first 100 metres or so, and even while jogging next to her at our mama-daughter happy pace, my body loudly protested.  I could just feel that it was going to hurt.  And it did.  After K got into the stroller, I lasted an entire 7 minutes and 20 seconds before I had to take a walk break.  Oh, the frustration.


I ended up walking the entire way home, feeling, as you can imagine, extremely disappointed.  My goal 10 km race is in less than two weeks’ time…  Was it the heat?  The time of day?  The fact that Will’s been working crazy hours and I’ve been on K & J duty pretty much 24/7 for the last couple of months?  I’m not sure.  But one thing I do know: Nobody is running’s boss.  There will always be off days.  Fingers crossed that next Saturday is not one of them for me!


10 comments:

  1. We all have off days Karien, par for the course, but I'm pretty sure you'll soon be firing on all cylinders again - ready for that important 10K. Go for it....

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    1. I sure hope so, Gordon - many thanks for the good wishes!

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  2. No expert of golf, but your dad for sure was a champ! And, of course, I know the rugby injures ... I got a broken rib when I was 40. Nobody is running's boss: you are right!

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    1. So many guys walk that very same route here in SA, Stefano: Play rugby when they're young, pick up various injuries, and then pay for it when they get older. My dad had to give up both golf and running - and he so enjoyed both.

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  3. Haha you are so right: nobody is running's boss. I'm certainly not.

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    1. So frustrating! But part of the challenge, I guess, right?

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  4. You're right, Karien we all have those days. Just tiny little reminders to cherish the good ones:). I wish you many blissful runs leading up to your 10k!:)

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    1. So true, Hailey - the really bad ones make you appreciate the really good ones so much more! Thanks so much for the good wishes - fingers crossed! :)

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  5. Off days are just part of the whole process. If it will make you feel better... most of my terrible days are always followed by some very good days/runs. I'm confident you'll have a super 10km.

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Johann - much appreciated. Fingers crossed for Saturday...!

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