Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Apparently I'm as slow as a fast 79-year old...

One of the perks of belonging to a local running club, is always being in the know.  E-mails containing all kinds of local, running-related bits and bobs are suddenly frequenting my inbox and I love it - what could be better than some running news first thing on a Monday morning?

This week I was greeted with a gem: The dates and times of all the local races for 2015.  Wahoo!  And while that would have been a good mail in itself, it also contained some painfully humbling information: Qualifying times for being included in the provincial team in 2015 (at least that's what I think it referred to.  The heading only reads "Quilify (sic) Times for 2015").  Now, don't get me wrong: I have zero aspirations to make the team.  But I just couldn't help but have a peep at where I currently stand in terms of speed...



Yep, my best 10 km time of 51:something (which left me with a bloody aftertaste in my mouth and a sore body for a week) is equal to what is considered fast for a 69-year old...  And my half-marathon PB of 01:56:13, which I so proudly clocked last year, is regarded as being a fast time for a 79-year old...  Ouch!  I'm 37, by the way.  And it's not as if members of our provincial team ever dominate the international podiums, if you catch my drift...

Working on that speed.

Nothing like a bit of entertaining inspirational info early on a Monday morning, right?!  Happy running!


10 comments:

  1. WHAT????? This is so funny because I am pretty proud of both my 10K PR and half marathon PR and both are slower than those times! Some times my body feels like i'm 79. This is such disappointing news for someone who is also in her 30's......lol -M

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    1. So discouraging, isn't it?? I've given it some thought, though, and found a solution: If we can keep up our current speed until we're 79, we'll make the team in 2057, haha! x

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  2. Aww, Karien, though I do admit that the title made me giggle a little, I hope you don't get too overwhelmed! As long as you're making progress with your times, which you are, you're doing great! I think it's better to have worked really hard to get your time down than to just find yourself there in the first place, anyway :) As they say, the journey is the reward. Ha and I agree with the comment above, my body feels like a 79 year old sometimes haha.

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    1. I realise that we can't all be Olympic athletes, but I must admit that this was so discouraging to read - it really makes the "average" runner's (good) times look turtle-slow...! But you're 100% right, Hailey - in the end we're our own biggest competition and nothing beats working really hard for a goal, no matter how slow compared to someone else's, and reaching it. We're way too stubborn to give up so easily, anyway, right? ;)

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  3. If it makes you feel any better, your best times are super similar to mine! We can both be running with the old ladies ;)

    (Also, think about how crazy in shape those old ladies must be, to be so fast!!)

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    1. That's true, Lisa - I take my hat off to any 80+-year old lady who can run a half-marathon in just under two hours...!

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  4. I know the feeling all to well. Growing up with a super fast dad wasn't always great. I remember how he would finish his marathon and then run back to fetch me to run the last few kilometers with me...

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    1. Luckily the joy of running isn't only reserved for the fast! ;)

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  5. Liewe hygent Serie, imagine hoe voel jy in n 10k as n 70 jarige oumie by jou kom verbystoot?! Kyk, ek sal hol lat asynlappe my nie gelawe kry nie, maar wen sal sy my nie wen nie! Bring haar! (so sal ons ook daai sub-50 10k PB kry!) Hehehehe! Xxx

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    1. Heheeeeeee! SO waar, Serie - ek sal hol tot ek uitpass, maar verbyvat sal 'n 70-jarige tannie my nie verbyvat in 'n 10 km wedloop nie....! xxx

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