Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The Gift Of Good Health

What feels better than the first run back after seven weeks of pneumonia? While my endorphin-soaked brain wants to shout out "Nothing! Nothing feels better!", I'll muzzle it into submission and convince myself that a more carefully considered answer, like "Not too many things!", will suffice. Take it from me, though: Seven weeks without any endorphins is a long, long time. Too long. 


So, yesterday morning, after seven weeks of no running, six (!!) missed parkruns, two courses of antibiotics and what felt like a bazillion days in bed, I laced up and hit my beloved river track. Happy, happy day! And I can promise you one thing: Trudging through the mud has never felt so good. I didn't run fast, and I didn't run far, but man, oh, man was it wonderful. In fact, if it wasn't for the presence of the Council's crew, who was repairing some damage to the riverbank, I'm pretty sure my inward happy dance would have manifested on the outside.


And while my involuntary seven-week hiatus from running was anything but pleasant, I'd like to believe that some good has come from it too. For one, it has purged me of every ounce of negativity towards running. (Remember the running rut I was in right before I got sick?) It also cured me of years' worth of unattended niggles that slowly crept up over time. So while my fitness has no doubt slid back several notches, I'm niggle-free, healthy and raring to go. 

Does this mean I'm going to dive headfirst into training, frantically trying to make up for lost fitness, speed and time? Nah. I completely share the sentiment of Paul Tonkinson, as he so brilliantly penned down in the latest issue of Runner's World Australia & NZ


"Try to see running as a gift that you give yourself, as opposed to something you have to do. Take away any necessity about it. Choose it."

So, for now, my only goal is to choose running and to enjoy it. And to never stop celebrating the gift of good health! 


10 comments:

  1. I am very happy that you are back to the running world! Enjoy your runs and very soon you will be ready for the Parkruns and longer distances.

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    1. Thanks so much, Stefano! I'm extremely happy and thankful to be back!

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  2. Seven weeks, ouch -- but way to stay positive and err on the side of patience coming back. That attitude will surely be rewarded down the road!

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  3. Agge toggie liefste Saartjie Blaar, my hart is dannnkbaar dat jy terug oppie been is en innie tekkies in! Pas daai lyfie mooi op, asb, of ek sil self moet oorkom met die vicks ennie alwee!!!
    Lief jou sooo baie! Xxxxxx

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    1. Dankie tog, my liefste Suster - my hart is net so bly!

      [Sil dit dan nou nie allersaligs gewees het om jou hier te he om te help lawe nie... Dis mos juis die gemoed wat partykeer die meeste lawe nodig het... Lief jou bitterlik! xxxxxxx]

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    2. Weet ek dan nie daai soooo goed nie, my Liefste. Drrrrrrrukkkk vir jou styf! Xxxxxx

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  4. It's great to hear you are back running! Completely agree on the point above mentioned: speed and average pace are not important.

    Your running outfit black and pink is really nice. Enjoy your running paths and endorphin production!

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    1. Thanks so much, Giorgio! The bright pink running jacket is one of my favourites too - it makes the dreary winter weather a bit more bearable ;) !

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