Last year I ran 1,000km in a year for the first time. This year I decided to do it again. I find running a great time to think away from everything else. I also haven’t had a lot of work this year so I’ve been setting a few other goals along the way
Running a half marathon a month (4 out of 8 achieved to date)
Running 200km in month – this one was quite tough
With these other targets my overall milage has increased and sees me completing the 1,000 four months earlier then last year.
This has been a target a couple of times in the past but for one reason or another it’s taken till now.
I had never really thought too much about running a distance over a long period of time but years ago I read this post and though the concept sounded relatively simple of running 3km/day – which I translated to be 6km every two days.
Aside from the actual running, the great thing about a goal like this is how you break down a goal in to smaller steps with their own targets: 500km in 6 months, 84km / month etc.
Breaking it down helps you focus on the short term while knowing the long term will take care of itself, it also allows you to celebrate the little achievements along the way.
Obviously not all goals can be easily broken into the same repetitive steps but the concept still holds.
I’ve had numerous injuries while running but have to admit all up till now most have been virtually self inflicted.
That was until today…
Today I was out doing a typical circuit around Auckland… down to Mt Smart, up Great South Road, Market Road and home.
The changeable Auckland weather is normally all I have to content with until about 35 minutes into my run I got shot in the jaw by a ****** idiot with a paint ball gun.
Unfortunately having filed a report with the police there is little that can be done unless the idiots continue with there antics and all I can do is hope my swollen jaw settles down soon.
On one hand you have to say it was a fluke of a shot, on the other hand I have to be thankful I still have my right eye.
At 8:30 Saturday morning Sally set off to run the first 3 km section of the 63km Relay down Northland’s Ninety Mile Beach. For the next 4:47:19 we took our turn to run a 3km section and then drive down the beach slowly making our way from the bluff to Ahipara.
The team consisted of:
All of them seasoned pro’s having run the event as many as 6 times before (it only started in 2003!) I was new to the relay but had run the extremely monotonous Half Marathon back in ’99.
The guys were a little nervous at the start when they heard there were 5 other teams entered this year, however the nervousness was uncalled for as we ended up winning by over 45minutes.
Hats off must go to Tony Ahern though as he finished only 38 minutes after us having run the whole 63km himself!
Hats off also to the organisers – the event is very well run and has a fantastic Far North Community feel about it.
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