75 miles completed in January. Not as many as I was expecting but a friend was in hospital and that took precedence over my training. So I ended up only doing 3 weeks worth. He is recovering well now, and I’m back to training harder than ever. Time off for recovery is beneficial to overall gains.
It’s usually somewhere between 4:30 am and 5:30 am. I start out on my ultra marathon training under a galaxy of stars. The Milky Way lights up in glorious constellations and I am in awe. I have the torch on my phone lighting up the trail before me, and I am careful not to step on any rouge sleeping snakes. So gradually I wonder if I am imagining it, light bleeds into the night sky and suddenly I realise the incredible star show has retreated and is now replaced with dawn skies. I keep training and before long I watch the pink kiss the sky and I am able to make out enough of the world around me to turn off my torch. The dawn is quiet and peaceful and my footsteps on the trail keep me company on this journey. My heart is filled with gratitude for the natural beauty I have already witnessed so early in this wonderous day.
Today my audio book mentioned slowtwitch.com and I went there and low and behold they had a challenge starting today. Synchronicity at its finest. I quickly joined and logged my run today. I have also found the ultra marathon I am training towards. It is the great ocean ultra marathon GORM
Before my current journey I struggled with 18 months of hip pain from a wicked hip burtitus injury. Well after 160km in a month my injury returned a week ago. This time I rested, ate herbs, added ice, and after one night where I could barely walk, my hip seems to be healing quickly. Today I did 5km of gentle walking and so far so good. I respect my body’s limitations and will not attempt to push through pain when training. I am optimistic that my body is making a stronger version of itself. I think I can, I think I can soon get back to jogging.