‘Tis The Season

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So the festive season is done and dusted – and I think I may have left my running form somewhere between the turkey and Christmas pudding. As many of us do, I managed to overindulge and under train over the holidays. I did, however, manage to cash in with Santa this year, boasting a lovely new pair of Asics, compression tights and not to mention, a sports bra. I suspect I’m becoming rather tunnel-visioned!

The year is off to a thrilling start, with the Scottburgh Half Marathon in a few weeks time. This is one of my favourite races, boasting a luxurious out and back route hugging the pristine coastline. The views from the road are distinctly impressive as the morning sun illuminates the ocean as the throng of early morning runners wend their way toward Umkomaas. It also happens to be my hometown, so it’s always an excellent opportunity to catch up with old friends and spend the day sprawled on the beach afterwards.

My new year’s resolution is to stick to my training programme as consistently as possible. I know that doesn’t seem like much of a resolution but every runner knows what a difficult undertaking this can amount to. I generally run in the mornings before work. For two reasons: No. 1 – the more pragmatic of the two – is that I’m more likely to adhere to my programme if my session is completed at a time of the day when no-one else needs me for anything. And No. 2 – the simple pleasure of stretching my legs on a long lonely road as the sun peaks over the horizon. The mist rising from my breath, the stillness and the indescribable beauty of the forest in the morning conspire to make me feel like I’m party to something exclusive. Something grandiose.

On that note, Happy New Year and may 2012 be the year all your wishes come true. And hopefully the world won’t end, because I’ll be seriously disgruntled if an asteroid his us before the Comrades!

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