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Home >> Blog >> Guest Blogger >> Nothing Can Stop Me Now

Nothing Can Stop Me Now

  • Half Marathon

I cannot believe it’s OMTOM week already!

When I started this journey, 26 March seemed to be a LONG way off. It has been an absolute whirlwind. Running a half marathon was never on my bucket list, but I am sure glad that when Kathy Mc Quaide came knocking and asked if I would do it, I responded positively. I may not be eradicating world hunger, but I am making a difference in my own way, one day at a time.

This journey has been punctuated with sweat, laughter, tears, camaraderie and hard work. When I look back, I chuckle at the fact that in August 2015 I couldn’t run for more than a minute without tasting the infamous blood in my mouth! The 12 week OptiFit 10km programme as well as the 8 week 21.1km programmes, are in themselves life lessons. All one has to do is to put in the time and effort, whilst trusting the process and you will undoubtedly come through the other side as a changed person.

As a person who comes from a very supportive family, married to an equally supportive man and having amazing friends, it became easy for me to take all this support for granted. And this crept into taking myself and achievements for granted. When you have people that don’t doubt for a second that you can achieve anything you set your mind to - most goals seem easily in reach. It is at times like these, that you have to shake yourself and aim for something out of your comfort zone. This is the reason I took up running, I took up this challenge because it is something that doesn’t come naturally to me.

My journey has been marred with injury and disappointment. I was diagnosed with cuboid syndrome, which meant I couldn’t put any pressure on my foot for the last 3 weeks of my training. Up until 2 days ago I wasn’t sure I would be able to run.

As I write this, I am sure I will be at the start and I am praying that I am able to finish the race – I have no way of knowing whether my injury will flare up again during the race. All I am praying for is to finish my race… The race I have prepared for. As I said when I started this journey – I am a runner, not because I run fast BUT because I run. #OMTOM2016

I am so grateful to my OptiFit coaches who worked miracles; and to OMTOM, for giving me this opportunity. A big thank you goes to my family and friends. To my running mates, the teamsters, on my OptiFit programme,  you have made this journey what it is. Thank you for the support, laughter and great friendships. A special shout out to Jenni, one of my teamsters who is injured and cannot run on Saturday; I will be thinking about you as I struggle up Southern Cross Drive. Lastly, to my husband, who still cannot believe his eyes when I wake up at 5:30am to go for a run. Yes Duncan -  I am running… This is really happening – thank you for pushing me.