I don’t think I can begin to explain how I felt standing at the start line of the Pick and Pay half marathon. I entered the marathon but I downgraded my race to half as I was broken just 2 weeks after running Johnson Crane Marathon. I had almost sworn off running and honestly felt depressed. Between the 2 races, I had only run 10km as I didn’t have a desire to run. But I had to run, I had to get back into running. And so it was a slow 21.1km race. By the end of the race, I started feeling happier and happier, I wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be.

I have a friend whose words ring in my head you can’t just go run a half marathon without training, yet I am the person who does crazy things like that. But running a Marathon without sufficient training that is just ludicrous. Needless to say at this point I knew that my 2018 Comrades journey was over. One thing for sure about the Pick and Pay race the uphills are nobody’s friend. Every time you get to the top, then there is another hill. But with every race, there is next year and I am looking forward to 2019.

As I am writing this now and looking at this picture, I realise that I have achieved so much in the last 6 months of training again. Being on a weight loss journey, getting fit, running my own business it all puts its toll on you. It is how you embrace the journey. I am trusting that in the months to come as I get closer to reaching my goal weight and as I get fitter and faster I am going to look back at this and smile as the emotion I felt here will be gone tomorrow.