In November 2010, I was asked if I would like to blog about my running experiences, especially my build-up to Two Oceans Half Marathon in April 2011. Having missed the cut-off time in 2010 (I don’t wanna talk about it!), I reluctantly declined, fearing that if I missed cut-off again, I would have alerted all the readers of my blog of my failure and would never forgive myself or get over it. The shame would be too great to overcome. (stupid me!)
I actually did manage to make cut-off for this year’s Two Oceans. It was one of the most wonderful achievements of my life and I regretted not being able to share what it meant for me with others. The build-up to the race, the training, the dieting, the injuries. But most of all the mental war that I fought daily convincing my body and my mind that I was capable of doing it.
With a 21.1km cut-off time of 3 hours for majority of the races I run, I not only have the stress of ensuring I can run the distance, but the added stress of trying to do it within the cut-off time when I know that my running pace is 8mins/km. My running has therefore become more of a mental challenge.
A good friend of mine has always told me that I do in fact have a story to tell. That there most probably are other people out there who have the same struggles with running as I do and that I can be an inspiration to them. (I love you Conrad!).
It was only recently when I was invited to a Bloggers meetup that someone who follows me on Twitter made the comment, “Bron, you’ve passed 20 000 tweets on Twitter, maybe it’s time for you to start your own blog”.
I knew exactly what I wanted to blog about…
Running a half marathon takes me just under 3 hrs. I get to do a lot of thinking in 3 hours. Mostly about my life, people I love, my fears, my hopes.
My blog will take you on that journey – one of me trying to make cut-off time and the other, all the thoughts filling my head while I run.
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You are an inspiration Bron! The light hasn’t gone off yet – however, I’m waiting to give myself a chance! Clear my mind, start my life. You are truely something special! #KUWTWgroupie
what do you mean negative people, etc you know how sensitive I am! I know how fast you can run! poss. see you next year at 2 Oceans I hear. Love your Bloggie
Welcome to the blogging world Bron!
Thanks Hayley! You do realise you are my inspiration!
Yay you!!! I’m so thrilled to see this blog post and I know it’s going to be the first of many!
You are an inspiration considering I huff and puff my way through one gym class! Looking forward to sharing your journey hun!
Congrats on your first blog bron. I’m def gonna be reading as an aspirant runner, but someone who probably will never get off my butt to do it…love your work chick..
Hi Bronwynne, Great title for the blog. I had a good chuckle :)). There is nothing wrong with failure as long as you pick yourself up,
learn from the experience and come back even stronger for the next round.
You have achieved much more than the average person out there by
just completing the Two Oceans Half Marathon. Running is great for clearly ones thoughts and reflecting…and can sometimes be a proxy for ones Life passage. A time of 8mins/km is pretty fast for some people out there, but it is the effort made and bravery to get into the game that counts. Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next blog ! Regards Baden
Very nice Blog Bron. Whens the next issue?
Hi Bron! Great going!
Awesome Blog Bron ……… welcome to the blogging world , if you like , read mine ….. http://www.andrewbobbyshephard.blogspot.com/