Advertised as 'Flat out beautiful' they aren't lying! Well, about the beauty anyway! The multiple times when I was struggling throughout the marathon, I would look around and be in awe of the beautiful environment. Those magnificent mountains, winding rivers and shimmering lakes can distract from the most exhausted legs.
Before the day of the marathon came round I already felt very confident that this was going to be a great event. Each participant has access to a personalised copy of the route map with target times at various locations during the marathon (above pic). You can also get a wrist band with your expected times at certain distances which you collect from the very well constructed athlete 'check in' the day before. All of the organisation seemed really smooth so at least all my worries and anxiety were only based on my own actions.
It's been so long since I've been uber fit that I'd forgotten how good it feels.
For the previous two years, since completing my cross-Africa run, I have maintained a basic fitness level but I've not really pushed myself. I have kept fit enough that I can participate in all the activities that I love without struggling too much. But I wouldn't have described myself as healthy, and I definitely wouldn't have described myself as a RUNNER
How smug do I feel after completing a month long detox!!!!!
After a summer of seriously overdoing it with unhealthy food and too much alcohol (blog about it here), I needed to kick start my body back into health. Being an 'all or nothing' type of person, the best way to achieve this was to give up booze all together. Even with all the physical challenges I have taken on in my life, this was pretty tough for me to accomplish!
Through committing to avoid alcohol and junk food for a whole month I learned a few big lessons which I'd like to share...