With this being a crazy distance challenge, it’s fitting to mention a crazy ultra marathon held in Kwa – Zulu Natal, South Africa, called the Comrades Marathon that is run annually. It’s a 90km run between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, alternating the start so that one year it’s a ‘down’ and the next it’s an ‘up’ but, to be clear, there’s a big amount of up and down either way! As with most events, this years run has been cancelled which is very sad as it is the centenary year of this event which is absolutely massive in the running calendar.
I remember getting up to watch the 5am start with my dad each year when I was a kid and then it would be on the TV all day. Watching the stories and the drama was key in developing my passion for wanting to run. The plan was to do it for my 30th but that didn’t happen. Nor my 40th. Maybe if I can start running again, it’ll be my 50th present to myself!
I have however done 2 marathons in my life. The London marathon in 2006 with a very dear friend who to be fair had never run before in his life. I dared him to enter the ballot, saying that nobody ever gets in on the first try and lo and behold – he did! I didn’t but ended up running a charity place with him and it was the most brilliant experience. On the whole. It’s definitely where I fully embraced my inner Dory with a ‘Just keep running’ mantra!
“We have to keep running now,” said my friend John.
We were not far from the end of the race. My legs were burning and I couldn’t feel my feet. We were surrounded by sweaty bodies. Walkers, runners, animals, cartoon characters, superheroes. I clutched an almost empty water bottle and my shirt was stuck to my back. The noise from the crowd was like rainbows of sound against the grey sky. An orange jelly baby lay squished by foot. I really wanted it to be over.
“There is no way I am being beaten by fucking Mr Tickle”, he said.
So we kept on running and I think we did beat the very long armed Mr Tickle!
Here’s today’s stats and if you want to join in here are the details.
If you want to join in the free, virtual Moving 2 Remember – Around the World Together adventure, here’s how it works.
1) Complete event registration form. This only needs to be done once.
2) Decide how you are going to record the distances you do. Kilometres please.
3) Get moving! However you like – walking, running, swimming, cycling, using a wheelchair….. whatever way you want to get up and move is fine. Just make sure you measure your distance.
4) Fill in the Activity Log form after every activity
Ta da!!! It’s that easy! 😁