Sense & Perseverence

Well today I should be running the Preseli Ultrabeast as I did last year. Sadly I won’t be. The last few months have been a race in themselves in an attempt to rehab the left leg. It’s been a process thats been tortuous with good days and bad days, I honestly believed I could run it up until the middle of this week. I did a 7 mile test run on tuesday and it felt ok. And thats the kicker it didn’t feel good it felt ok and I knew I was favouring the right leg instead. It felt a bit like running on a glass leg – I was expecting it to break at any point.

So really then on wednesday when it was aching badly I knew deep down it was over for this year. I was going to give it a go but I knew deep down that it was going to cause much more damage, 7 miles is not 32 and not 32 over extreme terrain. Not going to lie I’m gutted. I love the Preseli races and look forward to it so much every year. I told a friend a while ago it’s like my late christmas day seeing as I dont like the real one much. And now I sit here writing this instead of running out on the hills all day.  Sometimes I feel like saying to hell with it I dont need to run anyway, I have Murph I can walk with him and its as good, it would remove all the disappointment and frustration of not running and racing.

But you know what, that’s feeling sorry for myself, thats giving up, thats taking the easy route and this whole thing was never about taking the easy route. It’s been a long journey and I need to remember there are lows as well as the highs. Otherwise the highs would be meaningless.

So I’m going to finish off this post with some photos of the walks we’ve done recently. I’m going to walk back out the door and start again. I’m not giving up, this was always the long haul.

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Author: Gareth

Running coastal trails in South Wales and working on a healthier body and mind

2 thoughts on “Sense & Perseverence”

  1. Sorry about your disappointment Gar but you SO did the right thing!!!! There is next years race… rather get strong for that one than possibly not run again due to continual injury.
    Besides look how amazing you are!!! You CAN run it, you run well… you have Murph now to help keep you moving… you’ll get it back. Patience, perseverance and positivity… and you have all three!!! Oh and a pooch and pretty perfect trails abound!!!!
    X

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    1. Thanks for the kind words! I know I did the right thing – especially this morning! Im sure I wouldnt have been walking much today and instead ive been out with murph lots! Its just a race I think I built things up too much and wanted to do it so much I lost teh real focus! Cheers for listening to me moan 😉

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