Few months ago I joined a group on facebook called Bosh Run, over the past few months I have met many amazing people, virtually and for real. I have had the pleasure of running beside them too. Without this group I am sure it would of taken me a lot longer to get to the finish line as they have given me so much great advice. They have encouraged, motivated and inspired me also. One day, someone in the group was talking about the 3Forts, it happened to be the same day a friend offered to give me a lift to this race as her husband was also running it. After receiving some reviews regarding this race I decided I need to do something other than road running if I want to start serious training for my dream MDS, so instantly I registered.
Normally the insecure, negative runner in me would be scared and think of reasons to pull out or put off hills and mud, but daily I was reading other people in this group were just as worried, excited, dreading the hills and all sorts of mixed emotions going on. I was going to be fine! I really was.
I contacted Dave Guest, we worked on some hill training, step training and everything else that he could find to kill my legs and increase their strength. Every day I was reading posts from Bosh, I knew without these people I would not of even thought about doing hill work! Race day I thought nothing better to wear my BOSH run top, I was hoping to meet a few people in the morning but unfortunately parking was a bit of a nightmare I arrived slightly late for the meet and greet.
This run I was not so nervous at the start, it may of helped that I had my friends husband with me so this took my mind off the fact I was going to encounter hills and many of them.
This race was hard! I pushed myself as much as I could, I kept on going. I realised I am much better going up a hill than down. I also realised I completed this run 2 minutes slower than my first half marathon. For me this was an achievement as I was expecting to be a lot slower due to the hills.
After the run I went to visit my friend, I was such a high, showing off my medal talking to her about every detail of this run. She is a non runner but she still listens and asks questions, in fact she has offered to drive me 100 miles to another race in 4 weeks, I have managed to get her to help out for the day ( I do not want her to get bored and if she doesn't like running, what other way to experience an amazing race day atmosphere)
Whilst I have been running up hills, working at the hospital, getting in as much training as possible, tackling my uni assignments and helping with family I have been in contact with someone who understands how passionate I am about the MDS, who understands I really want to run 150 miles in the sahara desert, who knows I will train harder than ever to complete the MDS safe. He has given me advice, shared useful information I need to know but would't of known to ask. He has introduced me to many of people who have completed the race, got me to do research and tested me, even about a compass! He has become a true friend who believes in me and now I am starting to believe in myself. This month I have also realised I am surrounded by many special people.