Things I learnt and re-learnt at Comrades
During my looooong run on Sunday at Comrades, I learnt the following lessons, which I thought I’d share, because I’m big on lessons, and just in case you want to run one the race one day (no pressure, but it would be brilliant. No pressure though – have I said that already?)
- Despite the crap in the world, there is a whole lot of good out there. People who care, people who support, people who share. I saw selflessness and kindness from strangers – from the chicken sandwich from two women at the bottom of Polly Shortts, to the runner who gently eased me to one side as a motorbike approached from the front.
- The mind is bloody strong. Don’t ever underestimate it. Even when you feel like quitting or feel there’s something you can’t do, you probably can.
- Pepsi isn’t so bad. Just when you think the “underdog” won’t win, or that bigger is better, it sometimes isn’t the case.
- Tweeting as you walk up a hill makes the hill go quicker.
- A cheer and a high-five from a schoolboy in a wheelchair is worth more than a medal.
- Pain eventually goes away.
- Bennetts bum cream is not only amazing for you, but to prevent chafing too.
- The Twitter community can be exceptionally supportive and open-armed.
- A milkshake after the race aids recovery. And is guilt free.
- Looking at all the babies and toddlers on the route makes you miss your own child. A lot…