Judging by how many emails I’ve had, many people wanted to know. Thanks everyone for your interest – it’s heart warming. 🙂
Yes folks I made it! I ran the 7km Southern Highlands Challenge and completed the course.
To come back from last December being half crippled when I got out of bed – to walk/floating for that distance was an incredible achievement and I am VERY grateful to Ian Wilson, our Narel’s husband for encouraging me and providing the feet exercises that have so significantly contributed to my come back to feet and leg health.
The first km and a half of the run were terrible – I wondered whether I was going to make it. I couldn’t find my rhythm or my breathing. But I worked on my posture as I went along and worked on the emotional pressure I felt and the last 3 kms were easier than the first three.
I learned a big lesson on this journey, about how I cannot allow goals or pressure to distract me from enjoying the journey, (small words but a BIG concept that needs our attention to REALLY happen.)
I learned even more than I already knew about how incredible our bodies are at healing – it felt like instantaneous healing sometimes.
I learned about how changing the goals in response to what is happening NOW is not only OK, but a good deal.
I learned how to float along in my running action, with no impact on my joints, how to move up and down hills in perfect and incredibly powerful posture and I learned what that has to do with collection or an increase in power in our horses and how to teach that more effectively to both horse and human.
I learned how to do fabulous tension free and relaxed shoulder ins. I learned fabulous walk to trot transitions and trot to canter transitions with no tension at all in my body and I learned how to teach that – so watch this space!
Now I’m joining a running club that does 5kms every Saturday morning. My Meremma dog Lily Bär, may not be too happy, because she’ll miss out coming on those days, so I guess we’ll see if I still enjoy it as much without her “Come along Mum” encouragement. 🙂
… Because just like it is with our horses, enjoying the journey is what I am all about…