“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” - Anaïs Nin
I love this quote. It describes for me the greater pain of staying in your comfort zone compared to the pains endured when you leap out of it. Another one I favour comes from that great Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami: 'Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional'.
I knew when I was running pain free for the last couple of weeks that this normally doesn't last forever. Yet I don't live in the past or future so when the pains came while sitting at my desk Wednesday they came unexpected. Stabbing pains in the shin. I had them before in my running career. Nothing major. So I laced up at night hoping to run it off. I kind of didn't. 59 mins 58 for a 10K. Ahem! At least I didn't faint :) That was a painful run.
I am on rest and stretching now, yesterday and today. I think tomorrow will be too early and am not sure about Sunday yet I will evaluate it as it goes. It's not a big deal really. Just an injury. It's not like I'm starved of food or water or shelter; like some of the people I'm doing this challenge for.
I always work with my clients on living in the Now. What is good to know from a personal perspective is that living in the Now works a treat. What can I do now that I can't train to move my challenge on. Well I got some NEWS!!
Wednesday the 5th of March from 10am to 12 noon I am holding a Coffee morning to Launch a series of events to support the 12 in 12 Challenge. This event will be hosted by the wonderful Jacinta & Altaf Khan in the gorgeous George Boutique Hotel in Shannon Street in Limerick. There will be beverages and food, some raffle prizes are being organised, some corporate sponsor packages will be unveiled and some packages for people to run their own race for the Charity and collect that way! It's not just about me running 12 marathons in 12 months in 2015, it's about you taking part and getting fit and collecting at the same time.
Together, we can achieve so much more!
We have as a guest speaker that day KEITH WHYTE, the Ennis man who recently WON the 100km ultra Marathon in Antarctica where temperatures dropped to -26C during the race.
- He battled these temperatures of -26C to complete race in 9 hours and 26 minutes, breaking the course record.
- During the run frostbite was setting in on his fingers
- He stopped smoking in 2007 and suffers from bone condition osteoporosis
We are also privileged to have Ray Jordan, CEO of Gorta Self Help Africa attending and speaking. Ray has been working tirelessly in Ireland and Africa for a long time and not a lot of people know more about the situation on the ground than him.
I am also delighted to say that Ronan Scully will be there upon his return from another African trip. Ronan is an inspirational business development and fundraising specialist for the charity.
And I might say a couple of words myself (time me, for everyone's sake, time me please) :)
So there you go, I might be injured right now but that gives me time with the help of Gaye Moore, Ciara Tallon and Ciara Doyle (thanks ladies) to organise events like these.
I'll send you all more information in next week's blogs so you can share it with your friends. Also advance notice that I am planning a Q&A event in April for novice and intermediate runners ahead of the Great Limerick Run.
Keep the morning of the 5th of March FREE in your diary and keep your eyes and ears open for more news. Also you can donate on http://www.mycharity.ie/event/patrick_mercies_12marathonsin12monthsin2015