Rod Lowe: Bronze Medalist in the 5000 metre, Silver Medalist in the marathon.
While every word is the God’s honest truth, there are so many qualifications to the above post opener. Like, these are age group awards. At small events. And no one in road racing says “5000 metres”; we say 5k. But still, I rather relish the sound of this post’s introductory declaration.
So please forgive, if not indulge, my pause for swagger and braggadocio. It makes me feel strong. It makes me feel accomplished. Heck it makes me feel Kenyan.
It’s also what I tell myself. What I remind myself to motivate me as the hours of darkness stretch longer. As the temperature drops precipitously. And as the temptation to succumb to the overwhelming desire to stay indoors beckons languorously.
That I am a runner. And a very proud one at that.
It’s the off-season for me now. Has been for over 2 months. And though I’m enjoying running without the pressures of time and distance I have amassed over 1000 kilometres in those couple of months since my last race at the Fall Colours Marathon.
I’m grateful that I have been able to continue to train well and hope that my sustained effort will pay off as we enter a new race season.
My results and training in 2014 rekindled my love for our sport. And they gave me hope that I could still be a better runner.
I want to prove that to myself in 2015.
Happy Holidays everyone!