18 & 19 April 2014
Sue is a copy writer and responsible for all the media and most written communications for the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. She has run 10 ultra marathons and 3 half marathons, and can be found exploring the many trails and runs in and around Cape Town. She is also the club administrator for the Atlantic Athletic Club and passionate about running.
It’s always been my goal, from my first Two Oceans ultra, to get my Blue Number. For those new to running, that means you’ve done ten ultras (or half marathons if you have your light blue number). I wanted to do it before I turned 40 but life and stuff got in the way. I finally crossed the line in just over 5 hours last year and the highlight was receiving my blue number (4129) from one of my running idols, Frith van der Merwe. So it took me an extra four years, with a few half marathons thrown in for good measure, but I got it!
And, of course, my goal was to run in it again this year as you can’t not run in your personalised blue number. But it seems I’m going to have reassess those goals due to an injury that has kept me from running for the past five weeks. At first, I was devastated to hear my chiro utter the words “I don’t think you will run the ultra this year”. Anyone who runs will know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s just so hard to deal with the fact that you can’t run and that something that was so important to you and so much part of you, has been taken away.
But I’ve come to realise that it actually isn’t that bad and every now and then one needs to take a step back and take stock of your running goals. And, most importantly, realise that there’s always next year. The race definitely isn’t going anywhere! We get so bogged down with the “here and now” and live in the age of instant gratification and instant eveything. Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and chill.
I’ve discovered that while running is still my passion and there’s nothing quite like it, there are other things out there and it’s really good to mix things up a bit. And, if all goes well with rehab, I might still get to the start line, and if not, there’s the half marathon or the trail to consider. Watch this space!