Todays was a tough days running surrounded by beauty. The phase “suffer somewhere beautiful” was in my head a lot. Interesting the more you suffer the more you think. There is something about putting yourself through physical hardship that evokes more emotive thoughts, and man did I feel like I was suffering today.
Cant put it down to a particular reason but some days you just feel a little weaker than others, I still enjoyed my day and saw some amazing things, but it did hurt.
One thing I do want to mention before I forget is that time John eels took that penalty kick for the wallabies, I believe it was to win the Bledisloe Cup. I thought about that and the situation surrounding that kick for a surprisingly long time today. I mean, Some people just have the ability to step up when needed, I think that comes from a combination of God given talent, progressive confidence and the discipline to train everyday or hone your skills to such a point that when that moment comes you can step up with no hesitation. Very cool stuff.
I thought about the importance of effort in everything that we do, and the diffrene it can make to the end result. I mean, a massive ingredient of this run that I am doing now is effort, I get up everyday and put in an extended period of effort, and yes, the culmination of that effort will be pretty shocking to some people, but getting to Panama is not going to be on the back of quad strength or the weight of my shoes or my marathon PB, it is going be massive amounts of effort.
Of course keeping that effort level up is easier when you are passionate about the end result.
After running along the coast for 10km and then heading inland for another 13km, it was back on the highway for an up and down 15kms to the tiny mountain town of El Coyete. I was spent, not ever having enough energy to stay awake sitting on the floor in the shower…..and it was cold.