Then came 2011 and it ushered in another aspect of running, the people factor... that i didnt have to run alone, that there were other like minded people out there hellbent on wearing out that tarmac lol. and that's when i hooked up with my running family & friends. i started training and running races, experimented with my running form, increased my mileage and after completing my first half marathon, felt that my dream of running a full marathon was finally within my grasp. weehooooo, i was going to run a full, that only-in-my-dreams 42km.
Then came the big blow to my grand plans. in late december i suffered my first sport related injury.. i had somehow aggravated my plantar fascia and developed plantar faciitis. oh me oh my, thats when i realised just how very blessed i was to be running injury free all those years. bcos i tell ya peeps, u dont wanna go hurting yourself when you're past 50.. it just takes too damn long to bounce back!!
This year, the only run i participated in was one i just couldnt miss out on, it being right in my backyard lol. the shapadu run 2012... and bcos it was one of those obscure lil races the elites dont even bother with, i came in 4th for the women veteran category, surprise surprise. but it wasnt a run i was happy with. i was way too mindful of the pain in my foot. i couldnt just belasah and give it my all like always and it was pretty damn frustrating.