My apologies for not sharing my blog on this amazing experience before now, but I was absolutely SHATTERED after the Event…then life suddenly kicked up another notch again, after my recovery!!.No rest for the wicked…haha. I was literally not capable of doing an absolute thing for a whole week (including barely being able to get out of bed for a few days..oooohhhh the pain and brain fog!!) BUT, it has been so, SO worth it, with the pride and amazing sense of achievement I have felt since ticking off… “#145. Get a team together and do a fun run/part-marathon type event, (walking on crutches – part walk/part chair), to raise money for charity” ..off my bucketlist on Sunday 31st August, 2014!! I absolutely SMASHED IT…Before the Event, I was really worried about completing it in the hour – I ended up bringing it home in just over 38 minutes!! Yeeewww!! One aspect I am so proud of, is that about 300m in, even though I got completely spooked in my mind, and just wanted to run out of there and go home – I was less than 500m into the distance, and got absolutely frightened about “HOW am I going to do this, this distance is ridiculous!!” – BUT…with the help of my amazing ‘Dream Team” who encouraged and pushed me through it with their incredible support, with the support of the spectators on the sidelines cheering me on, and with the support of my wheelchair – I pushed my mind and body through that REALLY tough moment and continued on (I started with walking as far as I could…then pushed in my wheelchair for a bit…back up walking…chaired it…etc) – until, the magic moment when I turned and walked down the ‘home straight’ and over that Finish line! What an absolutely special moment! As it turned out, my original ‘game plan’ went completely out the window haha…but it worked in my favour, as I walked far more than I ever thought I would – in the end I would have walked more than half, inbetween chair-ing to gather up more strength! Hence why I was SO SORE (aka. completely wasted! haha) in the days afterwards!
Pushing through those really tough moments, to achieve your Dreams is SUCH an amazing feeling!!
Chase your Dreams everyone, push your mind through to the point of “I NEED to make this happen now, absolutely nothing else matters in this world!!”. In the words of Matt Golinski – YOU CAN DO IT! Aside from the physical preparation, and achievement on the day of ticking this huge Dream off my bucketlist – in the leadup, with the generosity of the community in various ways, an amazing sum of $2,167 was raised, for SBH Qld! A massive THANK YOU to absolutely everyone involved in both the Marathon side of supporting me towards achieving this Dream, and also for the generosity shown towards SBH Qld in the fundraising – YOU are all amazing! 🙂
**a funny moment happened the day after achieving this Dream – even though I was absolutely shattered, and could not move, think, function haha…my mind immediately went to “OK….whats next, Tania?”. This mind and drive of mine…its just unstoppable, even when the body is absolutely locked up! Yes, in that moment I did let myself think of my next Fitness Goal I will be achieving in December…I will be gifting myself a very special present of (attempting) Climbing an Indoor Rock Wall – with support for my legs of course, but I will be doing most of the hard work, myself! BRING it on!
ANYTHING is Possible….when you push through and keep your Eye on the prize!