Run Melbourne



The Run Melbourne event and I don’t have a good history.  I first entered the event in 2014 and was excited as I’d been in training for many months.  I raised funds beforehand for Parkinson’s Disease as my father suffers from this insidious disease and was proud to help out in this way. Tragically my husband’s younger brother died suddenly at around this time and I didn’t make it to the Run Melbourne event.  My daughter and I did a run on the actual day, with me wearing my event shirt and number – it was a really good way to release some pentup stress. Shock is a post I wrote at this very sad time.

I didn’t enter in 2015, again for family reasons, but I did think about it.

This year I was all excited and raring to go, my training was on track and I was aiming for my first sub 30 minute 5km run.  I was on fire! Well I was until I suffered a series of illnesses, which I believe were as a result of bad news about my workplace and my job. Since then I have been up and down, and due to illness I’ve been unable to train for the past month or so.  The cold, miserable winter weather hasn’t helped the situation.

Yesterday I received my race number and other event details in the mail.  I should have been excited, and a little part of me was pleased to see my name and number, but another part of me was understandably upset.  I will still attend the event, it’s a great opportunity to see my sister and her husband and I’m going to actually ‘meet’ one of my blogging friends for the first time, but I know I can’t run the event.  I will try to walk the 5km route just so that I can experience the atmosphere and feel a part of it but I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that I can’t run, I’m simply not strong enough yet.

So will I try again next year?  I think I will.  I’ll be in a different head space next year, I’ll be made redundant from work by the end of 2016, I’ll have more time to train and I’ll be able to stay healthy away from such a toxic work environment.  That’s only if we’re not away travelling the world as a newly retired, footloose and fancy free couple!

It doesn’t hurt to have goals but only as long as they’re flexible and open to the unexpected.  I have had to learn to take things as they come and not put too much pressure on myself.  Life is a real journey and sometimes we don’t know why things happen the way they do. I know that running is good for me, I enjoy the simplicity of it.   The weather will start to improve soon and things will settle down.

One day at a time! One foot in front of the other! Every journey begins with the first step.

IT’S TIME TO RUN THIS CITY!

Run Melbourne is more than just a “fun run”. For many participants, it is an opportunity to give back to the community by raising funds for a cause close to their hearts.

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8 comments

  1. Oh Debbie I’m sorry you’re not able to run in this event, I could feel the sadness and frustration in your words. But like you said, “sometimes we don’t know why things happen the way they do ..” but I’m a big believer in that everything happens for a reason. I hope you still enjoy the event, who knows what lies ahead for you in the future. Just keep putting those feet of yours forward. 🙂 Sending you my best wishes.

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    • Thanks so much Miriam. I am trying hard to be positive despite being disappointed. You are right – things do happen for a reason and we don’t always know why. I’m sure I’ll enjoy the event and it will be good to get away too. Writing it down always helps me feel better too. Thanks again for your ongoing encouragement and inspirational posts.

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      • You’re very welcome Deb. You’re right, writing it down always helps. I can imagine the disappointment is very raw but you know what, I have a feeling that you’ll run the event again down the track and you’ll be stronger than ever. For this year, just go and enjoy. xo

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  2. hugs Debbie. Nothing wrong with walking the event. It’s been a tumultuous time for you! If you are travelling you might find a 5km event that is even more wonderful than Run Melbourne!!! I’ll be cheering for you!

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  3. I’m so sorry to hear that your experiences leading up to this event haven’t turned out the way you planned but am glad that you’re looking to the positive and doing it anyway. It’s my 4th Run Melbourne and the atmosphere always manages to carry me along, even though one year I was very similar and life had well and truly got in the way of my training plan. I hope tomorrow is a great one for you and you enjoy it in whatever way you can 🙂

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    • Thanks so much Gull! I’ll be there ready to soak it all up and enjoy the experience. I’m walking with my sister and her husband so we will enjoy it together. I appreciate your lovely comment. I’ll see you there!! 👋

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