Ready to Climb. Ready to Fall. Four Days to the Cadbury Half Marathon.

Four days until the Cadbury Half Marathon and I must admit that over the past few days I have been a little apprehensive/nervous/freaked out. Now, this is not unusual for me in the countdown to a major event, and I have learned to recognise this as part of the process of training for a race or preparing for otherΒ big moments. Still, I can’t help feeling a little panicked and when Casey asked me how I was feeling about Sunday I couldn’t hide the emotion from my voice. Once again, she was the voice of reason and told me to stop thinking about this as a massive race, and just think about it as another run, just another wonderful holiday opportunity, and to remember why I run in the first place.

Of course, she is absolutely right. Thank you Case.

Casey may taste-tested these while giving me a pep talk.

Casey may have taste-tested these while giving me a pep talk.

I took a moment and looked back at my training schedule. In the past couple of weeks I’ve successfully completed 16km, 18km (by two!), and 20km training runs, so I know I can physically do this. The mental game is the only one left to play.

At the end of the day I know I am not a contender to win the race, but that was never why I started running in the first place. I run because I love the way it makes me feel. I run because doing these races over and over that I am a runner, that I belong out there on the road. I run to remind myself that I love my body and I am so grateful for the things it can do, and the way that it has changed over the past couple of years, and the fact that it belongs to me so much more now because I know its limits and I’m not afraid to push them.

In this moment I am reminded of a line from Ben Lee’s brilliant song ‘Into the Dark‘:

‘You can’t climb ’til you’re ready to fall’.

So as I step out onto the road on Sunday I am ready to fall.

Fall into the rhythm of the road. Fall into the pursuit of the finish line. Fall into the beauty of my life at the moment. Fall into the wonderful possibilities that this new year has brought to my door.

I am ready to fall so that I may climb.

Not burnt: caramelised.

Not burnt: caramelised.

Spiced White Chocolate Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup wholemeal plain flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup low fat plain natural yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup low fat milk
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup rice bran oil
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C (390F) and line 18 cups of two 12-cup capacity muffin tins with pretty papers.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flours, baking powder, sugar, and cinnamon. Form a well in the centre.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the yoghurt, milk, vanilla, egg, and oil until they are well blended.
  4. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk until almost combined. Do not over mix your muffins or you will end up with a tough crumb.
  5. Sprinkle chocolate chips into batter and mix in until distributed. If there are a few streaks of flour in the batter this is okay as long as there are no large pockets of flour. This is quite a thick batter.
  6. Distribute batter between muffin cups and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tins and then place on a wire rack to cool completely.
Just gotta trust these babies and the work they've done over the past months.

Just gotta trust these babies and the work they’ve done over the past months.

Share with loved ones who give you the courage to fall so that you can climb again.

Tell me, dear reader, do you ever have to remind yourself to let go and just fall? Where do you find the courage to let go? Is there anything you are falling into at the moment?

4 thoughts on “Ready to Climb. Ready to Fall. Four Days to the Cadbury Half Marathon.

  1. i’m SOOO excited for u! and it’s GOOD to be nervous, my mom used to tell me, “i’d be worried if u weren’t nervous.” and that comes down to u being nervous is you caring out the race. and you SHOULD! the difference between letting ur nerves get the better of u is how u channel it. let it get u excited, but kno that u’ve done ALL the hard work, and let the buzz of race day give u that extra little kick. when the hurting sets in, remain confident in urself, that u’ve pushed harder than u thought u could in workouts and long runs and that you CAN achieve much more than ur mind is telling u. it all comes back to remembering that u are one KICK@$$ runnerchick, that this race IS important to you, but not because of how u end up doing…more because it represents all the hard work u’ve done and wat an amazing runnerchick and PERSON u are. so be excited and channel those nerves into confidence. πŸ™‚ XOXO

    • Thank you so much Cait! I honestly can’t express how much all your support has meant to me while I’ve been training for this race. I’ll be holding my head high to represent all the amazing runnerchicks I know πŸ™‚
      I’m planning on wearing my ‘Run Your Fortune’ shirt on Sunday πŸ™‚ and it will be nice knowing you are here in spirit πŸ™‚

  2. You’re incredible. I have so, so much faith in you, and no matter what happens, you cannot let any, single. one. of. us. down. Got it? It doesn’t matter what happens, you’ve already won. In fact, the day you signed up and started telling us about it you were ahead. Go jump – I’ll be thinking of you (and I truly mean that).

    I’m ready to fall with my business. It’s terrifying and exciting and it’s all happening…

    • Kate, you have been such a source of inspiration and support while I’ve been training. It will be lovely knowing that you are here with me in spirit πŸ™‚
      Be ready to fall with your business, I am cheering you on, you brave, fierce, strong woman πŸ™‚

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