Follow your dream to the end

Bedfordview Athletics Club – Hazel Aggett, attempting her 25th year at Comrades on 31 May 2015 

Follow your dream to the end.

Quote: “The magic of a marathon isn’t in the 26.2 miles on race day: it’s in the nearly 500 miles of training that happens in the months before. It’s in the countless feelings, frustrations, and fears I have worked through while running down those desolate tree lined roads. You see, I wasn’t supposed to be a runner. But I am. And my life is better because I chose to be one”. www.runnersworld.com/Stacy Lucier

I ran my first comrades marathon after having been told by an eminent person that he did not think I would be able to do it! And the rest as they say is history…….
I found that the secret to be able to complete the race more than once was to find a training programme that suited me. Mega mileage of training does not work for me and more recently, I found that the triathlon cross training has huge benefits in my recovery phase. What’s motivated and kept me coming back for more not only on a daily but weekly, monthly and yearly basis is our awesome club. The camaraderie, friendship, dedication, advice, chit chat and ragging on the morning runs, the tears, achievements, dramas, the list is endless. All this adds up in being a BCC Comrades runner.

Highlights: One of the highlights of my comrades was piloting blind runners. This phase of my life taught me such humility and mentally toughened me up. This is one experience I will never forget.

Achievements: My achievements are finishing my first Comrades marathon. My green number given to me by the legendary late Wally Hayward, which was so emotional we both cried together. My double green shared and earned with Nick aka “hubby” who has been at every Comrades run-my greatest support.

Comrades life lesson: Belief, courage and humility. There is a connection between your physical activity and your spiritual growth-awareness and connection will improve your performance in life as well as in sports.

Inspiration to new Comrades entrants/novices
There is a long list of do’s and don’ts but here are a few of my favourite do’s:
1. Follow your dream to the end.
2. it’s the drive inside of a person that makes the difference.
3. Always stay in the moment. Banish all negative thoughts from your mind and focus on the task at hand. If your mind drifts anywhere, let it go toward positive thoughts only.
4. Never quit-Always finish what you set out to do.
5. Focus on the finish line.
6. Always keep moving forward.
7. Always cherish your loved ones as they are the ones who “trained with you 24hrs a day”, woke up at unsociable hours, listened to your dreams and felt your disappointments.
8. Make sure you get your Karen O’Leary Angel at the chairman’s breakfast. This is a must to be pinned onto your vest.
9. Most important-Do thank each and every BCC supporter at all the BCC tables along the route, without their help your run will be that much longer.
This is my favourite don’t’s
1. Do not get into the bailers bus when you are going through your darkest hour, talk to your O’Leary Angel, walk, eat, drink and you will soon be up and running.
To be the best one can be is by doing the very best one can do. Comrades is a race to be treated with respect. Expect the unexpected and enjoy the day.

See you all at the BCC gazebo on the 31st May.
Hazel Aggett