What better way to accomplish something you never thought you would do but in Borneo?!! I mean in hindsight the 30+degree heat and the hills were maybe not the best additions to an already LONG way!! But hey, that made completing it all the more sweet (after I had taken it all in!)
When people say you are fit anyway as you are a PE teacher I do get a bit offended as I don't really think they understand the job. Yes, it probably is more active than sat in an office working, as I go from venue to venue lugging the equipment (I mean...the kids are usually doing this!) but I am not taking part exercising and getting fitter in all these lessons like the students! I am a firm believer in being a role model to young people and keeping fit and healthy but it doesn't go hand in hand with the job... you have to train, which after being active and on your feet all day is tough.
For me, running was always a cheap way to keep fit and a nice way to explore somewhere, I would not say I love it, but I do love the feeling afterwards. I would much prefer a team sport to be competitive in rather than running, hence why this was such a big challenge for me. And I had never run further than 13km (on a one off...i got lost run) before coming out to China. So for 5 weeks I tried my best to up my miles and then having a mental and physical battle with myself around the route, I completed my first half marathon in 2h 18mins. YAY! The hardest thing I have ever done in my life and I am so grateful for the ice bags, sponges, deep heat and water/gel stations along the way to get me through it!! But for me an incredible achievement and for anyone that can complete a challenge they never thought they would be able to do :-)
Now to do the next one in Phuket, Thailand in June... oh dear!
...thanks Rob for the title...