In the James Bond film GoldenEye, there is a character called Boris Grishenko, a computer genius who’s favorite expression is “I am inveeeencable” after he escapes from various scrapes. In the closing sequence Boris says this just before he finally meets his end! I felt a bit like him today.
There is a local off-road race in Januay that I did last year called the Temple Newsam Ten which is famous for its muddy bits and hilly bits in roughly equal measure. When running friend Jess suggested a group do a course recci after parkrun, a “jog” round it seemed like a great idea, especially since that due to a family get-together, I can’t do a long run tomorrow.
I thought “Of course I can do this thing” It’s only a half marathon distance with a break after 3 miles. With my current form I am invincible! What I forgot was the “challenging” nature of Temple Newsam parkrun and my propensity to give it all and certainly chase down anyone with the audacity to try and finish before me. To be fair though, Jess’s running friends were, to be frank, rather speedy and by about 1/2 way round I was wishing I had volunteered at parkrun (“it’s only a run, not a race” yeah, right)!
So to conclude, however fit I feel, I am not invincible and there are limits to what I can do. Onwards though, because I’ve plenty of goals to acheive and today’s run, although tough, was brilliant!
“for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.”
Proverbs 24:16 NIVUK