It’s always a pleasure to meet Aonghus O’Cleirigh at mountain races. A former Irish orienteering champion and a consistent top-finisher at orienteering events, he’s a highly talented runner and navigator.
For someone so talented, it must be hard when injury strikes. Gus has unfortunately had his fair share of enforced rest of late.
I met him at orienteering last Sunday, lining up at the starting line. “How’s the form, Gus”, I asked him. “All good – happy that today I can run”.
Now if it was me, I’d give you a full history of the latest muscles that are still hurting and how others are still refusing to heal. Even if I was fit, I’d complain how I’m bored or tired I am of training, and how I’m still not as fit or fast as I wish.
Gus is just happy to be able to run.
Next time I go out for a run or line up for a race, maybe I should be just happy about that too – happy to be fit and healthy, and happy to have the time and energy to do something I truly love.