Ross Marathons celebrated their 10 year anniversary with a huge increase in participation. More and more Australians are catching the running bug. Today I got to participate in a team and wear a team shirt for the first time in my life! Four of us from The Running Group ran 10.55kms each in a marathon relay. The Festival had several events: full marathon, half-marathon, 10km, children’s 1.5km run and the team marathon.
What wasn’t good about today
- I didn’t sleep well and had an upset stomach.
- I had to go without Husband who is flat out on the farm.
What WAS good about today
- I managed to drive to Ross with only one emergency loo stop (123kms)
- The organisation of this event was top class and the volunteers WONDERFUL!
- I ran in a team with three really lovely, fun, friendly running buddies
- I wore my team top! PROUD!
- I cheered on lots of runners while I waited for my turn in the relay. Some ran powerfully, joyfully. Others ran with shy looks on their faces. All ran with determination. Even though I knew only a handful of runners it was a thrill to witness months of hard work come to fruition by entering their event.
- I cheered on fellow parkrunners and members of The Running Group in other events. It was so exciting to see them making their running dreams come true!
- I was slow but I finished! My fellow team members were all just under the hour, I was 1:04:00 (not sure of the official team time as yet). At the third km (yes only number 3) I wanted to stop! But I kept going!
- My three fellow team members ran the last stretch to the finishing chute with me (I was the last runner). MAGIC!
- Lunch at the pub afterwards was a great way to finish a wonderful day! To top it off I drove to Launceston to have afternoon tea with #1 son. SWEET!
The event optimised everything I have come to LOVE about the running community
- It was friendly
- Accentuated the positive
- Provided a chance to make dreams come true
- Showcased everything that is good about being a human being
Life isn’t always easy. Family, work, relationships – I battle with things often, way too often. Running is my out. It’s my happy place. Even a less than optimal run today provides some joy, relief, a positive. I’m doing something I never thought I would ever do – run in a team marathon? Who me? Get real! But it is real, I did and I’m so grateful to my new running buddies for making it possible.
Running kms for August:
164.6kms run in August and 971.9kms year to date. If I can learn to run anyone can!
Next week Husband and I will revisit my all time favourite fun run, The Rotary Westbury Fun Run. This was my first ever fun run in 2011. Gone are the days where I felt I had to apologise for being at events and feeling COMPLETELY out of my comfort zone. I know that I fit in, I still get nervous, but now I’m just part of the running crowd. This will be my third time at this event – love it! AND my Mum and Dad are coming to watch their daughter run. Woo Hoo I’m only 48, you’re never too old to be cheered on by your parents!
Happy Running 🙂