Summer is here. Just like that. Sunday 01 December saw Pauly and I lined up with his two sons, some lovely members of The Running Group and about 390 other runners in the Mark Webber Adventure Run. This is a 6.5km run through Hobart’s beautiful Domain, it starts and finishes on the waterfront and along the way we take in some glorious views of the Derwent River.
This is our second time tackling this course. It has a bit of up hill, then some trails, some grassy narrow paths and finally a bit of a burn back down to the finish line.
I clicked my magic shoes three times and said take me to the finish line, take me to the finish line AND we were off!
It was so HOT!!!! The event started at 11:30am and it was already in the mid 20s with a forecast maximum of 26ºC. It was so much hotter than usual and I’m not very good in the heat at the best of time.
I ran my little heart out. Lately I’ve been trying to increase my pace and to push through the feelings of tiredness and the desire to stop. I past so many people! I did walk through the drink stop, it was just so hot…I kept pushing on. For the last 1.5kms I chanted in my head when you get there you can stop, when you get there you can stop, don’t give up, don’t give up. I went as fast as my legs could carry me in the heat.
Last year my time for the 6.5km course was 38:11, this year it was officially 35:48 (only gun time was available). I was so excited to have taken over two minutes off my time on such a hot day.
I didn’t give up, but when I got there I did stop! I found the nearest shade which was the back of a water stand. I plonked down. My face matched my pink hat and I must have looked a sight because a lovely young lady turned around and handed me some water and asked if I was ok.
But the very best part of the day wasn’t the PB. It wasn’t the beautiful warmth or the sunshine. It wasn’t running with Pauly’s boys or being cheered on by his daughter in law and youngest daughter. No. The best thing was seeing a lovely family we have come to know through The Running Group win the Fastest Family trophy. This little family is truly amazing. The Mum and Dad have both lost amazing amounts of weight this year and have dedicated themselves to becoming fit and healthy. I was so happy to see they had won this trophy. They all looked so proud! What an awesome boost to keep them going on their fitness journey! (The Dad absolutely hosed it in 30:31! He has come so far, only starting to run at the start of this year!!!)
What a great way to start the summer, running with friends and celebrating a wonderful trophy!
Next stop Cadbury Half Marathon in January.
Happy running 🙂