We did it! We ran for chocolate. Pauly, L and I – we had a wonderful day. The Cadbury Marathon event was amazing!
We purchased a VIP pass which gave us access to a special designated area. The best thing about this VIP pass was the extra portaloos – there were six. 98 people purchased a pass but not everyone was there all the time so the queue for the loo was SHORT!!! The longest I had to wait was around three minutes.
The atmosphere was fun. Event organisers did a great job to ensure that everything ran like a well-oiled machine. The marathoners set off at 6am and the half-marathoners at 6:30am. Later in the morning were the 10km and 5km events. There was even a Mini-Marathoner event of 1km – oh my goodness! Such cuteness was to be seen. Each Mini-Marathoner had a race bib on and some of the little tots were only just big enough to fit the bib! Most of the really small ones were pushed in their prams but their parents got them out with about 50m to go and they ran. And they sure ran! They ran little tiny chubby steps all the way to the finish with such huge cheers from the crowds. What an awesome thing to do… to get the little ones into running and fitness at an early age. There was no pressure here just lots of smiles and happiness.
Who brings their own chocolate stash to a chocolate factory? Could they possibly have been worried that the factory would run out? L brought her own supply with her just in case and ate it pre-start. Yes, pre-start. Choc-a-holic? Most definitely.
Now the Unsporty Woman does not race, she runs. But this was a race. My goodness there were some talented and fast runners in the field. It was a pleasure to cheer and clap them on as we ran. I know they put many many kms into their training but they sure make it look easy.
Husband chose to run with the gorgeous J and left L and I at the back of the field. Pauly likes to run with J, she chats and keeps a cracking pace.
The course for the Marathon was pretty much double the Half; they ran two out and backs to our one. It was a scenic, undulating course that went from the Cadbury Factory out and over the Bowen Bridge and return, there were beautiful scenes of the Derwent River and the hills surrounding Hobart. We saw Wonder Woman running (according to J Husband thought she had a very nice pair of legs… she is wonder woman so of course her legs would be wonderful, that’s a no-brainer! Men!) We saw two Where’s Wally-ettes (it must have been so hot in their long brunette wigs). Several people were in tutus AND one guy really got in the Cadbury theme and had beautiful Cadburys-purple hair. It was fun.
We waved to all the amazing volunteers. We got lots of cheers and encouragement back. No facebook updates or photo taken during this race though – L was keeping me to such a good pace that I couldn’t quite manage it.
One of our Running Group members wasn’t running due to his triathlon commitments. He rode his bike up and down the course instead. Oh my goodness, the encouragement we received from him was so good! One time he told L and I that he had a special message from the race organisers (hehe) according to B the organisers had asked him to tell us that we were talking too much and that we needed to stop talking and run harder (hehe). We also got cheers from D and L, and the always present, always smiling, always encouraging F was there too. Thanks everyone!!!!
How did my run go? I was trying really hard to keep up with L. Our 18km training run indicated that I could really pull finger and go for a time of 2:00:00. I tried hard. At the start I was encouraging L and keeping to my plan to eat my chews at certain times and L was following along with me. At the second drink stop I was bossy and told her she had to go and have a drink. I was the run director for most of the way. L was the pacer though! But at km 16 while I didn’t crash and burn the wheel nuts got a bit loose and the exhaust was getting a bit spluttery. Literally. I had left my manners at the starting line and L discovered many things about me. I’d had an upset stomach thanks to a few niggly gut complaints I have. Just let me say that L now calls me Shrek! All those chews – ugh, it got rather windy. This is where L took over as run director. She kept chatting while I couldn’t. She was the bright and sunny one and helped me through. I urged her to keep going at our 5:40 pace but she insisted on staying with me.
And it was windy in other ways too. From around km 16 through to 19 the light breeze became a stronger wind. Lots of runners took off their hats due to the gusts. It wasn’t quite so pleasant as before.
Just as we got to the hill that would take us up to finish a lady wearing a Bruny Island Ultra tank top overtook us. Something magical happed in me. I so want to do that run. I picked up the pace and we ran a little faster. We got to the top of the hill, I glanced at my watch 2:05:00. If I pick the pace up we could at least beat my Half-Marathon PB of 2:16:00. We ran. We went over the line holding hands. We did it together. It was the most amazing feeling. I’ve never run a whole race with a friend. I had tears in my eyes. I will always be grateful to my beautiful friend for helping me on the day. She could have done that event in under 2:00:00 but she stuck with me. Thank you L xxx
I will never be a fast runner and I’m ok with that. I want to run Far Happy and Always. I tried to go a faster than usual and didn’t quite make it on Sunday. From this event I learnt that I need to be careful with my pace but above all it’s a mind thing that I need to conquer. I also need to fine tune my race nutrition and will be doing some more research into this. I really tried hard to do all the right things on Sunday but still hit a little hurdle at km 16. I’m keen to prevent this from now on. My marathon dreams are still intact – I ran up a mountain last November, of course I can do a marathon…slowly!
Did we have fun? Oh yes we had fun! Overall we had a great run. It was fun being out on the course, it was interesting, pretty and well… the time seemed to fly by because of the lovely company. AND we had so much fun back in the VIP area. We ate lots of chocolate and put lots in our goodie bags to take home. There were delicious egg and bacon rolls (mmm nothing has ever tasted so good – I was starving). The coffee was wonderful! AND I had one of the best hammy and calf massages I’ve ever had!!! AND this dude explained a lot to me and suggested that I need to work on a few problem areas in my calves and that will help me run a little easier. I’m going to take his advice! We just had the best day! All up there were almost 20 of us from The Running Group – as always it is just so much fun to cheer each other on and to celebrate with our running buddies.
Did we manage to get in view of every single camera out on course? Oh yes, we did! Quick L, there’s a camera! Smile, silly face, wave. I LOVE running photos of me. I LOVE to see me out on a course. Even now that I can call myself a runner I still love the thrill of seeing photos of the running version of me.
There were 2500 people running across the four events on Sunday with 728 in the Half-Marathon.
- Pauly: 279 overall and 10th in him age group
- Annie and L: 521 and 522 overall (my chipped foot must’ve gone over the line before L’s)
- Annie: 27th in her age group
- L: 36th in her age group (watch this space though… this running friend of mine is only warming up)
So we didn’t do too badly at all. We ran all the way, we ran for chocolate. We had fun.
A little something else
On Sunday our running friend F entered the 5km along with her three awesome children. For the first time ever she ran all the way – the whole 5km. This is what running is all about for me. It’s a platform on which we can achieve really awesome things. A chance to watch others totally blow their goals out of the water. The effort is put in during the months of training and then on race day we get to put it all on show and give it our best shot. Then we get to celebrate with each other. LOVE IT!
A great day was had by all pretty much sums it up!
What’s next? Lots of fun runs! It’s fun run season here in Tasmania!
Happy running 🙂