Get Over It was the theme for the 2014 Hobart Run the Bridge. And Get Over It I did!
This was my second go at the event and I’d forgotten what a lovely course it is. Nicely undulating. Scenes of river, bay, mountains, quaint old buildings and the city scape of Hobart. Just lovely.
This run was in honour and memory of my Mum-in-Law, Della. I feel I did her proud. I planned and prepared and it all paid off nicely. Last year my time was 58:59 and this year I hoped to finish in the 57 minute range. With Nile 10 Mile next weekend I wasn’t out to go for broke, just to do a little better than the previous year. And I did.
56:18 by my watch. But more importantly I really enjoyed the run. Up and over the hills, along the flats, it was all done smiling and enjoying the wonder of being able to lace up my shoes and run 10kms. I thought about my Mum-in-law in the shadow of Mt Wellington. Last year I looked up and wondered if one day I would run up that mountain in my Holy Grail of running events, the Point to Pinnacle. This year I looked up knowing that I can run up that mountain; that I did run up that mountain. What a boost to my running confidence it was. To think that this time last year I was worried I wouldn’t make the 10km distance and now I have three half-marathons under my belt – if I can come this far with running, anyone can!!!
A highlight of the event was watching a Dad pushing his little girl in a pram suddenly come to a stop about 5m in front of me… he took her out… and in sheer joy and glee this tiny little girl with cute curls ran along holding her Dad’s hand smiling and giggling….
I was just about to take my phone out and snap a photo when I saw an official photographer just up ahead. The photos aren’t available yet but if I can find one of her I will share it with you. I kept turning around muttering oh how cute… so lots of runners near me did likewise, we all slowed down for a few brief moments but it was so worth it for the reminder of running joy that little girl and her Dad radiated.
Pauly insisted that I take a couple of chews with me, I didn’t feel I needed them but I did anyway to make him happy. I was glad of them actually. I had one at the 34 minute mark and then one at the 45 minute mark. They did seem to help.
Pauly had a great run too and so did his eldest son who joined us. He’d been up in excess of 10 times with the gorgeous R who has just turned three on Valentines Day. Gastro! Yet my Step-son still managed to run 10kms. He past me at the 8km mark. And he’d had two training runs leading up to the event. These men in my Husband’s family can just get out and run no matter what! I’m in awe of this.
We also had the lovely company of several The Running Group members who all did a great job. Mr Speedy Cat was in top form and totally smashed his PB – the look of joy on his face was priceless! Well done!
In the last km I had the joy of encouraging quite a few runners. The finish is inside an old wharf shed that has been given new life as an exhibition building. At the 800m to go mark it looks like the finish is right there! BUT then runners have to keep running past the shed, turn around and come back. I could see the looks of despair in the faces of quite a few runners as they slowed down…. The look said Isn’t that the finish? Why am I still running? I was picking up the pace quite a bit at this stage so I cheered and encouraged and told a few that they could keep going because it wasn’t far. One young lady came to a stop. I said keep going 700m to go. She looked up, smiled and ran on saying Thanks so much, that’s just what I needed.
I LOVE running. I love the freedom, the joy, the opportunity to prove to myself that I can do so much more than I think I can. But I totally ADORE being a small part of another runner’s story, of helping to silence the voice in their mind that says I can’t do this. To making that voice say OF COURSE I CAN!
A lovely run. Not a 10km PB but a PB for Hobart Run The Bridge. Della, I planned and prepared and Got Over It.
Happy Running 🙂
And next Sunday? Nile 10 Mile, I can’t wait and Louise is joining Pauly and I! Yay! Just one little problem… we seem to have brought back the gastro bug that the gorgeous R was battling with….mmm we need to Get Over this now 🙂 BUT!!!! Something that has made my heart sing just as much as a wonderful run is the news that Brown-eyed Daughter #1 has a beautiful diamond ring on the ring finger of her left hand. The Gorgeous H has proposed and she has said yes. I’m going to be a Mother-of-the-Bride!!! MotB hehe