I didn’t run those 21.1kms in two hours. But I did have a wonderful run.
It was one of those magic Melbourne winter days. Melbourne weather can be extremely nasty in the winter. Cold, wet, windy, grey and freezing. Nasty stuff to try and run in. But today? Glorious sunshine, cool with a slight breeze. Perfect running conditions. It was forecast to be about 7°C for the 7am start and I haven’t actually checked what it was, but it felt warmer than that.
This was my first run interstate and my first really big run with 25,000 other runners across the different Run Melbourne events. I was anxious about running with so many people. I didn’t want to hold anyone up by being too slow and I didn’t want to be held up by being in the wrong wave either. There was no need to worry. Louise and I went out in wave number five and had a clear run all the way. Pauly said he did quite a bit of weaving around slower runners but I didn’t feel like I did. Yet I passed a considerable number of runners and ran 21.41kms today and Paul did 21.1kms exactly. So I guess I must’ve done some running around people but it didn’t feel like it.
Along the way there were lots of bands, DJs and ensembles. The music was fun and varied and I waved to them to say thank you. It certainly made the race a lot of fun. At one point there was a tunnel of bubbles to run through – that brought the kid out in most runners. There were lots of ooo’s and arrrrr’s as we ran through the bubbles. With the sunshine and the volume of bubbles there was a sort of rainbow effect. It was beautiful.
But no, I didn’t run in two hours. I tried to keep up with Louise but she was on fire. That’s ON FIRE! Our first km together was sub 5:00 minute pace. I knew I couldn’t keep that up and my goal pace was 5:41 minutes per km to finish in two hours. She had promised to run on if I couldn’t keep up and she did. We high-fived each other a couple of times when we were running up and down the loops. I saw most of The Running Group running too. Everyone was going for it.
It was a really awesome run. One where I conquered my reluctance to run in a crowd. Everyone was so friendly, runners understand each other, we are family. I was cheered on by so many volunteers and spectators, often by name because my name was on my bib… one of The Running Group who shall remain unnamed couldn’t work out how everyone knew her name (hehe) and then it dawned on her that it was on her bib! (hehe).
It was a really wonderful run: fun and friendly.
Pauly’s time was 1:47:34, Louise’s time was 1:49:25 and my time was 2:01:56. PBs for all three of us. I took 9:30 off my last half-marathon in January. So not quite two hours but so close. Louise is just on fire. Watch this girl go! In fact it was a PB for all seven runners from The Running Group today! We have a wonderful Coach!
A race, for me, is about going the distance. Running all the way. Finishing. Running far, happy and always. I did all that today and managed a pretty amazing PB. I’m happy.
Happy running 🙂