This year is the year of the friendly half marathon. I set myself the goal of running five in 2014, so far I’ve done two, two wonderful half marathons all with wonderful running friends. With a date clash of two of the planned half marathons I thought that this goal wasn’t quite going to be achieved. I thought that the fifth would be a friendly 21.1 kms run out and around the farm with Pauly and Louise. No event, but a half nonetheless.
Bring on Saturday.
Saturday Pauly and went to parkrun. It was a freezing day but bright and sunny. We had a great run with Janette and then went out for breakfast. Over breakfast the subject of the Melbourne Marathon Festival was raised. This marathon is firmly in the plans for 2015. But I had decided that due to it being in October and right in the middle of calving, Louise being away and because I’ve been away for so many runs this year, that this year I wouldn’t sign up for the half marathon. But next year? Louise and I will be there for the 42.2kms.
The Melbourne Marathon is THE premier marathon in Australia. As Boston is to the USA, London is to England, the Melbourne Marathon is to Australia. It’s been going since 1978. The finish is in the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (The MCG). Home to the 1956 Olympics and the centre of the universe for anyone who follows the cricket or Australian Rules Football. To run in the steps of Olympians and famous sporting heroes from the cricket and the football is something that draws many to this event.
Last year two friends did their first marathons at Melbourne. The photos of these two ladies say it all! Wide happy smiles of accomplishment and joy.
Back to Saturday.
Janette has been known to get caught up in the wave of my running enthusiasm. This time it was my turn to become caught up in hers. We are off to the Melbourne Marathon Festival to run the half marathon! There are several other running friends doing the half and the full marathons so to be there to run together and to cheer them on will be fun.
AND it will be a reconnaissance mission for next year.
It feels extravagant to be going interstate for another run. But let’s put this into perspective. The average Australian spends just under $1,700 per year on gambling. I’m not a gambler apart from the odd tattslotto ticket – I wouldn’t even spend $100 per year. The average Australian smoker spends just under $6,000 per year (GASP). I don’t spend a cent on smoking!
I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet of race entries and associated costs for Pauly and I this year. At the end of the year I will reveal the cost per km. But looking at the figures for gambling and smoking Pauly and I would have to be running at least three events per week to even come close to that sort of spending. While running may well be addictive and runners can become a little obsessive, the health and wellbeing outcomes compared to gambling and smoking? There is no comparison. Perhaps a subject of a future post.
I’m excited. I’m going to run in the Melbourne Marathon Festival. Little old me, running into the MCG. You won’t be able to wipe the smile of my face! Even us unsporty types can get excited about running into the famous, historic MCG – it’s a venue that is as Australian as they come! True blue dinky-di Australian! Yes, the smile will be broad, wide and fixed, a smile that says Next year, Louise and I will be here at the same time finishing our second marathon! Of course there might be others who have another turn at getting caught up in my running enthusiasm and come too, eh Janette 😉
Happy running 🙂