Hillwood. That says it all really. Hills, steep hills. But so good! I loved every moment of it. The day couldn’t have been more perfect for the last Launceston Running Club race for the year. 20ºC warm and sunny.
I ran my heart out and kept a good pace that I was extremely happy with. Now let’s be realistic here. There were 44 runners yesterday and while on handicap I was in 11th position my time was right back at the back. But it doesn’t matter! What does matter is that we have fun and enjoy a great day out running.
The Club motto is The Club where you can run for fun.
This really sums it all up. In my last post I mentioned that two Club members took out 2nd place for the men’s and women’s in a national ultra marathon last weekend. This weekend a Club member came in 2nd place in a national half marathon event. Many of the LRC runners are top class not only in the state of Tasmania but in the whole of Australia. And yet they run with people like me and do so happily. There are no egos, no I’m better than you stuff. It’s all just so lovely, fun and inclusive. Really really nice people.
I really loved the run. At the 5km mark a young lady who started behind me on handicap passed me. But she was labouring. She was leaning to one side and holding her waist. I cheered her on. Go Katie, win this for the ladies! There hadn’t been a woman win this event for ages and in the 34 years of this event only two women had won total. She looked pained and told me she had stitch. Before I could think I said No you haven’t! Talk yourself out of it! Sing a happy song in your head and think positive!
At that point we reached the top the most enormous hill. Another lovely lady runner passed me at the crest. Katie zoomed down. Lorraine zoomed down. I zoomed down! ZOOMED! Practically flew! I was determined to keep up. I did! At the base of the hill we started the 4km run around the river back to the finish. Katie and Lorraine chipped away in front of me becoming little specs in the distance. I ran on.
Katie won on Saturday! In her winner’s speech amongst other lovely things she thanked me (ME!!!) for the encouragement during the race and said it had made such a big difference (tissues please!). Oh my goodness. Best part of the race ever! I might have been one of the slowest on the day but I encouraged someone to keep going and it helped them. That makes me a winner!
Last LRC run for the year and perhaps the best, most fun, most lovely race ever. To be able to encourage others to keep going with this amazing running thing? That’s the best part of all.
The Club where you can run for fun! My kind of Club!
And on that note Unsporty Women Can Run turned two on Friday. Two years of telling my story with the hope of encouraging others to get out there and try this amazing thing called running. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the blog’s birthday than by encouraging Katie on her win!
Happy running 🙂
PS I strongly suggest buying a pair of pineapple socks! The dude who wears these practically flies when he runs, he ran those hills in 33:45. I hope he has a good supply of them, I haven’t seen him run without his pineapple socks yet.
Some photos shamelessly taken from the Launceston Running Club’s Facebook page.