No race has called to me like Point to Pinnacle. It is and forever will be my Holy Grail of running events. That event that I wanted to do more than anything else. That event that holds mystery, challenge and (dare I say) romance like no other. If I can do that, I can do anything! Even at the start line – despite months and months of mental and physical training – it felt unknown, it felt undoable.
But I did it!
I finished Point to Pinnacle in 2013 and again in 2014 where I ran all the way. All the way from sea level at Wrest Point up to the Pinnacle of Mt Wellington at 1270m.
Running this event has opened wide the door of possibility with running.
The event that now whispers to me is Bruny Island Ultra. I want to do this event so much! I want to run the whole 64kms solo.
Why I’m not running Bruny Island Ultra solo this year.
It was my quiet dream to run Bruny Island Ultra in December 2015. Point to Pinnacle twice, numerous half-marathons, and hopefully two marathons in 2015 then the Ultra. A nice logical progression.
But my first marathon was even tougher than my worrisome mind could imagine AND at the end of the year my Brown-Eyed Baby Girl, Anna will marry her beloved Hamish.
Prepare for a special once-in-a-lifetime family event while training for a big run? Do you really want to do that Unsporty Woman? I asked myself this the moment after the explosion of joy, happiness and excitement had died down (just a little) after the date for the wedding was set back in May 2014. It was a no-brainer for me. No, I didn’t want to be training for a big run while getting ready for my Baby-Girl’s wedding (and this was before marathon number 1 in January this year).
Training for Point to Pinnacles x 2 and Marathon Number 1 completely took over my life. I breathed, ate and slept running training. And I don’t regret a single moment of this. I was able to achieve things that truly only dreams are made of. Me run up a mountain? Me run a marathon? Totally foreign and unheard of. But I did.
It’s going to be all about the Wedding
For the second half of the year it will be all about getting ready for the wedding. Anna and Hamish live in Western Australia but the wedding will be home in Tasmania (Western Australia is about as far away from Tasmania as possible without leaving Australia – it’s a four hour plane journey from here). Anna is firmly in the driver’s seat of the wedding organising and has the steering wheel of the wedding planning firmly in her grasp. She is making it all look so seamless and simple. As for me I am like the little girl in the back seat asking, Are we there yet? What can I do? Are we there yet? Give me a job! And loving it.
The best job so far has been to collect parcels from the Post Office. Anna combs every corner, every crevice, very nook and cranny of online shopping to find all the bits and pieces which will magically come together to make the wedding of her dreams. She then has them posted to the farm! To me!
I am chief parcel collector!
A slip arrives in our red letter box alerting me to a waiting parcel. I go to the Deloraine Post Office to collect it. This is a small but hectically busy Post Office. The ladies who work there know EVERYONE in the entire district. They exude and radiate friendliness like nothing I’ve experience before! They give the impression that working at the Post Office in Deloraine is THE BEST JOB EVER! They know there is a wedding coming up in our household. Often I have to open the parcel there and then to show them. They ooo and arrr at all the sparkly bits, all the wispy pieces of fabric, all the glittery little container thingamajigs. (I’m so glad that Anna invited me to see her wedding Pintrest board or I wouldn’t know what most of the bits are for!)
I truly love running. It has opened a whole new world to me of challenge and friendship like nothing else. But sometimes it has to take a back seat. I want to live and breathe wedding plans. I want to be in the moment and enjoy every little bit of delight in planning for the most special day in the life of my daughter and future son-in-law.
Dear Bruny Island Ultra
Please wait for me. This year Team Quackers will be there and we will run the relay together in fun, friendship and challenge. Next year I hope to be there again. I don’t know if I can, I might not make it, but I will certainly train my hardest and be as prepared as I can be to run the whole way solo.
Love The Unsporty Woman
Happy running 🙂
PS Did I mention that just before it’s all about weddings I’m going to sneak in Marathon Number 2? I was thinking about Ross Marathon in September but that’s on the backburner because Louise and I will be lining up at the Melbourne Marathon in October 2015! After that I promise it will be all about weddings…promise!!!
PPS Convicts and Wenches 25km is tomorrow!