Are runners a bit nuts?

Do you ever question your sanity when it comes to running?  Non-runners often give me the impression that they think we runners are a little mad.  On Sunday I too thought that we are all a bit nuts – well Pauly and I anyway.

Orewa Beach Half Marathon

What do you do after the wedding of your niece?

Let me back track just a little before answering that.  Friday was a 3:30am start to get to the airport in Launceston, Tasmania, then a quick one hour flight to Melbourne, Victoria, before leaving Australia and heading to New Zealand.  After 3.5 hours in the air we collected the rental car and drove through heavy traffic complete with rain up to Northland, a 3.5 hour drive.

Dancing shoes and RM Williams boots - we danced the night away at our niece's wedding.

Dancing shoes and RM Williams boots – we danced the night away at our niece’s wedding.

The wedding on Saturday was beautiful.  After the rain and storms the sun shone on our beautiful niece’s wedding day.

This is the backdrop of the wedding photos - can you imagine a more perfect place to get married?

This is the backdrop of the wedding photos – can you imagine a more perfect place to get married?

Sunday morning saw us up at 4am to drive 3.0 hours back down south for a half marathon that started at 8am.

The Unsporty Woman was Number 1!  Pauly was Number 2!

The Unsporty Woman was Number 1! Pauly was Number 2!  No medals for this event but a shoe charm instead.

This was a very different half marathon with the course including beach, bushland tracks and footpaths.

Pre-race warmup

Pre-race warmup

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Parts of the track were single file only and we came to a complete walk.

Parts of the track were single file only and we came to a complete walk.

To protect the fragile environment runners had to walk through a mat that cleaned the soles our shoes.

To protect the fragile environment runners had to walk through a mat that cleaned the soles our shoes.

It wasn’t an easy run for me but we made it!  Pauly ran with me most of the way and I pottered along finishing in a time of 2:24:00.  My 10th half marathon and slowest to date!  Perhaps that (um) few glasses of wine and the Brandy Snap weren’t such good pre-run fuel (and don’t mention the delicious wedding cake).  This was the first event ever that I had to stop for a portaloo break.

It was a casual, relaxed event and it wasn’t even officially timed. The marshals were so friendly and encouraging!!!

Over the next few days we are catching up with family and friends before heading to The Great PukeokaHu Man v Horse race.

So I ask the question are runners a bit nuts?  What extremes will we go to, to get a race in?  I ask this with tongue in cheek because I know after this last weekend that Pauly and I are completely nuts!  Did you notice the hills in the photo above where the wedding shots were taken? That’s the country we’ll be running in on Saturday!

Perhaps a little nuts but why sleep in when there is a new event to try?

Perhaps a little nuts but why sleep in when there is a new event to try?

Happy running 🙂

29 thoughts on “Are runners a bit nuts?

  1. gorgeous pics… you are looking so well and happy annie :*
    I think running a half or a full marathon is courageous! so go for it babes! enjoy!
    PS LOVING the shoe charm!!!!

  2. Haha join the ‘mad as cut snakes’ club Annie. As you know Dave and I get called crazy all the time. No matter. If you are having a good time that’s all that matters. 🙂

  3. Madness and running go hand in hand! It is a good thing though to be and do both!
    My god Annie you look fab! Not all of us look so glam when we run or even i when we don’t so very well done. X

  4. Great pictures, great stories and yes, just a little bit nuts! Can’t wait to hear about running with the horses, hope you enjoy a few days rest and relaxation in between!

  5. Yep we are a little nuts, some more than others lol. I figure we only live once, enjoy what we do when we can even if our non running friends and family think we are crazy. The course looked so nice to in that beautiful part of the world. I’m glad you both had a great time at your nieces’ wedding. Looking forward to reading the next crazy run you are both doing soon. Enjoy xx

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