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.
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.
The wedding on Saturday was beautiful. After the rain and storms the sun shone on our beautiful niece’s wedding day.
Sunday morning saw us up at 4am to drive 3.0 hours back down south for a half marathon that started at 8am.
This was a very different half marathon with the course including beach, bushland tracks and footpaths.
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!
Happy running 🙂