Hills. They have a certain allure. A steep rolling hill that goes up and up? I just want to put my running shoes on and slowly chip up. The feeling at the top? Magic. The pace doesn’t matter, it’s all about having the determination to keep on going and not to allow the hill to win. Although I don’t think of the hill as being against me as a runner, I think of the hill as being there to help me. Hills make me stronger physically and mentally. On race day at the base of a hill I think, Yes, I can do this, hills and I are friends. It’s all about having hillitude!
We are finally home in Tasmania, Australia. Last night I downloaded the information from my Polar RC3 GPS watch that Pauly borrowed for The Great PukeokaHu Man v Horse Race.
The allure of hills? This is a profile like no other and I shall let it speak for itself.
Official results are out and I didn’t quite have the times correct in my previous posts.
The adjusted time for the winner was 3:47:42 – that is an amazing time for a horse and rider over all those slippery inclines.
Fastest male runner: 4:39:16.
Fastest female (taken out jointly): 5:05:46
Fastest team: 4:39:41
A massive huge effort by everyone!
What’s the next challenge for the Unsporty Woman? In just over three weeks Team Huey, Dewey and Louie will be lining up for the start of The Great Ocean Road Half Marathon in beautiful Victoria, Australia. I seem to have a bit of a thing for races with Great in them at the moment. I know there are hills with this one but fortunately no mud and the inclines will be nothing like that which we faced last Saturday in The Great PukeokaHu Man v Horse race. Let’s hope that Pauly is recovered by then, squatting down is still a challenge!
With running there is always something to be looking forward to. Another challenge around the corner and up the next rise, just waiting for us to experience. Another challenge that makes us realise that we are capable of so much more than we think we can do. If I can go from complete beginner runner to taking on events like this, then you can too! Just keep chipping away at your training and above everything else believe in yourself!!!
But right now I’m off for a rainy 10kms with Louise. Will it be a flat run? No way, we’ll be chipping up and down our beloved Deloraine hills.
Happy running 🙂
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