Running a hilly half marathon looking up and around in the canopies of the trees is a recipe for sea sickness. Trust me I know, because that’s what I did yesterday while running the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon.
Janette told me that her friend had seen one last year and I really wanted to see one too. Koalas are native to mainland Australia, but not the island-state of Tasmania, so they are quite a novelty to me. Let’s face it with kangaroos, emus, platypuses (plural of this is really platypi), echidnas, sugar gliders… and I could go on and on… Australia has some seriously different and cute wildlife. But the koala is perhaps THE cutest. AND I wanted to see one so badly!!!
I was running up a windy hilly section that went just a little inland (the only part of the whole 23km course that did), craning my neck all around and probably looking a bit silly doing it! Koalas only live in eucalypt tress (or gum trees as we call them) so I scrutinised EVERY one. Looking all around, where oh where are you, Mr Koala???
AND there he was!!!
I got my phone out.
I snapped a photo.
I pointed and exclaimed to the 100s of runners around me: THERE’S A KOALA!!!
I was so EXCITED!!!
Not only did I get to run THE most beautiful run but I got to see a koala too. Half marathon number 11 in just under three years and a koala? Sweetest run ever. More soon.
Happy running 🙂
Ps The koala is right in the fork of the tree about a third down. Trust me that little grey blob is a cute snoozing koala’s bottom!