It’s strange to think that the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon 2015 is done. The medals hang on the hanger. The goal of running this stunningly beautiful event has been achieved. All 23kms of undulating, seascape viewing, most spectacular coastal run in Australia? Done. We did it!
The memories of this wonderful run are ours to treasure forever. Part of this treasure is that the goal was achieved with my running buddy Louise and husband Pauly – Team Huey, Dewey and Louie with Daffy along as support crew (one day we’ll get him to run a half, I’m sure!)
Louise and I have been running together for nearly three years. Gosh is that all? It feels like way more than that in the most loveliest of ways. I met Louise when I moved to the farm seven years ago and went to find a local hair salon. There she told me all about the bootcamp in our town (oh and she does my hair too, but now that feels like just an excuse to talk about running). Pauly and I went along to bootcamp and LOVED it. Pauly would ALWAYS try to beat Louise and never managed to (at least not in the early days AND she is still able to burn him off on big hills when we do hill repeats together – GO Louie!)
It was through Pauly and I chatting about running that Louise caught the bug. She entered her first fun run with us and has never looked back. You see my lovely running buddy Louie has pretty much always been a runner, but she had never entered fun runs before. She is a fast runner and the Great Ocean Road results really show this!
Entering the Great Ocean Road Half Marathon was hatched by Louise and I early in 2014. But Louise did all the hard work of organising and researching flights and accommodation. We booked it way way way back in August last year when there was a fantastic special on flights.
We looked forward to it so much, then the time to go and run arrived… now it is a very happy memory. Sigh.
Here are the stats for Team Huey, Dewey and Louie…
And bringing up the rear the Unsporty Woman 🙂
Both Pauly and Louise finished in the top 20% of their categories!!!! But let’s not forget one extremely important fact: they didn’t see a koala and I did 😛
This post is dedicated to my running buddies. Thank goodness for all the little things, all the twists in the road of life that brought us all together. Here’s to finding events, putting in the hours of training together, dreaming the big dreams and doing our best to make those dreams come true. Thank you lovely running buddies both here in Tasmania and all around the blogosphere. I treasure your support and encouragement so much!
AND here’s a toast to the all the ducks – Team Quackers… Bring on the next big adventure I say. Team Huey, Dewey, Louie, Daffy and Daisy will all be in Melbourne for Run Melbourne in July. And this time there are no koalas to try and find and I might just try and break that sub two hour half marathon…maybe…umm….yes…maybe… Even an Unsporty Woman never knows her luck in the big city!
Happy running 🙂
PS if you are planning to run The Great Ocean Road Marathon events don’t leave booking accommodation to the last minute. Many of the numerous options for accommodation book out a year in advance of the event. It truly is a must-run event! Apollo Bay is where the half and full finish and would have to be the pick of Great Ocean Road towns to stay at.