Louie’s dream since becoming a distance runner has been to run a sub four hour marathon. A dream and a goal that she’s worked hard on. Dreams are great. We need dreams; this Marathon Girl turned her dreams into plans that she worked hard on. Today that hard work paid off and her dream came true. She is a sub four hour marathoner!
And didn’t I cheer like a banshee! Oh yes I did. Some people next to me said they wanted to wait and not watch Louie cross the finish line but to see my reaction! A shrinking violet I’m not. Enthusiasm is a character trait that I have in spades.
This was Louie’s 6th marathon (and only six weeks ago she did her first ultra marathon). We are all so proud of our Louie! Her time was 3:57:13 and she was 5th in her age group out of 13. She did it. Her dream came true!!!
Today was one big reason to celebrate for all the Quackers.
Not long before Louie’s epic (and loud thanks to me) finish, three lame ducks proved that they aren’t done with distance running yet. Bruce, Janette and Unsporty finished the half marathon. On crossing the finish line at first I was happy but soon after I had a little cry. Tears of gratitude that I’m not done with this wonderful activity that I love so much. At exactly 19.84kms with under 2kms to go the level of awareness I have of my knee issue rose. I can’t call it pain. I just know it’s not 100%. I heard the words of my lovely Osteo Fiona and I had a walk (I’d had one other walk break but that was because I was knackered…or buggered as we say in Australia). The test would be if I could start running again and it not be any worse. It wasn’t! I ran the rest of the way even up the last cruel hill before the finish line. Is the Rehab Race over? Not yet but nearly. My time was 2:19:20 and I was 25th out of 43 in my age group (my slowest Cadbury half but my happiest).
Janette finished a few minutes in front of me. Bruce finished a few minutes in front of his lovely wife. For both of them it was their slowest half by a long stretch but they are back running and today it was all about finishing. Janette and I ran together until about the 16km mark. She was on fire. Smiling. Talking. Laughing. She said a few times that she was so happy to be out running and that she was a million times happier on the inside but couldn’t really show how fantastic she felt. She was practically bursting. How good to be running and hearing my friend chatter away again. We are known for our talking. I have missed it!
And finally Pauly came over the line. He struggled with cramps and finished in 4:07:34 and 7th in his age group out of 17. He was an exhausted old farmer at the end but he did it. This was his 8th marathon in two years and at the end of 2017 he will be 60. Age is only a number. Pauly proves this frequently. Eight marathons and two ultras. Super star Pauly!
It was lovely to see Megan at the start. And it was lovely to meet Jo who reads the blog, thanks Jo for coming and saying hello 🙂 🙂 🙂 A friend of Blondie Daughter #1 ran her first half marathon, so very proud of her and a number of other runners (Tasmanian running circles are small) also ran and everyone did wonderfully. The weather gods were kind and turned on a cool day; 21°C was the maximum but it would have been way cooler in the morning while we were running. The wind was a challenge but nothing like it had been for Ross Marathon in September 2016. Well done to everyone!
Another wonderful event at Cadbury. I hope we can enjoy many more. The organisers of this event do it so well and the team of volunteers are on the job and know how to look after runners. My goal was to thank as many as I could and as loudly as I could – I did that. My secret goal was to be just as loud at the end of the 21.1kms as I was at the start. I managed it just!
Here are some happy snaps.
Then I was a big grown up runner and put my phone away and concentrated on the running part of running….
Happy running 🙂
PS back to work tomorrow for me after three wonderful weeks off.