Fun Runs. It's an oxymoron right? Well, for me, 2013 is the Year of the Fun Run. That's right. At the moment I have 14 scheduled for the year. I have completed 2 so far.
The first ones for 2013 were part of a series of 3 runs: the Brooks Sunset Series. I've got one more in the series next Wednesday, but I wanted to talk about it now!
Race #1: The Tan, 6 Feb, 8kms
Overall place: 647. LOL I beat Rhonda
Freebies obtained: Brooks Sunset Series shirt (ok, probably included in the entry fee), Sweatband pocket thing (you know, for your keys), Emma & Toms juice.
The temperature was 35C. The race was scheduled for 7.15pm but was delayed in hopes that it would cool down. It didn't cool down very much. Still, I felt confident and ready to run. At this point I had run 8k once before, the previous week.
This run taught me how the conditions can impact on your performance. I had a terrible run. The first lap was ok, hot but ok. But then I just started to feel gross. Sick and hot and tired and sore. I did not want to run anymore. I'd had enough.
Thank god for Rhonda. She kept me going. In the interests of full disclosure, I will tell you I just could not run the whole of the second lap. There was a lot of walking going on. And lots of complaining. And lots of threats of giving up. But there was Rhonda, not letting me stop and encouraging me the whole way. I am really really glad I finished, but disappointed that I'd made such a fuss. Check me out, how utterly defeated I looked, whereas Rhonda is looking perky and as fresh as a daisy running beside me!!
Race #2: The Melbourne Zoo, 20 Feb, 7.2kms
Overall place: 1386 (There were a LOT more people running. It was at the freaking zoo, the coolness factor was elevated.)
Freebies obtained: Hydralite water bottle, muesli bar, Emma & Toms juice.
I had a slight reprieve with race #2, apparently there were some construction works going on with the meercats, so the course was shortened from 8km to 7.2km. The weather was also behaving much better, a lovely 26C. The downside was that Rhonnie was sick, so I had to go it alone.
I felt great this time. I had my 90s music playing, and didn't feel the need to stop at all. On the first lap, I was feeling a bit cynical about the zoo location. On the first half I didn't see one damn animal. Sorry, I saw a giant tortoise, but that wasn't very exciting. But then I ran past the zebras, giraffes and moneys doing their crazy thing, and felt much better about it. I also saw a hippo coming out of the water and a gorilla. Got my money's worth I'd say.
This time I made sure to smile like a loon and wave at every camera I saw.
Looking forward to race #3 and smashing that 8km distance once and for all! Wish me luck!