Not only did I finish the Run for the Kids, I did it in under 2 hours. And that’s including the 10 minutes or so I spent in the queue for the toilets. I really thought it would take me at least 2.5 hours but I got to the 10 km mark and decided I wanted to finish in under 2 hours so I pushed myself to the end.
I also thought I’d be walking most of the 14.7 km but ended up running (well jogging) for most of it. The only time I really didn’t run was at the drink stops – I don’t think I’ll ever master drinking and running at the same time.
Every other time I’ve done a fun run, I’ve been holding out for the next km marker… thinking it must be coming up soon but today I passing them and thinking – have I done another km? I just seemed to be doing it so much easier. The only time I was looking out for the marker was at the 9 km mark, then I saw the 10 km marker so I’d gone past 9 without realising.
Some of the high points of the race:
- At the 1 km, hearing the little Asian girl in front of me turn to her friend and say – have we only done one! Poor thing, but I had to laugh.
- Running up Flinders Street and hearing the church bells ringing.
- Running down the West Gate with all trucks hooting their air horns at us.
- Crossing the finish line!
Some of the bad points:
- Queuing for over 10 minutes for a toilet then realising the dude before me had left it in an unusable condition so having to wait for the other toilet.
- Having the 4.5 km runners join up with us and having to dodge around people especially the mums with prams walking 4 or 5 abreast. Some people really need to get a clue.
There are a few things I’d do differently next time. For starters, I’d check the train timetable. I thought I’d left myself plenty of time but got to the station and it was over half hour wait for the train, meaning I got to the run with 7 minutes to get ditch my stuff and get to the finish line. I sprinted from the train, which was an unplanned warm up.
I should also have checked that the special Run for the Kids playlist I made for my ipod was actually on my ipod. I put it on to charge last night but it didn’t update. And I forgot my water bottle.
Oh yeah, and maybe I shouldn’t have walked the 3-4 km home! Yep, I’m that much of a glutton for punishment. Still it was a good cool down and I think my legs were on auto-pilot by that stage.
I can’t wait to read how everyone else went.