I started the new year with a 10km fun run in Warrnambool. I did this same event last year & wish I'd read last years race report before this years run instead of just now! HERE
I could have had C cheering me up that last bloody hill as I was sooooo close to stopping & walking it. Last year I was hoping to achieve a PB of under 60 minutes. This years aim was to crack the 50 minute PB. There were pacers again this year & I easily spotted Mr 50 minutes as I lined up in the starting chute.
This year the conditions were not as good. Weather forecast was for 17, 90% chance of rain, & strong west to northwesterly winds. None of us were looking forward to it based on Saturday's weather. Thankfully when we awoke Sunday morning the sun was out & while it was cold, there was only a light breeze.
This year Sis & partner signed up for the run (Sis did the walk last year). Tess & here step sister did the 6km run again. Mum & Dad were both signed up for the walk, but Dad hurt his back that week & was in too much pain to do it, so Mum stayed home with him but they both met up with us for post run coffee/brunch afterwards.
Once again the first 2kms were fairly hard & I found it hard to stick with Mr 50 minutes; but by the 3rd km I'd over taken him & settled into my pace & didn't see him again til the 6.5km mark.
There were plenty of people out cheering us along, although less with hoses due to the cooler conditions. I did again run at the lovely bloke around the 5km mark just before the short killer hill & cool off under his hose, as I was well & truly hot & sweaty by then.
Mr 50 minutes overtook me at the between the 6 & 7km mark & just seemed to take off. I became quite frustrated as was seeing my goal disappear & seriously wanted to stop & walk. That last killer hill was almost my undoing - again I almost gave up & walked with a mind set of "I'm not going to achieve my goal now so why bother" but managed to talk myself around becoming aware at the 8km mark I was only 18 seconds off pace & that I would still run a PB (previous was 51.57 in July) & that I wasn't a quitter. As the kids had said to me, "eyes on the prize Cat, eyes on the prize"!!!
As I ran back into the CBD I spotted my sis taking a walk break (I was now back on the 6km route) & ran up behind her, slapped her on the butt & yelled out "move your arse"! She yelled back you move yours!! So I picked up the pace a little knowing I only had one more incline before a long downhill to the finish line.
I could no longer see Mr 50 minutes & kept with the mantra "just get to cannon hill then its all downhill" which I did & then ran as hard as I possibly could down Pertobe road to the finish line. I was a bit out of control & had to dodge kids, prams & trees at high speed finding Mr 50 minutes jogging on the spot checking his watch in the finishing chute waiting to cross the finish line at exactly 50 minutes!!!
I flew past him & across the finish line clocking 49.27 on my own watch! I got the PB & was bloody stoked!!!!
Official time was 49.52 (I'm guessing that was the time the gun went off til the time I crossed the finishing line) & the net 49.26 (the time I crossed the starting line to crossing the finishing line as its about the same as my watch).
I didn't see Plumbing Boy cheering me on over the finishing line, I was just focused on breathing & smashing that time!!!! I was puffing like I hadn't trained & felt like my lungs were about to explode!!!
It didn't take long though before I was able to breath normally & stopped & took of my timing tag. Not finding anyone to return it to, went for water & then in search of PB. Of course only then did I hear over the loud speakers that the timing tags were disposable this year & no need to return. A memento I guess of the run for me to keep :-)
Next stop: the Geelong 1/2 Marathon April 27th.