Sorry for the wait!! I've been on annual leave for a week with my Sis & family & got a bit side tracked!
I was lucky enough to spot Carol just before we started & bravely introduced myself & wished her luck. Then we were off.
My watch was a little faster, but that's neither here nor there. Was completely stoked with the time, but that ITB right knee pain flared up between the 5th & 6th km as I went out to fast & I almost pulled out of the run altogether at that point. I calmed down a bit & the pain eased off but I did have to nurse it through the rest of the run.
I settled into the groove & managed the run without too much mental anguish, other than the intermittent knee pain. Before I knew it I'd reached the half way mark, then the count down was on til the end. I saved my last spurt of speed & sprinted down the finishing chute & over the finish line. Collected my apple, water bottle & a gym towel (instead of a medal!) & found Plumbing Boy who I had spotted before the finish when he yelled out & cheered me on.
Stretched, smashed my water & the protein drink I'd left with PB & rugged up (you'll see me on Carol's blog in 2 jumpers & a beanie). PB took off to go meet his dirt bike riding mates & go for a ride while I hung about cheering the rest of the finishers over the line. I wanted to see Carol finish her first 1/2 Marathon & congratulate here & yes, Carol, I did walk back towards the bridge to find you & figured walking would help me keep warm :-)
I waited until the last person crossed the finish line, then went to find Carol, had a quick chat then hit the road for the 2.5 hour drive down to see my family. I wore my skins home & to bed that night & woke up feeling pretty good. Kept them on most of Monday too as well as having a massage followed by a sauna & spa at one of the local day spa's as a bit of a post run treat. Took a couple of anti inflammatory tablets post race as well as hitting the foam roller so I guess all that helped with the post race soreness & I was able to go for a 5km run yesterday without knee pain.
I really enjoyed this event, being smaller was a good thing & everyone was so encouraging of the runners no matter where they came in the run. I would be more than happy to make this an annual event on my run calender, so thank you to all of those involved in the organisation of the event. I'll leave you with a couple of post run pic's...........the smile says it all!!