Holy Toledo time is just zooming by! How did it get to be December & how did I not blog about the 2 events I ran in November??
On Saturday night I ran the Afterglow Twilight Trail Run half marathon distance with my mate Cath. Actually, it was she who asked me if I was interested in doing it. As I said in my last post, this run was to hold a lot of firsts for me - first trail, night, with another person the whole way & without tunes. There was another unwanted first - feeling very unwell for the last 6kms & having to lay down at the end (or pass out &/or vomit).
Back to the run. We were bussed out to Point Addis, given a race briefing & set off around 7.15pm to run back to Torquay. The trail was well marked & there really was no chance we'd get lost. The highlight for me (other than finishing) was stopping to see an Echidna waddle across the trail at the 6km mark. So. Damn. Cute.
Neither of us wore our head lamps (a requirement to run), as by the time it was dark enough, we were in a bunch of runners who lit the way for us. Plus it was cumbersome. We were back in Torquay at the 15km mark, then had to run out of town on the beach 3.5kms up over the dunes & then back into town to the finishing line.
I was feeling quite unwell as we hit the beach & if I hadn't been running with Cath I suspect I may have just lay down for a while & not completed the run. My breathing was somewhat laboured & I felt like I wanted to puke. BUT. I trudged along & completed the run - couldn't let my buddy down - although I did slow her down significantly, as she's a much faster runner than I am. From the outset her plan was to run with me & to just have a bit of fun. True to her word she stuck with me & we ran over the finish line together.
I managed the walk back to our accommodation, just, without passing out or puking, had a shower with my head between my knees & made it to bed where I stayed until morning. Had a temperature when I got home, so suspect I was fighting some sort of virus. We went back over what I'd eaten & hydration etc in the car on the way home & all was fine, so I guess that must have been it.
I would recommend the run & hope to do it again next year. The event website said to add approximately 20 minutes to your road time for a trail run & that was pretty accurate - we came in at 2hrs 16 mins 54 seconds - pace 6.22. There were times the trail was bottlenecked due to runners; I conked out on the 2nd hill & had to walk the middle section (with a few others); there were stairs & short sandy sections asides the last slog up the beach. But the scenery is spectacular. It's the Otway ranges/great ocean road territory - very special.
The other event I ran was City 2 Sea in Melbourne - from the MCG to St Kilda, following the Run Melb/Melb Marathon Routes down St Kilda road & around Albert Park Lake. My on line running coach bought a mob down from Brisbane so I was "the other" Lazy Runner & completed this one in 1 hr 17mins 15 seconds offical pace of 5.08 although my watch said 5.12. Either way that's a cracking pace for me & a PB as I haven't raced this distance before!!!
Above - waiting in the starting chute; below completed!
Not sure I'd do this event again due to same route as the other big Melbourne runs (unless I skip the other two next year). For the price I wouldn't mind a change of scenery!!!
Met up with a mate afterwards who'd also done the run, but managed to be in the last starting chute instead of with me, so I spent the whole run telling myself to giddy up or Janey will overtake you!!! Thanks for the motivation mate! Had a well deserved Coffee, obligatory glass of bubbles & a big eggie breaky before we both had to head home to domestic chores!!!!