the love of running that is!
I woke on Sunday morning at 7am (ish), showered, ate two pieces of vegemite on toast, a small glass of OJ and a glass of water and walked out the door...
Sunday was Barwon Banks Fun Run day.. I had decided to run the 10km (even though I've hardly done a speck of running this year, and just had three weeks off exercise while on a working trip)...
It was a humid rainy morning, I picked up my race number and waited under shelter till we lined up at the start. With 800 participants, it was a fair effort considering the dismal morning. The track was a little gritty and muddy and crowded at the start, but once everyone found their pace it was on! ;)
At the 2.5km mark I had a drink and kept going, I was feeling pretty good and strong up until the 4km mark when I wanted to stretch my calves out - but I hunkered down and kept going. Up until now I was pacing myself around the 6min/km speed.
It was around the 'halfway' mark when - the Queens Park bridge I was feeling pretty good surprisingly.
It was until around the 7km/8km point when I was feeling a little tired, but just focused on my breathing, resting on the downhills and stretching my arms as I went.
As I reached the 8km mark I wished it was over, and as I neared the 9km mark I was running as hard and as fast as I could possible. As I neared closer to the finish I pushed even harder - and then relief I crossed the finish line at the official time of 56 minutes and 44 seconds!
The best thing about this race is I beat my PB by my Run Melbourne time of 58.59 by 2 minutes, 15 seconds! I also ran my best ever average minutes per km - 5.40!
The official stats:
(Average time amoung my category was 55.38)
Position (all females): 77/153
Category position (Female 19 -34): 41/71
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