And marathoners, well.....................then I became one.
As for bush runners, scarpering up hill and dale........yep, that's now me.....!
After enrolling for Glenbrook Marathon, Six Foot Track Marathon and Mt Solitary Ultra, all cancelled a day or two prior due to heavy rains and course safety issues..I was biting at the bit.
Finally I got to race one on this weekend! The North Face Marathon Pairs with partner in crime Hamburglar,
What a great event!
Just a toe in the water, because people who run 100 kms are mad.....
'Burglar ran a solid first leg in 7:08:xx (54 kms).
He ís a little underbaked in the trail legs and over hilly distance at present ....., and did the distance the hardest way you can, but pulled through it gallantly to handover at Check Point 3!
..... the medals to go to those who stay on their legs the longest and finish the distance!
I ran the second leg in 5:15:24 (46 kms).
I had a lucky day where it all just seemed to come together. The Training. My running felt fluid and in control. Hill climbing pace was just right. My head was in the right place. An early ankle roll was overcome quickly. And the psychology of passing people all along the way, kept me in a positive frame of mind. I felt strong all the way to the line....
I was the 140th runner (Solo + Pairs) to leave CP 3 and the 38th Runner (Solo + Pairs) to cross the finish line.
I was on fresh legs, and yes, marathon pairs were in the minority, but boy it felt really good to have no-one pass me!
We came 6th overall, and 3rd in the Male Pairs....my first podium since I was 8 for winning the school chariot race!!
Great as always to run with the class act: Hamburglar! And a great shared result!
But, boy oh boy, those 100 kmrs ....they really are mad!!