If there is a We Run ....... Near you sign up and do it!! It was the best race and night of life I nearly cried!
Garmin says i did it in 1:01 and the nike clock says 1:04 chip time unknown
The start was a shambles! Let's just move on from that!
Race started on time and as I ended up near the start line I was with the people who were super fast!!
Anyway first km was 5:34 and then I manged to slow to 6:04. Then it was to settle into the hill, by this point the sun had set and light was going fast! It was steep, there was not a lot of room on the road as there were thousands of people! So it was a slow and steady climb, the hair pin bends made it a bit more of a challenge but I got all the way 3.5km without stopping. I grabbed a carton of powerade and water - now i shouldn't have drunk as much as I did.
Anyway onwards to 5km this is where it's going to hurt, I told myself you can stop lets do it! Again so many people I forgot I was going up hill I was just trying to get around people! I just thought keep going, you can do it. Do you need to stop no! Let's keep moving, come on you can do it and then there it was the Chile flag! I knew I made it to the top!
Time for another powerade and cup of water! Here was my mistake I didn't need the powerade! Now my stomach was full, well I was feeling great!! I mean really good and now was time to make up for the time lost on the hill. The problem was it was dark and there was not enough lights, I thought of all you guys, I longed for a head torch. I kept looking down so not to trip and tried to stay away from the edges, we were going at some pace (well fast for me) but all down hill so it was ok!
As we ran above the sky line of santiago we could see the park, see the glowing green light and hear the do calling us home. Hold on what is that I see in the distance in front of me....the preparty lights and dj. All of a sudden music lights lit up the trees turning it into a magical forest just when your mind could think I am tired now, no this is just the start.
Downwards we go.... I am really sorry folks, it's 6:24 and the car picking us up for the airport is due at 6:30 so I am afraid I am going to leave you there and having technology free holiday (apart form ipod and garmin) so I will have to do part 2 when I am back!
Happy running all thought I had time to finish but I didn't - just to say I loved it and I will continue with pictures.
Take care everyone and happy running!