Today was my d-day, my red letter day. I ran my first half marathon and have lived to tell the tale!
Yesterday we drove into Sydney to stay overnight in a hotel so the traveling would be easier for the early start. We didn't figure on Islamic extremists rioting in Sydney outside our hotel precisely at the time we arrived. It was a little scary, a messy and aggressive crowd and my kids ended up crying and quite distressed. As we ran the gauntlet of riot police we were captured by a news camera and made in onto the news story on channel seven last night. Gave my friends and family a shock! But I digress...
I caught the train over the Harbour bridge at stupid o'clock and, after a comfort stop, was all set to race. The race started at 6.20 and all went well until about 8ks in when I spied a portaloo and felt the need. I've never heard of taking a break mid race but was greatful for the convenience. After that I made sure I drank water and energy drink at each drink station to stop dehydration. We ran around the city a bit, which was deliciously cool in the shade of the tall buildings, then out to darling Harbour and looped back towards the bridge.
It was on the last 6ks that things started getting difficult. I am lucky the course was so flat or I may have run into trouble. I dug deep, dredged up some energy from somewhere and kept going. I knew my family were watching somewhere close to the finish line so I had to run... Be damned if they were going to see me walking. I found them 100mtres from the finish and gave kisses to all before bounding (I'm sure it looked more like a messy stumble) across the finish line.
2 hours 17 minutes... Including a pit stop. I was chuffed as my goal was to beat 2h20m.
I made it to the anz recovery tent (thank you sister for working for a big company) and met all the family there. My sister completed the 4k bridge walk with her 2 little ones and my brother in law did a 9k bridge run too. We packed up and walked most of the way back to the hotel (got a taxi for part of the journey) for a well deserved shower, then back home again...
I'm tired and a little achey this afternoon but glad its all done!