This was my first “fun run” since my half marathon in July 2012 and first run over 5km in over 8 months (and more)…. and you know what it felt good!
Despite not sticking to my original plans, I ended up running the NT City 2 Surf in a respectable time with next to no training runs. I ran my work colleauge, Paul who, the week before had run a 12km practice run at 6min/km pace to see if we could stick at it. He too hasn’t been doing much running. But we joined forces – and I’m glad we did! We chatted the whole time, he had a drink bottle (thank god) with him and encouraged me when I was feeling like crap!
The 12.3km race takes ‘city to surf’ back to it’s roots, and starts on the esplanade and takes you along a coastal route past Mindal beach, through Parap, along (boring) Dick Ward Drive, through Coconut Grove and into Nightcliff and ending up at the Nightcliff Pool.
Paul and I met near my apartment and walked to the start area. We saw a lot of gym members, friends and ran into a couple of people we started running with too. My preparation this time including laying out all my gear the night before – comfy running singlet, longer shorts (anti-chafe), shoes, garmin etc I got up, had a quick shower, literally a bit of peanut butter toast and headed out the door.
During the run I had all intentions to listen to music, as I always do, but instead Paul and I ended up talking on and off the whole way. It made the time go so much quicker and I think mentally helped me during the run! It really was a nice scenic run, taking your from the ‘city’ streets, through beach walking paths and along the Nightcliff cliff’s.
I honestly felt fine for the first 5-6km, chatting to Paul and not realising how quickly the time (and kilometers) were passing by. Around the 7-9km mark I was starting to feel a bit more fatigued, and easily by 10km I was in ‘auto-pilot’ mode, hardly thinking or able to keep conversation. I remember a point where there was a turn towards the finish (where I thought the finish was just around the corner), but there was another 1.5km or so to go, and I was devastated!
The last little bit I always sprint it out (or try to), and I did this time with around 400m to go and went too early and slowed down just before the finish line. Paul didn’t know where I went! haha! Although that probably wasn’t the best decision as my heart rate soared up to 202bpm and after crossing the finish line was trying to walk and couldn’t really function properly or catch my breath! Paul whisked me to the medical tent where I had a cool towel placed around my neck and water poured over my head. It took me 5-10mins to recover but boy was I stuffed!
That smile of mine on the right? A picture of happiness!
- 177 /411 female finishers.
- Official finishing time 1:15:21 – 6.07min/km pace.
- Average HR: 188bpm, Peak HR: 202bpm
Compared to two years ago when I ran it in 2012, it wasn’t a bad effort really! For the rest of the day I had super sore and inflamed knees (nothing an ice pack and some anti-inflammatory’s couldn’t help!) and relaxed. :)
Q. Have you done any fun runs lately? What’s your next running goal?