6 December 2015: Sussan Women’s Fun Run
Each year, for the past 30 years the Sussan Women’s Fun Run has been held in Melbourne at St Kilda’s Catani Gardens. It’s an opportunity for women of all ages to walk, jog or run 5km, 10km or 1/2 marathon in an aim to help raise money for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA). The Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) works to ensure that Australians affected by breast cancer receive the very best support, information, treatment and care appropriate to their individual needs.
At the time of writing this post the Sussan Women’s Fun Run raised $195,000 for the BCNA.
The fun run is a fantastic opportunities for mothers and daughters, friends and family to join the fight against Breast Cancer in a fun, healthy and active way! With a range of partners involved this year (Sussan, Fernwood, Champion, Brooks, Active Feet, Cool Core, Chobani etc) it’s also a great way to try new products and get a few freebies in a showbag!
Half Marathon – Editor’s review:
After completing in two half marathons earlier this year (Run Melbourne in July and the Sydney Running Festival in September), and not being able to reach my goal of sub-2hours, this run was my last chance for the year to reach under 2 hours.
My training in the lead up to this half changed track a little and I started doing HIIT training once a week with Loudy Wiggins to strengthen my back/core as well as build leg strength too. With a base of having been running for most of the year, albeit at a slower pace, I aimed to keep running a few runs a week, with a long run on the weekend.
October workouts: Averaging three runs a week for a total of 86.48km, and two HIIT PT sessions with Loudy, a total of 13 workouts.
November workouts: Averaging 1-2 runs a week for a total of 62.56km, and five HIIT sessions, a total of 12 workouts.
Preparation: Of course, the girls I was running with were all coordinating their outfits, and I obliged, buying a Lorna Jane top for the day. After all we had to run in pink. I also wore my tried and tested lululemon allsport bra and nike run shorts, and injinji socks (which I’d only tried the day before, in an effort to stop blisters; which they did!)
After getting up early and fuelling up with some toast, a banana and a coffee I drove to St Kilda to pick up my bib and meet the girls!
The first 10km of the run went well, I was feeling good as we were weaving in and around the crowd. It was at the 10km mark that my heart rate jumped over the 190 bpm, and stayed above that for most of the rest of the run. This was to try and get a 10km PB for 2015 – and I was close to my previous one in November of 55:35… My 10km split was 56:18mins! So close!
I had a GU gel at around the 12km mark when I felt like I started to fatigue, and another around the 15km mark too I think. It really wasn’t until the 18km mark that I started to really just want it over and done with. The motivation the girls gave me and support was amazing! Lisa – who absolutely nailed her first full marathon in Sydney (with a time of around 3:45) was literally running by my side the last few hundred meters, her hand guiding my back, pushing me along. It was so sweet!
My aim this year was to get a sub 2 hour half marathon, and to say I was happy I made it is an understatement. I’m sore and I was tired but the pain I felt running for that 2 hours is nothing compared to the pain cancer patients suffer.
I ran this for my Nan. She was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and has fought it bravely and fiercely. For you. x
My official finishing time was 1:58:58 (this compared to my previous PB was 57 seconds slower at my first 1/2 marathon ever in Darwin). I compared it to my other half marathon’s. It wasn’t until I uploaded it, that I realised the 1/2 marathon I ran in Darwin was 100m short of being a ‘proper’ half marathon… So I’m claiming my time of 1:58:58 my PB! HAHA!
Did you run in the Sussan Women’s Fun Run? How did you go?