Earlier this year I knew my goal was to get back into running – and for me, I perform my best when I set myself mini goals to help me reach my end goal.
So – I asked a friend and we signed up for the Sole Motive Sunset Series – a series of three, short fun runs held in Melbourne’s top running locations (The Tan and Princes Park), as well as the Melbourne Zoo.
I set out making sure I ran each week with my local running group (The Running Company Yarraville), and at a minimum – one other run. My training was going well, and even ran a couple of 7k runs in the lead up, so I was feeling comfortable being able to hit the 8.5K distance.
It came to ‘race day’ and the forecast was not looking good at all. It has been sunny and humid all day, but there were severe storms forecast – and the event organisers (who I actually used to work for), did a great job communicating about being prepared for wet weather and that the event was still going ahead! YAY!
I got the event after work, and met up with my new running- buddy Cat, checked in our bags and then heard over the announcement that each run distances (4K and 8.5K) start times had been bought forward to try and beat the storm. We kept chatting, until another announcement came over – and they downgraded the 8K event to 4K due to the electrical storms in the area and participant safety was priority.
We were both actually pretty excited it had been downgraded! HAHA!
In the end we had a great time, running, hearing the lions roaring as we ran around the perimeter, seeing the lightning flash across the sky, and big fat rain droplets come crashing down before we ran into the Zoo.
The rain was HEAVY, but actually a refreshing change after the day’s heat! We powered through, took some sodden, wet photos with the giraffes and went home.
The run – a review
The course itself was great to be able to run through the Zoo and see some animals while you ran. It was crowded in parts, but not too bad – and it was something I expected too.
Now onto Race 2 on Thursday night!