Well I did it! Despite my dire prediction in my Run Melbourne post a few weeks ago, I actually ran in this 5km event! I don’t know how I did it but I ran, I walked, I felt good, I ran some more and I really enjoyed myself. I had hardly walked , let alone run, for weeks beforehand due to a combination of illness, wet miserable winter weather and no energy.
I was feeling great when we arrived in Melbourne for the weekend after a full day of work and a 6 hour drive. I had a fun Saturday with Desley and my sister, brother in law and my husband. I ate a gorgeous chocolate dessert for lunch (see this link – Cherry on top was missing – if you don’t believe me) and enjoyed a day with sunshine and no rain. We’ve had more than enough rain lately!
My sister and brother in law had registered to walk the event so we headed into Melbourne by train with a lot of others doing the same. Once we got into the city I was amazed by the size of the crowd, it was huge! We joined the queue to start the race and the cold wind just cut right through us, it was freezing but at least it wasn’t raining. It took ages to actually get to the start of the run and we jogged a bit to keep us warm. Once we made the start we continued jogging and somehow I just kept running. My sister had assured me not to worry if I got away from them, so I just continued with running, walking and enjoying the route, the crowds, the entertainment along the way and the supporters cheering us on. I knew my time wouldn’t be fast but I wasn’t worried, I was happy to just feel comfortable running!
My mother had given my sister instructions that I wasn’t to run, as she didn’t think I was strong enough but even that didn’t stop me. At one point on the turn around I passed my sister and we high fived each other and I said ‘don’t tell mum’! The last kilometre was the longest especially as there was a real bottleneck under the bridge where we were all reduced to a walk. It was a real shame and was the only disappointing part of the run.
At the finish line I laughed and waved my arms like a lunatic and felt very pleased with myself. I waited for my sister and brother in law to finish and managed to capture them crossing the line together. They both did really well too. This was their second Run Melbourne but my first.
When the official results came through I was surprised to see my time but even more surprised to see that in my age group (50-59) I had come 51 out of 283 women. Later I counted up only 10 women in my age group who had run under 30 minutes. This had been my goal but unfortunately I couldn’t achieve it this time. So next time, watch this space!!
I can’t believe how much I enjoyed myself with no pressure, a fun crowd and a sunny winter’s day to run around the streets of Melbourne. I was also very impressed with my new bright fluro sleeves (arm warmers), which did a great job of keeping me warm.
Everything went smoothly until my sister dobbed on me to our mother, telling her I’d run all the way! How old did I say we were?
PS. Thanks to Tim and Sharon for sharing their photos with me. We had a great time posing before the race!