Writing by Sheridan on Sunday, 1 of May , 2011 at 8:20 am
It’s over. After months of slow-burning fear and trepidation, 21.1km is over in just a little over 2 hours. Which sounds like only a heartbeat, but I can tell you it’s slightly longer when each and every cell is screaming for mercy.
Race day started out nicely with an overcast sky and a few specks of rain. I love to run in the rain so I was all for this developing shower scenario. Drove off to Geelong in hardly any traffic since most reasonable people were still in bed asleep (unless they have neighbours like mine).
More than 700 people showed up to run around for a bit, which was a good 600 more than I expected. People of many shapes and sizes and of all ages. Running doesn’t discriminate. The greatest part of the day would have been the sound of a good few hundred feet stomping on gravel just after we started. The crunching was phenomenal. It was not as phenomenal 5kms later when we again had to run on gravel and a large stone went into my shoe.
The first 10km flew by in a blur, which is the appeal of running in these events. You just don’t get bored, and you normally end up running with the same folks most of the way, either in front or behind them. Kilometre 19 saw me unravel and begin losing a lot of time but at that stage I was just focusing on putting one foot in front of the other.
It was all over in just over 2 hours, which I am most happy with. Now I go back to lay on the couch.
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