|Rocking the lumberjack look courtesy of a Kmart sale!|
We arrived at the start line 2 hours early, but it is amazing how quickly that time goes. We walked around and found a coffee shop doing a roaring trade especially selling banana. I tucked into my cappuccino and belvita biscuits, when you have a pre-run meal that works, a runner does not stray on race day. I also eat half a banana 30minutes out. The atmosphere is electric, so many people, some veterans, some first timers and everyone freaking out a great big incline they call heartbreak hill. I saw lots of other Steggles runners and it was cool to be a part of their team.
|The start line still smiling!|
By the sixth kilometre I felt great, my pace was spot on, and then I hit heartbreak hill, I don't know how I had managed to minimise it, but I forgot how steep and long it really was. It is the hill that never ends! I actually walked through the drink station on the hill and had to use every bit of my motivation to keep going it was tough. I lost a lot of time on the hill with an average pace of 6minutes which meant I needed to make up 40seconds somehow in the second half of the race to reach my goal time. I swallowed a shot bloks and started running as hard as I could. My knee locked up at the top of heartbreak hill, damn ITB but I was able to run through it much better than my last half marathon. On every downhill I pushed as hard as I could, not my usual race strategy.
|I love sharing my running with my hubby.|
I didn't find hubby for a while after the race, it turns out I was only 4minutes behind him and he didn't get a chance to get back to the sideline to cheer me on. It is awesome though to share the race with friends and loved ones afterwards. Here is me and a friend having a glass of champagne to celebrate her first City 2 Surf and my PB! I was so excited that I rang my mum, she has competed in the City 2 Surf so it is the only race she understands!
I ran 6minutes faster than the last time I ran City 2 Surf, I have changed a few things since then. I cross train now with a balance and Hiit class every week. I dropped a few kilos and eat way more vegetables and leaner meats like turkey thanks to my awesome sponsor Steggles. I run from the hips rather than the calves and have been building stronger glutes, hello squats! Running has changed my life and keeps me on the right path, it is the best stress buster, seriously, nothing gets out frustration better than a hard run, and it keeps me eating well and feeling strong.
Have you done the City 2 Surf? Do you make time to exercise?