So race day came and I felt really ready. My leg of the race was only 6.1 kms and was classed as easy. It was a great feeling starting off and even passing a few people. The first half of the run was cruisey as it was mainly downhill - I even managed a conversation with a man running beside me. (yeah, I didn't know he was there and was singing really loud to my i-pod). Then the hills started. One of them was 900 metres long. Yeah, that wasn't fun. But I kept going and then finally I saw the van again and Jonathan gave me a drink and told me I only had 1.5kms to go. I was like "yes - I'm nearly done" But I kept running and running and no finish line came into sight. I started to think I must be running really, really slowly for it to be taking so long. At last I saw the changeover station which gave me a boost of energy and I was able to pass a few people. I tagged Jonathan for the next leg and pretty much collapsed in the ditch on the side of the road. haha. I was wasted.
|Yep, that's me in the ditch :)|
All in all it was a great day. It was awesome to be part of such a great team of people. Running over the finish line together was pretty cool. We'd made a hair brained goal at a family feed a few months before and actually accomplished it! It took us 15 hours and 26 seconds to run 156 kms. We came 109th. Bring on next year!
Back Row L-R: Wally, Nigel, Jonathan, Paul, Rene, Sach
Front Row L-R: Nakita, Kelly, Me, Sam, Kara, Asher