Well it’s almost time for the Bridge to Brisbane 2012 and I am definitely keen to run it again…but that’s before I go into the recap and bring back to memory what went on..
So last year I was umming and ahhing about doing it but what really gave me the nudge was a friend’s mum giving me her partner’s paid for spot (freebies do wonders don’t they ;)). So basically I did no training and no pre-race eating or any of that jazz..what I did do was an intense Body Step class that morning that probably wasn’t the smartest thing..But yet there I was up at an ungodly hour, freezing my toosh off at the start line..oh and did I mention I was put in the yellow section- which was like the 2nd hardest section! Pressure?!
So the first km of the race was uphill and I decided to warm up with a bit of incline (tready reference) and do some fast walking then run downhill and keep running till I could run no more. So i ran, well scuffled more likely, all the way to the finish! It was definitely a test mentally and physically but the atmosphere of everyone running with you definitely helps. Running 10 kms on my own? Definitely would not happen.
The last 2 km were the hardest physically and I was pretty dehydrated considering I didn’t stop for a water break at all or toilet break (although I wanted to for majority of the race). I knew if I stopped I wouldn’t be able to start again- I don’t know if that was a mental thing or physical but I wasn’t stopping!
My end race time ended up being something like 1 hour and 2 mins or something- and my goodness I was ecstatic. I just ran 10km in close to an hour! Me, a non runner, a person who hates to run and looks enviously at those who can! This year, for BTB 2012- I hope to beat that! That is my goal.
For the rest of the day I was on a major adrenalin rush and high from actually finishing and running the entire time. But believe me I have never been in that much pain or stiffness EVER- even now thinking back on my 2 day body step training..although I was really sore then I guess my body is more adjusted and used to those sorts of movements- but running is something I very rarely do and my body was definitely NOT enjoying the surprise!
Let’s just say it took alot of effort to go back to Body Step the next day!
Oh and here is a delightful (not) picture of me post-race with my ‘post-race glow’
If you’re interested in entering (yes, join me!) check out the official site.
So, are you a runner? If yes, please teach me!