What an awesome run! I trained for it over the last four months and got to see a lot of Adelaide in the process 🙂
Whilst running, there were two memorable people that I met and chatted with along the way – first was Benji who I met at the start line and told me about the Yurebilla trail run – 56km in an ultra marathon – could be a fun challenge. He was intending to run at around 1.50 – but ran off and I caught up with him at around Port road at 5kms into it – and then he couldn’t keep up the pace anymore and so after about 2 or 3kms, I went off further.
Then there was an older guy who caught up with me and he had done a half marathon at 1.39 previously – and he was running at a really good pace of around 4.50 or so – so I kept up with him for the next 5 or so kms and only let it go at about 18kms into it – but most of the track I ran at 4.55 or so – which was an awesome time!
I was probably on track to break through the PB, but just found that the last little bit was a bit tricky with the hills to cross Montefiore rd and then up from the river into the final area. So that’s when I slowed down to around 5.15-5.30 – but I think my overall game plan worked out pretty well. I relaxed into the run in the beginning and let people get further ahead, but still ended up catching up with them later on.
I ended up completing the half marathon at around 1.45.46 which was a minute and a bit longer than my PB for the Sandy Point half marathon in 2012, but was still quicker than the Run Melbourne half marathon in 2016 – so I’m glad I’ve been to achieve this result!
All in all, really happy with how the run turned out – practice and getting enough kms in the legs is key. And then the scenery was great – its awesome seeing all the people pushing themselves out of the comfort zone and reaching to a new level – the first timers and the experienced runners.
And for me to come back from the back / wrist injuries – its about managing the body and knowing my limits. These were the main lessons I took out of the run.