I’m feeling enormously proud of myself today, having just finished the 15km City2Sea this morning in a wet and cold Melbourne
Hubby kindly drove me over and dropped me off at the MCG and I was relieved to actually see other people there – I was worried that the rain had scared everyone off. Instead, they were all hiding under the roofs at the MCG. Standard porta-potty visit done, I joined them until it was time to join our starting group.
We didn’t seem to have to wait long for our start and having DJ Havana Brown kick off proceedings certainly helped pump up the mood. Very soon, the siren was going and we were off, over the start line and through a sea of confetti.
The course started by heading towards Federation Square and then onto St Kilda Road and the kilometres seemed to whiz by. There were just enough people to build a good vibe but not so many that there was pushing and shoving. In fact, unusually for a large event, I had no trouble at all in the first few kilometres with having my own space.
Running along St Kilda Road again went pretty quickly, despite the long, straight road.It was broken up with a couple of drink stations and an opportunity to high five the Westpac crew. I also got a giggle out of people stuck in their cars in the traffic (that our event was causing) – I was sure they were thinking we were mad and not realising that we were thinking the same about them. I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather be doing on a Sunday morning – the rain had stopped but it was perfect, crisp Melbourne weather and absolutely ideal for running.
Turning into Albert Park was a little demoralising as you could see all the people who’d already done the circuit streaming out to their finish. And we still had a long way to go. However the crowd had thinned out nicely and it felt like a friendly, intimate run. I ran through the misting tent they’d set up in anticipation of hot weather – I was wet anyway so it didn’t make much of a difference, other than making me smile 🙂
I had been worried before the event of making 10.6km before the cut off as there was a diversion off the road and onto the path. I just made it. Literally. The woman was coming out with the tape to close off the course – I think that, after me, there were only 2 others let through.
The far side of Albert Park was a bit of a challenge. A wide road but with few people about and my legs were really starting to feel it. It’s almost as if I hit a mental barrier at 10km (the farthest I’d run previously) which prompted a series of small body niggles for me to worry about. It didn’t last long though – the kilometres really did seem to fly today and, soon enough, we were back out onto Fitzroy Street with only 1km to go.
I chatted to a couple of other runners as we saw the finish line – sharing the motivation and pride in finishing. My smile crossing the line was huge and I eagerly accepted my medal.
While it didn’t have the atmosphere of some of the other Melbourne runs I’ve done (Run Melbourne being the best), the course was good and the participant numbers were about right to make it friendly but not too crowded. Facilities along the course and at the end were good – enough drink stations and the Gatorade and bananas at the end were much appreciated.
So yes, I’d probably do it again. Especially if it’s raining 🙂