And the Winner is….Batman

You couldn’t write about it!

My 4 year old son Sam who either jokingly or seriously said that he’d race in his Batman outfit carried out his threat this morning at the City2Bay Family Fun Run (1.5k).

Up this morning at 6:30 and left home at 7:00 and for the first time in ages I didn’t feel the need for a fenac. Michelle dropped Harry, Sam and I off at the Esplanade in St Kilda for our 1.5k run while she then drove to Etihad Stadium to park near where the 10k was to start.

Every second person said “Go Batman” to Sam and when this was said on the run he had a 20 metre spurt. Harry ran off ahead of us and waited for us after the finish line, while Sam and I finished in a close one with the hundreds cheering him on. Collecting our medals, Sam was also presented with “The Best Dressed Child -1.5k” card and an instruction to be at the presentation stage at 8:35.

The show was running late so every 10 minutes Sam asks when he’s going to collect his prize. Forty minutes later he’s called up on Stage and whilst Sam will normally talk the leg of a chair in known company, he has a propensity to go mute with strangers. The crowd roared as he went on stage and he seemed to take it in his stride – a confidence that certainly wasn’t there before he went on stage. The compere made excuses for his muteness by saying he was up all last night keeping the city safe.

In the end Sam said that his mum was running the 10k and his dad and brother were in the crowd – he then waved to the crowd and was presented with his prize – a Brooks sports bag; identical to my gym bag except mine is black and his is blue and an envelope for $100 voucher for the Brooks store. All up $140 worth of prizes – Go Sam.

I should fly up there and grab my prize, why should Batman have to wait?

Gimme the prize and I’m outta here!




Batman waving to his adoring fans!

While waiting for Michelle to finish, we went to the R4YL (Run 4 Your Life) store and bought a 12 month subscription (6 issues) for $9.95 and a 2XU running cap for $15 – bargains the both!


At the same time Michelle was in her first ever major race and the first time over 8k. She was hoping for 70 minutes or better. She lined up at the rear of the field where you’d expect most of the runners would be completing the 10k in around the hour or more. She couldn’t believe the pompousness of some of the other runners and most were female.

10k complete, no stops, slowed for the drink stations and completed the 10k split in exactly 70 minutes! I am so proud of her, she only started running in July 2010 and that was two 5 minute walks with a 2 minute jog sandwiched in between. I remember her telling me that she couldn’t run without stopping because she ran out of breath and now look at her.

A by product of her super running effort and with fear of embarrassing her she hit a significant milestone this week – 69.8 kgs. The first time under 70 kgs in a long time. For her birthday (January 8th) three years ago I bought her membership for the Contours gym – at the time she weighed 98kgs. That’s nearly 30 kgs lost and I think she’d be the first to admit that it hasn’t been easy and at times the effort hasn’t translated into weight loss, but if nothing else she’s determined and really enjoys the exercise. Next goal is 65 kgs and I’ll try and get her to do a post when she achieves it.



About offthelongrun

Born in the UK in 1961 - I migrated to Australia in 1991. I've never been overweight, but I drink and eat too much and probably run too much nowadays!
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2 Responses to And the Winner is….Batman

  1. morseyruns says:

    Yay Batman and Yay Michelle- great work both of you- especially on the fantastic progress Michelle has made. Huge thumbs up!

  2. Andrew(AJH) says:

    Awesome work to both Sam and Michelle – she doesn’t need a guest post, she needs her own blog … that sort of effort and results should be written up and inspiring others !

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