And bad mistakes…

I’ve made a few!

And somehow we got through.

Today was the 14.38k Run for The Kids and I was kindly picked up by Andrew, who then picked up the Doc (Cilla) and we all got into the city super early. The Doc headed off to the bag area while Andrew and I placed ourselves at the pavilion type thing just down from the George VII statue where we caught up with John (the fast one), he was hoping to do about an hour!

All three of us headed to the “blue” starting area and the sight that greeted us was one of amazement – I can imagine the kings troops feeling the same way at Bannockburn all those years ago except we weren’t going to die today, although the jury is still out on that one.

Two blues - Andrew on left - John on right

9:28 was our start time and it was a comfortable run until about the “k” mark when I twisted my ankle on the ridge that separates the tarmac and concrete on the side of the road.

Andrew and I had decided that no matter what, we’d finish together as both of us were not out to beat any particular time. We chatted before each water station and slowed when each of us needed to.

Mistake number 1 – don’t run close to the edge of the road

Headed into the tunnel for a nice decline of about 500m – how hot is it down there?

The beginning of the Domain tunnel - 500m down and 1.6k uphill!

Mistake number 2 – My good lady said that I’d be too hot in my skins – I was  – but at 4:30am it was a cool 7C – must listen next time

Me in "1069" - Up Bolte Bridge - Really hard work

Walked through every water station and drank half a cup of water and poured the rest down my back.

Mistake number 3 – the water you pour down your back collates in your jocks (skins) I now have bum rash

Mistake number 4 – never rely on the Garmin! – I exited the Domain tunnel and the watch tells me I’ve run 4.6k in a little over  16 minutes -way out – I’ve run some amazing splits! Wait for Andrew’s synopsis for a better picture.

Mistake number 5 – I needed a pee 15 minutes before the start and didn’t go due to the queues and still needed to go 14.38k’s later and had cramps.

I think the time’s right but the 2,3,4,5 splits are way off. I had the Ipod on whilst Andrew ran musicless but by the 7th k I ditched the music as I was feeling fatigued and it was irritating me.

What I did right was finish it with Andrew and we were to concur that we are extremely lucky to run this event because we want to and not because we have a relative that needs us to.

God forbid that it ever changes – you cannot help but feel for some of these people.

We ended up at the “Transport” and had a few glasses of Guinness, where we met up with Cilla and he partner – BTW – well done Doc on the PB.

As I sit here with another beer I’d like to say what an inspirational person Andrew is – he ran 14.38k on the back of only 3 runs in the past 6 weeks – a testament to his overall fitness and resolve – well done mate and thanks for a great day, may there be many more.

“We are the champions”

Forgot to mention – the Garmin thinks I ran 16.1k and for some reason it’s over calculated the distance in the first 5 k:

3 to 5k appears very short


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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9 Responses to And bad mistakes…

  1. JH says:

    It IS hot and stinky in that bloody tunnel. I’m not surprised you were uncomfortable in skins. I was so happy to get out of there and feel fresh air, even if I also had to deal with about 20 thousand people darting left and right to get a drink.

    Re: pee. You should have had a pee by the side of the road near the 5km mark. Everyone else seemed to be doing it.

  2. morseyruns says:

    I bet you did a lot of things right too Alex! It is amazing the amount of people they get there isn’t it- I remember the first one, it took me about 10 minutes to get over the start line!

  3. Pure Profundity says:

    Congratulations! I’ve got a few mistakes to learn from myself.
    And I agree with JH, RE: peeing in the bushes or walls. Thanks for not joining the crowd of them 🙂
    Have a good one.

  4. sassydrcil says:

    You are a man and the world is your toilet. No excuses. I had to wait 45 minutes for a pee at the start!
    A shit about the ankle!
    That was a great run for your first go, it is a tough course and was quite hot, so well done!
    Good to see you today, my shout at run melbourne AFTER you’ve done the half.

  5. Great seeing you again also – thanks Doc – well done on your PB

  6. Andrew(AJH) says:

    I’m not sure about “inspirational”, “stupid” seems more appropriate, thinking I could perform well with little or no training. Things will need to change for Run Melbourne!

    Thanks for the company yesterday, I enjoyed it!

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