What an absolute crap day.
Oh the race itself was great, the company a blast, and being able to cross something off my list highly fantastic! But I was just not quite in the mood. I woke up grumpy and it stayed with me pretty much all through the day.
I went to bed early the night before, but having been awake for far too long by that point I was not able to make up my sleep quota in just 7 hours, so I woke up at 7am on sunday morning, and I was grumpy. Cranky, and a few other words that end in -y and are not pleasant things to be. But i was awake and there was no way I was going to back out of this now. I made myself some oatmeal, had a mug of tea, and then our friends arrived for the carpool caravan!
We drove with them towards the end of the race track (because you see, you walk the 8.4km and then you have to get back to your car, which is likely at the start of the course. So really, if you’re unlucky, it’s actually 16.8km walk. but only half of it counts! But we were smart this year! We carpooled with some friends and we each parked our cars at one end of the course! Huzzah! So after dropping their car off at the finish line, we drove back towards the start of the race and parked ours.
And here is where my day started to go bad. I had to use the bathroom. I know I probably could have held it a bit longer, but that seemed to be utterly foolish. So while scouting for a place I finally gave up and went into a petrol station with a line. I was still standing in line when the race officially started, with cannon blast and everything. I didn’t actually get to the starting line of the race until about 20 minutes after the race started. Which was actually not too bad since we were still with a bunch of people at that time. There were over 70,000 participants in this event. That’s a lot of humanity.
So you see, we started in central Aucklan, right along the waterfront. Walked up past the Port of Auckland, where the Portworker’s Union were standing out with signs about keeping the Port public. And then all along the walkway that’s just been finished . Up and around all of the bays. Mission bay, where I’ve spent some time, and others that I haven’t yet. The views were quite pretty, but I did not bring my camera. My big cannon just would not have worked well.
So, now that you know the route, let’s get back to me and my bad day. Somehow I started off putting my left foot down wrong. Or at least that’s how it felt. I tried to adjust my gait over the course of the day, but it just was not working well for me. My big toe was hurting and I was getting cramps down the outside of my leg, along my knee. I stopped a few time to try and stretch the offending muscle, but to no real avail. It was just not a good day.My pace was not consistent as a result and by the last kilometer of the race I was barely moving. I was running on absolute dregs of the dregs of fumes. My tiredness from the day/night before plus the exertion of the race seemed to have caught up with me and I was just plain wasted.
I made it to the finish line though, and the official times haven’t been posted yet online, but shortly after I crossed the line, they announced it had been 2 hours and 28 minutes since the start. So a little over 2 hours if we want to be technical and not count my being in line for the toilet.
Now there were some fun things along the route. One radio station was apparently handing out sausages, and another was giving out/selling slushies. They had packed up by the time we reached their trucks, but we were told that they had been awesome. Cadbury chocolates had set up a giant water sprinkler at just about the halfway point for people to run under and cool off a bit. Luckily, or not I guess, the weather was actually overcast and cool so there was no real need for the sprinkler, but it was really cool either way. And there were some folks from the Ice bar company (a new icy pop business) giving out samples of their lemonade icy bar. Which was really welcome at that point in the race.
Overall, the race was good, and had I been in a better mood, less tired, and better prepared mentally I probably would have enjoyed myself even more. But my mind was just not in it, and my body certainly was not quite ready for it. Next year, I will be more prepared, and I will conquer it again.
had a good time with walking the race with E though, he decided to not run it, but instead hang back with me and our friends and do the course at a leisurely pace. Which was greatly appreciated.
There were some good bits, like the sprinkler and the icy bar, and the army guys and their perfect jogging technique. Oh, and the firetruck that got stuck on the Start banner. And it did feel good to finish the race, walk to the bbq that his work put on and have some post race food.
But It was just not my best day, and not my best race. It’s left a tiny bit of a sour taste in my mouth, but i’ll get over that soon.
Soon up! Crochet projects galore!