The day started with thick fog on the drive from home to Black Mountain - and clear after that. But cold!
reflectionAs I transported the pacers' balloons to the marathon, I looked in my rear vision mirror and thought I had marked the times on the 3 hour balloon upside-down. But no, it only looked like that on reflection
As the day progressed the sun caused it to warm up rapidly. But not too much to make it uncomfortably warm.
A very large field as the marathon and half marathon combined ran down Telopea Park. I didn't see a starting line mat, so maybe those first few seconds will count as part of our chip time. But I love running in crowds.
It pleases me to see 30 April/1 May locked in for 2011. It means more time to train, and the opportunity to run Masters Nationals in Brisbane and return a week later for a marathon, if I want to.
The pacers did an excellent job. Thank you Brett, Kerrie & Roger, a job very well done.
It's goal adjustment time. In the Half Marathon I couldn't find any rhythm, it seems anything faster than 4:30/km pace kills me. And I do need some long training runs at a better pace than I have been accustomed to if I am going to survive to the end. As for attempting to continue on to a full marathon at that same pace, it's just not on.
Speedygeese who completed their first ever marathon were Warrick (3:39), Kylie (3:42), Bronia (3:48), Jennifer (3:50), Graeme (3:54), and Katherine (4:18). Great effort each one of you.
Michelle Wells (3:24) ran a brilliant seven minute pb. Woo hoo! We knew you could do it!
I got a surprise at the presentations, I won the Half Marathon M60 gold
will there be a half next year on 1 May?
It hasn't been decided; I would vote yes as it made the day twice as exciting. And gave people at the finish great entertainment well before the first marathoners arrived. I have always favoured having a half marathon option at marathons when it can be accommodated. As a marathoner I always liked having half marathon runners around, and today, running with the marathoners was a real buzz.
that is all I will say
Until the official results come out.