Exercise: 10km Run – Melbourne Marathon (7’s Blue)

So I wake up this morning with a thumping headache 😯 How did that happen? I didn’t drink any alcohol last night. I went to bed at a decent hour and I didn’t sleep too badly either. A couple of Advil later and they seemed to do the trick and get rid of most of the pain.

As I wasn’t sure how warm or cold it was going to be, I took along clothing for every eventuality (like you do!!). Drove over to Michelles place and picked her up and then had an easy drive into town until we hit Punt Road. Every man and their dog was trying to get to the MCG!!

We ended up turning left into Swan St and parking at the Vodafone Arena carpark, right near the walkover to the MCG. Okay, it cost us $10 instead of $6, but at least we drove straight in without having to queue for ages.

We saw loads of Hot Air Balloons taking off just as we parked the car. This one then landed in the paddock next to the car park.

Wasn’t long before we caught up with some of the regulars. Poor Andrew’s nerves had finally caught up with him. We then went and got our bearings, which included finding where the ladies loos were. Then we wandered outside again to meet up with Lee and Sue, who very graciously offered to mind our bags as she wasn’t running today.

Didn’t take long for us to find the girls so we wandered up to the start line for the 1/2 marathon and full marathon. It was truly amazing to see this huge crowd of people. The start was about 10 minutes late, but most people didn’t really seem to mind at all. It was a very festive feeling in the air.

Here’s Michelle waiting….waiting….waiting

Once the gun had gone off and all the runners had departed, we had about 45 minutes before the 10km and 5.5km group were off, so Lee and myself wandered back down to the MCG for another toilet stop. By the time we’d got back to the start it had really warmed up and I made the big decision to not run with my jacket 😯

The gun finally went off and we just ran with the crowd. I told Lee that I was happy to run at her pace as I didn’t want her to feel like she had to keep up with me, as this would have put a lot of pressure on her and I really wanted her to enjoy the run. I know that I certainly enjoyed it, and soaked up all the atmosphere along the way.

We ran into the stadium with hundreds of other people and saw the big screen showing everyone running in. And suddenly there was the finish line. Lee still had enough energy to sprint to the finish line, which was a fantastic feeling. We then got our medals and made our way over to where everyone was running in to see if we could spot Michelle coming in, which we did.

We then had to make our way up to the top of the seating so that we could get back around to find out where Michelle was, as all the half marahoners had been hearded underneath somewhere. We eventually found our way downstairs and luckily we just happened to walk out of this door just as Michelle was walking past!! Then we negotiated our way back up to where Sue was sitting with our bags. Luckily we spotted her almost straight away.

Lee stayed for a while but then had to leave, so Michelle and I and the Hobbles family sat for a while watching all the Marathoners crossing the line. It did start to get a bit chilly as the sun was on the other side of the ground.

Here’s Michelle and Lee looking great after their run

And the wonderful Hobbles family 🙂

We saw just about everyone that we knew cross the line, except JH, but that was because we didn’t actually start really looking for anyone until after the 3hr mark and JH did a fantastic time, coming in under 3 hours. We waited and waited for Andrew, but he didn’t show, so we ended up making our way to the Transport Bar for a drink, and who should we see coming up over the bridge on our way there but Andrew and Joey. Good on you Andrew, you still made it to the finish line no matter what time it was.

After a couple of drinks with a noisy group of CoolRunners, we made our way home.

I have to say that it’s been a long time since I actually enjoyed a fun run. My last fun run was the Run For The Kids, which was a disaster, and even the run before that was terrible. Hopefully things improve more in the future!!