Exercise: Gold Coast 1/2 Marathon (Trigons)

Well where do I start…….

Saw Corrie on Thursday night and even though she tried her hardest, I still walked away with a sore back. Oh well, nothing more I can do about it. Will just have to live with the pain!

Hubby drove me to the airport on Friday. The whole airport thing went well, plenty of time to check in (self check in via internet is wonderful), coffee and donut while I waited for the gate to open. Flight left on time and got to Coolangatta on time too. I have worked out that if I book the very back seat I can get off the plane first, as they open the back door!!

Berny and David were waiting for me, and we drove back to the apartment we were sharing. It was raining by the time we reached Surfers Paradise. This was not the weather I was expecting. Where was the sun???

We ended up going to the new Outback Spectacular for dinner. Then we hung out at the casino for a while before heading back to the apartment for some sleep.

Saturday morning we went to the Expo to pick up my race kit and have a wander around. Picked up a couple of bargains too! Then it was off to Harbourtown for some serious shopping!! I love Harbourtown 😀

Went to the Surf Club for dinner and a meet up with some Coolrunners, but it was an early night as the alarm was set for 4.15am 😯

The morning dawned clear and sunny….well the sun came up just after 6am anyway!!!

There were thousands of people at the start line. I started near the back of the pack so it took a while to cross the start line, but there was no congestion and everyone spread out pretty quickly.

I had no idea how I was going to feel doing this run. To be honest I can’t remember the last time I ran 20km, so I just thought I’d take it one km at a time and see what my body told me.

So maybe a little bit too much info, but I had been having loo troubles since I hit the GC on Friday, so was quite relieved when I finally “went” on Sunday morning before the run. Unfortunately this opened up the flood gates and I had to stop and join a large queue at the portaloos at about the 3km mark.

The queue wasn’t moving so I made the decision to keep running (this was after 5 minutes of standing in the queue). Luckily there was a public toilet at about the 5km mark. Unfortunately there were only 2 toilets and about 10 women waiting, so I spent another 10 minutes queuing. I had to go. I couldn’t carry on to the next loos. There was no choice 🙄

By the time I got back out on the course I was well near the back of the pack, so my focus was on passing as many people as I could. I’d see someone in the distance and then work on getting past them. This made the time fly by and before I knew it I was at the 18km mark.

The last 3km were fairly slow as my legs were starting to feel it a bit. I just put my head down and concentrated on putting one foot in front of the other. The bit through Labrador seemed to take forever before I got back out onto the main highway.

It was great to finally hit the finish line and stop. I was pretty chuffed that I’d run the whole way apart from walking through the drink stations. My time doesn’t really reflect how good I felt, but I’m happy with it anyway. My official net time is 2.29.

Have decided to enter Run Melbourne when I get home. I want to better my time 😀