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melbourne marathon

The day was an absolute spanking one for the MM yesterday, perfect conditions!  Met up with RJ around 9:30am and we hung around St Kilda Road opposite the Transport waiting for Flick (CR) to come through who was doing the half.  Saw her and gave her a mighy cheer 🙂 She got quite a mouthful of abuse from a runner as she waved back and crossed towards us, how bloody rude, no need for that!! 

We then started walking to our start line, well where we thought the start line was but in actual fact wasn’t.  Had to ask someone where it was 😳  We were so organised, not!  Now because I talked RJ into doing this run, I promised her we would stick together and cross the finishing line together no matter what.  We started at the back of the pack and not long after the start found ourselves walking due to the congestion of people.  Even though the plan was to walk bits as RJ needed, we found ourselves walking when we wanted to run which was annoying.  We plodded along slowly with about two bottleneck areas of congestion.  Have to say crossing the Swan Street Bridge was a bit hairy as it was not blocked off.  All those people trying to cross bridge and stay off the road with cars driving past was quite challenging to say the least.   It didn’t seem to be that long before we found ourselves going up over the Bridge that leads down towards “the G” (?William Barak).  I think that was where we saw Jaykay and Sassycil zoom past us.  RJ was feeling like total crap and feeling a little dizzy and was having a one minute walk break.  Started to plod again down the bridge and before we knew it there’s the “500m to go” sign, WHAT THE???  Surely we hadn’t nearly completed the 5km.  As we entered the MCG, I somehow lost RJ!  I started to panic because I promised her I was going to cross the line with her.  So I pulled over to the side and looked back and forward, then ran back but couldn’t see her anywhere.  I was thinking what a terrible friend I am and that I was never going to hear the end of it 😆 Anyway ran back a little more and finally spotted her!  So we did end up crossing the line together thankfully 🙂  Collected our medal, had a drink and then collected our showbag.  Walking up to the Transport we had the big discussion on how we both rock because it was the first Fun Run in an eternity and we walked/ran it and we managed to get ourselves a pb, pmsl! 

Arrived at the Transport and the smiles were wiped of our faces when Andrew(ajh) and Jaykay informed us the course was in fact 4km!!!!  So in the end our time was the same as our usual 5km time but we only did 4km 😆  Aahh well, at least we were out there doing something 🙂

Really great to have a chat and a drink with Jaykay, Andrew and meet Sassycil and Shells.  Had a good chat with Flick and caught up with many other Cool Runners as well.  A lot of happy runners around thats for sure.  Saw and chatted to Sara who was in full police uniform!  Hey Sara, on the CR site, someone commented on the cute policewoman who called out “Go Coolrunner” 😆   It was a really great afternoon and of course has motivated me to no end.  Definitely will be doing the Half Marathon next year at MM and hopefully improve on last years time. 

Can’t end this post without a special mention to Alisonjc and Mrs Wombat who honestly seriously rock on their Full Marathon achievement……. inspirational stuff!!

insane moment

Ok, I have had the insane moment and have entered the 5km at MM!!  I just couldn’t let it go by and have to say it was completely the social side of things that tipped me 😳   The sort of bright side is it only cost $50 instead of $55 that was advertised on page of entry fees.  Really looking forward to catching up with everyone and of course, Jaykay, the mandatory drinks at the Transport afterwards!  I was going to contact you re:  running buddies but somehow, and I honestly don’t know how, but I managed to talk RJ aka “c RJ run”  into doing it as well!!!  She has done absolutely no running for an eternity because she has been busy with her brother getting their new business venture up and running.  When I spoke to her on the phone I said, it’s going to be 22 degrees, a beautiful sunny morning, we can leisurely walk run it and then have champagne at the Transport with the ausrunners and coolrunners afterwards 🙂  Aaahhh,  the power of persuasion.  Now I have to work out how the hell I am going to get to the MCG before Sunday to pick up race packs!

I was thinking about this event and I realised that I have now done the 10km (07), the Half Marathon(08) and this year it will be the 5km.  Hhhmmm, that just leaves the Full Marathon to have completed all events……… 😆

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