March this year saw me competing in my first Half Marathon for the year. I'd had a good build up and was feeling pretty good about the run. As we were lined up at the start we even passed comment about regretting not entering the full.
The day was clear but we were expecting rain towards the end. The start of the run was quick. Now I don't mean a sprint pace but it was pushing along at about 5:20min/km. This is a very quick pace for me especially for a half marathon.
After about 10km my heart begun to lift as I was on track for a 2hr time. Up until this stage 2:19:34 was my fastest time. It was also about this time that the wind begun to pick up. The trouble with the wind wan't so much that it was there, but that it was a head wind and always a head wind. We were running towards the surf and by the end the rain had set in and wind was up to about 30km/hr.
As I neared the finish I kept an eye on the watch, 2:10:00 was creeping up very quickly and I was worried that I wasn't going to make it. The finish was painful. My legs were burning and anticipation mounting. Finally I spotted the finish and using every bit of every raced towards it. It was a huge relief to complete the half in 2:10:45 a new Personal Best.
Now you would think that after a run like this rest would be high on the agenda. This was not to be for me. The Hamilton Roadrunners was hosting the last event in the Summer Series and I had already entered it. My legs were feeling ok so I decided that the 11km run was do able. More importantly for me it was do-able at a run.
Now that wasn't quite the highlight. There was also a spot-prize for the people that had entered all the events. Yep you can guess here this is going. I was the lucky winner. Such a huge rush. The prize, sponsored by House of Travel, $1500 travel voucher.
Needless to say - HAPPY - doesn't even come close to describing the elation I was feeling. Oh and to top it all off I found out this week that Chelsea is pregnant so baby two is on the way.