race day

Yesterday was the annual Bridge to Brisbane fun run and, my goodness, it was a very interesting day! It had been a few years since I last participated, but my workplace entered a team, so I was pretty keen to be a part of it. Unfortunately, I got a cold last week, so I was still recovering from it yesterday (still have a bit of residual cough now), so I was not expecting to have a good result, but we’ll get to that later. I want to go over the whole morning. (Yes, there may quite possibly be a lot of menial details in this post, but I want to document as much as possible.)  Continue reading

61 minutes

On Saturday evening, I went for a run around my local park (which is more like a network of parks linked together by a creek and a cycling/walking path that runs along it) and the surrounding neighbourhood. It is probably the best run that I’ve ever done – it’s at least the best run I’ve done in the last few years. I was pretty chuffed (I’m still quite chuffed) to complete 10.1km in under 61 minutes.

I don’t think I’ve actually run 10km since the last time I did Bridge to Brisbane (which was back in 2013). Well, actually, I might’ve done a couple of 10km runs in the intervening time, but certainly not many. Maybe I got to 8km a few times? I am passionate about running, but I never really bothered to properly keep track of these things. (It’s not about the numbers, really.)

But I do know that, in recent months, most of the runs I’ve done have been about 5-6km. That distance takes about half an hour, or a bit more, and has generally satisfied my need to run. However, since signing up for the Bridge to Brisbane fun-run (B2B) again this year, I needed to step this up. For so long, I’ve been telling myself that I’m probably more suited to shorter distances; running 10km would be too much. Maybe I told myself that I just didn’t have the time or energy to run so far, and then maybe I started believing it. Continue reading

big shoes to fill

I really want to write about my run last night, but I need to post this first because it’s kind of the backstory. You can read all the boring details about my run next time (or not).

My workplace decided to enter a team into the Bridge to Brisbane fun run this year. For those unfamiliar with the race (i.e. you’re not from Brisbane or never lived in Brisbane over a winter), B2B gives you the option of doing a 5km and 10km course, which you can either run or walk. I’d been tossing up between the 5km and 10km options because I haven’t run 10km in a very, very long time, but I know I can do a pretty decent 5km run. The choice was then between protecting my pride, or taking on a challenge and pushing myself.

I’d like to say it was an easy choice, but I took at least a week and a lot of encouragement to commit to the 10km run. Well, there is actually a jogging option as well as running or walking, so I went with jogging. (What you choose isn’t overly important, it just allows the event organisers to get an idea of what time you might finish in, and hence allocate an appropriate starting time bracket.) Continue reading

boom

As most Brisbanites would now, yesterday was the annual ‘Bridge to Brisbane’ fun run. This was my first year participating. I finished 10km in just under 68 minutes, which is better than what I expected to manage. Prior to B2B I did a few 9km runs, and they took a bit over an hour (it was an approximate 9km based on Google Maps; plus I also walked a fair bit).

Despite the early start (got up at 4:30am, race started at 6am), which I’ve always considered to be the main “con” against taking part in B2B, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and can’t wait until next year. Going to aim to get closer to the one hour mark.

I was kind of surprised at how fast I was running at some parts of the course, dodging past people and over-taking the slower joggers. It’s an incredible feeling, though. Totally worth the soreness and stiffness (yeah, I probably didn’t stretch as much as I should have pre- or post-run).

The home stretch was definitely the best. Even though my feet were burning (in hindsight I’m surprised my legs hadn’t cramped up at all during the run (totally did not even think about it during the run) and I never even got a stitch), and even though it felt like my lungs were going to implode, I fully ran the last 200m or so. I don’t personally know what it’s like to have an asthma attack but, based on knowledge from others, I imagine it would be similar to how I felt running that last 200m.

Before I wrap up this post, just want to give props to all the volunteers and water people at B2B. Truly appreciate it. I reckon if, for some reason, I cannot take part in B2B, I’d definitely like to volunteer.

One of the promotional concept things they used for B2B this year was encouraging people to share their “reason for running” – whether it be as simple as burning extra calories or more deep and personal. I reckon I run for a number of reasons: for the health/fitness benefits, because I can be quite competitive, and for that incredible feeling of awesomeness that comes with intense physical activity.