City2Sea 2013 - race recap
I slept terribly the night before and had unnerving dreams about the race, but I was well-fuelled and hydrated when I woke up on Sunday morning. I ran into Linna and Nat at the bag drop and then we met Jo before heading to a separate start lines. Goal: 14km in under 84 minutes (6’/km pace). I started well, and quickly picked a tall girl in the crowd who was running in front of me and chose her as my pace setter. We overtook each other a couple of times (and she was making it look way too easy). I made it to 5km in 27’30” and managed to stay about 90 seconds ahead of goal time for most of the run. Melbourne really put on a great day of weather (23°C, no wind) and it made for a really enjoyable run. I slowed a little bit between 7-10km (at 7km I thought “do I really have to run that whole distance again?!?). I drank Gatorade at 10km and knew I only had 4km to go, which gave me a really good boost to pick up the pace again. I started to get ITB friction pain in my left knee at 11km, but kept pushing the pace in the last 2km, careful not to speed up too early to avoid tiring before the finish. I made it to 13km in 77’30” and then I was sure I’d beat my goal of 84 minutes. I crossed the finish line at 82’40” - so incredibly pleased! It’s the first time I’ve had an average pace of <6’/km in a distance over 10km.
After the race I met Nat (so speedy!) then Linna and Jo finished and we sat around in the sun for a while before walking down to Acland Street for lunch (falafels and salad). We wandered around St Kilda a bit more then I headed home via Ben & Jerry’s for some cookie dough icecream. I’d say that City2Sea was my best fun run so far, in terms of both success and enjoyment!