Day12 – Imagine this – 6am in a lovely park, underneath the northern end of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. the sun just up, the day warm, a large cruise liner coming down into the harbour, and looking at the Sydney Opera House on the other side of the water.
This is indeed a magic town.
Boy it was early though! Over 7000 people were gathering to start the Half Marathon at 6.30, and there was quite a little buzz around. And of course, long, long queues for the portaloos! It was warm, and I knew, that by the time my run, the Bridge Run of 9km started at 9am, it was going to be very warm.
But the Half people all went off, and I watched the next lot, the Sydney Marathon runner, start to pour into the park. It’s always great people watching at these events, and I’m always amazed at the different shapes and sizes of people doing these hugely challenging events.
It did get hot, and I was grateful for the freebie hat! We are yet to hear about how the marathon runners did – hope they are all ok.
They had lots of water around and kept telling everyone to be really careful. David and I both saw heat stress casualties, no-one was expecting to have to run in this temperature in September – it got to 30 deg!
But we did it! David got it done as usual, no cramps this time – 1.53 (not impressed particularly, but I think that is great). This is David talking…”It turns out that running 3 miles every day for a fortnight is not enough training for a long run… they don’t add up and why is it not cumulative??” As we are now on the lounge and relaxing, he is saying he really enjoyed it – hindsight is a fabulous thing.
I had a big crowd to run with, but I loved running over our iconic bridge. I was finished in 50 mins and that’s ok for me.
And then, another great park on the other side of the bridge, we finished at the Opera House – what a great place to meet up! We are indeed very lucky to live in this place.
Then, after a much needed shower, we went to the pub – could be worse!
Now – about backing up again tomorrow – how hard can it be??
Michelle and David
Shoes – Great Nikes (they finished) and soon to be retired Adidas
T-shirt – Proper Kathmandu running singlet (for a change)
Miles today – 9km for Michelle, and 21km for David (translates to – 5.6 for me and 13.1 for him)
Miles to date for challenge – lots.