I’m a quarter of the way through my City to Surf journey.
Geraldton is a lovely venue for the race and while a little chilli on Sunday morning, the view and sunshine took away the harshness. The 400 or so people warmed up and got ready to go.
The race itself was good. I really enjoy walking and I was making great time, weaving in and out of people (while continuing to be courteous of course!). I ran for little spurts, pushing myself a little more each time. It turns out that my weaving and walking on the outside of the path rather than the inside meant that I added an extra km to my time distance. Oh well.
The 10km point was when I hit a wall. My hips were aching and I was struggling to keep up the pace.I took a deep breath, turned the music up and powered on through. The lovely volunteers cheering me on where brilliant and really kept me going.
When I got to the 12km mark on my race app I realised that I still had a km to go but it didn’t matter. I’d only been walking for 94 minutes! That’s 13 minutes off my time in Perth last year!
The final (and extra) km that I walked was hard. I tried to run but was really struggling. I kept pushing myself and when I saw the finish line I started to run. As I came round the corner my mum, who had run the 12km race, can running up to the side of the finish line to cheer me on. I finished the race with a big smile on face and a brilliant time of (for 13km) 1:42. I was so happy.
The presentations were brilliant, some of the runners were so fast and I felt really proud to be involved, especially being part of such a large group of people who are all helping to raise money for Activ.
After a good stretch we jumped in the car, showered and headed back to Perth, making sure we stopped for a walk half way home.
Next weekend is Albany. I’m ready to tackle those hills!
I am fundraising along with a friend of mine. You can check out our fundraising page here.