Sunday, September 23, 2007
Behind the times
This was my stick-on numberplate. Sweaty!
This is what I did last Sunday - the Canberra Times Family Fun Run. I'd only ever done this once before, when I was in year 10. I hadn't done much running back then. I remember shuffling all the way without walking, and every kilometre a different body part began to hurt.
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This time was a much better experience. I squeaked in in just under an hour which was all I hoped for, really, kept running the whole way without having to walk (10km), and finished 1376 out of 2230. So I am a slow runner, but it's easy to feel slow when you're running with a crowd of 2000+ of Canberra's fittest people. The weather was perfect, sunny and cool. The last km was the hardest, and when I finished I felt quite sick for a minute or two. Then, suddenly, I wanted to run it again! Faster! Bring on the city to surf! The marathon! (endorphin rush + thrill of achievement). I tried to keep mobile through the day but ended up very creaky and sore that night and the next day. All better by Tuesday, though, and I ran again today (about 5km). So I feel that I have some level of conditioning for running, which is nice. I will try to build up my distance and speed a bit before the next fun run.