So tell me this, folks … how come on race weekends, the man does all the running (42 kms of it!) and I’m the one that’s exhausted afterwards?
Yes, it was time for another marathon, and last weekend the man and I flew to Melbourne so that he could complete in what was allegedly a flat course … it’s not, if you are wondering. The man said there were HILLS!!!
It was a big event, with more than 30,000 competitors pounding the pavement. We flew in Saturday morning, picked up the race gear from the Melbourne Cricket Grounds, and found our way to our hotel which was on the race route. This meant that I could pop out in the morning and cheer wildly as the man ran past at the 6 km point. Perfect vantage point … the photo is a little dark as the sun hadn’t really made an appearance at that stage.
But let’s back up a little … lunch … yum!
I think this was one of the few times I was happy to own up to being 50 (+); it is hard to see in the photo, but behind our number 50 is a vast array of very elegant desserts.
After lunch we headed off to our hotel and relaxed the afternoon away, and I made the most of it by lounging on a comfy chaise lounge and doing some hand-sewing while watching a movie while the man carbo-loaded. The things you have to do before a big race!!!
In the morning, he headed off about 5 am, and I wandered down to the 6 km vantage spot and cheered him on, then check the marathon app and walked to the 35 km spot. No, I didn’t have to walk the 35 km route, just 4 km. Unfortunately the app wasn’t working very well, and it told me he had already passed the 35 km mark before I arrived, which wasn’t correct. I missed seeing him at the 35 km point and at the finish line because of the app’s incorrect reporting.
Next time, he will run with a smart phone, and I hope to have a better idea of where he is, rather than relying on the marathon app, which told all sorts of lies!
The race itself was a difficult race, as race day was warm and there were hills, but the man finished in good time, one second before the four hour limit he had set himself.
We viewed all the professional images of the man taken during the race, as I like to get an image with his finishing time on it for each of his marathons, and it was very difficult to find one where he was ‘happy’ … ok, it was impossible! So this image shows him sprinting to the finish line, almost four hours of heavy-duty running! He is amazing!!!
Part of the excitement of Melbourne for me was meeting up with two long-time internet friends, Carol and Esther, whom I have known online for around ten years. This was the first time we had met up, so there was lots of squealing and hugging when we finally found each other at the finish line of the marathon. Esther had flown in that morning from an overseas trip, and Carol had come to Melbourne to cheer on some running buddies, and it was just fabulous to meet up with them.
It took the man a while to find us … I was really worried about him as I knew how well he could think (not very well!) after a long race. Once we had found him, we then had to find the car … and naturally he couldn’t remember where he parked it! Finally we were on our way (with me driving, with the man sitting next to me busy not thinking!), and once back at the hotel, the girls and I had a lovely couple of hours chatting and catching up.
In no time at all, it was time to pack and find our way home … sooooo tired! I walked quite a few kms during the day in the heat and got sunburnt as I forgot to wear the hat I had in my bag, and with all the nervous stress involved with worrying over the lost/brain not functioning exhausted man, I was very glad to fall into my bed just after 9 pm on Sunday night.
Fun stuff, marathons … I’m glad we have a month or two between them, though. Carol is trying to talk the man into doing the most difficult Australian marathon course next year, the Great Ocean Road which is 45 km and a very tough race! At the moment, he’s not 100% convinced he needs to do it, but watch this space …