Sunday, May 11, 2008

I've Survived to Tell the Tale

First of all Happy Mother's Day to all the mums out there :) I'm certainly not one, but did enjoy having lunch and spoiling my wonderful mother.

I was up at 4.45am for my 28km race. Conditions were overcast which was perfect as I was going to be on the road for a loooong time. Start time was supposed to be 6.30am but we didn't actually get away till about 6.50am... which means there was more sun.

Me and the two ladies I run with took it niiiice and slooow. Our goal was just to finish it as 2 of us had never run that far before. Felt great through the 5km, 10km, 15km waterstops, and I actually got a second wind on the way to the 20kms. Had my GU gels at 10kms & 20kms and psychological or not, they worked a charm ;)

Pushed it to 25kms which surprisingly came sooner that I expected then I put on the accelerator for the last 3kms, overtaking someone (which at that stage of the race, I did feel a bit bad for... but my legs couldn't stop! ;) ), and came in in the grand time of 2hours, 38mins and 27 seconds.

I was goalling for under 3hours, so I'm more than happy with that time! The other two made it in just under the 2:40 goal as well. Yipee for the girls! I felt awesome after it, and I still do. Like I still have a bit more in the tank? But not stoopid enough to test that theory ;)

Running is very psychological for me... having never run past 23kms, I had to set my mind that I could do it, and that I would do it comfortably. Last year I only planned to do 20kms of it, and I was a mess at 20kms, and you wouldn't have gotten another metre out of me.

I've been psyching myself up for weeks for this, and all the way kept going with my mantra "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling good". It worked :) Never once did we contemplate walking 'just for a little bit'.

I'm stoked. The experienced runners say if you can do this run, you could do a marathon. The course is very hilly, I lost track of how many hills we actually had to conquer. So that stirs the brain into thinking a little bit... OH did say to me "You can do the marathon on the GC now". (this though, coming from a NON-runner...). Next year I think will be my goal for the big one!

I'm off, the wonderful OH has prepared lunch, and I'm STAAAARVING!! And so he should, he slept in till all hours!! ;)


gypsy77 said...

Well done! Your a machine!

I've been following your blog for a while now. I looooove running and today did the mothers day classic 8km (in a PB time, 36.57, YAY!!)

Most of the time, it's only other runners who really understand why we do this.

What an effort, you really could do a marathon. Good on you!!!!!


linda said...

Fantastic Selina - that just sounds awesome!! You're well on your way to the marathon!!

Kristy said...

What a wonderful race Selina. You did such a great time and what an amazing day.

My running program is going well, but a little upset that I couldn't train last week, but back into this week. I am really enjoying the running, thanks for putting me onto him.

Lyndsay said...

Woooooooooooooooo! Don't know how you do it girl!