Ok so I got a little excited after the City to Surf and the Bay Run and figured that I had probably run about 3-4kms of the 14 km C2S course ( in intervals ) and I power walked 7km easily in the Bay Run so why not try running 4kms in a fun run for another charity…
Enter the Parkinsons Fun Run, an event to raise money for Parkinsons, they had 3 events on offe – 8km run – 4km run or 4km family walk on flat track around Olympic Park.
So this was my first serious attempt at running an entire “fun run”. I was as nervous as hell about this one, considering I had only run 1km without stopping for the first time the DAY BEFORE but I was determined to give this my best shot, and I was going with my gals, this time it was Leonie, Kyleanne, Michelle, Tracy, Renee, Meredith & Karen.
Now Kyleanne had been “helping” me run for the past 2 weeks, Ok so some would call her helping more like yelling and pushing, but It was helping and it was exactly what I needed. She had got me through the 1km so all I had to do was repeat that 3 more times … GULP
I was registered for the 4km run along with Tracy, Michelle and Renee Kyleanne and the others were all registered for the 8kms, but Kyleanne had been sick L an was going to swap to the 4kms and run with me ( YAY 🙂 ), no problems, I had not met Renee before and would be meeting her for the first time on the day we were all meeting at Tracy’s house again, getting picked up by Leonie again… all good I love our car pooling and meeting new people.
Ok so get up in the morning bright and early and my phone is going nuts, buzzing away… disaster… Leonie is sick L and cant make it.. omg omg omg what to do….. Renee to the rescue, she will drive us, still meeting at Tracys, same time disaster averted . ( except our lovely Leonie is still sick 😦 )
We arrive at the event a bit later than planned and missed the start of the 8kms, but we were able to cheer on our lovely gals Karen and Meredith as they passed us on their first lap, and then again as they crossed the finish line.
It became apparent pretty quickly that this was an actual “fun run” and they expected us to run… oh SHIT!! They had a time limit because the family walk would be starting soon… CRAP!! I had been secretly hoping that I would be able to run the 1st km or 2 then slow down to a powerwalk…….
Also it was a pretty small turn out less than 100people, GULP no hiding or getting lost in the crowd here.
So the warmup begins, and we watch YES WATCH from the sidelines.. one last trip to the loo before lining up, and BANG we are off…..
I jogged the first 2.5kms without stopping, I wanted to stop so many times but Kyleanne was right beside me and kept encouraging me. I did slow down to a walk for the next 500mtrs, to regain my breath and have a drink, then back to a jog for the next 500mtrs, then another little walk again, THEN we came to the part of the track that enters the Olympic athletics stadium, well it goes without saying you HAVE to run when you are on the Olympic track. It was hilarious we were running through the empty stadium waving our arms, taking bows, thanking ourselves and our families… SO MUCH FUN J !! We got out of the stadium and it was only another 500mtrs to the finish, I was determined to finish this thing jogging BUT as usual Kyleanne had other ideas, Ok she says when we get to the fence we are going to sprint…OMFG… are you kidding me, I don’t have anything left to sprint……. We get to the fence and she says ready lets go yelling come on run faster faster faster…….. I don’t know how the hell I pushed myself but we did it we sprinted the last 100mtrs, I could see Renee Karen and Meredith at the finish line cheering and screaming for us… It was the MOST AMAZING FEELING….. I ❤ my gals …