An Achievement

How things change in a year. If a year ago you would me I would be a runner, I properly would have laughed in your face. Never would I have expected how my life has changed in just a year. See it comes down to time again.

I use to always look at runners, and thought ‘wow I wish I could run’, but every time I tried I HATED it.  I hated everything about it.  My lungs felt like they were going to burst, my shins killed me and I just did not like it at all.  One thing for sure is running really tests your fitness.  You might think you are fit, but unless you run, you ain’t fit.  Running just helps you in all other aspects of fitness.  It really is fantastic for endurance.

A year ago I decided I wanted to try to run.  So I started off small, 3km.  That was tough.  Invested in the nike+, attached that too my shoe to find out how I was progressing.  It’s not a bad device when it’s calibrated, when it’s not, it’s accuracy is way off. I then slowly built myself up to 5km.  However I didn’t really schedule a lot of running days.  Considering when I started my fitness journey it was winter.  (A bit of rain doesn’t phase me now). As I got fitter, running did get easier.  However my passion for running only changed this year.
When I started to like running it was the end of seasons for the SAAC (this was back in Oct 2011).    So I asked for my name to be put on the list for next year (2012). The season didn’t start up again until April this year (2012). However thanks to entering run for the kids, and actually finishing it I got the running bug.  My first race with the club was 5km handicap.  I ran it in 28.55mins with a handicap of 6mins, my time ended up being 34.55mins.
One thing I like about the handicap is that they try to time it so everyone finished at the same time. And there is nothing like someone on your heals to make you go faster.

I haven’t been able to come to every race. Family commitments and other events have caused me only to get to about 5-6 races. However I love how it’s a really family friendly environment.  Kayla has done 2 races now with the club and Miles 1.  They do the sub juniors, so they aren’t running huge distances, ranges from 1km to 2km.  Kayla runs faster than some adults, she does so well, so super proud of her achievements.

Well yesterday (16th June), was the Gary Rice Handicap. I was given a handicap of approx 7mins. I’m not too sure how they work out the handicaps.  But that’s the time I was given so I just went with it. There were 2 other runners ahead of me, acutally 3, but 1 was a junior and she wasn’t running the 6.5km she was doing less.  I did run with her for a little bit, she did really well too.
I didn’t catch up to Mrs L until my 2nd lap.  I could see her at the end of my 1st lap, but took a while for me to catch up to her.  Once I passed her, I could see Mr G.  Took ne about 500m to overtake him. Once I got to the last leg of the run (it was 6.5km) I went for it, I could actually see the other runners behind be by then, even though they were are least 200m away.  Just the thought of someone overtaking you at the last bit really motivates you to go faster.  The last part was up a hill.  Now this hill wasn’t steep but it was gradual, and I was working hard.  But I did it!  I came in at 35.26mins SAAC Gary Rice 6.5km Handicap by matilda_i at Garmin Connect – Details. It was my fast time for this distance.  My average pace is about 5.40, and I was running a lot faster than that.  I actually didn’t realise that I had come in first until Mrs S came in.  She was the 3rd runner in, and it wasn’t until she said “omg I forgot about you’, that made me realise that I actually did come 1st.

Coming in first is a good feeling.  Makes me realise that all the hard work that I’m putting in is actually paying off.  I don’t expect to win again any time soon, but it’s nice to be acknowledge for my achievements.  And the bottle of wine and gift voucher, well they are a bonus!

I will post the link to the article when it’s up on the website.  I also plan on keeping the paper, and framing my achievement.