We did it!
Last Sunday S and I both achieved personal bests in our fourth outing for the Melbourne Marathon.
It was a beautiful day, perfect conditions for running early in the morning and then for walking once the sun came out.
I can honestly say that I completely enjoyed my 10km run. Surprised about how much I enjoyed it in fact. My first ever run in any organised sort of event (I’ve only taken up running a few months ago).
Leading up to the event, I’d been saying that all I wanted to do was finish the race. But once I started running, I realised that I didn’t want to just finish it, I wanted to ran as fast as I could. There was such an adrenaline rush in running alongside so many other people.
I ran the 10kms in just under an hour (and I mean JUST under – 59:16). I got a stitch at the 8km mark which slowed me down. I am hopeful of getting an even better time next year. YEP. There will be a next year. I am hooked on running now. Next big event will be 14kms ‘Run For the Kids’ (for the Royal Children’s Hospital) in March next year. Will start training tomorrow.
I had a good 2 hours to rest in between the 10km run and S’s 4 km walk. He was all geared up to walk as far as he could, but his real goal was the final lap around the MCG.
I was proud to see him walk further than he ever has before (and we’re sold on the Crocodile walker. It’s definitely the choice for next year). He rode the most part of the walk on his bike.
And he excelled in his efforts at the G.
He practically raced around in his walker and then when we were about 20 metres from the finish line, he decided to ditch the walker all together and WALKED all the way across the line. I am 100% confident that next year he could do the WHOLE lap of the G without his walker, unaided.
It’s times like this that I can really reflect on how far S has come. Last year he walked the lap with his walker, but it was a struggle towards the end. He was so tired.
This year, he was flying.
He has developed so much more strength and endurance. And he just seems a whole lot more mature. He is almost a school boy. In every way.
On the way home he told me he can’t wait for the Marathon again next year. And he told me than when he’s 10, he wants to do the 1okm run with me.
I’ll be there at the start line with you S. I believe you can do anything that you put your mind to. You are my inspiration.