Monday, May 13, 2013

Run the Rock 2013

SO.. the wife dropped by Melb for a week & that could only mean one thing to us (these days).. WHAT RUN SHALL WE SIGN UP FOR!

The only run event that could fit her schedule was 'Run the Rock' and so well.. we ran the Rock! Well it was for charity & the fact that the wife was arriving the very night before meant we couldn't possibly impose any pressure on ourselves :P, we were just gonna have fun. But of course we always say that - and in actuality - the wife ended up running at a half-marathon PB pace... thanks to me of coz and I was actually the only one truly running for fun (ie. could've gone faster :P) but ya know *pfftt..* whatever.. :D

The last 1km or so we were running on grass and it kinda reminded me of the old cross country we use to do in school.. and this promptly takes me down memory lane where back in Secondary 1 we had our first cross country during the orientation (where the PE teacher sussed out potential school runners).. and the top 10 runners got chosen (traditionally) to be in the school team. Guess who came in 10th?? :D

And guess who was subsequently rejected coz 'this boy's bit big' and 11th place got chosen instead??? :(

Yep. I could've tapped into my inner runner aggggeeess ago but no.. I was made to wait 20 years.

Anyway enough about memories, sharing some pics:

Was a chilly morning when we arrived.. 

Hanging Rock of Macedon in the bg..  
A scenic part of the route.. 
This was our 2nd loop.. some roos were actually hopping along with us!
Detoured for 1min to get our jackets! 
Best moment - pulling into the final 1km, we were behind an elderly 19k runner, and in the mix there were runners from other categories, 10k, 5k - and well, in front of us were some 'bigger' ladies who were just walking... and we had to manoeuvre around them etc. the elderly man turned round to me & said 'It's like running past cattles!'

Run impression - I would say it was a good flat simple no fuss route - minimal real 'trail' trail.. all pretty civilised. Well organised of coz. Fruit bars + water as we crossed the finishing.. spot prizes & stalls were set up. Nice day. Was a tiring drive back to Melb plus the heavy fish & chippy lunch we had.. & the glaring sun.

But it was nice to run with the missus again. always nice to be the man behind a woman slowly breaking all her PBs.. :)

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