I’m out of bed with a hop, a skip and a jump. Hooray! Today’s the day I’m going to run my first Pub2Pub – all 13km of it!
Who needs friends with benefits, when you have friends with wheels? Today my mate Dave is the nominated driver and is ferrying Kitty and I straight to the start line at the stunning Dee Why Beach. We can’t wait to get going.
The first 800m is straight across the sand. This is the first time I have run on sand, and I can’t say I really care for it because a) it’s hard and b) it’s dirty. My shoes get all grainy!
Once I’m done and dusted with the sand, things get a lot better. The conditions are perfect, the weather is wonderful and the views are absolutely breathtaking. We run across beaches, along estuaries and through little suburbs that I never knew existed! It’s a total coastal mystery tour!
Today I’m training my mind as much as my body. I’m confident my legs can go the distance but I need to get my head in the right space. I try not to obsess about my time across the line and instead, enjoy the experience. I remind myself how lucky I am to be physically able to take part and that my good health is not a right, it’s a blessing. I am going to take this awesome opportunity, and run with it (literally)!
There’s hills, thrills and spills but I finally get over the finish line! I make good time in 1:18:50 and although it’s not my fastest run ever, it’s certainly one of the funnest! Tony Abbot, leader of the Opposition is running too and beats me, but only by a minute!
There’s nothing better than the sweet taste of victory, than the cool taste of beer after a big run! So once I’m reunited with my friends, we go up to the pub to enjoy some well earned breakfast beer and post race good cheer!