WOW. I did Melbourne Marathon yesterday. The 2016 edition. And boy was that an adventure. Every time I feel that I’m making progress running marathons, something happens and thud I’m brought back down to earth. This time by a gust of wind.
The more things change the more they stay the same. Melbourne was home to the first marathon I ran so I felt it fitting that it would be home to my tenth. Honestly a few years ago, never would I have thought that I would end up running ten marathons. But as all runners know, there is an inherent burning desire to run faster, run further and to keep on racing. Every runner knows what I’m talking about. And nothing, not even the pain of running 42.2km can extinguish that flame..
3 weeks ago I ran the Sydney Marathon for the 3rd time. The lowdown is this. It was my 2nd fastest marathon time. I completed it in 3:37:16. It was the 3rd time I had done Sydney and it was fastest I had ever done it in. However, running isn’t always about individuals. It isn’t always about me. Case in point, look at Strava. There’s a feature in their labs section called “The Roster” which shows how often you have run and who they are. Looking at my stats here, 43% of my runs, I’ve run with other people.
Marathons are hard. No doubt about it. I’ve done 8 now and they do not get any easier. I signed up to Gold Coast late last year. I thought this was my chance to do a really good Marathon time given it was a super duper flat course. But as I’ve learnt with running and in particular training for marathons, nothing ever goes as planned…
Most of my marathons tend to be well planned out. I do adequate training, with multiple long runs spanning over 30km. However for some reason this time around, I threw all that out the window.
- Running myself and the high I get out of it
- The enjoyment I get out of seeing other people run and accomplish their goals
There are a billion reasons why I want to love the Sydney Marathon. It’s in my home town of Sydney, it’s the only time in the year that one is allowed to run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and it finishes right over at the Sydney Opera House. An absolute slam dunk of a race, right? Not quite….