I made a pact with myself in 2013 that I would run a different half marathon every year. It may have sounded a good idea at the time; but the way my body is feeling today, – I am wondering was it?
Having run the Auckland Half Marathon about 5 times – I wanted a change of scene and a new challenge. I had run a fairly respectable time in 2013 and felt that I wanted to go out on top. So in 2014 I ran the Queenstown Half marathon in rather cold and rainy conditions and did ok. Then in 2015 I ran the Sydney Half Marathon in slightly wet, not so cold drizzle but was a fun run (as not many hills). Over the weekend I ran the Devonport Half Marathon in torrential rain, mud and blustery winds (with one big hill – North Head). Having not done much training didn’t help. It was so wet this winter, it was hard to get out of bed and I got sick a couple of times – however no excuses! I survived.
For some reason, it hasn’t put me off thinking about where I might run next year? Somewhere with sun perhaps or go to London, Paris or New York where I can combine my two loves being running and shopping.
I ran a disappointing time on Sunday. However, given the conditions I’m not sure anyone (other than a duck) who could have swum the course in lightening speed would have been too fast. They say it is the journey not the destination. I enjoyed the scenery, running up North Head was pretty awesome; and of course getting over the finish line in my muddy shoes, drenched body and achy limbs was so much fun. Bring on next year.