Firstly, this wasn’t a race. It just a group of people who run to the beach from the centre of town once a year. The fee goes to charity. That being said, when I got there at 4:15 am for the 4:30 start, I learned that everyone had started already. Since 4:00 am. What. So no warm-up, no pre race pics, I had to get on my way.
After about 2 Km, I had passed most of the walkers (most people were walking), but I knew that the group of runners I should be with were way ahead. The course was flat for the first 6 Km or so, then it was straight uphill for the next 6. There were 2 false downhills of about 200 metres each before it was up again… that was a bit excruciating. But I realise more and more that I love running hills.
I passed a few runners, a few passed me back, but by the time I got to the steady downhill before the beach, I realised that I was in the front of the pack with the other runners. As we pulled in, there were only about 5 runners ahead of me at the stop point, so I made up the distance.
It was a great run. Here’s how the garmin looked:
I was a little (a lot) off on the elevation- went close to 900 m. There were a couple of times my lungs felt they would burst (the 2 spikes on the heart rate chart)- not sure what that was about… wasn’t high enough to have breathing issues, I don’t think. I think it wasa the 2 mini uphills before the final descent. And this is what greeted us at the end…
I’ll photo bomb y’all in a separate post. All in all, a good way to spend a Saturday morning.