Hello dear readers,
I finally ran the city2surf event on Sunday and I must say I enjoyed it. Even better with suprising myself with completing the run under 2 hours (well 96 minutes to be exact). 96 mins off green group but since I will be doing another run (Blackmores), I may have a chance in qualifying for a faster group fo next year 🙂
What the day looked like in a snapshot:
Beautiful sunny day. Slighly cold in the morning but as you ran, it started to warm up. My group was yellow and being a first time runner, I originally thought the people wer slow. I seriously underestmated how slow the people in this group were! Too many slow walkers in my group and was suprised some of the blue group were walking it. Along the way of the course it was taking advantage of free space for those walkers and dodging them like no tommorow.
I ran the majority 90% of the course with 5-10% walking when i needed to catch my breath. I took it at an easy pace and then it was Heartbreak Hill. It wasnt that bad in my hoenst opinion despite many people fearing that hill. It wasn’t as steep as I anticipated it to be and my own hill training definetly paid off and of course freeletics as well.
After Heartbreak Hill, it was 5-6 kim to go and I continued on. As i could see the beach ahead, I thought it was over but nope, need to do the loop around the main road and once I saw 13KM mark, I dashed towards the finish line and made in within 96 minutes! I definelty felt a true runners high because not only did I set a good time but for me running the whole thing.
After that, I met a friend who ran earlier and was waiting for his colleagues to finish and grabbed food, walked around and then headed home. Along the way I got a massage.
I would like to do it again but need to be in a faster group (green next year!).
This race reaffirmed that I can run and have the potential to be in a faster group and gave me new confidence to participate in runs like this.
For those who are considering city2surf, here are some tips:
*Train for it, regardless of what group you select. You will be in for a long run if you are not mentally and physically prepared for it. Honestly, the amount of walkers that I dodged in order to run the whole thing….
*Do an easy paced run befrre the day and or active walking (not long distance though). Deifently do taper your training before that as well.
*Having a decent sized meal of homemade pasta the night before, plus lots of water. Tinned tomatoes, protein of choice and pasta does the trick.
*Take advantage over the walkers and whatever free space you find, just take it. That was my strategy to get a time like mine.
*DO NOT take the portaloos and/or take free treats that the neighbours on the side street! You will most likely crash and hit an energy slump later on in the race. The queues to the portaloos is unbelievable. Even halfway througout the race I was surprised honestly that they would offer this. That’s why you go before the race people. I avoided those like the plague.
*Be wary with waterstations as you will only have a short amount of time to drink those and the risk of slipping on concrete is increased with unfinished water. I’ve seen runners trip and slip because of this which leads to…
*Stay flat on the ground wherever you can.
*Do not neglect strength training. Legs, abs and even upper body. Having a strong upper body means you wont waste your energy, being able to see where your going, oxygen flow and minimising arm swing. Plus having good posture plus having strong legs and steady core means you can run well and reduce injury.
*Addtiion of conditioning will aid in stamina and cardio levels durng your run.
*No need for a heavy breakfast. I ate a toasted sandwich with strawberries and a shot of coffee. Water needed too!
*Big one: Invest in a good pair of running shoes and socks (running specific socks)! Your feet will thank you for it. Saves you from having to finish early.
*Get plenty of rest before the event!
Anyways, that’s all that I can think of and will see you in the next post.