Sunday, March 13, 2011

Run for Christchurch - race report

Apologies for my tardiness in writing this. I completed my 5km Run for Christchurch yesterday, but have been flat-out busy with programs for new clients, so this is the first chance I've had to post my report.

I did a solo run around my neighbourhood in the far-flung outer suburbs, and luckily for me, Melbourne turned on some absolutely perfect weather for the occasion. Honestly, "run" is a bit of a grand description for my injury-hampered run/walk effort - I'm still nursing that ITB issue, plus I woke up yesterday with a stiff and very unhappy lower back - but hey, I got out there and did it anyway.

I spent twenty minutes lying on the floor before I headed out, trying to release some of the worst of the tension in my glutes with a tennis ball and some stretches. Then I got started.

I walked for a good ten minutes to warm up thoroughly, then alternated intervals of jogging and walking. I didn't time my effort, because there really seemed little point. It wasn't as though I was likely to set a new PB. All I can say is that I completed the 5km, and I'm happy with that.

It was actually lovely out. I passed a couple of walkers and a jogger, but the rest of the way it was just me and my ipod. Apart from a lot of croaking and clicking frogs in the creek and ponds, a dozen ducks milling around in the middle of one road, a mob of kangaroos in the nearby paddocks, and a flock of screeching cockatoos in an ancient river redgum.

If you haven't participated in this event, it's not too late. Get your runners on and get out there! Or just go over here and make a donation. You can even sponsor me if you like. :)

Here I am, in my red and black. Ignore the pasty white skin and windswept hair, please. Geez, it's a fundraiser run, not a gala black tie event.

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