Thursday, October 6, 2011

Last pre-Melbourne post. It's so hard to believe that this time last year I was getting mentally ready for my first marathon. All the hard work had been done. All I had to do was to actually run the thing.

Twelve months later and I can't say it's been a great 12 months of running. I've had 2 bouts of the flu, sinusitis that lasted for 6 weeks and now I've had this stupid hip injury for 8 weeks - really awful preparation for a half marathon. But in the long run it doesn't really matter. I will finish the half on Sunday. I will have a lovely weekend with my big boy. I will get to watch a great soccer match. I'll get to visit the zoo. I'll get to drink great coffee and have some nice meals that I don't have to cook or clean up after.

I went for my last run this morning and it was a shocker. It was only 6k but it felt really horrible and hard. Don't you love those confidence-building runs just before a race? I'm hoping that it was just my body's way of saving the good stuff till Sunday. One thing's for sure - I'm going to be taking it out really slowly because my body is quite unforgiving if I push it too hard.

So my goals for Sunday are to run around the 5:30 pace, to enjoy the run and to find my son afterwards so we can have a celebratory breakfast at my favourite Melbourne cafe.

This is my beautiful little boy about 23 years ago and him now. I still melt when I see those chubby little cheeks.

Just 2 more days and this young man will be a half-marathoner.


  1. What a cutie...then and now :)

    Hope you feel great during your half. I have had a few runs like that going in to a race where I just feel tired and drained and I think there's just no way I'll make it through the race. But you will!!

    Good luck to both of you.

  2. Have a ton of fun with your son. And you'll do great.

  3. Good luck this weekend. And have soooo much fun! Soak up every second. You deserve it. :)

  4. You WILL have a great time at your half and with your son.
    Ever so often I will have a terrible run only to have a great one the next day. Go figure.
    Gosh, those kids grow up fast, don't they?
    Enjoy your weekend, I know you will.

  5. My friends and I always tell each other that when we have a bad run in the week before an important race, it means we're ready. I'm sure the same applies to you. Enjoy the race and enjoy your "little" boy!

  6. Beautiful photos of your little boy!
    Enjoy your race on Sunday!

  7. Don't let one bad run derail you! It is not that uncommon, and you will find during the race that you worried for nothing. You are strong.
    Make a memory with your son - It will last a lifetime.
    I'm running a half marathon with my son (his first) in Jan at Disney. I can't wait.

  8. Hope it went well and that you had a great time with your son!

  9. ...and now he is already a half marathoner!
    Beautiful pics.


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