run melbourne: bring it on.
and i brought it – all 2h 01m 29s of it too.
it was a sensational feeling – running my first 1/2 marathon. partly because i ran 22km with little difficulty, training paying off. and partly because 18,000 people congregated to run – whether 22 or 10 or 5km. they showed up to run for a cause important to them.
a beautiful course through melbourne, the winter sun and the steady pace of feet hitting the pavement. yes, those are the sights and sounds that all runners – whether novice or ironman – are motivated by. and for myself in particular, i run because it is one of few times that i feel free and far away from everything absolute.
afterwards i realize that i am alone amongst a crowd of 18,000 strangers. that is until a new canadian friend emerges in the crowd. i rush to her and overwhelmed hug her tightly – excited to share this accomplishment with someone. someone who undoubtedly will become a big part of my australian life. my running buddy.