Sunday, July 1, 2012

running a 10K marathon and achieving my goal

So, where do I start? First of all, I have to say that I am very excited that I can even write this blog post and say that I have finally ran 10K in a marathon. Woo Hoo! An impossible dream of mine accomplished. Tick. Check. Cross that one of the list and insert excitement and cheering!!

My morning started very early at 3:30am where I woke up, showered and got myself ready to be picked up to drive down to the Gold Coast. My lovely running companion was Tish, who I have only met once before, but know well from our friendship we have online. We arrived there whilst it was still dark and was immediately surprised by the amount of people gathering on such a chilly morning to run in the marathon. We went about the usual preparation, leaving our bags at the storage tent, lining up for the toilets and generally feeling nervous and excited about running in our first marathon.

We found our starting zone for the race and joined our group. We had placed ourselves in the last running group for the 10K marathon as my goal was not to try to run the race fast but to simply run the race non-stop and to make it to the end. It was incredible to see just how many people had entered the race and it was wonderful to see such a variety of people from all ages, sizes and shapes. As we were waiting for the race to start I felt happy with the training I had done and felt so pleased that I had pushed myself to get to this stage.

The atmosphere at the start of the race was loud, fun and exciting. It was great to be amongst a large crowd and to move with them as we went from walking to running to begin the 10K. You could also tell that many people were ready for a run full of laughter and happiness as well as sweat and hard work. I loved looking around observing the different characters of people running for different reasons. People had t-shirts sharing charities, others promoting teams they were running with and others dressed up just for fun.

Tish was a brilliant running companion as she just let me set the pace and stayed with me the whole race. My goal in running the race was to start off running at a speed I felt comfortable with and to stick to that speed for the whole race. I am really happy to say that I was able to do that for the whole race.  Except in one part, where I was surprised when Tish mentioned to me that I had picked up the pace and was running faster than normal. I explained to her that it must have been because I was watching the 'fast' runners on the other side of the road. Without knowing it, as I was looking at them, I realised that I was pretending that I was running like them and had started to run faster!


The kids made me some signs to encourage me along on my run and I really appreciated my family coming down so early to support me in my big race. Matt did a brilliant job of getting them to different look out points to catch a glimpse of me running by. No easy feat with so many people watching the race.


Everytime I saw the kids I ran over to where they were and gave them all a high five. Here I am red faced, sweating it out, high-fiving my kids. Great photography Chelsea! Thanks :)


Sadly, my goal of running my butt off did not work and it was not left on the road at the Gold Coast but is still firmly attached to my body! Running off after high-fiving the kids and that is Tish in the striped top in the background laughing.

Mentally, the race was not as hard as I thought it was going to be. There was so much to see and hear and so much laughter happening in the race that I did not feel the need to really push myself. It was the first time that I had ran without music and physically it was a challenge to run the 10K non stop but I really felt happy to be out there doing it. As we passed each race marker I would yell out who that Kilometre was for and would celebrate that I had made it that far. Tish and I did a big high five at the half way mark and let out a yell of excitement for making it that far.


Tish and I after the race. Running the last kilometre of the race was awesome. There were a lot of people yelling and cheering to spur you on and it was so fantastic to see the finish line. I crossed the finish line in 1:22mins. I am not a fast runner but was happy that I finished before my goal of 1:30mins. It was the fastest I had ever ran the 10k so I was delighted. I could still walk fine afterwards and felt great!


Here I am with all the family, who had waited around for a long time for me to finish, had been up very early in the morning and had simply had enough. As you can see it was very sunny that morning :)


Now, I have a new necklace to add to my jewellery collection: my first running medal. A little exciting for an ordinary mum who never ever thought she could run in public, in a race, for 10K. Thank you so much for all of your support and for following me on my journey and encouraging me when I had those moments where I did not think I could do it. 

33 comments:

  1. 1.22 - brilliant N. I knew you would have NO TROUBLE AT ALL running within the time cutoff. What a legend you are, I have been keeping an eye out for this post all weekend :)

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  2. So proud of you! Well done!!! I was thinking of you when you were doing it... X

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  3. Congrats again Naomi, very inspired by your achievement, and I am sure so are all your kids and husband!

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  4. Congratulations, Naomi! I didn't realise you were running down here on the coast. What an inspiration you are - one day, one day I'll do it. What an achievement!

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  5. Go Naomi! I am so proud of you.

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  6. So very happy for you.What an inspiration you are. xx

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  7. Love you blog post! Makes me want to do it all over again (except the early early start). Next time we'll sleep better the night before! xox

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  8. Awesome Naomi! I was smiling reading this. I did the 10km too and looked out for you, just to say well done, but didn't see you in the sea of people. It was a great event!
    Well done. Loved reading your post about your fantastic achievement xxx

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  9. What a great post - you have really captured the moment in your words !!! Well done on a great run - you should be really proud of what you achieved !!

    Have a great rest and enjoy this week !

    Love, hugs and positive energy.
    Me

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  10. Wow! You have always been an inspiration to me but this has left me speechless. You are one Phenomenal Woman who i have only the deepest admiration for. Well done, lovely xx

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  11. Very cool Naomi, very cool.

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  12. Well done. Congratulations to you and Tish (and everyone else) for completing 10km.

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  13. So happy for you Naomi. You are an inspiration to us all ...... thanks for sharing your experience. Loved reading about it.

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  14. Ordinary Mum? You are surely an extraordinary Mum Naomi. well done on your latest achievement. You have done everyone proud - but no-one more than yourself.

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  15. Naomi those two photos of you running are an absolute joy to look at. Your red face, your beautiful smile, the look of happiness, YOU have made me smile too xoxo

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  16. Just fabulous Naomi! Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us, I have been following, and it is just so awesome to see the conclusion. Reading this post almost makes me want to train, and run some kind of marathon. Almost ;) You must bee so, so proud of yourself. And the beaming smile on your husbands face in that family picture, so beautiful, you can see how proud he is of you. xx

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  17. So inspired by you Naomi x congratulations to you and Tish

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  18. Naomi, I am so impressed with what you do, seven children and a husband!!! You are amazing. Well done and congratulations on the 10K.

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  19. CONGRATULATIONS NAOMI!!!!!!! What an accomplishment!! I will say that I love this post but I disagree with one thing- YOU ARE NOT AN ORDINARY MUM... I really admire you and your family, I think you have a fantastic life...Keep living your dreams! Thanks for inspiring me : )

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  20. Wow! Amazing. Way to go, sister!

    How inspiring you are.

    xxoo

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  21. Congratulations Naomi.

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  22. Brilliant Naomi, just brilliant. There is definitely a lot of momentum and adrenilin on the day that helps get you over the line. And there is also nothing better than seeing your family cheer you on, the last fun run I did was the first that my family came to and it made a huge difference when they were there to cheer me on and help get me over the finish line. Well done. Love a good news story.

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  23. Naomi, that is fantastic! I am so happy for you and you are looking great!

    I got tears at the photos of you with your hand out so your cherubs could give you five. That is adorable they came down to support you.
    xx

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  24. Fantastic effort!
    I too got tears in my eyes seeing those pics of you high fiving your kids.
    That is what it is all about!!

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  25. Woohoo! Well done Naomi! You have tears in my eyes! It is amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it!

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  26. Go you! I am a sporadic runner - although I have vague sights set on the 9km Sydney Bridge Run in September! I love posts like this to remind me of what a great thing running can be :-)

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  27. Awesome achievement! You're an inspiriation :)

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  28. So inspirational Naomi, a huge congratulations on your achievement xx

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