For 19 years Brisbane’s corporates have been hitting the pavement to raise money for Brisbane charities, with more than $670 000 being raised over the event’s history. This year the charity partners are Special Olympics Australia and The Salvation Army’s Streetlevel Mission. I entered the competition with a work team from St. Andrews War Memorial Hospital. You can walk 3km or run 5km.
As a bit of history, I have done the ‘Couch to 5km’ training program a few times now. The year before I was pregnant with my eldest son (2008) I trained and ran the 5km Brisbane Bridge to Brisbane in just under 42 mins.I was extremely excited as I crossed the finish line that I had achieved my goal of completing 5km. Unfortunately I remember walking a fair bit of it because I just couldn’t manage to run the entire race. I also realised that my husband and mother in law finished in under 49 mins and they walked it! A few months later, we were married and I was pregnant with our fist child, training became something “I used to do”.
This time around I used the C25K program as a guide and just wanted to run as far as I could and better that running time every week. 12 months ago I remember running on the treadmill at the gym, looking into the mirrors which thankfully were to the side and thinking how big I looked, I couldn’t imagine being smaller let alone 3 or more dress sizes smaller. I used to train in a baggy t-shirt and was very conscious about what others thought of me.
Every Tuesday when I would go to the gym there was a guy there who was already running, he used to get on the treadmill, smash out exactly 5km and would do it around 21-22mins. He like me was trying to better himself with every run he did. I remember thinking “i could never run like that”. I could never go to the gym and run 5km, get off the treadmill and go home, that was to me, IMPOSSIBLE.
Switch ahead to Tuesday this week, I was 2.5km into a 4km run on the treadmill and all those thoughts came back to me however it was – I CAN run without much thought, I CAN just smash out 4-5km on the treadmill. I AM closer to being that person that I NEVER thought I could possibly be.
I woke yesterday feeling pretty flat and unusually for me I had to take Panadol for a headache which water would usually cure and I wasnt firing on all 8 cylinders, maybe only 4 or 6 at a push. I told my husband on the way up to the race that I wasnt really looking forward to it however when we arrived he atmosphere was pretty good and after a trip to the photo booth caravan and a few silly photos I was feeling pretty good. With over 4400 people you can imagine the start line was a little crazy, it took us a few minutes to pass over it and we were off. I had told hubby that I would be running for a time so would probably not stick with him. My pace started off fantastic with the first km in less than 6mins, the race went really fast and before I knew it I was starting to pass team mates that had gone ahead of me at the start. ME, the girl who couldn’t have done this 12 months ago was passing others. I was absolutely amazed when a colleague came up beside me 100m from the finish line and encouraged me on, my colleague is a seasoned runner and although he wasnt running for time I was so very happy with myself. I crossed the finish line with a time of 32:05mins. What made me even happier was hearing the announcer call me husbands name just over a minute after I crossed the finish line. For someone who has not run 5km in probably almost 20 years and done minimal training I was super impressed and very proud of him.
Good effort all round and cannot wait for the next event………..just to figure out what that will be.