By: Kim Flack
A few months ago if anyone had asked me to run 5 km I would tell them I could run and walk it only. Once I got to running a full 5km I thought, well I could actually run 10km. After running with the Stella Newbies for a few months I was able to run 13km. Dave announced at one of our weekly runs he would lead a bus on the Hillcrest 21km and aim to finish between 2h:40min – 2h:45min.
I thought this could be quite fun and how much further than 13km was it really? Come the night before the race I was worried I wouldn’t wake up, checked the alarm a few times and when I heard the rain come down at 12:30am I was starting to panic a bit.
The run started off wet from the rains the night before and it did rain a bit in the beginning which was great to be cool, but I had wet socks and shoes from the get go – my pet hate!
But our bus was in good spirits and with Dave leading us I started to enjoy the run – even the few up hills in the first half. Sean and Al pranking along the way and Dave always checking we were all ok, the rest of the team jovial – there were no worries.
At about 16km in my body felt like the end should have been near but with 5km left to go I told myself that there was only a park run left to go, only a park run left to go…
Then it dawned on me those lovely hills we so enjoyed running down until about halfway we were now having to climb to get to the end. With my ITB giving me warning signals I did end up walking unashamedly up some of those hills. But thanks to Dave and the rest of the Stella bus encouraging me all the way to the end I was elated to have finished my first 21km.
I intend to be stronger for the Deloitte Challenge and with all the advice from Stella members I know I will succeed!