And I loved it.
Sunday was the last run in the Run Auckland Series of six 10km runs, I have been participating in. They have been held at various parks throughout the city about once a month. While I have moaned and groaned before and during every event, I really have had a great feeling of achievement each time one is completed.
On Sunday morning it was dark and cold and wet, but I dragged my sorry arse out of bed. (Mr Brett lying in bed with a cup of coffee telling me I was a champion kind of helped but didn’t by the way)
The run was at Millwater, a newish subdivision by Orewa. The course was a really nice mixture of flat and undulating with interesting things to look at. Amazing to think that only a few years ago it was all farmland.
Although it was a rather miserable morning, as you can tell from the happy looking people below. I managed to do my best time yet and I really did enjoy myself.
As usual when I go on a run, my “monkey mind” likes to work overtime. I am pretty sure this is because I am incapable of concentrating on one activity for more than 10 minutes, let alone an hour, so when I am running thoughts get pretty random
Here are a selection (no wonder I need to go to bed early)
- 2 years ago I couldn’t run 1km let alone 10
- How my idea of what a fun activity is has really changed. Well not that much – gin drinking and chippie eating is still fun
- How much I like pretending to be a Kenyan runner on someones shoulder waiting to overtake them with a powerful kick
- How can that woman who is so much larger than me be so much faster – she is absolutely far more Kenyan than I am
- Will my Dragons still want me to support them when I must have put a hooddo on them so they have now lost 6 times in a row. I even pulled out Kia Kaha in my inspirational tweet – nothing
- Why haven’t I won Lotto yet when there are so many cool things I would do with that money?
- Do I really look like a condom wearing my running hat?
- Is Mr Brett out of bed yet?
- Where is the finish line?
I managed to do 5 of the 6 runs and I am very pleased and proud of myself because I ended up about halfway overall in the field for my grouping – 40-49 year olds . Not bad for a former non runner.
So a very big thank you from me. Run Auckland people for organising such a great series. It has managed to keep me motivated enough to keep running/shuffling through winter and I am really grateful for that. Otherwise the gin and chippie fun activity would really taken over. I will definitely be participating next year.
All a bit sad on the Footy front, both my teams lost – boo. (sad boo not angry boo – call me old fashioned but I really hate hearing booing at games, it just seems so boorish and unnecessary)
Both teams did play a lot better in the second half – so we are taking heart and feeling positiveish for next week. And they were both tough games, the Dragons were playing the Bunnies – last years champions, and the Warriors took on the Chooks, who are always competitive.
This weekend, I am super excited because Mr Brett and I are heading down to Hawkes Bay to watch the Dragons take on the Melbourne Storm. I really hope the guys go well, and there isn’t a stalker alert placed out on me at McLean Park #awkward.
Whatever the result I do know the guys will give their all and do their very best to win. I also know that I will get to eat some great food, drink some nice drinks and tormenting Mr Brett in another part of the country is always an enjoyable bonus.
Just before I close I do have to mention Anika Moa (again) and her fantastic album Songs for Bubbas. If you are ever looking for a present for parents of little ones, this is highly recommended. There is a lovely mixture of funny and sweet songs, lots of Te Reo and of course she sounds amazing. I bought one for Isla, and I have it on good authority that she approves.
Ma te wa – that was especially for you Brenda