For the 6th year now I’ve made it to the bus line up with over 2,300 other participants for the Keri Keri half marathon. I hopped on the bus, buzzing with excitement, and got shuttled out to the start line, a cow paddock, 21.1km away. This was the 2nd year in a row that I was the 2-hr pacer and it was so lovely to see so many familiar faces.
I also had the pleasure of having another 2-hr pacer with me, superwoman herself, Donelle. She recently completed her first full Ironman and has also qualified for Boston, 2015!! Oh and she’s 41 years old with 3 teenage children!
Donelle and I meet some pretty awesome people along the way and didn’t stop talking the entire time. At one point a man took his earphones out and quite seriously asked me, “do you ever stop talking?”, I said, “no”! He smiled! ha
We kept a very even pace the entire run, at 19km Donelle took the front pack ahead and I slowed down to get the a few more people through to the sub-2-hr mark. I managed to cross the finish line at 1:59:46. The Hugs and Thank-yous are always my favourite part of finishing an event. Being able to help people push their own boundaries and achieve a new personal best is such an incredible feeling.
The experiences I share, the people I meet, helping out during the harder times, laughing during the good. I feel so lucky and so fortunate to be given so many wonderful opportunities.
Dr. George Sheehan puts it best, “The true runner is a very fortunate person. He has found something in him that is just perfect.”