The whole reason for our holiday was so that I could run the Kerikeri 1/2 marathon. I've been thinking/training/anxiously awaiting this run for a very long time. Mostly I wanted to shave 10 minutes off of my previous 1/2 marathon personal best.
I DID IT. I ran 1 hour 39 minutes!!!!! That is 20 minutes faster than my previous personal best.
How did I do it? Please see picture above of me boarding a bus from the 1960's.
Yeah, that's the walker bus and NOT the runner bus. I missed all of the runner's buses to the starting line and had to take the very last walker bus.
Not only did I miss the start of my race but I missed getting my personal best time recorded on my timing chip. Basically I was playing catch up for the entire run-which helped me keep a faster than usual pace. It was more than a little embarrassing running back with the 99 year olds.
I eventually caught up with the running pack and finished strong.
- in high spirits despite being on the walker bus