I know you've all been on the edge of your seats wondering how I went in the Flinders 5 this year. It's taken me a few days to fully process my run, and the results are in:
Mel's time in 2012 (minimal training): 27min 44sec
Mel's time in 2013 (C25K training): 27min 33sec
Looking at those numbers you may well wonder why I bothered (actually, I was wondering the same thing myself for a day or two).
But here's the key difference: last year I ran no more than 2k at a time, then strolled along for a bit to recover. This year I ran the whole way, no walking. My breathing was steady, my legs were quiet, and I felt good enough to chat to people as I ran around the course. I think I found my jogging pace. Unfortunately, discovering this pace seems to have locked away my sprint ability, but I think a few more weeks of training would have allowed me to tap into that again.
The C25K program took me from being a not-particularly-fit non-runner to a moderately-fit runner; someone who actually enjoyed running 5k.
So now that I've graduated from Couch to 5k, and now that the Flin5 is over for another year, will I keep running? I'd like to, which is something I never thought I'd say. And that, to me, means that C25K was a success. Give it a go; you may surprise yourself.
And for those of you who are wondering: I'm wearing a Waterlily Nuu-Muu. This funky addition to my wardrobe was really comfy to run in, and may also get some social outings over summer.
Nigel and Kate Marsh spent the weekend on Flinders doing everything they could possibly find to do. After doing the Trousers Point - Fotheringate coast track on Friday afternoon, Nigel entertained over 100 people at the pasta night. Nigel is an internationally acclaimed public speaker on life work balance. He has the most viewed TED speech available on youtube and three very entertaining books. Saturday brought the Pub2Pub challenge that they were both up for, then crayfish and roast local wallaby for dinner which gave them enough bounce to take part in the Flinders 5. Kate took the lead at the half way mark and Nigel couldn't quite catch up (that may have had something to do with me dragging the chain and the fact that Nigel felt he needed to help get me over the line). That didn't pull them up - they then went up to the north of the Island for the rest of the weekend doing some significant mileage on Killiecrankie beach and The Dock. Thank you Nigel and Kate for contributing so enthusiastically to our running festival. Hope to see you back next year. Liz
I believe it is Scott Jones. Although it is hard to tell in the fetching blue outfit. I did see him dashing around the 5km course on Sunday and I believe he did it in a pretty handy time considering he ran the Ultra the previous day.
Scott is joining David Williams in running 200 kms from Launceston to Hobart (so running the Ultra was just a quick training run) to raise money for Cure Cancer. You can follow their preparation and progress on David's Website (and donate to the cause) .
Good luck David and your bright blue friend Scott.
Competitor number 148 Mary at the great age of 99 and a half beats competitor 277 over the line - and competitor 277 is only 72, get your skates on David Anderson!
For those of you who have been following us on facebook, we wrote a bit about Mary a while ago. She has participated in every Flinders 5 from its inception in 2007. We can all only hope to be as fit and enthusiastic as Mary.