|GETTING READY TO START|
Jane has been training for this for some time and expected to complete the 11 km in 2.5 to 3 hours. For her it was not a race but an accomplishment. There were obviously many serious sports people there for the 22 km and at least one experienced proper walker, (Olympic Style). There were a lot of families and I was amazed by the athletic and endurance ability of many of the children, If you want more detail you can have a look at the Kuaotuna Search and Rescue page for the Bush to Beach event.
|The course is really tough. The first 3 km go straight up and there were all kinds of terrain to deal with|
It was a most enjoyable day and we stood there clapping away as participants came in. The were probably four times the number of participants tospectators so I felt a "duty" toward those who did the hard yards to cheer them on at the finish line.
|WAITING IN THE STARTERS PEN|
We got wet too but it wasn't too cold and we did have light jackets and umbrellas. I found it hard standing for nearly 3 hours. I often get dizzy if I cannot sit and rest for a while. I did get desperate enough to sit on wet grass for a little while. We were determined to be there when our daughter came up the track. It was such a proud moment. I am so thrilled for her. She was part of a small group who exercise together on the beach, unless the weather is too rough, then they go to a hall. Jane is now in her mid-forties and we all know how hard it is to get out and do things when we have been overweight for years.
|A LOVELY DAY OUT FOR FAMILIES (IN BETWEEN THE RAIN)|
|ONE OF THE FIRST TO RETURN AFTER RUNNING 7 KM|
|HERE THEY COME!|
Sunday I did my own marathon. I was in a good state of nutritional ketosis. I have missed a couple of days on the cross-trainer so that my re-set goal for the month was not looking so good. My original intention was to do the same 25 minutes I've been doing all week than add about 15 minutes in later in the day. I stooged along, feeling quite good, doing maths in my head until I began to think today would be a good day to go for 60 minutes on the cross-trainer. All I can hope is that I haven't blown myself up and I will continue with my planned routine over the coming week. In that 60 minutes I achieved 13.5 km, A half marathon is 11.5 km. Before you think I am an athlete in training to run the next marathon let me tell you two things. The cross-trainer enables me to cover a much greater distance than I would on the ground. I am not carrying my full weight on my feet because I use the handles and they also help me to not worry about my balance and the risk of stumbling. The cross-trainer is a bit of a work-out but I have mine on low resistance and I can get a nice steady swing going between my feet and arms. I seem to be well co-ordinated that way while John struggles with this aspect so he rarely uses the beast.
I am impressed with myself but not as proud as I am of our daughter who walked an off-road half marathon, up and down steep, slippery hills, through mud, along tracks and no tracks, beach, stream and hard paved road.
I felt quite emotional when I saw her coming up the track and was very close to tears of joy as Jane finished.
|CROSSING THE FINISH LINE|