“RUNNING TEACHES ME THAT I AM CAPABLE OF SO MUCH MORE THAN I EVER IMAGINED”
On Sunday 15th May I ran in the iconic Great Ocean Road Marathon. The course starts in Lorne and winds along the breathtaking coastline for 44KM until you reach the finish at Apollo Bay. It really is one of Australia’s most visually spectacular marathon’s and I’m so happy I got to be a part of it this year.
The most beautiful sunrise set the scene as marathon runners traveled by bus from Apollo Bay to the start line along the race route. At 8:00AM we all set off and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Slightly overcast and little to no wind for the first 22KM of the course. Due to poor health, my training and preparation for the race was not where I wanted it to be, so I was concerned that this would have a negative impact early on in the race but was surprised when I was at the half-way mark and still felt great!
With about 14KM to go the weather turned drastically bringing with it rain and a horrendous headwind causing me to slow up considerably and fatigue quite quickly. The last 7KM or so seemed to drag on, so I was ecstatic when the finish line was in sight! Despite poor health and the bipolar weather, I only came in 20 minutes behind the time I had set myself when I first registered for the race, so I was extremely happy with the result.
After freshening up in bathrooms and watching some more runners cross the finish line, I was ready to eat! My best friend was with me for the weekend, so we went to the lovely Sandy Feet Café in Apollo Bay and I devoured an incredible Veggie Burger whilst she enjoyed the Falafel Wrap.
I flew in to Avalon Airport on the Friday before the race, so we had some time to explore the Great Ocean road properly before I had to head home on the Sunday night after the race (I didn’t think that through at all). We set off for home at around 5:00PM from Apollo Bay and stopped for a quick bite at Angelsea. My flight was delayed by about half an hour giving me some time to go through the photos and reminisce on what was an awesome weekend.
The Great Ocean Road Marathon is a fantastic race and is suitable for both first timers and seasoned runners as it is a little undulating but overall a comfortable run – plus the views are unlike any other!
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