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Race Recap: Bridge to Brisbane – I’m not a fun runner or a group runner I have discovered!

1 Sep

Sunday just gone was the Bridge to Brisbane. I think my neighbour is psychic around these things as when I had the last race – River Run 100k – he kept me awake, and this time he left his lights on which beamed right into where  I was sleeping and I had a terrible nights sleep – grrrr.

Anyway I had to get up at 3.45am (yes that’s right – the middle of the night!) to get ready to meet everyone in my team at 4.45am. My husband was not at all impressed and said to me when setting the alarm the night before “this is the last fun run you are doing at this time! – it’s not even a half marathon!” and I agree with him whole heartedly on this one as I like my sleep and am not convinced it was worth the early start unlike the Gold Coast Marathon I ran 2 months ago!

Not a morning person!

So anyway I got to the gym to meet my friends and two of my girlfriends were late and then one forgot her bib number. Now I know it was only meant to be a fun run and we got all dressed up into french maid costumes for a laugh but after no sleep and hauling my butt up, having to be relatively social I think that pushed me over the edge… I grumbled and sat staring out of the window whilst the girls crunched around me on egg shells giggling away! They all know I am not a morning person and find it hilarious! I can laugh now but at the time I was very jealous of my husband snoozing back in bed.

Making our way to the race 

We got to Central station and I was a bit more awake and we caught the train to Murrarie ready for the race. We got a few looks from runners on the train – those serious runners who look at fun runners and think ‘they are not real runners – and they look ridiculous’ – I’m afraid i have been one of those in the past! But I accept now it’s for fun and having been over taken by superman and batman in marathons realise it doesn’t matter how you dress speed wise.

So we raced to the toilets and there were just people everywhere – I had forgotten what a nightmare this race was in the sense – not many toilets, and thousands of people. We then wandered up like zombies with everyone else to the start and I realised the enormity of the race not having done it for a few years. So many people and we were late and towards the back 😦

On the way to the race

On the way to the race – the whole team. Some of the girls and one guy walked and the rest of us ran.

The Race 

The race started but we stood still for a fair time waiting to get to the actual start point. I am not convinced it is possible to get a good time at an event like this – but I felt my adrenalin pumping all the same and soon found trotting up the bridge was a bit too slow for me, and I resisted the urge to weave in and out initially and then my body just wanted to zoom off.

My hamstring was actually hurting more the slower I ran, when I sped up it felt better so there was only one thing for it – I had to go and weave. I was a bit stressed as i thought the girls and Shaun would be annoyed I wasn’t going to stay with them but in the end i just blurted it out that  I had to go – they looked at me like I was odd as I was a bit stressed and then i went.

I felt so much better just running at my own pace and kicked back and settled into the run. I knew i wouldn’t do a great time because of the sheer number of people and the first few km had been quite slow but I figured I had paid for the entry I may as well push as much as I could in what little time was left. It surprised me how quickly the race went and it was great to see those km flying by. There was a sneaky hill at around the 8km mark and then I finished thinking I could have gone another 10k, collected my shirt and was done.

End of the race

Silly photo at the end with the girls and Shaun – and some random guy that photobombed!

So it was a bit of an anti climax and a race I don’t think i will do again as there were just too many people and the early start quite frankly wasn’t worth it but I did it – another one to tick off the list. It’s a great race if you are running as a new runner, with friends or for charity – I think I am a loner when it comes to racing – see below!

The things I discovered from this race though were that I am definitely not a fun runner. Whilst it was fun wearing the costume the idea was that we would all run together and not worry about time and have fun – I just couldn’t do it. I am very competitive with myself and couldn’t hold myself back – I just didn’t see the point in running a race just to enjoy it and to jog along. I needed to run it like I was racing it.

The second thing I discovered too which I already kind of knew is that I am not a group runner. All that marathon training I did was basically alone bar the runs I did with my lovely friend Karen and we had a similar pace – but I am definitely not a group runner when it comes to racing – I know that now – unless I have trained with that person in the lead up I think mentally I need to run my own race if that makes sense.

Anyway I’m looking forward to the next few challenges – haven’t decided what yet but a few potentials on the horizon 🙂

Have a great week of running!


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Breast Cancer Research – How you can help by running the Mothers Day Classic

28 Feb


I have been fortunate to not have been close to anyone who has suffered with breast cancer but I know people that have had their family or friends go through it. As a woman it scares me along with all the other cancers we are potentially at risk of. So the annual Mother’s Day Classic races across Australia in aid of Breast cancer research have always been races I have wanted to support and be involved in.

Last year I was unable to run so didn’t race and this year it is on the 11th May right before when my baby is due so I won’t be there this year either so I thought instead I would write a post promoting it and give you some facts about breast cancer.


  • Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia.
  • One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
  • In 2014, 15,270 women are predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia.
  • In 2020, 17,210 women are projected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. This is an average of 47 women every day.
  • Increasing age is one of the strongest risk factors for developing breast cancer. More than two in three cases of breast cancer occur in women aged between 40 and 69 years.
  • Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer have an 89% chance of surviving five years after diagnosis.
  • Improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms and improved treatment outcomes for breast cancer.
  • On average, seven women die from breast cancer every day in Australia. Finding breast cancer early increases the chance of surviving the disease.
  • Although rare, breast cancer can also affect men, accounting for about 1% of cases. Around 110 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year.

*These stats were taken from The National Breast Cancer Foundation where you can also get more information about Breast Cancer.

I have fond memories of running the Mother’s Day Classic with my friends and hope this time next year to be running it again rather than just talking about it 🙂 It’s a really fun race with a serious message behind it and I love seeing all the girls dress up in fancy dress and really having fun as well as running – all in the name of raising money for Cancer Research.

The event takes place in more than 70 different places across Australia and you can read amazing stories on their website as well as donate or volunteer if you are not wanting to run. There is a 4.5km and an 8km race which people either walk or run and the support you get whilst running round is amazing.

I want to wish everyone walking/running the event Good Luck and I’ll be thinking of you and hoping to be there next year 🙂