City to Surf Perth 2013:
So on the 25th August I competed in the Chevron City to Surf for Activ in Perth Western Australia. I did the half marathon which is 21.1km! I started training about 10 weeks prior to the race with the training program below. But I never actually got to follow it to the end as I got a knee injury about halfway into it (from not following the program properly!) So before the big day I had never actually run 21km, the most I had run was 16km.
The day before the race:
So the day before the big event, I did the whole carb loading thing. It’s meant to help so why not give it a go? Well I struggled, how can one human being consume so much food??? Seriously? I ate about half of what was recommended by this website.
If I had of eaten all of that I would’ve exploded. Well anyway after falling into a carb-induced coma at bedtime I then woke up after 3 hours and couldn’t get back to sleep. That’s my favourite thing to do before a race, not sleep! But I here that’s a common thing with runners and I’m told that it’s two nights before that is the important night to get sleep (I think maybe that person was trying to make me feel better).
So with my eyes hanging out of my head, I headed to the train station with my friend Pam and we set off to the Perth Convention Centre. It was pretty hectic with thousands of people walking around everywhere, but everything was signed really well so we went into our respective rooms (Pam into the Wave 1 room and me into the Wave 2 room).
In case you are wondering when you sign up you have to estimate how long it will take you to complete your run, I estimated at least 2 hours which put me into the wave 2 category and Pam had estimated around 1hr40 which put her in the wave 1 category. They separate you like this so the runners who are more serious and have a chance of winning are at the front of the pack and the others that are running for fun or the experience are at the back. That way nobody trips over anybody else. It’s very well organised that way.
There was a bit of confusion as we left the convention centre, do we start running now? Where is the start line? But the start line was on St George’s Terrace so it was a 5minute walk to the start line. Then once we got to the start line we just started running, there was no start gun and the timer was already running from the Wave 1 runners. This I felt should have been explained to us. But anyway it was fine and we headed off.
The Race Starts!
Now it was explained to me that the City to Surf was a very hilly course and that you definitely needed to do hill training to prepare. Or if you’re me, just don’t do any and wing it. As I headed up the first steep hill I thought, ok I can do this, it’s tough, but ok. Well I made it up there a little out of breath but was able to keep going. Through Kings Park, I lost track of the hills as there were so many, however they weren’t steep just up and down constantly. I thought pffft what are people talking about? It’s fine! Not too difficult at all. As I got to the exit of Kings Park at the 10km mark I wasn’t so optimistic and the kind volunteer who said to me “Not far to go now” almost copped an elbow to her face….almost…
The 12km runners joined us then and I felt the upmost hatred towards them as they didn’t have to do the Kings Park leg. We all kept running and when we ran through Subiaco my spirits were lifted as there were so many spectators cheering and clapping. Plus my gel had kicked in and I was running like the wind (well I felt like I was anyway!) I ran with a smile on my face for those few kms. Aaaaaannnnnd then we hit the steep hill at the 15km mark. Most people walked up this one, wow that was painful, but there was a nice volunteer who called out “come on you can do it, there’s a wonderful view at the top” and that was enough to encourage me to keep going, so thank you kind stranger!
When we hit Perry Lakes Drive I thought this is it! The home stretch 3km to go!!! Then I realised this wasn’t the right park and yep that was another hill I had to run up before the finish. Inside my head I said quite a few F words.
The last 2 kms were the hardest 2 kms I have ever run in my whole entire life. I just felt I couldn’t keep going. Then we rounded the corner and there was the finish line and my whole family were on the sidelines cheering. My 4 year old daughter was jumping up and down, my husband was videoing me and my parents were hanging their arms over the fence screaming my name. I could’ve run another 21kms in that moment. Crossing that finish line felt magic, I didn’t make my goal of 2 hours but I was happy none the less.
If you would like to watch my race experience here it is for you to see at the top of this blog post. I hope you enjoy it.
Why did I run the City to Surf?
Out of everything I am mostly proud of the fact that I was able to raise $1562.20 for CJD. 100% of those funds go to the charity, every person is a volunteer, there are no “processing fees” so every dollar will make a difference to this cause. What is CJD? Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease is a rare and fatal degenerative brain disease of the central nervous system. There is no treatment, there is no cure.
Watch my personal journey as I trained for the big event. Here is episode 1 of 17 from my vlog “And So I Ran…”
Thank you for taking an interest in my journey. You have made it such a fun and memorable experience with all of your comments and encouragement.