The second lap saw me fall down two more times. It’s my right leg, I think I’m lifting my foot 5cms off the track but it’s only going up 1 -2cms. The track was marked exceptionally well, the pink ribbons had a silver reflective section and you could easily see where to go. My second lap time was 1 hour and 9 minutes. I was happy with that considering the number of falls I had.
It was 2:10am and the temperature started to drop a little, to around 10°C. 3kms into the third lap I had massive fall, no injuries, but covered in mud, dirt and leaves. I looked like a SAS snipper except for the bright orange singlet. I brushed myself off and continued on my way. I fell another three times and was totally exhausted. I walked for a couple of kilometres and ran the last kilometre to the finish line.
During my last lap I was passed by three of the 12 hour runners. I’ve competed in three 12 hours races myself, on a track mind you, not a bush track they are absolutely amazing. My finish time was 3hrs 26mins. The slowest ½ marathon of the 59 I have now completed.
At about 3:30am with my finishers medal in hand I wandered back to my Ute camp, cleaned myself up, got into some warm clothes and snuggled up into my sleeping bag. I tried to get some sleep before 6:00am because I wanted to go and watch the last few runners come into the finish after their gruelling 12 hour run.
My sleeping idea just didn’t happen, cramps, hunger and thirst got the better of me. I did rest until 4:15am but that was it. I made myself a cuppa and went and watched some of the guys and gals’ finish.
Now I’m home looking for another adventure. Let’s see what is available in this Covid19 chapter of ours here in Australia.
Cheers Kenny Mac