In the early hours of Sunday morning August 14th, 2016, I with approximately 500 other eager runners, lined up at the hallowed turf of Adelaide Oval to participate in the 42.195km Adelaide Marathon.
There were another 1000 runners awaiting their events in the Half Marathon, 10km and mini marathon for kids. This was to be my 8th marathon, and my 4th consecutive Adelaide marathon. I love running, and I love the Adelaide running community, it is one of the most inclusive, humble and friendly communities I have had the pleasure of being a part of.
This event every August, organised by the South Australian Road Runners Club, SARRC, celebrates our city, with a course taking in Colonel Light’s Vision, the river Torrens, Elder Park and this year starting and finishing at Adelaide Oval.
The morning was cool, and overcast, with no wind or rain forecast, it made for perfect running conditions. The course was undulating which is not so awesome, but many switch backs, which gives all the participants across all the events the opportunity to smile, wave, high five, and scream encouragement to their friends and running colleagues. Having been pretty busy with life with 3 children, learning how to race my beloved Trek bike, and starting East Adelaide Podiatry with Anna McIntosh in the city, my running form had not been at it’s strongest, so I knew I was in for a long tough run, 42.195km is a long way to run no matter now well prepared you might think you are, and I’ve seen many of my friends have a perfect preparation and be bitterly disappointed with their finish times. The marathon distance is a beast to be respected.
I went into the event realistic in my goal of 4 hours and 30 mins. I went out steady and kept that rhythm, I chatted to a few people along the way, smiled at those I knew, and told myself the pain was only pain and to keep on going. I drank my water and ate my glucose tablets as per my plan, and the km’s started adding up quickly.
Spurred on by the encouragement, particularly when legendary Steve Monaghetti called out ‘ keep going Natalie’ at the 31km point, as he was running the 10km event.
I pushed through. Pain in my left foot, and my right hip and thigh were distracting, for the last 8km, and the uncomfortable nausea set in with 4km to go. The battle to give in starts somewhere along the way, but victory is so sweet, when I crossed the finish line with a time of 4:30:39
A beautiful medal received to add to my collection, and the satisfaction of completing another marathon, my way and in my time. A perfect way to Leap forward and launch East Adelaide Podiatry.