I travelled over to Tasmania and well, my preparation was far from ideal. I took the opportunity to holiday with my gorgeous 4 year old daughter (hence forth I shall refer to her as Little Miss J!) for the week after doing the race. As a result, we sailed on the Spirit of Tasmania, taking my car over for the trip! We went out for dinner in Melbourne with a great group of runners I've met through Twitter the Thursday prior to sailing, which although fun meant a rather late night. Early to rise Friday morning for a 6am boarding of the Spirit of Tasmania only to find the boat was 2 hours behind schedule!
|Little Miss J watching the boat FINALLY arrive!|
Don't forget that I also completely missed my typical Friday pre-race pasta load up, since the boat didn't serve dinner and well the only places to eat in Devonport were fast food!
Saturday was a busy day too and even though we had a relatively early dinner, I still managed to stuff around until late in the night getting my race gear organized and the usual gear layout ritual.
Race morning it was chilly but nothing like the icy cold weather I had been warned about in Tasmania, in reality it was probably warmer than the start of most Melbourne marathons I've been to. The day would've stayed low to mid twenties with decent cloud cover most of the time; ideal race conditions!
One of the interesting parts of this course is the small and seemingly stupid two loops around Claremont at the very start of the race before you head off down the Cadbury hill on your two laps. The bulk of the course is an out-and-back 21km track. The course itself mostly hugs waterfront and highways and as a result isn't overly boring. There's plenty of rolling hills and sections of road that appear flat until you run on them and realise there's definite up and down directions!
Reading race literature it mentioned there were only 3 aid stations which had me concerned but due to the out-and-back design and the fact you lap it twice means you pass those 3 stops 4 times, so it worked out fine as far as I was concerned.
My raceI wasn't setting out for a record pace this time, I was still very stiff from the 10km the week prior plus I ran a 5k PB the Wednesday after the 10k race (I know, stupid, I got carried away) as a result I had planned on an easy 6min/km pace and just running it out with the hope of finishing cramp-free!
I met up with a bunch of fellow traveling runners at the start line and we placed ourselves in front of Cathy Freeman. New race plan, beat Cathy!
|Tony, George, Glynn, Liesel and Me at the race start|
Liesel wanted to crack 4:20 and late in the race when her partner caught up to me (he was cruising to finishing his first marathon in 4:13 and wasn't stopping for anything!) I decided to drop off my pace and see if I could pick her up. I was in luck and we managed to cruise home in 4:18, success!
The only thing I did wrong this time around was dropping all my gels somewhere before the 2hr mark. I had been tweeting (#twunning) and playing with my phone (which shares the same pouch as my gels) and had left the zip open, I didn't notice they had fell out until I reached in for a gel some time later! I ran the race on water, choccies and I took a (disgusting) GU orange late in the race. I definitely felt the effect of a wall, but I surprised myself by being able to push through it and drag a friend with me at the same time!
Location: Hobart, TAS, Australia
Date: 13th Jan 2013
Distances: 1km, 5km, 21.1km, 42.2km
General Race Stats
Total Runners in field: 333
Winning time: 2h 28m 48s
My Race Stats
Overall place: 241
Gun time: 4h 18m 58s
Net time: no net time
GPS details: 42.92km in 4h 18m 50s (link: Endomondo Stats)