It was my dad's 10th Goldy Marathon so it was a very exciting time for him and great that we could do it together! Our annual pilgrimage to the Gold Coast with my wife, mum and grandma happened yet again. My aunty and uncle are also regular supporters. My dad is a superstar and even though he did little to no training since the North Face (due to injury, not lack of wanting!) he still finished easy and paced another first time marathoner from Bundy.
|Me offering Mandy a little 'encouragement'!|
Now once we dealt with, and dealt with again and again Mandys thinking she would slow me down, not enjoy it etc, race day fast arrived and it was go time. From the outset she did a great job however approaching 30k, started to fall in a hole. The sun came out, the legs got tired and the negative thoughts flowed freely! To cut a long story short, I stuck with her and we plodded our way to the finish. Mandy showed fantastic spirit and courage to continue on and she should be VERY proud of her efforts, as should all those involved in the full, half and 10k events! We finished in 4hours 34minutes with massive smiles on our faces and hugs all round! This marathon was my slowest by about 35-40minutes but BY FAR my most rewarding. To help someone else achieve their goal in a small way made the weekend very special! Good times!
So, I think for now the road marathons are on the back burner. I look forward to some upcoming off road/trail events and the long hard slogs in the bush. This weekend was a eye opener for me also at how important mental strength is in what we do. As ultra runners, our minds are so hardened and determined to the goal at hand that nothing seems impossible. This acts as an overflow into out everyday life also and I reckon makes us stronger, more productive, energetic people in all we do! I wouldn't want it any other way!
So, over all, well done Dad, Mandy, all the Bundy runners, and everyone else who took part in the weekends events. I am sure that you all have your own personal journeys to tell about and I hope to hear them! Run on friends and catch you soon.