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Aug. 14th, 2011 | 08:00 pm

Following on from my previous entry, today I ran my first city 2 surf. By which I mean, this is the third time I've entered the race, but today I ran from start to finish. If you can excuse a brief break of pace to throw down some water at the top of heart break hill, and one or two even briefer breaks of pace to deal with the eleventy million people who all wanted to get in front of me. I for one can excuse all of them.

The run itself went surprisingly well. I started faster than I thought I would. I kept a reasonable pace through the first 8km. I shuffled up the huge hill, but never for a second thought I couldn't do it. Opened up again at the top. Carefully sped up going back down hill. Hammered on home, although I'm fairly sure what was allegedly the last kilometre was closer to about three and a half.

I gave up my "beat the boss" goal as fanciful. Which was good, because he ran about 75 minutes. I had two goals:

a) To run the course non-stop. There were three very brief stints of walking. Only one of them was my fault, and I'm happy to let it slide (come on, heartbreak hill!)
b) To finish in under 90 minutes. My unofficial time is 91:03. Official time will still be over 90 minutes, but not by much. My average recorded pace was 6:24/km. My best pace for 10km is 6:12, and that doesn't include a big fuck-off hill. I'm stupidly happy with my result, even if it's a little shy of the mark.

I've been building up today's race as an end goal for all of the working out I've done this year. Which seemed like a good idea at the time. But it led to a surprising amount of anxiety in the last day or so, and a little bit of a vacuum after actually finishing it. Don't want to stop now. Alice suggested a half marathon in a few weeks. It sounds like it might be a good idea.

EDIT: Oh, this is me shortly after finishing. I crossed the line, stopped, shouted, acted very surprised, then found somebody willing to take a picture of me. Only then did I realise I had no idea how somebody should pose after running a very long way, so ended up with this.

I'm sorry if it looks like I'm about to try and eat you. I'm actually not.

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Nicholas

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from: wzdd
date: Aug. 14th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
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Congratulations! You are looking good! Also, hungry.

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Pete

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from: stibbons
date: Aug. 14th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
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I keep meaning to take more photos of myself. Because I do look a lot different now. But never quite get there.

Perhaps I should just come and visit instead. Guard your edibles.

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Nicholas

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from: wzdd
date: Aug. 14th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
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Please do! I'm always very careful about my edibles, so no problems there.

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penelly

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from: penelly
date: Aug. 14th, 2011 11:19 am (UTC)
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Congratulations!! Great time!! You should be very proud.

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Pete

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from: stibbons
date: Aug. 14th, 2011 11:21 am (UTC)
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I've been tweeting and facebooking and blagging about it all afternoon. You bet I'm proud of it. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks I should be though. ;-) Thanks!

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M.E.E.S.H.

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from: astrovisionary
date: Aug. 14th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
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Congrats!

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from: puzzlement
date: Aug. 14th, 2011 12:19 pm (UTC)
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Yay, congrats.

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Fiona

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from: riphertoshreds
date: Aug. 15th, 2011 06:39 am (UTC)
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Awesome efforts man! Hope the recovery is a speedy one.

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