I knew when I came to Sydney that I wanted to run a race. I was thinking more along the lines of a 5K, like the ones I did for the first time in Philly last year.
Turns out, I set my sights too low. My first race was the 7K Bay Run, of which I ran the entirety in about 45 minutes ( I am NOT fast). The second was double that–the 14K City2Surf, in which the infamous Heartbreak Hill stopped me for about 1K. I still finished in somewhat decent time, for me.
Then last weekend, I did the 4K Fun Run of the Bridge Run. This time, I had special company–my boyfriend, who hasn’t ran, as he likes to put it, since 1995. After a few weeks of training, he was able to finish the the whole thing without stopping in good time.
Though I didn’t think I’d run this many races, it’s been a terrific experience. The Bay Run took us around a beautiful lake, City2Surf ended at gorgeous Bondi Beach, and the Bridge Run led us over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and to a finish line at the Opera House. Running becomes just a little easier when you have scenery like that.