Gold Coast Marathon Wk9 – Full Moon Running And Being Chased Down By A Car

Do you ever feel that your running training has flatlined a little and you need to mix it up a bit?
With the usual 3 runs per week planned for me – sprints/hills; tempo run and long run in my Marathon Plan it’s great sometimes to through in something completely left of centre…….
I don’t know about you, but I thrive on adventure and excitement, so when I heard of Wings For Life World Run – where over 70,000 runners all over the world run simultaneously, I was in.
You might have heard me mention in in earlier emails. The concept of the race is you are given a 30mins start before the ‘chaser’ car starts. You keep running until the ‘chaser car’ passes you, and thats when your race is over. COOL !!!! Love a challenge….. Click here for more info about the race around the world
The tricky thing was the Australian leg started at 9pm last Sunday night. Yuk I thought, that’s completely outside my comfort zone, as I’m a ‘morning runner’.
Questions whizzing around my head like…..
- What do I eat throughout the day
- What evening meal do I prepare based on running throughout the night
- Do I have ‘extra’ sleep the night before
- Will I be able to stay awake
- What speed shall I run at
- And so on
Hmmm well I just decided to have a cruisy day and eat/drink as I normally would. Take the stress out of it and enjoy the night. Perfect. What would be would be.
WingsFor Life2 WingsFor Life3 So Sunday night came, and it ended up to be the most bizarre surreal night.
Think full moon dance party crossed with 3000 people dressed in reflective workmen vests, miners headlamps and Lycra running throughout the night, being cheered on by well wishers and kids dressed in pyjamas, all runners being chased down by the ‘catcher car’.
It was a great night and I lasted 14.7km before the catcher car got me. Happy, 1st night run, a new PB, (that’s the beauty of running a new race). AND it was a lot of fun :)
Are you up for the challenge for the global race next year – May 8th 2016. You can pre register and find out more here.
What I learnt about this experience most were:-
- Great to step out of comfort zone and experience a new adventure
- Stay relaxed and ‘in flow’ with your running
- Build on previous running and race experience and ‘run your own race’
So if you want to put the ‘mo-jo’ back in your running, do something differently:-
- Mix up your runs
- Run a new route
- Run at a different time of day
- Check out your local or overseas running calendar and select a new race to aim for
- Tackle hill running
- Run cross country
And most of all HAVE FUN

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