I was up at 4am and ready to leave by 4.30. A said he would come with me despite me telling him to rather wait at home instead of hanging around for too many hours waiting for me to finish. But, being my biggest supporter, he was not about to stay at home. So he came with. And followed me along the route there and back - not in a creepy way - just driving ahead and waiting on the side of the road to check I was OK and encourage me along. At one point he had a bottle of water for me which was great because although the water tables were supposed to be every 2.5km - they weren't actually that well spaced. The next time I saw him I gave him the bottle back because it was awkward running while holding a bottle and it had got me through a dry patch so that was great.
I caught up with Kate and Rachel from Operation Move. Zoey had left by the time I got to the start - she ran the 50km in an amazing 5:50. Kate ran the 15km in 1:29 and Rachel finished about 2mins ahead of me. It was lovely to meet these amazing ladies in person.
I figure that if I can run 15km, I can run a half marathon so, I am now looking at entering some more races - an 11km race in January from Riverstage called the Resolution Run, the Convicts and Wenches half marathon at the end of January and then a half marathon at the Twilight Festival around UQ in March - but this all depends on what my coach says she thinks is reasonable for me to achieve. I was telling a friend about the races I want to enter and she has said she would like to run with me so that is great - the parts of the race that I ran with Rachel on Sunday were really good.
Some other great news is I booked our tickets to go and visit K next year. When we facetimed her to tell her, I thought her face was going to split in half her smile was so big !!! Then the tears came in her eyes and I asked if she was sad about us coming over - she laughed and said "No Mom, they are tears of joy." (I think she is pleased she is going to see us and not have to wait until she gets home again !!!)
I don't think I will be posting again before the new year. I am so looking forward to the break over Christmas - a break from the day to day grind of going to work - a chance to sleep in - run when I want - potter around the house - work in the garden - spend time with A and my folks. Dad has been diagnosed with cancer for the third time - so far he has managed to fight it successfully twice. Tomorrow he is going for another PET scan and then has an appointment with the surgeon so hopefully we will have some more answers by the end of the day.
For those with great plans for Christmas - I hope that they come off for you and that you have a wonderful time. For anyone like us, with no children at home, and no plans for Christmas - enjoy your day whatever you may land up doing - I know that we are looking forward to a really quiet day at home.
And, because it is Tuesday, it's time to join in with Jess from Essentially Jess for #IBOT.
What are your plans for Christmas ?
Do you like having big plans ?
Would you rather have a quiet day at home ?
TFTD : Accept this moment, without judgement or needless worry. Remind yourself that all is well, and that you can handle whatever comes along.