Ticking Off the Bucket List

Run a half marathon

By on November 26, 2013

It wasn’t long after returning from a 3 month non-stop around the world trip that I started to feel blah.

Blah because I wasn’t moving.  Blah because I wasn’t experiencing new things.  Blah because I wasn’t being inspired to capture amazing moments and brag about them.

I was in a post-holiday rut and gaining a few kilos by the week.

I had to do something, so I started walking.

Although my iPhone was my companion initially for the tunes, I actually discovered my true inspiration through its lens which has set me on a path of which I never thought I would tread.

In Brisbane we have an amazing river that winds its way around the city like a snake and while soaking up the sunshine and breathing in the fresh air out on my walks, I was blown away by the beauty in the everyday.

So I started capturing those magical moments.

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Walking soon turned to running and I was able to go further distances which meant I was able to witness even more amazing moments around Brisbane.

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On one run I was stopping so much in-between running to take photos I felt a little like Jim Carey and Zooey Deschanel in the movie Yes Man on a fitness photography tour but the point is I was enjoying it.  Who knew fitness could be fun?!

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Without even realising it I was soon running 5 to 10 kilometres, something I thought impossible before I started.

I was even heading out for runs on weekends away.  I was getting to places on foot rather than on wheels but seeing so much more in between.

With this newly discovered concept of fun running, my partner and I signed up for a fun run (I just didn’t believe they were before) and after seeing some friend’s photos of The Color Run in Sydney we immediately signed up for the happiest 5k on the planet.

The verdict, fun, fun, fun!

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It’s a funny thing running.

The more you do it, the further you think you can go and soon I had the confidence to do the inaugural 14k City2South in Brisbane.

Heartbreak hill killed me and I did stop briefly but I was pretty glad to finish it as you can see by the smile on my face.

I managed to snap a couple of photos mid-run and surprisingly despite the exhaustion I still enjoyed myself.

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Within 6 months of stepping out the front door in my post-holiday rut I was signing up for my first half marathon on the Gold Coast.

Between then and race day I had many WHAT AM I DOING?! moments.  The nerves made me second guess my abilities and the fear of failing almost got the better of me.

There was nothing else I could do but bury those negative thoughts and reassure myself, ‘you’ve got this babe’.

And I did!

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I’m not going to lie, the last 5 kilometre stretch was a killer but running while watching sunrise over the water and then having the spectacular sun and bright blue sky lighting the way to the finish line was enough to spur me on.

My goal was to complete the 21 kilometres in 2 hours.  My official time: 1:59:14  – YES!!!

So what’s next?

Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.”  Walt Disney also said “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

I just found a website for a Marathon along the Great Wall of China next May.

Impossible is just a word and who knows you may have a hell of a lot of fun doing it.

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