I was a very late entrant to iStadium run, entering with only a few minutes to spare on race morning.
In my haste to get to the start line, I forgot my preworkout and water. I should have gone back and got it, because in the end the start was delayed. This is not uncommon for races in Newcastle, with last years’ Newcastle marathon having a very delayed start. I guess that the people in charge of road closures are definitely not runners!
At least we were kept well informed of what was happening and why, unlike at Newcastle marathon. Mossy and Robbo did a great job of keeping everybody up to date. I was starting to get anxious, as I needed to rush home to get ready for Oscar’s confirmation on the Central Coast later that day. Clint from Pure Performance was next to me on the start line, and he had to get to work after the race. By the time we started, we calculated we needed to run a 60-minute half marathon to make it home on time! Despite the ‘fast, flat course’, I did not think this was likely.
Finally, we were away.
For the first few km I felt good, running along just behind the 1 hr 30 minute pacer. I made it through the first aid station, which was organised really well.
Despite the motivational signs on course, I was already starting to fade. As we made our way towards Merewether beach, I decided that the course was not as flat or as fast as I was hoping for! It was starting to heat up, and reaching the halfway turnaround was a good feeling.
A few kilometres later, the half marathon course rejoined the 10km course, and all of a sudden it got very crowded. I passed the 1 hour 10km pacer. Drink stations were very crowded from here on in too. It was nice to see all the other runners out on course.
The course ended with a lap of the stadium, which was a cool way to finish. I ended up a touch over 1:35.
Unfortunately, I could not stick around to enjoy the festivities or a massage at the end.
This event was really well organized, and I had a lot of fun running it. Next year, I will be sure to enter early, so I can get my name on my bib!
Australian Marathon Reviews also recently blogged about this event. You can read about it here: http://www.australianmarathonreviews.com/?s=istadium+