Today was what is known in the local running calendar as Bridge to Brisbane Day. A 10km event starting at the Gateway bridge, going over it (I’m so glad I didn’t research what that looked like before the day!), before heading towards the City.
So many positives for me to take away…..the fact that the local public transport operators put on free extra services at stupid o clock on a Sunday morning, to get just under 17000 (yes that’s right seventeen thousand!) runners to the start line. A fabulous sight sitting on a train (one every few minutes) in the just after dawn hours and seeing nothing but race numbers attached to the front of every lyra/active wear traveller filling every carriage.
And then, there was the fact that I ran (well didn’t resort to walking anyway) the whole thing without stopping. Yes I have run 10k without stopping before, but not for a long time, and certainly not when the start was up a long hill. And yes I wanted to stop on many occasion, but after ticking off each kilometre marker that thought of….”come on just one more”… kicked in, so when I got to the 7km marker it turned into the ….. “well you can’t stop now”…..thought. Even when at about 9km, another damn hill appeared…. And I stated out loud (much to the surprise and amusement of several strangers running around me at the time)…. “Oh s##t….Right….Come on S!”.
So finish line crossed, T-shirt collected and lots of water drunk, I staggered out into the finish village to check out what was there before heading home (on the free train of course).
My favourite sight……the masses of chopped fruit just ready for the taking. Super refreshing and a nice change to the sugary snack bars usually handed out by some sponsor or other.
Would I do it again? Of course I would….how else can I get the excuse to eat guilt free chocolate/cake 😉
My stats: Finished in a time of 1:14:39, and placed 9885 out of 16784 finishers.
You know the public transport in and near Brisbane city is actually pretty good.
Multiple train lines with pretty frequent services to plenty of places within an hours travelling time, and dedicated bus lanes in many areas meaning traffic is less likely to cause delays to travellers on public transport. Oh and I can’t forget the ferries. And all of these services are nicely linked together with one payment method….the Go card. So as long as you remember to keep it topped up (there is an auto top-up option available), you don’t have to think about having cash on you to travel.
And with my current job, despite having to travel to a suburb on the opposite side of the city, I’m lucky enough to only have to get the one bus in the morning (I could get a train instead).
Anybody would think we thought about where we would live.