100km Part 1
I'm standing at the start line for the Surf Coast Century, I signed up many months ago. Since then I have been doing loads of running, trying different things and all round just taking care of myself. I am stronger and fitter than I have ever been! That's still not helping the nerves though. I have been running for many years now but today I am trying to run twice as far as I have ever run before. It's cold, very dark and you can feel everyone's nervous energy.
With a cheer and loads of cow bells, we are off into the darkness. It's just following everyone else to start with it is very busy! Any small obstacle creates a traffic jam but I don’t mind, I know I'm going to be out here for a long time today a little bit longer is going to be fine. We slowly make our way up one of the small hills. I look down to the beach and it looks amazing!!! I have never seen anything like this before, while it's still very early and dark, the beach is lit up with all the head lamps of the front runners it's amazing.
Now it's my turn on the beach and it's nice to get a little more room. The sand is nice and hard so it's easy to run on. The sun is starting to rise, it's nice to be able to see a little more! We make our way past the start line. The nerves have settled now and I can enjoy the run.
There are now some amazing cliffs on our left and the sea to the right, nothing but beach in front. There are really cool patterns in the sand from all the different trail shoes, they shine with thin layer of water over them. There are rock pools and deeper sections of water to make our way through. We keep making our way towards Torquay and run across the iconic Bells Beach. The surfers have started and it's a little distracting. They look worse off than us out there!
It's been slow going but I made it to Torquay and at the first drop bag check point. It's great to get the wet shoes and socks off and some nice dry ones on and hit the trails and head back to Anglesea. The track takes us into the bush and we are in luck as the wild flowers are out!! It's amazing to run in amongst it all. So many different types and colors you forget you're running. The track is winding and smooth and lots of fun to run on.
In the distance now, you can see the sea, it is quite the lookout. We make our way back to the coast and it's across the river again and halfway is chalked up. I totally forgot I had just passed my previous longest run there is no time for thinking about it as I have to crawl under a bridge. There is only just enough space for me to fit under. The rocks are hard!! There are some mats down but they are all underwater now. Some of the other runners are complaining about going under but I figure I am not going to let this stop me. So, it's down, out the other side and off again.
Stay tuned for the second half of the run!
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