I thought "Ah well, I'm here now, might as well do it". So I proceeded to the registration area. When I got in there, I realized that I'd run out of race credits, having only purchased enough to do the majority of the main series. So I headed over to the Top-up table. There I discovered that I didn't have enough cash to top up. I was just about to bail when the woman at the table said "No problem, just bring the rest next week.". I agreed to that, so now I'm committed to running next week, rain or shine, hell or high water. Great . . . teach me to hang around at work. ;-)
Anyway, can't expect much out of the high tide course, I finished 16th, but most of the usual lead pack weren't there. It was a 24 minute slog through loose sand and broken seashells. But it was a nice late summer night for a beach run.
Tomorrow is The Dual 1/2 marathon on Rangitoto Island. With a nice 250m climb up the volcano. Should be fun, I've never been out there. ;-)
Following weekend is the Orewa Beach 1/2 Marathon. It's also my friend Staton's birthday, so this is just a social one (if I can still move at all after The Dual). :-)
|2||23:21||22nd||High tide course - loose sand, 3 laps.|
|3||20:56||28th||Low tide course - perfect weather.|
|4||22:52||28th||High tide course - good weather.|
|7||20:49||21st||Low tide course - hot.|
|8||22:23||23rd||Low tide course - out of shape.|
|10||23:23||30th||Low tide course - still losing fitness.|
|12||22:05||26th||Perfect weather, hard work.|
|13||22:30||21st||Perfect weather, some loose sand and splashy bits.|
Still feeling Sunday's run.
|14||21:49||23rd||Perfect weather. Very low tide.|
|16||22:03||25th||Perfect weather. Very low tide.|
|17||24:21||16th||High tide course. Perfect weather.|
No point in tracking splits this week as it's a totally different course.