Tuesday, August 16, 2011

14km 2011 Sydney City2Surf

2011 has been a pretty bad year for me with injuries, it started off really well and I was getting fit gradually just in time for the running season. Unfortunately I then had a pretty bad fall playing indoor soccer and badly injured my right knee around two months ago. It took me more than a month to be able to walk without a limp and a few more weeks before I could run.

So City2Surf was a real challenge this year as I had not run more than 10km in around 3 months. But I was confident that I could finish it and wanted to make a enjoyable day out of it as this is after all the largest fun run in the world.

This year more than 85,000 people did this run (which was a new record). I was a late entrant so I ended up in the Yellow pack which was almost back of the race pack and this meant that I would have to run with some slow runners and a lot of walkers but I wasn't too upset about that this year. Being in the Yellow pack did have a benefit though as the runners from this pack took part in breaking the Guinness Book of World Record's record for the "Largest Simultaneous Stretch"so I ended up being part of history I guess :)

It was a cold and soggy day but the run was still really nice, running this race is such a cool experience and I enjoyed every minute of it, especially Heartbreak hill which I still think is an amazing running challenge. In the end, I finished with a time of 1h:32m (92m) which was around 10 mins slower than last year, but on a positive note my knee feels great and I feel ready to take my 2011 running season up a notch.

So its a late start to 2011 running for me, but its a start nevertheless!

Here are some pics and videos from the race.

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