Still buzzing (although my legs are reminding me that I ran a marathon on Sunday). Fabulous weekend spent with friends new and old at the Great Ocean Road Marathon. 44km in 3:34:05. Massive marathon PB of 3:20:11. Half Marathon PB of 1:37:45. First in my agegroup, 16th female, and 97th overall. I went into it planning for it to be a good one, and it didn’t disappoint. Giggles pre race wearing throw away op shop jumpers. Sensational weather. A stunning course.
It was to be the day when everything came together. The time went quickly. I smiled. I remained positive. There were some tougher parts, but for the most part I felt good. To quote my coach, it was to be the day when I made myself accountable for all of my training and made it my day.
My previous best marathon time was 3:42 – set in an ironman 13 years ago. My two standalone marathon times last year were 3:47 and 4:08. I lost it mentally in both of these, so going into GOR remaining positive was my biggest focus.
I ran down the finish line with cheers from my (already finished) half marathoner friends already at the pub. My time of 3:34 for 44km faster than any 42.2km I’d ever done. Nailed it.