"It's a lovely walk" Rose said. "Such a scenic venue all along the beach" she said as she smiled. I've learnt one thing, Rose should come with a disclaimer ;-). You don't quite realise how far a 21km walk is until you walk it. Actually more like 23km.
|Before the race started.|
|"Now for the race briefing..."|
|I did like the scenery at the start...|
|"On your marks...Get set...Walk"|
For the first 13km anyway...
Up to that point I maintained quite a good walking pace and then my legs decided they've had enough and for good measure my feet decided to give their opinion as well and it was probably at that point that the novelty started wearing off a bit.
I spent the next 10km feeling pretty uncomfortable and in a fair bit of pain (especially my feet), but I was determined to finish. I am determined not to have a DNF (Did Not Finish) next to my name if I can help it - ever. And so I kept on going working hard to push through the pain and uncomfortableness and just to keep going.
Why is it that some people feel the need to cheat? The rules were really clear that in the walking race, only walking would be allowed and 3 people at least who were quite a distance behind me ended up running quite a bit passing me in the process, and slowing down to a walk when the finish line started coming into sight. Pretty disappointing. But there is no way I was prepared to cheat just to maintain the placing I had at that point.
By 19km: "Okay I think I've had enough of this now...but it is so close, I really just need to keep going"
By 20.5km: "Hmmm, why can't I see the finish line yet?"
By 21.1km: "Honestly? Surely the finish line should be here by now?"
By 22.5km: "This must be some kind of April Fool's joke? Didn't they say it was a 21km walk?"
By 22.8km: "Oh cool, there is the finish line..."
I was pleasantly surprised when I won a spot prize. I never win anything so it was a nice way to end the event for me.
|Finished! Still standing, still smiling, ready to collapse|