Since it was a small field, I was running on my own for the most part, which I didn’t mind, as the music coming through the Airpods kept me motivated. I started out at 4:50 min/km which slipped out to 56 min/km as I tried to conquer the 28km, 550m elevation uphill component of the marathon. My Strava data would show that I completed kilometre 38 in 5 minutes and 22 seconds. This was the last kilometre I would run.
After the devastating cancellation of the 2021 Gold Coast marathon festival, I was as grateful as anyone to arrive on the Gold Coast 12 months later without injury or illness. The weather was perfect, the work had been done with my RunAsOne team mates, and I was in PB shape! However, my first two attempts at this distance have taught me that it doesn’t care how fast you can run through half way! PB’s in this race are earned in the second half; a far less predictable territory of running than I am used to….
Mother’s Day in 2022 is RunAsOne’s third, and we are so grateful to have even more to celebrate than we did in 2021! Leading by example with their discipline and work ethic, the mums of RunAsOne are the glue that keeps our group together, as well as consistently being the ones to extend a welcoming hand to newcomers. The mums of RunAsOne are determined, selfless, and tough! This year, we caught up with just a few of our mums to hear about life as a runner from their perspective.
Mark mid-February down on your calendars for a PB attempt anywhere in Adelaide! The weather was absolutely perfect over the weekend, and it was great to see many RunAsOne athletes making the most of the opportunities provided! On Saturday night our home city played host to some world class athletics at ASA stadium, before Semaphore Beach provided ideal conditions on Sunday morning for 60 RunAsOne team mates to attempt a personal best time over 5 or 10km. At both events, it was equally pleasing to see the many RunAsOne shirts and caps supporting our representatives from the sidelines!
The Gold Coast Marathon is Australia's most pre-eminent running festival incorporating 42.2k, 21.1, and 10k distances across 2 days on 2nd & 3rd of July 2022. Widely regarded as the fastest marathon course in Australia, the IAAF Gold Label event is run along the flat coastline of the GC broadwater to Burleigh heads and back. Attracting around 30,000 entrants across all distances, this event is one of the biggest in the country.
The Gold Coast Marathon weekend is a regular fixture on the annual calendar for many Adelaide runners as it offers a chance to escape the dreary July weather for a long weekend in the perfect Queensland climate. This goal event provides great motivation for training throughout the first half of the year, particularly for those with big workloads building up to a half or full marathon.
RunAsOne wanted to do something special for the event, so we have put together a “Journey to the Gold Coast Marathon 2022” package for members to make the most of this weekend in July and hopefully have a whole bunch of fun on the way - because, as they say, the journey is as important as the destination.
For Adelaide’s inaugural On Squad Race, a warm and windy Glenelg evening greeted nearly 200 runners prepared to tackle a technical 5km course that consisted of 4 x 1.25km loops. On the scenic esplanade just south of Moseley square, the team at On Running had created a fantastic event village, and had subsequently attracted a great crowd. Equipped with complimentary cow bells, spectators and teammates generated a lot of energy throughout the night in order to help competitors across the finish line. RunAsOne took advantage of this opportunity for a positive start to 2022, and were thrilled to boast the most entrants on the night. Leading our 16 teams home, RunAsOne teams 1 and 10 secured overall victory in both the men’s and women’s categories respectively, and took home some very generous prizes from On! Behind them, there were many more fantastic runs from our 8 male teams, 4 female teams, and 4 mixed teams.