Watching Running Races

The title of this post is misleading. I’m not a big fan of watching sporting events in general – I’d much rather be participating than watching – but when you’re husband is one of those slightly crazy people who likes to push himself to his limits, you don’t really get given an option sometimes. Even so, his events don’t actually entail much watching.

Last weekend, he ran in the Great Southern Endurance Run event, held in the beautiful Victorian Alps. You can read more about his actual run here, but since this is my blog, I’m going to keep it short and sweet and summarise what the kids and I did: Four-wheel driving.

It’s a long way between checkpoints, especially when you have to drive out to the main roads and around the mountains, then back into them again along four-wheel drive tracks. Thunderstorms and hail slowed us down a bit too.

Total time I saw Matt between 5am and 7.30pm – About 2 minutes at the Upper Howqua Checkpoint.

Aside from lots and lots of driving, the kids and I stopped at Bindaree Falls for a little while and had lunch at Mansfield. The roads into Lake Cobbler were lots of fun.

The phone reception sucked. I wasn’t sure if Matt was really going to meet us there, and if he’d changed his mind again and kept going after the Speculation checkpoint towards the 100 mile finish, I wouldn’t have been a happy camper. But he did keep going and I was so relieved to see him cross the finish line.

We eventually made it into our campsite around 11.30pm, exhausted. On the plus side, it meant we had two days in Bright to recover.

I hear mutterings that another 100 miler is on the cards in the future. I’m not sure how I feel about that.