race day – victor harbor half-marathon

My alarm went off at 5:15 am and it was time to get in race mode. Time for the Victor Harbor Half Marathon 10 km!Victor Harbor is about an hours drive away so we had to leave at 6 am to get there for a 7:30 am start .My dad was kind enough to drive my sister and I to the event so I slept over my parents place.

The atmosphere was awesome. 400 runners came to the event and 90 of them ran the 10 km. I was so nervous but once I was there with everyone else I soon felt pumped and ready to go. We were expecting rain and thunderstorms but they held off until the race was over. Unfortunately, it was very humid and I was dripping in sweat by the end.

So, I completed the 10 km in 1:01:01. I am a little disappointed with my run. Don’t get me wrong, I did well and I’m proud of myself but I felt like I have run better before.  I remember seeing my dad at the 5 km mark and wishing I could finish then and there. My legs were really tired but thats why I’m proud of myself because I finished.

I can’t believe how awesome the other runners were. The man who came first in the 21 km race completed it before I finished 10 km and he started only 30 minutes before me! Seeing the real runners motivated me. I’m now keener than ever to get better at running and to complete a half marathon.

  • Distance: 10 km
  • Time: 1:01:01
  • Max heart rate: 200 bpm
  • Average heart rate: 173 bpm
  • Pace: 6’01”


My sister, Kylie, did a fantastic job too. She walked the 5 km in 51 minutes and I couldn’t be prouder! She has had troubles with her knee so this was the start of her comeback. My dad, Philip, was going to enter the 10 km run but he injured his knee 2 weeks ago. It was my goal to beat him but now I will never know. He says I would have but I know how fast he is – faster than me.

In conclusion, a fantastic morning, great race and I’m proud of my efforts. Time to find the next race and to train for it. I was saying to my family this morning that it’s funny how long you wait for a moment, then all of a sudden you’re in the moment, and then it is past. That’s why you need to keep planning moments to experience and conquer. Last but not least I want to give all thanks and glory to God for the run. The sun was rising as I ran and I couldn’t help but praise him for all he has done in my life. I would not be here without him and his sacrifice. Jesus is my reason for all I do and that includes running. Praise the Lord!


Happy running – Melissa



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