It was our sixth outing to Waipukurau for the annual Hatuma Lime half marathon, still the event we’ve done the most times of all. Hard to say why we go back almost every year. Maybe because it has by now become a “thing” – the event we’ve done most times?
As the cherry blossoms start to bloom and the plum and peach trees start to bud, the smell of spring is in the air. Everything starts coming to life and the timing of the Hatuma is a good place to gauge ones fitness levels early in the season. Winter-training is often just a scaled-down, minimum effort attempt to make it through the cold and dreary days, so this event gets things back into action (at least timing wise, for us).
Our own lives have gone a bit awry with way too much on our forks (juggling three jobs in Gerry’s case, and trying to write a thesis while being the other half of a running events company in my case). Hectic is good – the more you do, the more you get done. But unfortunately our training was pushed to the back burner for months on end. Heck, probably years. To be honest, since we started organising events ourselves, our training hasn’t been as consistent as before. Not that we’ve ever been that serious about training, but it has gone from being reasonably prepared for an event, to utterly unprepared. Every time. Not entirely sure why that is, but we’ve managed to get away with it (well, if you can call finishing within the cut-off times, getting away with it), so we keep on doing it. It’s a slippery slope and one I have good intentions to change.
Covering a dismal 20.5km per week on average for the past two months (nine weeks), we made our way to Waipuk on a lovely, albeit crisp, spring morning. We only signed up on the Thursday night before the event, so missed out on the free Ts. This year was the 40th anniversary of the event, and as always, a great contingent from the Manawatu were out in support.
We had an “easy” trot around the lake, and even made it back in time for prize-giving, which was 2.5 hours after the start. I was hoping to make it back in 2:30, and was pleased with a finishing time of 2:19. By then it cooled down a bit, especially while prize-giving was going on. No spot prizes for us, but a good day out, yet again.
A good, fun, event that caters for everybody, and within easy reach from Palmy.
I was rather sore towards the end of the run and couldn’t help but wonder how on earth I’m going to make it through twice that distance in six days time!