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May 13, 2019

In an attempt to try something else, and to give something other than just words or the odd rambling video pre race (and to test drive the Movavi Video Editor) I’ve decided to try to convey race night (YES RACE NIGHT) at the Melbourne based Wings For Life World Run. For those unfamiliar this run has 12 locations worldwide where runners have their race ended when a car passes them, and several others when a virtual car used via their app gives a little buzz to indicate the “capture”. Apart from Melbourne, other locations where a car is used include Rio de Janeiro, Poznan in Poland, Munich and Pretoria (where I’m sure a few towing the line at Comrades would be using this like me as a training run). My distance of 16.79km was well behind the worldwide (a Russian bloke who covered over 63km) and the local (another Russian who was 10th overall covering over 58km) leading marks, but was certainly beyond expectations particularly with Cairns a week earlier taking a physical toll.

Without further ado I’ve divided the vlog into 2 parts. The first covers the pre-race festivities up to the time the runners are about to enter the course, with the second part incorporating the final moments of the pre-race, some vision from the race itself (which may be blurrier than normal, one of these days I’ll actually invest in a Go-Pro rather than rely on the Mobile Phone) and a brief post race synopsis on the bus returning to race HQ. Fortunately this year I was able to get back to HQ early enough to gather my gear and make the last train from Kooyong Station (where the first video commences) back into the city for a Sunday Night heading into Monday Morning. A recovery swim at Broadbeach the next morning was welcome, although it probably would have been more effective if the water was slightly colder and I wasn’t avoiding boogie boarders inside the patrolled area.





So with a month to go before the Big C, the major remaining training run will be with many of the South East Queensland based runners on “Hell on Coot-tha” on Saturday (18 May). After that there may be one more run of 2 hours plus before tapering off with very little running in the last week (not much more than 10km total from the Monday to Saturday of Comrades week).

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