Two weeks ago, I took the plunge and ran the (in)famous City2Surf fun run. Fourteen kilometres and 1:39 minutes later, I had officially completed the world’s biggest fun run and my longest even run!
It had been on my Sydney bucket list since I’d moved here three years and I’m over the moon that I did it.
As this was my first time, everyone had advice for me – from training tips to what knickers to wear. However, I felt so different after the race to how I thought I would, I wanted to share what I’d learned from running City2Surf for the first time.
– Dont worry if you haven’t trained. I have always run regularly, but these tend to be a 4-5km jaunt to the cafe on a Saturday morning, with my longest run being 8km! I was aiming to run the first bit to Heartbreak Hill (7km) and then walk the rest. And that’s the beauty of C2S; you can walk, jog or sprint. Just do your best and have fun.
– Dont get there early. The run started in Sydney CBD, right by St Mary’s Cathedral, and ended at the iconic Bondi Beaxh. Seeing the thousands of people waiting to run was truly amazing but also very nerve wracking! I could feel my adrenaline pumping. I got there 30 mins before my start time which was plenty to meet my friends, stretch and get ready to run.
– Plan your travel. I found out my usual bus wasn’t running when I checked online at Sydney Transport. Plan ahead and don’t forget, public transport is free (even if bus drivers say otherwise!).
– Heartbreak hill won’t break you. When I decided to do C2S with my work mates, they regaled me with horror stories about the giant hill that runs from Rose Bay to Vauclause. I did two jogs that involved a slight hill beforehand and it meant I had a vague idea of how to handle a hill without collapsing. And on the day, yes it’s a hill but once you’re running with everyone, it really isn’t that bad. It’s just long… Very long!
– It’s all mental. You always hear this but it really is true. YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT! I was so proud of myself, running all that way, not getting a stitch and only walking for about five mins the whole time. Yippee!
– Pee before you run. I waited thinking it would go away and I didn’t want to queue up for hours at the starting line loos. Buttttt, it didn’t go away! I added about five mins to my overall time, going to the loo during the race but hey, learnings for next time and when you gotta go…
– Eat something small. I didn’t get one stitch during the run; something I often suffer from. And you know what I think it was? Just eating a small banana and drinking a black coffee. I usually eat more and maybe that’s where I’ve gone wrong. Less is more y’all.
– Wear two pairs of socks. I was waiting to buy new running shoes (there’s no way I was going to wear new ones for a giant run), so for extra padding I wore two socks. It worked a treat and I only ended up with one blister!
– Enjoy it and take in the atmosphere. Of course, you’re going to want to run in a good time but don’t forget to have fun, enjoy the gorgeous views, listen to the bands and performers that line the streets and congratulate yourself on actually doing it… Not just talking about it!
I’d love to hear your stories from C2S! Comment me or go on my FB/Instagram @thelouloves