By Sao Mai Tyler
I like to think that long distance running is what cricket is to footy – an off season sport for triathlon. And after weeks and weeks of training in the cold, dark and wet, race day finally arrived in glorious sunshine! This would be my second Melb Mara; my memories of the first one was cold, cramp-y and sad ( I got rained on at 30km onwards). But you just couldn’t beat the Spring time conditions! Well I was lovin’ it. If you’re familiar with Melbourne you would know the course is mostly flat and fast. The morning greeted us with a serene sunrise over the starting line. St Kilda foreshore (17km) had only a touch of wind to move you on. My least favourite part was around The Tan at the infamous 35km mark – everyone around me was walking and moaning about it the fact it was 35km. Heck, other runners was moaning about the 35km mark when we were only 20km in! Here’s a pro tip : never walk, it’ll hurt your mental game. It was nice to relatively power through, jogging maybe but never stopping. Even at your lowest though there’s always an end and the beacon of hope came in view as the MCG. Man, it was glorious and I thank God my eyesight is good enough to see it at the 40km mark. Needless to say, a sprint finish in the ‘G was in order, and with Patrick cheering me on I felt like so very right in the moment. Every marathon is different, but the feeling of accomplishment is always amazing.
By Steven Trevaskis
I left Shepparton late Saturday morning to catch the train from Seymour to Melb. As I was just about to arrive in Seymour I realised I left my phone charger and my watch charger at home. I thought it was not a waste of money to buy a new phone charger as I could use it elsewhere. As for the watch, I would just turn it off at overnight to preserve battery. I got to Melb and purchased the charger. I headed to the MGC via tram to get my race pack. I bumped into Chris and Norah at the G. I then went to the Motel in Spencer St to check in and have a nana nap. 6pm I got some last minute supplies and something to eat. Then it was back to the motel to watch Kath and Kim and whatever else was on. 9 pm it was off to bed. I set the alarm on my phone and put it on charge overnight. Within about 10 minutes my phone started beeping every 30 seconds. I spent about ½ hour on it to try to work it out and to make it stop. I couldn’t make it stop. With my watch now turned off to conserve battery I had no devices left with an alarm. So the phone got turned off with the watch. I then rang reception and requested a wake-up call at 5:15 am Sunday.
Race day – I got ready for the race with a light breakfast and headed downstairs and caught an Uber. At the start line I checked the phone and it indicated to me that the battery was low. Bloody hell, what else can go wrong. I turned it off as I intending t use the Melb Marathon app. The phone gave me nothing all race.
As I crossed the start line, I started my watch. I was confused with the info from the watch as I was using a new plan on the watch. So I decided to stop the watch and start it again at the 2 km mark. I should have left it as it was or studied the plan better. The watch was right and I was wrong. Bloody technology. So that’s why my marathon on Strava is 2 km plus 40 km. This stuffed up the strategy of 5 km pace and 1 km float. But I tried to work to something similar. I felt the 10 km mark and the 20 km mark were ok and I was feeling good. When I hit the 32 km mark and I had been running for 4 hours I knew I couldn’t do another 10 km in one hour. I knew I was going to go over 5 hours in Melb for the first time. I gave it everything I had, but 7:30 min/km was the best I could manage in the last 10 km. Coming into the MCG, ACDC tried to motivate me with Thunder Struck. I don’t think it helped that much. I ran onto the G and a lump was in my throat. I didn’t know if I should cry because I ticked off Marathon No 36 or cry because it was my worst Melb Marathon time ever. Maybe I should cry because I was in pain and exhausted.
Name, Sao Tyler
Marital status & children, Married; maybe later
How long have you been running, 8 years
What are your race PBs, marathon 4:36, half marathon 2:06, 10km 1:03
What are your running goals, short term: sub-2hr 21.1km; long term: Melbourne Spartan
What is your favourite race, Run for the Kids
Why did you take up running, Mainly for fitness, but also for the challenge.
What other sports do you participate in, Cycling and open water swimming
What is your favourite T.V show, sorry no time for that
What is your favourite music/band/singer, any song with a beat rate of 150-180 bpm