RiverRun and a 30 Before 30 Update

Hi friends! This weekend I got to finally tick something off my 30 Before 30 list for the first time in a while. I ran a 10k without stopping!

I realize that this may not sound like a big accomplishment to some of you but I have always had a love/hate (mostly hate) relationship with running and this was something I have wanted to do ever since the Bridge to Brisbane. Last year Travis signed us up for the race last minute (we took another couple’s spot that had to back out) and I could barely run 2 miles without dying. I tried my best but obviously I was not about to be able to run 6.2 (the .2 counts people) without taking some breaks.

IMG_2815Fast forward one year later and I have been trying to improve my running stamina by gradually working up to a 5k then 10 (with the help of the Couch to 5k/10k app of course). We were hoping to do the Bridge to Brisbane again this year but unfortunately it is happening while we are on our trip, so I signed us up for the River Run.

The River Run is actually a 100k race that people do on their own or in teams, but you can also sign up for 10, 20 and 50 k races as well. Clearly we signed up for the 10.

I spent Saturday eating my body weight in food because obviously that was a good idea. But seriously how amazing do these corn cakes look?! They had guac and chipotle sauce.

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And how can you say no to a homemade cupcake bar?

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After waking up from a serious food coma, we took an Uber into Brisbane’s South Bank early (but not too early luckily) on Sunday morning ready to run.

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The race was a pretty small ordeal so we had some time to kill and walk around by the river. There were people who were doing the 100k that had been running since midnight. That is just crazy to me. Imagine running the same straight course ten times starting in the middle of the night? No thanks. There were also people who were doing it in teams relay style and were camped out cheering each other on.

At 8am on the dot we took off running across the Goodwill Bridge and along the other side of the river. The course wasn’t blocked off so you had to dodge walkers and watch out for cyclists zooming by. At one point I looked around and realized no one I could see had a bib on. I had a minor panic attack thinking I had somehow missed a turn or was in last place, luckily neither were true.

In the end Travis and I both finished with our best times yet, 47 and 55 minutes respectively. They were much better than our times last year so we were pretty proud of ourselves.

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We weren’t quite ready for breakfast just yet so we decided to go check out the dragon boat races the university was putting on just down the river. They had several stages and stalls set up but one in particular caught my eye…

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We had to do it. Mostly because I had just seen them do it on the Bachelor Australia the week before.

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We paid $5 for 5 minutes of play time but I feel like they weren’t too strict on the time limit. It was SO fun! It was also SO hot and hard to get up once you fell on your back. I was literally stuck for so long at one point the lady running the booth had to come over and show me how to get up (you roll over onto your knees FYI). I wish we could have gotten some action shots but we didn’t have anyone to take them.

IMG_2822Afterwards we walked into one of our favorite parts of town, West End, where we gorged ourselves on overpriced brunch surrounded by people much hipper than us. Overall, a pretty solid Sunday.

30 Before 30 Updates

I realized as I checked it off my 30 Before 30 list that there were several other items I could check off as well, so I figured I would provide a short update with what else I have been accomplishing…

16. Learn how to curl my hair {thanks to my recent anniversary gift I think I have finally got this down}

19. Write 100 blog posts {reached this milestone with the July Recipe Recap post (pretty anti-climatic)}

23. Keep a living thing alive for over a month (plant, animal, whatever){I am counting our succulent, we don’t have enough sunlight for much else}

25. Find a church in Brisbane and become involved {We have been going to a Uniting (similar to Methodist) church since February and have really enjoyed becoming a part of their church family}

29. Blog at least twice a week consistently {I probably shouldn’t mention this one since I am about to go on vacation and who knows how consistent I will be BUT for the most part since October of last year I have posted every Tuesday and Friday}

We head for Thailand (Bangkok actually which is causing some uneasy nerves on my part due to today’s events) on Thursday and then on to Vietnam nine days later so hopefully when we return there will be at least a couple items I can check off. Either way I am officially over half way through with a year and a half to go. Woohoo!

15 thoughts on “RiverRun and a 30 Before 30 Update

  1. julie says:

    Congrats on finishing the race! So fun to check things off your list, thanks for keeping us updated! Those hava balls look so fun 🙂 love that cupcake bar, yum!!

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