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City2Surf 2010: UPDATE

It’s the annual event, the City2Surf, where masses of people run, walk, skip and strut approximately 14 kilometers from Sydney CBD to the famous Bondi Beach.

Right now I am at the ‘back of the pack’, briskly walking with some friends and praying that ‘Heartbreak Hill’ isn’t as devastating as it sounds. This is my first time entering the race, which raises funds for chosen charities every year.

I will update you about the day in the next few days, including the moment I crossed the finish line, any celebrities I managed to glimpse, the general atmosphere and any obstacles along the way.

Click on this link to see what all the excitement is about. It’s the largest race in the world!

UPDATE:

Well I did it! Along with two other friends, this first time-participant has achieved the same glory as approximately 80 000 other people in saying they completed the 2010 City2Surf. To be honest with you, it went by fairly quickly and I enjoyed every minute of it (well, minus the long queue to catch a bus from Bondi to Bondi Junction train station).

The weather was sunny, cool, bright and perfect for the race. Organisers recommend bringing warm clothing for the start of the race, especially for those in the Back of the Pack (we have to wait until the ‘real’ runners finish the race). Perhaps I overcompensated by wearing an old red turtleneck (skivvy) with a singlet, City2Surf top and jacket; but as the race progressed we had the opportunity to throw out our clothes onto the ground to be later picked up the the girl guides and donated to The Smith Family.

By the time we crossed the START line we had already walked a few hundred metres and as everyone passed the starting mats, a wave of excitment filled the air. For those that participate non-competitavely, the crowd is part of the entertainment as groups parade their costumes, or raise awareness about a campaign, with some businesses using the City2Surf as an advertising platform. I was amazed by the number of parents who took their children in strollers and ran through the crowd at the same time.

The best features of the race were the beautiful views which coloured the course, the rush of crossing the finish line, and the time spent with my friends as we encouraged each other and appreciated the beauty and buzz which surrounded us.

The most difficult part was not Heartbreak Hill, but the last kilometre of the race. By this time we just wanted to finish already, the crowd was getting thicker and it was getting harder to weave in and out of the groups. So we decided to run down the last few hundred metres and happily pick up a participation medal along the way!

While waiting for the bus to Bondi Junction we spotted former Australian Champion surfer Layne Beachley.

Altogether it was an amazing experience and one I hope to repeat next year and in the years to come.

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Nature Beckoning

Sitting here on my handy netbook, with facebook, twitter, therealsydney (good blog) and news.com.au opened up in different tabs, I look out the window of the library and think about the last time I revelled in the natural outdoors. I believe it was in the year 2003, I was walking alone in the dark, looking for a place to start again…

Alright so it wasn’t that long ago, and I just ripped off the lyrics from “Once Upon a Broken Heart” by the Beau Sisters.

Nevertheless it has been a while since I went outside just to enjoy nature. Sure I played some outdoor sport last week, but there is a difference between a soccer field, all cut and marked with lines, to the fresh air of a park, or local lake/reserve.

The last time I saw an animal was yesterday; if you include insects as animals! I was eyeing a cricket as it scuttled around a bench. My heart was beating quickly, with anticipation for when it would jump. It doesn’t take much more than a cricket jumping to scare me. Ok, so minus any insect encounters, the last animal I played with would be my friend’s gorgeous dog (a Groodle) called Tess, and that was over a month ago.

The photograph above was taken 1.5 years ago in my local area. I used to go for walks with my friend (we still occasionally do this). We visited the graceful swans and their brood and one day we came back and they were all grown up!

It’s time I get back out there and spend a good hour or so outside, as often as possible. It is so easy to get sucked into the computer, especially as a blogger and net surfer!

When was the last time you interacted with nature?

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Blur my mind.

Instead of one awesome photograph, I’m posting two ‘okay’ pictures 😛

They were both taken on fun days with my lovely friend when we hung out together during summer.

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I tend to collect tid-bits from the internet which sees my ‘Pictures’ folder ever-expanding (and my hard drive space ever decreasing!). So it’s only fair that I share these with you. (I will be including more on this post next time).

Just a side note: Thank you to every one who has commented so far!! It means a lot to me 🙂

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Hide-away

This cafe, that I once happened upon, is so adorable! It had little nick-nacks that gave it an eclectic vibe and I loved how it was tucked away from the crowd. I hope to go back there one day.

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Those crazy days of summer

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