Go Pam Go !!
Running: Nil as planned
Last day of holidays and a rest day before long run tomorrow. A work mate of mine left in June to retire to a life of leisure but took on a short term role of manager of the Bredbo Inn.
He actually finishes there this weekend and intends to travel the width and breadth of Australia. Now I am jealous.
We called in to see him, had lunch and then continued past Cooma to find the Coast to Kosciuszko runners who left Eden this morning at sea level to reach the top of the highest mountain in Australia.
Some calculations had us on the Bombala road at 2:30 pm to find only the first 3 runners had gone through, Jo Blake leading at that stage from Spud but the next few were not far behind. Stopped where the runners cross the road at the 80 km mark, the crew for Milov waiting for their runner. A quick chat to get an idea of the runner's positions, then along they came right on time.
Found most really focused on the job at hand, obviously getting tired but all that I saw happy enough to roll along on the flat and down hill and walk anything that looked like going up, very smart plan.
Didn't have to wait long before Pam Muston came into sight, her familiar style noticeable from a distance. She looked strong, very happy and seemed to being enjoying herself. She has a very good crew, Kerrie Bremner winner last year in females section, distance shortened due to bad weather, and Ian Wright, running mate of Martin Fryer, 100 mile place getter at Glasshouse Mtns, both very experienced ultra runners. They will have everything covered to get Pam through.
We let Pam continue on, then went back through the field to find others I know, Susannah running 2nd female about 20 minutes behind and Lisa about 10 minutes further back. In between, Blue Dog, Kelvin, Maggot, Milov, Brick, Horrie and others.
We caught up with Kerrie and Ian to tell of the positions of the other girls, but not allowed to tell Pam. She needs to concentrate on her own run, not worry about how the others are going. She can't control what they do, and any info may make her go too fast just a third of the way in to the run. A lot can happen during the night, there is still a long way to go.
I've had a great day, truly inspirational running, my head now filled with what I have to do next year to have a go at the magnificent event. I know what to do, I can do it, the plan is there, the events to get there are well known. You know, a couple of 100's, a 12 hour or two, plenty of rest, plenty of hills and mountains, recovery, proper diet, no sickness or injury, and about 5000 kms before end of November. Doable, you bet !!