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Central Coast Half (NSW)
Friday 03 December 2010
Central Coast Half (NSW)

It was a dark and stormy Friday night...well, just a bit drizzly really... when Le-Anne and I bid adieu to husbands and children (and dogs, in my case) and headed off to The Entrance for the Central Coast Half Marathon. We felt a bit like Thelma and Louise, and were looking forward to our weekend away.

We broke the drive at Taree at around 3am, and had but a few hours sleep at a truck stop. We then pushed on to The Entrance and checked into our motel around lunchtime on Saturday. When we went for a walk to explore the neighbourhood, we found that the annual Mardi Gras was on, and there was a free concert by Jon English that evening. We weren't sure we'd be able to stay awake til then, but with gutsy determination and sheer bloody mindedness, we made it to the front of the stage and waved our hands around a bit, and sang along. 

The half marathon was scheduled to start on Sunday morning at 7am. It was a pleasant enough morning but became quite humid during the run. I was expecting the route to be right along the foreshore, but it was more through the bush adjacent to the lake. Pretty enough, and dead flat. The lake side looked a bit like Toorbul or the Bribie Passage, but smelled worse. The beach entrance reminded me of Currimundi Creek, just north of Caloundra. Even though there were around 900 entrants in the half marathon and 10km and it was an out-and-back course, there was very little congestion. The race was well organised with lots of smiling volunteers along the course plying us with water and Gatorade.

My time wasn't too bad considering the sheer lack of training I'd put in, and as usual, my feet hurt from the 14km mark. Le-Anne did a sterling job for her first half marathon and finished with a smile. We had a paddle in the water to ice our legs before having a look through the shops then strolling the 1.5km back to the motel.

The afternoon was spent having a well deserved nap, then we found the most wonderful little Vietnamese restaurant for dinner. Early to bed in anticipation of the long drive home on Monday.

If you're going to spend 12 hours driving in a car from The Entrance to Burpengary, there is no better way to do it than learning Scottish Gaelic on CD! Ten one-minute lessons kept us occupied for a good chunk of the trip, as we struggled for a whole hour to get through just the first one. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard in my life. Bet you didn't know that the way to say "hello" in Scottish Gaelic is.... "hello"!!

Even though we'd had a great time away, we were very glad to get home to our own Brad Pitts, our little people (and the dogs, in my case). Thanks Le-Anne for a totally awesome weekend, and until our next adventure, mar sin leibh an dràsda
Audrey


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