On Sunday, we slept in until about 8:30am (LATE for us!), and headed down to the buffet breakfast as part of our package deal at the Royce Hotel.
The hotel is right on the Melbourne Marathon route, so while we stuffed our faces with eggs, sausages, tomatoes, hashbrowns, fruit and yoghurt, we watched the half and full marathon runners make their way towards the finish line. I'd say it was about 15km into the half, and maybe 35km into the full.
I wished I was out there with them! It was a warm one for the run though ... we were expecting a high of 28C (about 82F), and I would say that at 10am it was probably already 25C. I hope everyone remembered to hydrate at the water stations!
After breakfast we checked out, and decided to head over to the Melbourne Marathon Expo. We caught one of the free City Circle trams up Flinders Street ---> always good to remember if you are new in the city!
We got there at about 11am, and it was packed. It was probably peak time for most events to have finished or still be finishing.
I was actually a little disappointed with the Expo this year. I wandered into a few stalls to have a look at the goods, like Asics and Gu Energy, but I really didn't feel like buying anything. Granted, that may have been mostly because I know that I'm not going to be doing any serious running for at least a few months, so the need for serious goods just isn't there. Oh well, maybe next year.
After that, we made our way back to our car, and it was time to head home. We went and picked up Angus from the kennel (he was very happy to see us!), and then back to do normal weekend chores like washing (it's got to be done some time).
A few articles I saw that might be interesting for you:
- 10 of Melbourne's Best Breakfasts (I'm going to have to try ALL of these!)
- Some of you runners might like 5 Foam-rolling exercises
- Although it might be a bit late for some of you, here are some tips for recovering from a Half Marathon
One of the best saying I have heard to keep me motivated is 'You never regret a workout, but you will regret missing a workout'. Too true! Something else to try to remember at 5am in the morning when the alarm goes off :)
Hope you had / have a great Monday!
What are your best race recovery tips?