The last 20km has some seriously stunning scenery and it was pretty enticing to sit down at one of the many lookouts.
At 86km I got the rev up from Lou - I don’t think I’ve heard Lou yell like that outside of a Dee’s game. 14km to go and I’m racing the 🌅. I tried to do the maths in my head of KM to go vs pace. I was always 1/2hr ahead or behind no matter how many times I tried to work it out.
The fear of the latter meant I had to rally and told myself if I run the 3.5km soft sand stretch on Urquhart’s beach I might make it.
Once I rounded Anglesea SLSC, I heard the announcer at the 🏁. It was 1/2hr before sunset and there was 1km to go. I relaxed.
I started to absorb the achievement. The emotional waves started rolling, the intensity reflected the hr’s and km’s put in to reach the finishing chute.
I gratefully accepted my 1L stein for finishing under 12hrs almost in disbelief that it was done.
A huge 🙏🏻 to:
Crew👩✈️@louisefrancesdiehard who (going on a few hours sleep) was at every checkpoint, had everything I needed and more.
@lewi21 (+Violet) who gave up a whole day chasing me up and down the coast.
@katiegoldwater , @tomgirdwood13 , Mum, Dad, Michael + Hamish who drove down to stand + freeze in the rain to support me.
And of course everyone who got in touch in the lead up and following to see how it went. I can’t express how much it means to me to have all that support to get me to the 🏁.
OMG what an experience this years SCC 100km event was!!! 💥
Nothing in my lead up went to plan. I started the year off in a moon boot for a leg issue that was thought to be a result of over loading. But after a lot of time off and then doing all the right things to build back up again the issue continued.
Working with Caleb from Freedom Sports to workout what was going on! It turned out to be my biomechanics. I started a different range of exercises to fix the issue but it still wasn’t working.
8 weeks out from SCC I got my orthotics and I could start training. I was concerned I wasn’t going to be ready in time! So I did what u should never do and that is up the kms quickly!!! 3rd week into training and I had to stop!! 😩 Not what I wanted to do but if I was going to be able to run Wonderland and SCC that’s what it was going to take. 😬
5 weeks out I only ran 🏃♀️ at Wonderland. Not ideal but I was ok to accept I wasn’t going after any pb’s this year.
Before I knew it SCC was here, I changed my plan to focus on testing out different nutrition and how I would go crewing myself.
Last year I was so sick the 2weeks leading up to SCC I couldn’t enjoy any of it! This year I wanted to enjoy the ride especially after I heard about the apocalyptic weather that we were going to be facing!! I was in complete denial about this!! Lol 😂
I’m still buzzing after having so much fun!! YES, FUN!! My nutrition worked fantastically, changing over my orthotics went to plan. My rain jacket was the best piece of clothing I wore. Kept my head dry which was awesome!! Yes I rolled both ankles, a wrist, hurt my shin on the rocks, got covered in red clay when I fell!! But still loved every moment!! Not having a time limit meant I could go with the flow, walk when I wanted run when I wanted and stop when I wanted, scrape mud off my trails when needed!! Plus practice my jump shots!! 😝🤣🤣 The best part was seeing my kids as I was approaching checkpoint 2!! I could hear the cow bells 🛎 and I looked up to see them try and run after me on the beach! As I came out of the checkpoint they ran with me ringing the bells. 🛎
We love this professional photo of SFSuper Series 100km competitor Sarah Grealy! Amazing effort Sarah, you smashed it!
You encapsulate the spirit of this event: endurance, effort, energy, exhilaration. We can see it all captured in that smile. Thank you for raising funds and awareness for the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation and being a part of the SFSuper Series team! Did we mention she RAN 100 KILOMETRES
Photo credit: Rapid Ascent
This was a main focus for me during the Surf Coast Century and I’m stoked to have been able to stick to it throughout most of the day.
Rain, gale force winds and hail certainly tested me at times, but the course was stunning and I couldn’t help but smile.
Pretty certain my results are a direct effect of running happy and just remembering why I choose to be part of this sport.
Love to run. Never give up.
Congratulations to those who competed the @rapidascent Surf Coast Century yesterday in some trying conditions!
Running takes it toll on the feet, be it the occasional blister or the loss of some toe nails, taking care of your trotters after a run is crucial and never more so than after a marathon.
Here are some tips to care of your feet after a big day of running:
On Saturday I had a go at tip toeing on sand, dodging hail, showering in torrential rain and chasing the boys. Came away with my first 50km win at Surf Coast Century on Victorian soil (and sand) which was a massive bonus. Awesome event @rapidascent awesome Coach @thelongrunau 🤟🤟 #goodtimes 📸 @sara_tucker93
Tried something new and did a running race this weekend 🙃 I ran leg 2 (28km) of the Surf Coast Century (100km) with an awesome team. We came 2nd in mixed teams which is pretty kewl. #surfcoastcentury#australia
Shout out to this inspiring client Maree who took on and conquered solo the 100k Surf Coast Century across the weekend! 👏💪⭐️ Maree, you were an ultra-marathoner already, but what you achieved this weekend is nothing short of incredible! 🎉 Well done legend for having a dream, putting in the hard yards to get yourself race ready and showing pure determination and guts to get the 100k done, on your own.... in terrible weather conditions! 😝 AND at a cracker of a pace 17hrs 55!!! 🙊WOOOWWW!!!! 😁
So VERY proud of you my friend! Enjoy your night off PT tonight, you bloody earned it! 💪
Great work Sal on conquering a relay leg of the course! 👏 100k in 2019?! 🤔
Great results for athletes at Victoria’s largest Ultra-Trail running festival, the Surf Coast Century.
Firstly, massive well done to Jessica Collins, following up on a great performance at UTA100 earlier in the year, with a breakthrough 2nd place on Saturday. A Tasmanian who is coached online, Jessica would have been quite at home in the testing weather conditions athletes faced on the day!
Second photo, congratulations to the UP Coaching Mixed Team in the 100km made up of Amanda Meggison, Paul Todd, Brett Godden and Zac Anstee who were 3rd across the line in the 100km team relay in their category.
Full results from SCC to come!
Still on Cloud Nine after the Surf Coast 100km on the weekend. It was a huge goal of mine to run the course sub 12 hours to get the Big Boy Beer Stein...even more so after having to pull out mid race 2 years ago with a foot injury.
Was great getting some consistency back in my training over the winter months - staying healthy whilst logging some great training mileage....Massive shout outs to Coach Luke @metsperformance for putting together a training plan based on science using my personal testing data from the lab - bang for buck training utilizing the little time I have for training ....also massive respect to Pep @kinematicsperformance who always keeps my body strong and healthy...I highly recommend him to any broken runner who has had no joy...also many thanks to Andre @andreobradovic for getting me back on the bike and for passing on his amazing knowledge of MAF and power zones as well as embracing the primal lifestyle - he is one awesome human that is now a great friend....and finally a massive shout out to the Camberwell Running Crew - they are my running family and I love sharing the trails and bitumen with them. I had my wife and parents crewing me on the day and family to me is everything so even before I had placed one foot in the sand I had already won the race...its always a special moment to share this experience with the people closest to you. Day was full of challenges including a nasty foot injury suffered at the 15km point when I hit a submerged rock ...was about to pull the pin at 36km because of the pain but the foot came good after getting medical attention at the 50km aid station .
Was an emotional finish as I was able to realize my goal and finish in 11.34 whilst being able to share this with the ones closest to me
Why would you Run 100km’s and put yourself through that pain and suffering!? A question I got asked a lot over the past few months but never really had an answer for. I’d ran plenty of 30’s, 40’s , 60s and everything in between but not 100. Do I know the answer now. Nope...I do know this though, it’s amazing how much grit, strength and determination you can find in yourself when you step out of your comfort zone and put yourself in situations you usually try and stay away from. What an experience I had, thanks to @angleseaadventurer from @rapidascent for your brief that got me pumped, you can hear your true love and passion for the sport, the event and the surf coast. To my #teammarinicrew, my amazing wife @natdaqm my beautiful daughter Zara @margiegroome Bill Groome and Claire D’aquino who lived and breathed my ever step of the way, thanks for giving up your time to make sure I was looked after. Big shoutout to my awesome coach @davidkennedy237 of @upcoaching my strength trainer Claudefit for the past 2 plus years, you’ve helped get me strong and our Sunday long runs with the majestic @kaan.ristic are always the highlight of my week, your both great friends. Another shoutout to @april.bellio from @valleyosteopathy for fixing my injuries, helping with injury prevention and getting me right for race day. You were all an integral part of my successful day. 12hrs and 37 mins and 72nd place in the solo 100k and for me that’s an achievement I can be very proud of. A day of challenges but a day I would do again in a heart beat. See you soon #surfcoastcentury#angleseabeach#363moresleeps#rapidascent#trailrunning#coastalrunning#ultrarunning#ultrarunner#100k#vegan#veganrunner#vegantrailrunner#plantfueled#plantbasedathlete#plantbasedrunner#doyouevenrunbro
Things I learned doing Leg 3 (28km) of the Surf Coast Century 100km relay:
1. Dressing for trail runs in Victoria is like an onion. It’s all about layers.
2. For a guaranteed epic day out get yourself a team (and support crew) who are willing to wear matching short shorts with you; run with guts; be a shoulder to cry on even when they don’t know what the tears are for; take photos that you can shamelessly steal later for your recap post; have endless debates about the virtues of international roast vs aeropress; will dance to our theme song at every aid station; pose and pose some more; give the best finish line hugs, and generally be balls of hilarious, positive and generous good times.
3. Just like the camera, wet muddy clay adds ten pounds.
4. I really need to take a leaf out of Kieran’s books and get me some stripper trackies. It was fresh (arctic) in those shorts waiting for my turn to run.
5. Heading into my longest race ever, I was physically, emotionally, and mentally spent and had spent the morning cheering for and worrying about everybody else. To have 3 1/4 hours in the bush with only myself to focus on was pretty special and I made sure I didn’t waste it or take it for granted.
6. If you want to find the best of humanity in its most raw state do not miss this event.
A great weekend in Anglesea for my first crack at the Surf Coast Century. I managed to get second female overall and first in my age category. I would like to say a massive thanks to my coach Kellie Emmerson from Up Coaching and the best support crew person ever Lachlan Davey ☺️ #surfcoastcentury#upcoaching#trailrunning#findyourfeet