I fly out to Cairo in seven sleeps and just capped off the weekend with the Blackmores Sydney Half Marathon event. The idea of running on road was not so appealing but the race had competitors cross the Harbour Bridge, through the city and finish at the Sydney Opera House. The course even went past the apartment I live in and I felt tempted to duck into our bathroom, as the queues for the port-a-loos were ridiculous at the start line. I ran with good friend Nathan Creber and we had a good approach of him setting the start pace and I would see us through the final kms. We felt comfortable the whole way and I was happy to pick up a bit of pace after running with a backpack on the sand for the past couple of months. I met up with fellow Sahara competitor Malcolm Brown on Saturday for a 20km trail session. It was great to be able to do the last minute debrief before we both fly out next weekend. It is Malcolm’s first RacingthePlanet event and I thought it was hilarious that he only just told his wife and parents that he had signed up for the race.
I have spent several days in Melbourne over the past two weeks with my family, which turned out to be a very sad but special time. As we sat down to dinner one night we realised six out of the twelve people at the table were carriers of the CF gene. Obviously the odds were very high at the table but the stats show say that about 1 in every 25 Australians are genetic carriers of CF, many of these people would have no idea. Great advancements in technology are being developed and here is a great video from the Annual RCCFRT fun run – Angling for A Cure: 2010
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