How to wing it in a half marathon
STANDING at the starting line of the Cane2Coral Fun Run, Cameron Kerr felt a bit out of place.
"Everyone there was doing their special training regime, and I just did a bit of a warm-up run," he said.
"They all had belts with protein drinks and wearing body skins. I thought I wasn't going to beat anyone."
Kerr went on to complete his first ever half marathon - 21.1km of total distance - in 1 hour 54 minutes and 57 seconds, coming in the top half of all the starters.
The third-year electrical apprentice - who represented Friendly Society Private Hospital in the run - signed up as a way to test himself.
"I trained for two months in the lead-up, going for runs around Monto after work," he said.
"It was great to try doing a half marathon for a bit of self-achievement and to see if I could do it.
"The longest run I did before was the Rocky River Run which was 5km. So really, I winged the whole thing."
He said the secret was about finding the right pace, and with his inexperience, it was about trial and error.
"For the first 6km of the half marathon, I kept up with the 1 hour and 40 minutes runners," Kerr said.
"Then I realised if I kept going like that, I would die.
"After a while I found my own pace and had no breaks at all in the second half."
The end was Kerr's favourite part.
"It was great running into Bagara and everyone in the pubs and cafes was just cheering you on," he said.
"When I crossed the line, I just couldn't feel my legs."
Kerr recommends for others to give it a go, even if you are not a serious athlete. "It really is great to try, and there is no shame in backing out," he said.
"You need determination and be able to push yourself."
Another recent venture of Kerr's is participating in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and going on a leadership camp.
"In those seven days, you had to really dig deep and it works to bring out the best in you," he said.
"If anyone else gets an opportunity to go, I say definitely take it."
In his spare time, Kerr enjoys playing tennis, horse riding, riding motorbikes and playing guitar.
The experience has not scared Kerr off and he is keen for more - he will run a half marathon at Capricorn Coast Running Festival in October.