Saturday, January 28, 2006

My 5km retro run

Time/ Weather - 9.20am / very very humid, 23*C, overcast
Workout - easy run
Distance - 5km
Time taken - 26.55min
Av pace - 5.22min/km
AHR - 150; MHR - 169
Calories - 272

Didn't sleep very well last night; it was hot and humid, and certainly hadn't improved by this morning. However, it was only a 5km run today to turn the legs over before the first Veteran's handicap run tomorrow, over 8km. I only had coffee to fuel myself this morning because it was an easy short run so figured I didn't need too much in the tank. Besides according to that Runners World article you burn more fat when you run on empty because you have higher levels of free fatty acids in your blood and a hormonal environment favouring low use of carbohydrate. Though not sure whether this really applies to a 5km run!

I have a large playlist on my ipod which I have set on shuffle so I never know what songs I'm going to hear next. This morning it was really weird - definitely lots of 80's music -
Bon Jovi songs Living on a Prayer and Its My Life;
You Could Be Mine by Guns'n'Roses;
Break My Stride by Mathew Wilder (.....ain't nothin gonna to break my stride, Nobody's gonna slow me down, oh-no, I got to keep on movin, Ain't nothin' gonna break my stride, I'm running and I won't touch ground, Oh-no, I got to keep on movin'....); and
Mylo vs Miami Sound Machine (2005 version of an 80's song - ......I just can't control my feet when I hear the beat, when I hear the beat....).

So it was a fun run in all senses of the word - I had a ball. Not quite bongo drums iliketoast, but disco lights instead!!!
Stretched when I finished then had rolled oats, dried apricots and honey for breakfast.

This afternoon I went down to Commonwealth Park, Lake Burley Griffin, to watch and support Strewth and JS in the triathlon they had entered. JS was actually doing this one (300m swim/10km cycle, 2km run) as a warm-up for tomorrow's olympic distance tri (1,500m swim/40km cycle/10km run). It was so hot and I was so glad that I wasn't doing it - there were none of those 'gee I wish I was doing it' sentiments from me! Also discovered that Mr B had entered the tri as well, his first at this distance. And what a day to attempt it! By the time the first swim wave was due to start the easterly wind had picked up markedly and there were whitecaps out on the lake. Competitors would be swimming directly into them. I was soooo happy to be standing on the shore assigned to camera duties! Strewth was looking more and more worried the closer it got to her wave starting. I probably didn't help the situation by commenting on the size of the waves, the strength of the wind, and the fact that there was lightning and thunder off in the distance.

Managed to have a capuccino while they were out on their bikes. Hey, this spectator business is actually not bad - I could really get used to this! Then it was back on camera duties when they started heading back into transition and off onto the final leg, the 2km run. I saw JS head off on his run but never managed to see him finish; I missed Mr B coming in after his bike leg but saw him finish the run; and Strewth, well I managed to see her come in on her bike, start and finish her run. Yay!!!

Tomorrow its the 8km run at Campbell Park. Hopefully it won't be too hot or humid.


iliketoast said...

I know those songs so well ..... what was it about the 80's? Was going to say something about Bongos but it just sounded so wrong.

Hilda said...

I think like an spectator I would be able to learn and understand many things, I only been participating in two short races last year and it was so nice.

I kept thinking in your sensation at the treadmil, I understand it because of your speed.

I do exactly the same, instead of having sport drinks or so, for short runs I take caaffeine, on green tee or pills to rely on fat!

Al Carter said...

Isn't it funny how sometimes the shuffle feature just gets it right while at others, you want to strangle the Ipod?

Susan said...

Good luck at the 8k, I hope it's not too hot for you.

KIT said...

Oooh Break my stride ... thats another for my marathon list :-)

I hope your run went well today!

Robert Song said...

Ahh the 80's. The 60's and 70's were such hard acts to follow.