Friday, December 29, 2006

Black Mountain run

Distance - 21.4km
Time - 2hr 7.45min
Av pace - 5.57min/km
AHR - 148; MHR - 173
Started with: The Fallen - Franz Ferdinand
Finished with: The Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim

The weather has been really different for the 3 longer runs I have done this week. Lat Saturday when I ran in the Black Mountain Nature Park it was hot and humid; on Boxing Day when we ran Rob Roy, it was sunny and cool to start with but slowly warmed up; and today, when I ran in Black Mountain Nature Park again, it was grey and overcast. I don't really like the start of the run because its on footpaths and goes steadily uphill until I reach the Pinnacle Nature Park. Then its on to gravel and dirt and the run is offroad from here. The hills don't stop though! However today I had planned on doing an undulating run and missing the bigger hills including Black Mountain. This doesn't mean it was that much easier as the path I followed in Black Mountain Nature park is very undulating. The payoff though is its a lovely run surrounded by native bush and trees, with the occasional sighting of kangaroos and the noise of the galahs and cockatoos.

A little troubling was the niggles I was feeling in my right knee particularly when I ran downhill - I was conscious of this from about the 13km mark. Fingers crossed it is just a niggle and after a day of rest (tomorrow) it will be okay. However I also have an easy week of (flat) running up on the Gold Coast which hopefully will help as well. The last thing I need now is anything to go wrong with any of my body parts! So yes, Katy, in response to your question I will do a couple of runs while on holiday but I will also be lazing around, shopping, eating and coffeeing! Oh, and I drooled over that photo of the gingerbread houses, or more precisely the amount of dark chocolate that was used in the construction!!!

And yes, Tesso - you've discovered my alter ego! ;-)


2P said...

Nice pace for a mountain run CJ - great stuff

Tesso said...

Ha ha, with your mention of coffee and chocolate it didn't take much detective work ;-)

Jen_runs said...

Wow, that's a great pace CJ. Enjoy your trip north. When you get back, I should have an idea of when I'm heading south!

Ewen said...

The tortoise is faster than the snail! 6' and the marathon CJ - I'm impressed.

Don't worry if you can't run downhills - there are only two in 6'... 2k off Mini Mini and 3k to the finish! The rest is 'undulating' or 'up'.

Anonymous said...

wow you were cooking on that mountain run, CJ!

R2B said...

I didnt get past the ticker!
2months one week to 6ft!


Lulu said...

Have a great holiday and I hope the niggle goes away. Have a great 2007 and I look forward to sharing some coffee and chocolate with you sometime.

KIT said...

Hey stranger! Happy new year. I am going to dust off my blog for the new year! I almost had a heart attack when I saw your 6ft counter... gulp!