Saturday, February 07, 2009

Ay caramba!

Another hot day - this is becoming monotonous. I love summer but several weeks of above 3o degree temperatures and the past week being in the high thirties, culminating in 40 degrees today, is really trying my patience. Its hard enough training for a marathon as it is without mother nature throwing a few curveballs.

Today the long run was Mt Rob Roy down Tuggeranong way. For northsiders such as myself this almost necessitates taking a packed lunch as I make the journey waaaay down south. Lack of sleep, lack of coffee and the early start time meant that I could barely string together 2 sentences when I finally did arrive, after everyone else as per usual.

Then we were off, carrying extra water bottles to drop off somewhere on the route, given there would be no taps or other sources of water on the way. We also came across one wily wombat out for a run, who joined us for a while. The front runners had already left us behind, no surprises there. The big surprise for me, though, was that I was actually running the hills quite well today. There were still periods of walking but there also lots of hill running, which impressed me no end. Even later on in the run, when I usually succumb to tiredness, I was still managing to run hills.

All in all it was a good run. The weather, humid early on and then heating up as the morning wore on, didn't seem so bad. I drank about 1.8l during the run, and then another 1.2l by the time I got home. We ran 30km which took me 3hr 30.24min, with an average pace of 6.58min/km.

Tomorrow: Stromlo Stomp, 10.4km

"Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not on this earth for eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake."
Marie Beynon Ray


Ewen said...

I was impressed by your hill running yesterday (when I was close enough to see it). Still, you miss out on a gluten-free beer because I heard there was SOME walking!

I also heard you stomped Jimmy W this morning. Great double. Stay cool.

IHateToast said...

go see movies. in 1980, north texas had 100 days in a row of >100 degree temps (>37). the hottest day was 113 (37). i think i saw more movies that summer. but beware. that winter had a severe ice storm. you might be wishing yourself into meteorological karmakickass.

or, you can bake a cake. it'll warm up the kitchen, but who doesn't love cake?