.............in more ways than one! The music on my ipod died in the second song during the Canberra Times Fun Run today so I tucked the cord into my top and listened to everyone's heavy breathing (including my own) instead. It was a great day for the 10km run with a slight breeze and fantastic conditions reaching 19deg. Later it clouded over and became quite cool but the run started at 9.45am and was great.
Ok, so my time was a bit slow (maybe it was the lack of music!!) but I really enjoyed myself. There were so many people out there I knew and so many familiar faces at the end, who come out of the woodwork to herald the Spring and enjoy the atmosphere. In fact the majority of my family turned up, the girls walking the babies and dog, our son running the 5km and Mr B running the 10km. Barb, Marg and I ran as "Three Slow Geese" and later we sat with friends and enjoyed a picnic, coffee and companionship. It was a pleasant way to spend the morning and some amazing times were achieved. This year, for the first time, we all wore timing chips on our shoes so accurate times will be recorded which will be interesting to see.
Today was also the first day of Floriade, Canberra's Spring festival of flowers and there were crowds of people out to see them. I have just checked last year's results and I ran this same run three minutes faster then - oops! I need some work but I know I can do this - just a few kilos to lose and a bit more training. I also noted from last year that the temperature was 23deg. Wow, that's two years in a row that the weather has been lovely for the CTFR - must be a good omen. Tomorrow's forecast, however, is for 12degrees - ouch!!
Time taken: 54:30 (TBC)
Average pace per km: 5:27
Calories burned: 590
Spring has sprung (see below)!