Thursday, November 13, 2008

When Courage Pays Dividends!

6.15am - Upper body strength/weights/abs
6.15pm - Cross Country Spring series at Black Mountain Peninsula
It was a very hot afternoon and the course was three repeats of cross country on rough grassy surface. I found it hot and not at all easy. The best part was catching up with lots of running buddies AND, wait for it, racing Aki to the finish line. She was obviously unwell and I found out later was suffering from intense pain from wisdom teeth. This is the only time I will ever catch her so that little last minute burst of energy probably did me good! Aki was pleased she ventured out bravely through her pain as she won the Running Shop barrel draw which was fantastic! Congratulations on your courage my friend!
Total distance: 5km
Time taken: 28:29
Average pace per km: 5:43
Calories burned: 293

6.15am - RPM class 45mins/Abs class 15mins
5.15pm - Run
I found a substitute for Ewen today and persuaded a work colleague to roller blade for the first time in months while I ran to Molonglo. It was another very hot afternoon and I really did struggle with the heat. My friend only made it as far as the carillon where he had to rest a while and I ran on to Molonglo where I found lots of water to throw over me and drank heaps before returning to meet him near the Boathouse. He rollerbladed alongside me back to the overbridge and I ran back to the office. I found it very hot and tiring and was surprised that in fact it was faster than last week. The temperature was still 26deg when we were running.
Total distance: 13.31km
Time taken: 1:21:04
Average pace per km: 6:05
Calories burned: 777

The temperature reached 30degrees today. We are experiencing sudden hot weather which is due to become much cooler by the time the weekend arrives - hmmmm! I didn't venture to track this afternoon as I felt sore and definitely not up to racing. I have also felt decidedly ho hum all day. It was probably a good decision as I did go for a run with Mr B after work and it was very slow and painful. We ran from home and down towards Gungahlin turning at the 4km mark and returning home as I knew I couldn't run any further. I kept Mr B in sight but I shouldn't say I was actually running with him.
Distance: 8km
Time taken: 49:49
Average pace per km: 6:13
Calories burned: 470


  1. You haven't mentioned the training plan for Six Foot Track. Maybe we see you on Saturday morning for 18 miles, as you say, should be cooler, so should be easier. Great start to Canberra marathon, get in early, just in case you do aCJ somewhere.

  2. Wasn't so brave, I did stop at one stage, but was happy to win a barrel draw! How cool! Congrats on a brilliant sprint finish!

  3. Rare victories are the sweetest... did I ever tell you about the time I thrashed Spody on the grass track at Stromlo?

    A substitute! Was he singing:

    But I'm a substitute for another guy
    I look pretty tall but my heels are high
    The simple things you see are all complicated
    I look pretty young, but I'm just back-dated, yeah!

  4. I see that in your vocabulary the words "rest" and "tapering" don't exist! Congrats.

  5. Yes they do Black Knight. Her blog has been tapering for over a month!

  6. I hope you can remember all the training you've been doing in the last 6 weeks!

    Merry Christmas!

  7. I never read the word "rest". You are great!!! Merry Christmas to you and family.