Sunday, April 25, 2010

Anzac Weekend and the countdown continues!

This morning I had a little sleep-in as we had arranged to run a little later. I met up with Ewen, Thea and Andy at the War Memorial for a mainly off-road run along Mt Ainslie track to Campbell Park, around Duntroon and through the Wetlands to Kingston, along Kings Avenue, past the carillon and along Anzac Parade back to the War Memorial.
It rained intermittently throughout our run, at times fairly steadily but it was great to catch up with Thea again after so long and the rain kept us all cool.
The only disappointing part of the run was the nasty concrete bridge which has replaced the lovely old wooden swing bridge in the Wetlands. The demand for progress can be so sad at times. The concrete alternative is ugly and hard on the feet. There was more concrete on the other side but we managed to avoid that by heading for the edge and the trails.
We arrived back at the War Memorial very wet and soggy but managed to find a bit of dry gear to change into before heading for the new cafe at the War Memorial. Andy had to leave at this stage but Thea, Ewen and I met up with Liz for much needed coffee and cake - lots of fun.
Total distance: 15km
Time taken: 1:35
Average pace per km: 6:20
Sunday - Anzac Day
This afternoon I ran from home along the cycle track past Giralang through to the tunnel heading towards Gungahlin and back again. After that I ran 6 x 80m strides jogging between each stride. I felt comfortable and the temperature was pleasantly cool which helped.
Total distance: 8km plus strides = 9.1km
Time taken for 8km: 46:30
Average pace per km: 5:49
Total distance for week: 55km
One week today until the marathon and counting!!


  1. More Saturday coffees after the marathon, and more marathons (or 1/2 marathons) after the coffee (ie,Gold Coast). And so we will go on .... Rest up Ruth. It is time for us to be lazy.

  2. The more marathons and halves the better. That means short Saturday runs after the races and higher quality coffee time!

    Only 5 days, 16 hours to go!