Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Bitterly Cold Snap!

7am - 15mins abs class with a new instructor who is standing in place of our usual one for two weeks. Wow, she was tough - ouch, she chose different moves and it hurt but it was good pain! I then spent 20mins working on upper body weights.
5.45pm - running
Today it was really cold, bleak and not pleasant at all. It drizzled on and off constantly and by the time I drove to Parliament House to run with the Wednesday group it was raining without stopping. I arrived expecting them all to change their minds and run in the carpark. Oh no, not this hardy lot, we set off with long sleeves, leggings, spray jackets, beanies and gloves to face the elements. This was a different sort of pain to the abs class. As we approached the lake the biting westerly wind blew the rain into our faces and oh boy, it stung like hail stones. It was freezing. During part of the run the wind eased and it was reasonably mild but as soon as we moved out into the more exposed areas it was totally unpleasant. I'm sure I would never have run at this time without my hardy buddies. Ewen, Andy and Chris kept me honest and although we only ran 8km it felt much further and it was a really tough run.

I was drenched right through all my clothes to the skin and did a complete change into warm clothing before we headed off to the Italian Club for yummy pizza and a warming glass of vino. Aaah, we deserved it!!
Total distance: 8km
Time taken: 54:50
Average pace per km: 6:51 (blame it on the head wind and sleet)!
Thursday (today)
Training at Dickson has been cancelled as the oval is officially closed. It's probably flooded! Instead I had the opportunity to run while the sun was still out. After taking Teddy for a brisk walk I changed into running gear and set off. Now the sun through the window is very deceptive. It was cold out there and the wind was nasty. Running into a head wind was tough. I decided to warm up (?) for about 15mins before running a few intervals - 1 min fast, 1 min slow x 6 - then ran home again. The return journey was considerably more pleasant with the wind easing off. I couldn't say it pushed me along but at least I had warmed up a bit by then.
I am really delighted that I don't have to run in the dark and cold tonight. I can stay home and watch Masterchef instead! :)
Total distance: 8km
Time taken: 50:37
Average pace per km: 6:19 (that will be the slow bits inbetween!!)


  1. Yes, it felt like 12k at least. I know it's windy when I have to take my cap off on the bridges!

  2. You certainly are one tough little girl to get out in that awfully cold Canberra weather!

    Sounds like a fab holiday at the GC....and warm!

  3. oooh, what you said: I have never called Strewth "girl", I have never called Strewth "little", I have never called Strewth "tough", I have certainly never called Strewth "one"!