Friday, February 03, 2012

Wet, wet, wet!

These past couple of days have been dreary weather-wise and not at all summer-like! We needed the rain but did we need the bleak cold days to go with it? I don't think so. However, as far as running goes it is probably far better to run in the cool than the heat.
Last night at track there were not many hardy souls who braved the elements and competed in the program. I turned up with Yelena just in time to run the first 3000m with no warm up at all - not a good start. It was cold and difficult to remove the spray jacket to run in constant drizzle but we soon warmed up and found the conditions actually quite pleasant if a bit sloshy underfoot. It took me a couple of laps to get into my swing which proves I had needed that warm up. As a result I was way below par with my time while Bruce, on the other hand, whizzed past me several times and finished in a long standing record time for M50's of  9:30:33 taking 16 secs off the old record of 9:46.9 set in 1991.
Distance: 3000m
Time taken: 15:54
Average pace per km: 5:21
Calories burned: 161

The only other event I entered was the 2000m fitness walk. Margaret, Sherryl and I were having fun talking and giggling on the first lap until we decided we should make a real effort. I do enjoy fitness walking as it's definitely non threatening and race walkers are so friendly and encouraging. It's not nearly as intimidating as lining up with some super fast runners in the other events.
Total fitness walk distance: 2000m
Time taken: 14:34

After this Margaret and I went for a run in the drizzle outside the gates and on through the track past the Bruce Ridge and on to the turn off to the city. Then we turned and ran back to the track.
Total: 4.5km
We left before the final event although by then the rain had stopped and the conditions were ideal.
Total distance for night: 10km

Today is my weekly rest day. Instead I swam 1km in the pool in the morning and had fun with my grandchildren in the afternoon, making lots of mess including cupcakes. Later we all went out for pizza and pasta making the most of the last week day of the school holidays. It's hard to believe that our little Mr Five starts school on Monday!

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