Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anzac Day Run

This morning was bleak, as befits Anzac Day. One can almost guarantee that on Anzac Day the winter woollies come out. I remember it was always the day that summer school uniforms were put away for winter uniforms and winter clothes came out for work. Nothing's changed in all these years. Today was really cold and didn't reach more than 13deg at any time throughout the day.
When I met Jen and Ewen at the ferry terminal for a run it felt really cold. I wore shorts and singlet but kept a spray jacket on throughout the run although at one stage briefly I did unzip it! We left the ferry terminal at 10.40am hoping that the day would have warmed up by then - no such luck! It was not so much the temperature as the wind chill factor. It was so blustery going in one direction that we turned and ran the other way towards Molonglo Reach endeavouring to keep the wind behind us. Poor Ewen was suffering and running very slowly as he had a fall last night tripping over his furniture and badly bruised his ribs. He swears he wasn't drinking at the time! Gosh, we even ran back for him at one stage on the way out. However, as we reached the trails round Mt Ainslie after running past Duntroon, he ran a little faster and while I struggled more on the undulations Ewen picked up his pace. We ran back via the War Memorial where hundreds of people were leaving the Anzac Day service. It was very busy but also thought provoking.
We ran on back through Civic, past Hotel Rydges, over the bridge and back to the ferry terminal.
Total distance: 16km (my longest since the marathon) - at a very slow pace.
I had to take my distance from Jen's garmin as I had left mine at home charging. It's terrible running without a watch as I keep checking my wrist expecting it to be there!
After our run we donned some warmer clothes and headed for Urban Foods over the bridge to enjoy hot soup and toast to help Ewen celebrate his birthday tomorrow. Then we headed for coffee at the Espresso Cafe a little nearer the bridge as the coffee is so much better there. I think we were delaying the brisk walk back over the bridge in the bitter wind!
Ewen showing off the book I gave him for his birthday:)


  1. Belated CONGRATS! on your 11th Canberra Marathon Strewth. You are totally awesome! Look forward to catching up post France :)

  2. The very slow pace was all my fault - sorry about that! We'll revert to 'normal' pace on your return from WA :)