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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Week 28 - Vertical Went Up

Running: Year to Date

Distance:  2,391.35 kms in 28 weeks at ave  85.4 kms ( same as at week 27)

Last week:  86.1 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 88,224 metres in 28 weeks at ave  3,150 metres ( up from 3,124 metres at week 27)
Strava:  91,219 metres

Last week:  3,866 metres

Earlier this week I would say winter had arrived. Monday, a run in the snow. But, within 6 days, the snow line had retreated way up high as some warmer weather, by winter standards, melted much it.

This photo of snow on the East/West Fire Trail on Monday at a height of 800 metres above sea level.
I also found some snow on my Saturday run but the snow line was now at around 1000 metres.

This photo on the higher parts of Hunter track on Mt Wellington near the Pinnacle Road. Not much remains.

Mt Wellington with snow today at 1200 metres above sea level. Photo taken on my run up Goat Hill, a local steep hill. No snow here, it's only 660 metres above sea level but it can get a light fall in the right conditions. Hopefully winter has not left us just yet.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Week 27 - Slack Week

Running:  Year to date

Distance:  2,305.25 kms in 27 weeks at ave  85.4 km ( down from 86.5 at week 26)

Last week:  56.55 kms

Altitude:  Garmin: 84,358 metres in 27 weeks at ave  3,124 metres ( down from 3,152 metres at week 27)
Strava:  87,448 metres

Last week:  2,388 metres

A down week with more walking than running it seemed. Only two descent runs both cut short by potential damaging weather especially as I was out solo in the mountains.
Tuesday, I headed out looking for a couple of trig/rock pile mountain summits. Reached the top of Collins Cap in nice sunny weather and decided to head towards big brother, Collins Bonnet. But, the storm clouds were rolling in quickly.
Being up at over 1,100 metres above sea level, and open and exposed alpine country, I took a short cut back to the car park. Even as I dropped to lower altitude, the wind meant the gum trees could easily drop a branch. I didn't want to be under one of them.
Saturday, I decided to try to find some snow. Didn't really have enough time. A few of the mountain trails are still closed due to storm water damage a month or more ago and don't look like being repaired any time soon. The main problem is that, if I start at my normal location, it adds around 8 kms, more than an hour of moving time, tracks are very rough.
I made it to junction Cabin, at 620 metres above sea level, but no sign of snow. Apparently, on the day, snow line was just above 1000 metres. Very windy again, we have had 3-4 days of strong winds.
Trees falling over, or dropping branches, are a real worry. Back down as quickly as possible.
Remainder of the week was short either jogging or walking days with a complete rest day. Just tired, needed a non active day.
This week I will chase the snow. Seems all my local running friends have been up to the knees in the snow & having fun. My turn now.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Week 26 - Half A Year Gone

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  2,248.7 km in 26 weeks at ave  86.5 kms ( up from 86.3 kms at week 25)

Last week:  91.35 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 81,970 metres in 26 weeks at ave  3,152 metres ( up from 3,137 metres at week 25)

Strava: 85,070 metres

Last week: 3,545 metres

A couple of good hilly runs of 27 kms & 23 kms making up the bulk of both distance & vertical. The weather has been very kind as we enter the second month of winter. No snow on the local mountain unlike this time last year when they were covered.
Even today, we had a top temp of near 15 degrees, so take 10 degrees off for altitude, still well above freezing on Mt Wellington. Still plenty of winter months to come.
First six months in review. Distance would be tracking above long term average, but not by much. Altitude, on the other hand, is absolutely miles ( or metres) above average. I've focused on this for this year hoping it will pay dividends later when I will do a couple of longer races. I have even ran five Parkruns recently in an attempt to retain whatever speed I have.
Overall, a good first six months.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Week 25 - Back In The Game

Running:  Year To Date

Distance:  2,157.35 kms in 25 weeks at ave  86.3 km ( up from 86.00 kms at week 24)

Last week:  93.55 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 78,425 metres in 25 weeks at ave  3,137 metres ( up from 3,089 metres at week 24)

Last week: 4,285 metres

Strava:  81,781 metres

Winter solstice, shortest daylight hours in the southern hemisphere happened during the week.
In Hobart, a group of mountain running " nutters" headed out at 6 pm, well and truly dark, sundown is around 4:45 pm, to climb Mt Wellington with headlamps on the front & a red light on the backpack.
It's such a beautiful sight to see this long line ( about 45 of us) on a single track up the mountain. Photos don't do justice & mostly don't turn out very good with small cameras or on phones.
But, what it does do, is give a good mid week boost to both distance & vertical with 18 kms & nearly 1300 metres of up. It was a perfect winter's night for us. Not that cold for once even on the summit, may be just below zero and no wind.
Some before us during the day must have made this little snowman. It was so nice to see some snow as we have not had much settle so far this winter. Not cold enough & very little rain so far.
The rest of the week has been fairly standard except my local Parkrun was cancelled due to track damage. It's on gravel so not unexpected at times. I don't run on hard surfaces so the other couple of close by Parkruns were not going to get my attendance. I opted for an exploration run over other damaged close by trails thus adding to the vert total of the week.
Overall, a good week, using all 7 days with one day a walk/recovery/easy day. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Week 24 - Just Marking Time

Running: Year to Date

Distance:  2,063.8 kms in 24 weeks at ave  86.00 kms ( down from 86.4 kms at week 23)

Last week:  77.15 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 74,120 metres in 24 weeks at ave  3,088 metres ( down from 3,104 metres at week 23)

Last week:  2,747 metres

Strava:  77,493 metres ( ave 3,229 metres)

A 7 day run week with 3 walk days. Just a week marking time trying to get a bit done in between some hectic days with family dramas.
Improvements on the family side should result in a better running week. The highlight of this week will be a night run up Mt Wellington on Wednesday to mark the winter solstice.
But, this weekend has resulted in a big dump of snow, so a night trip might be interesting.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Week 23 - Struggle Week

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  1,986.65 kms in 23 weeks at ave  86.4 kms ( down from 86.8 km at week 22)

Last week: 76.95 kms

Altitude:  Garmin - 71,393 metres in 23 weeks at ave  3,104 metres ( up from 3,100 metres at week 22)
Last week:  3,176 metres

Strava:  74,595 metres

It's been a busy week on the home front, so had a total rest day on Thursday and two walk days of few kms on Monday & Wed.
It put pressure on the weekend to get any running done. Still managed to get to Saturday Parkrun at Risdon Brook dam where I ran 45 seconds faster for the 5km ( 23' 47") then the previous week & then a nice cool down run with a few hills.
Today, a triple over my local hill accounting for 1315 metres of my weekly up hill & 20 kms in distance. Really nice winter day here in Tasmania where there is no sign of the colder conditions expected.
Next week will be busy again, so I'll run whatever I can, whenever I can. With my next big race not until late August, plenty of time to set the base to ramp it up at little later.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Week 22 - Back Home & Return to Normality

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  1,909.7 kms in 22 weeks at ave  86.8 kms ( down from 86.9 kms at week 21)

Last week:  85.4 kms

Altitude:  68,217 metres in 22 weeks at ave  3,100 metres ( up from 3,093 metres at week 21)

Last week:  3,265 metres

Strava:  71,461 metres ( still well ahead of Garmin figures)

Back home after 9 days in Cairns in North Qld. Certainly a contrast in weather especially the temperatures where I have gone from 25-28 degrees to be now lucky to get a max of 10 degrees.
Ran my first local Parkrun on Saturday, again on a totally different type of 5 km course. This time, gravel surface & undulating, out and back. Cairns Parkrun is flat concrete, double loop with the harbour water views. Ran almost 2 minutes slower back at home even though I felt stronger.
Might have been a few gun local runners away, but somehow managed a 6th across the line placing. So all good.
Ran/walked up a few hills during the week as the weather has been kind with today a nice sunny day. Top temp later in the afternoon, 10 degrees. Winter is here. Some local trail runners have been venturing up into the central highlands of Tasmania to find some snow. I'll wait a few more weeks & go there as well if nothing falls locally before the end of the month.