Back to Molonglo
Distance: 20.25 km
Time: 2 hrs 8 mins 3 secs
Rate: 6' 19" per km
Weather: cloudy, temp 15 degrees, wind calm, humidity 80%
Distance: 70.35 km
Running days: 5/ 7
Ave: 14.07 km per run day
November: 35.05 km
Year: 3647.35 km
The Cotter group have left the Cotter for summer and returned to Molonglo Reach. That's good because there is easy access to both Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura for SFT training plus plenty of flat options if the mountains don't appeal. Small group of mainly females plus me with Stuart walking started out just after 7:30 this morning. It had rained overnight with the clouds still threatening to dump more rain at any time, humidity was high and the temperature was cool, but not cold.
The usual start past the golf course toward Campbell Park offices where the kangaroos and rabbits were obviously enjoying a few drops of rain, they were in abundance, big and very small. I left they girls at the horse stile and headed towards Mt Majura, up the steep hill past Trent's grave and down to the reservoir and another horse stile. Straight up the hill to the top of Mt Majura, passing a cyclist pushing his mountain bike up a very steep section. He offered $ 10 for me to assist but I declined, no pocket to carry the money.
Nearing the top I had to keep well left as another mountain biker was absolutely flying down the dirt track, just hope he didn't come off at that speed because there would have pieces scattered everywhere, and the bike would not have been too good either.
I had a good run/jog but no walk all the way to the top, slow but on the move all the time, that was positive for next weeks Two Peaks and the Triple Tri. Ewen, I think the girl in the short blue dress we saw a couple of years ago up here was out again, this time in pink, made the effort worth while.
Turned back down the same track after a short rest on the top, but continued down the zig zag to the houses of Watson, then along to the Ainslie track, up to the saddle and return on the roller coaster track past the pistol club and the gold course to the start.
It must have been the day to run with the dog this morning, I met plenty of mostly females getting pulled along by their canines wanting to go fast.
Arrived back to the start just over 2 hours after leaving, the others just about to leave after a relaxing coffee. Stood in the waters of Lake Burley Griffin for 10 minutes to aid recovery, not really cold enough but it does the job. Stuart advised me we have a new handicapper for the vet's athletic club for next year, but he doesn't wish to do the announcements at the monthly handicaps, so it will be I who has control of the microphone on the last Sunday of each month.
Good day today, nice to get back to the mountains, but company would be nice occasionally, it's going to be a long year otherwise. Debbie said she would like to run SFT next year, but I don't want to be part of any more females falling apart trying to keep the training for SFT.