Tuesday Group Run
Distance: 18.2 km
Time: 1 hr 44 mins 25 secs
Rate: 5' 44" per km
Weather: cool, foggy, low cloud, calm, temp 4 - 7 degrees, humidity 90%
Distance: 46.3 km
Running days: 3/3
Ave: 15.4 km per run day
July: 380.5 km
Running days: 22/31
Ave: 17.29 km per run day
Distance: 2475.5 km
Running days: 136/212
Ave: 18.2 km per run day
A chance while on leave to run from Black Mountain peninsular with the Tuesday running group. A typical winter day in the nation's capital with fog and low cloud, and cool to start the run with a bit after the usual start time of 9;15AM. Lucky to have CJ back in the running mode after her holiday overseas trying to some level of fitness back after a few quiet weeks.
I had earlier planned the way I wanted to run and fortunately the group I the same ideas. Away we went, most in long pants, gloves, and long sleeves essential with some beanies to keep the warmth in.
Along the edge of LBG then through the road works at Glenlock Interchange to the cork plantation. Most going OK to here then the tour headed up the gun barrel, a conversation stopper at the best of times, especially when cold. Most then turned back or took the short cuts back to the start, but me (and CJ) being in for the long haul continued past Dairy Farmer's Hill through what would have been big pine trees a few years ago except for a bush fire or two.
Eventually we met the parkway and the river near Clo's Crossing, turned sharply left and headed back to the National Zoo and Aquarium. CJ feeling the lack of fitness at this stage but, being the determined person she is, pushed on running all the way back to the start. A good start to Brindabella Classic training, thanks CJ for the company today.
Modern technology now baffles me, her GPS registered around 17.5 km and mine 18.2 km, we both ran the same course side by side, so how can there be 700 metres of difference? Beats me. That makes a difference of 14 secs per km, a big amount.
Arrived back to find the group still there drinking and socializing, so we joined in while recovering. I got a bit slack at this stage, although not very inviting, I should have gone down to the lake for at least a few minutes to soak the legs. The water is very cold, but that is the benefit, just watch the footballers after a game, they have ice in water, very brave.
A good morning out today, very enjoyable, something in the conditions you tend to pike out of if you run by yourself.
I have had a good July running wise with kms well over previous similar winter months and better by 170 kms than June. Hopefully that will set up me up for the rest of the year, plenty to get done.