Cotter - 20 miles
Distance: 32.0 km
Time: 2 hrs 54 mins 1 sec
Rate: 5' 26" per km
Weather: sunny, temp 14-18 degrees, humidity 45%, wind calm then NW at 15 kmph
Week: 117.85 km - 5/7 days = 23.57 km per run day
Feb: 290.6 km - 14/23 days = 20.75 km per run day
Year: 811.65 km - 40/54 days = 20.3 km per run day
The new Cotter running group have decided to be more accurate now with GPS measurements and call the old 21 mile course it's proper distance of 20 miles. A couple of recent runs over the course have been 32.1 km and today at 31.99 km from the hump in the road at the playground start.
I am sure the runners in the past would disagree but that is modern technology, we are probably much slower now than they were, but they had trees for shade even in summer and wind protection.
Backing up today for another long run just 6 days after Maroondah Dam last Sunday ( ps. I finished 17th last week out of 35 entrants, 32 starters and 27 finishers ) and felt OK most of the way. A bit of a struggle up the hills after Vanity's Crossing, ran all the way and fell over once kicking a small rock nearing the last relay change over point on Brindabella Classic run. Bit skin off right knee, right hand and left elbow, but the GPS was OK, that was important. I was running with Bob Harlow at the time, chatting away and next second I was down and Bob was wondering where I had gone.
I thought that the water at Vanitys would wash off the blood and dirt, but the water was low and we walked over the wall and the rocks, no wet feet.
A good day out there, good conditions, dry track, sunny and cool. Could not have been better. A cool down in the beautiful water at the finish. A nice place to run in summer, but winter can be anything weather wise including snow, so I would think that was my last run out there until October.
Vet's handicap tomorrow, should be able to back up again, short run but the first 2 km are up hill, then nice fast down. The rest of the week I hope to get some good easy distance in before slowly easing down for SFT in two weeks.