Very Early Frosty Start
Distance: 36.65 km
Time: 3 hrs 59 mins 45 secs
Rate: 6' 33" per km
Weather: dark & clear to start, cold, temp -1 to 6 degrees, sunny, humidity 85% - 60%, wind calm
Week: 81.1 km
May: 36.65 km
Year: 1771.3 km
As I wrote on Thursday, I did set the alarm for an early start in the dark. A couple of changes to plans meant I didn't start running until 4: 45 am. What happened? Didn't run on Friday at all due to long day at work, then Friday Night Games on TV, games on all channels with NRL on one channel, the mighty Carlton Blues on another and the funny games on BB. So we watched Nobbi win and switched to the AFL later. Late to bed, but worth it.
Then, I decided it may be a bit dangerous on Mt Rob Roy tracks in the dark so I stayed closer to civilization just in case. Too late now to recover from any major injury.
Very frosty, cold but calm to start, with me not use to running at this time or at this temperature. Started out wearing beanie over sun visor, long sleeved top under short sleeved T-shirt, bike pants under normal running shorts, gloves, as well as carrying torch and Garmin. Glad I don't have to run at this time of the day all the time.
First lap was over to Theodore sub station via Calwell oval, then through the bush to the track behind Conder and Banks to Lanyon Dr. Continued to Gordon and down to the river at Point Hut. Along the river to Pine Is, then past Bonython to Woodcock Dr and home. Plenty of wildlife about, mainly kangaroos, hoping across the track just in front, then the birds woke up and a few more cars could be heard. So much for peace and quiet. Temperature had risen to 1.2 degrees, still cold but warm enough to leave the gloves at home as I went out for the second time. Kept the beanie on as heat is mostly lost from the head and my ears had not yet warmed up.
Second lap was a circuit of Tuggeranong Hill, Gordon, Conder, sub station, Theodore, past Calwell oval where hundreds of little kids were playing soccer, home. Even with a few stops and careful running, managed to get 36 plus kms done by 9:30 in the morning.
I may get a few more done this afternoon at Mawson when James plays soccer, then I will try to get to the cold water at Pine Is to recover. Today's km rate will still be too fast for me at GH80, need to slow that down by 30 seconds per km and run around 7 min per km ave. Even with the cold, it was a good day out.