Long Run on the Shortest Day
Distance: 44.45 km
Time: 4 hrs 39 mins 01 secs
Rate: 6' 17" per km
Calories used: 3370
Altitude gain/loss: 675 metres
Weather: fog early, then sunny, temp range 1-13 degrees, humidity 90% down to 60%, wind calm
Week: 126.15 km
June: 333.8 km
Year: 2425.65 km
Cool enough for long sleeved shirt and light gloves with the start temp near zero, but luckily no wind all day. I had arranged to meet softshoeshuffle on the track behind his house in Theodore just after 8:15 am. The fog blanketed the Tuggeranong valley as we went around the back of Theodore towards the Moraro highway. Finding the track behind the houses of Chisholm and Gilmore, the fog was still thick in places but at least the temp was warming up a bit.
Crossing Isabella Dr we we went around the back of MacArthur , past the controversial proposed site of the gas fired power station. Crossing the nature park near Long Gully road, the kangaroos were lucky to be seen as we slowly made our way up more hills to Farrer.
Finally the sun made an appearance as we passed Farrer on our way to Mt Taylor. I had been up the new zig zag track on Wednesday and we went up that way again. Damn slow and hard work but well worth the effort as the views of Woden and Tuggeranong are great on a clear day. Plenty of people out walking the dogs, dodging and weaving our way down the mountain. Crossing Farrer ridge to the underpass at Yamba Dr, we again found another hill up onto Wanniassa Hils nature park before exiting at a gate near Fadden. Some down hill at last as we moved quickly through Gowrie to Ashley Dr to the roundabout with Johnson Dr. Softshoeshuffle went left towards Calwell shops and I had a short trip to home.
A small can of creamed rice and a drink and off again, I had done 35.7 km and wanted to go over 40 km plus my legs really needed cold water to ease the effects of the long run. Down Johnson Dr and Woodcock Dr, through the dog exercise area to Point Hut and carefully into the very cold water of the mighty Murrumbidgee River. Four times 30 seconds was all I could handle before a very slow jog back home. Cold water still works wonders, even short periods at a time.
Strewth, LBG is like summer compared to today in the river, no need to ask permission to get out, just need to be brave enough to get in.
After a cold start to the day, a very nice morning and a good run. Thanks to softshoeshuffle for the company.