Monthly Handicap at Blewitts
Total distance: 8.95 km
Time: 47' 10"
Rate: 5' 16" per km
Race: Distance: 7.0 km
Time: 31' 33"
Rate: 4' 30" per km
Weather: cloudy, temp 15 degrees, humidity 70%, wind NW at 20 kmph
Week: 8.95 km
August: 398.9 km in 23/31 days at 17.3 km per run day
Year: 3386.35 km
Rain overnight and early this morning gave me visions of running through rivers of water on an open and exposed course barren from bush fire damage a few years ago. The car parking area built for the mountain bike users was closed off due to the mud, so our start/finish and car park area was used by their spectators much earlier than expected. The good part was they provided the volunteers to direct traffic, another job under control.
Earlier arrival to put up the tents in case of more rain, used, but the rain held off until just after we had packed up to leave, great timing.
I looked back at last year's result on this course and I was nearly 2 minutes slower. But I've only had one more birthday, and I hope a little fitter than back then. Maybe the weather and the sloshy surface didn't help.
Still, I did have a good run, not too many problems on the up hill, bit slow on the downs, that speed will come back when I get back to Calwell oval to resume some tempo running after the footballers have finished for winter.
Disappointed not to catch Jimmy White, but did have great pleasure passing Strewth with 500 metres to go. I think she needs her mid week training partner to push the pace a little bit more.
Off to warmer climate tomorrow, but the rain looks like following us for a few days at least. For the Qld run, I really would like a dry track, water and mud and me don't mix very well.
I will blog update when I can, so don't expect a day to day running commentary. Back in two and half weeks, take care of the town for me while I'm away.