Back to the Cotter
Distance: 28.6 km
Time: 2 hrs 41 mins 10 secs
Rate: 5' 38" per km
Weather: sunny, temp 15-23 degrees, humidity 25%, wind calm
Week: 96.95 km
Nov: 233.7 km
Year: Target 5000km less ytd 4174.9 km = 825.1 km to go
Run number 131 at the Cotter since one run in March 1994, then getting serious from Feb 1995. Plenty of time away due to bush fires, winter, but really glad to get back today with a break since end of March.
For those who don't have a copy of my training plan for SFT 2009, there a few runs out there to lay down a long distance base before the serious stuff starts in Dec, Jan & Feb.
Today was just about as good as it gets, sunny, just warm enough, little humidity and no wind in contrast to the absolutely huge thunderstorm experienced last night about 1:00am.
Three of us fronted at 7:30 this morning, a routine 18 miles, tracks have been beautifully graded before the fire season. A tad slow for the first run, softshoeshuffle electing to do the 15 mile having missed a few months recently with a foot injury.
Glad to get around the course in one piece, no problems, other than need the distance. Best part was that Vanities Crossing was nicely flowing, water just on the warm side of cool, almost heaven on earth after 22 kms.
Cooled the legs, washed off the sweat, and then struggled to get going again up the hills of Ma & Pa and towards Pierce's settlement.
Overall, good day out, and CJ, the coffee man was there at the finish with his mobile trailer. Smelt great.
After I finish writing this story, I am taking James to Pine Is for a long soak in the cool waters of the Murrumbidgee River. Doesn't get much better that today, I have placed the order for next Saturday as well.