Distance: 38.3 km
Time: 3 hrs 42 mins 24 secs
Rate: 5' 48" per km
Weather: sunny, cool, temp 5-11 degrees, humidity 60%, wind calm early then up to 30 kmph from south
Week: 96.8 km in 4/7 days at 24.2 km ave per run
June: 207.65 km in 11/14 days at 18.88 km ave per run
Year: 2299.5 km in 123 / 166 days at 18.69 km per run
Softshoeshuffle and I met at Molonglo Reach just before 8:00 am to get an hour of running done before the girls arrived at 9:00 am. We completed a circuit that went outside of the golf club, over to the War Memorial, down Anzac Parade to the edge of Lake Burley Griffin and back to the start. A little longer than expected at just under 11 km and we arrived back only a couple of minutes before CJ, Strewth and Mr Strewth drove in.
I listened to the weather report at 9:00 am, temp 6 degrees, still cool but almost no wind. Decisions made to wear long sleeves proved only necessary for the next half hour or so as the temp rose to around 8 degrees.
Away we went with instructions that there were to be no hills, only 3 weeks out from Gold Coast marathon, the injury prone not taking any risks. Around the outside of the golf course and over to Campbell Park offices, then following a couple of monthly handicap course we reached to saddle between Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura. First small hill negotiated without too many complaints. Down towards the houses behind Ainslie and Hackett, then up on to the base track of Mt Majura, gently undulating ( by my standards) and out to the Federal Highway. Same course as used in the longer events at the Bush Capital Marathon.
Usual discussion followed as to the shortest, flattest way to get back to the start. Down to Heritage Village then along Antill St to Watson. We then followed the Majura and Ainslie monthly handicap courses back past Watson and Hackett to Ainslie. Mostly the main topic of converstation was about next year's Six Foot Track as well as Gold Coast marathon. Looks like CJ is going, and hopefully Strewth will give it a go.
CJ leading the way at this stage, seemed to be in cruise mode most of the way, Mr Strewth about to complete his longest and probably hardest run going well and Strewth, "doing a CJ" and taking a tumble. Phone camera out for evidence, bit of blood on knee and elbow, hope she writes a good story about the fall. Softshoeshuffle, middle of the pack getting the job done well. For some unknown reason I was full of beans and really enjoying the day, even against a southerly wind that had cooled us down enough to put long sleeved tops back on.
We made it back to the start and started to compare distances and times on the GPS that we all wear. Nothing matched, some one had forgotten to restart after a stop at some stage, we all had different times, distances and therefore km rates. Whatever, it was a long way and good fun.
Five minutes was all we could take in the cold water of LBG at the finish, still seems to have done the trick for recovery. I feel good, don't know about the others, CJ left early and missed out, that broken skin on Strewth's knee would have been tender. Mr Strewth piked out.
Thanks for the company all, very enjoyable day, and good luck at the Gold Coast in 3 weeks.