Cotter - Run No. 135
Distance: 23.9 km ( 15 miles )
Time: 2 hrs 11 mins 42 secs
Rate: 5' 31" per km
Weather: thick fog to start then sunny, temp 3 - 10 degrees, humidity 99% - 40%, wind calm
Week: 57.95 km, August: 202.55 km, Year: 2787.45 km
As I wrote a couple of days ago, I did venture out to the Cotter to again become familiar with the area. Last time out there was 28th Feb prior to Six Foot Track. I remember that day well, a very warm morning, CJ had steam coming out of her ears running in the heat, not a happy girl. It took a while for her to speak to me but all was forgiven later.
Complete contrast today as the fog was very thick on the drive out to the start and for the first hour. The temperature was near zero and the humidity was high, very much like the night session of the 24 hour run a couple of weeks ago. Good attendance as well with 10 starters although 7 did start from the top of the road, avoiding the 2.5 km up hill start.
Once to the fog lifted after an hour at the top of jelly legs, a very nice morning along Bullock's Paddock Road, running alone as the others opted for shorter distances. Cruised the flat parts to Vanities Crossing where the water level is well below the wall allowing me to tread carefully on the wall and the rocks so not getting wet.
Slow over Ma and Pa but still around 36 minutes to the finish which was Ok.
Stopped for the usual chat and bite to eat, I had my usual caramel muffin and a coffee with the others opting for the more traditional bacon and eggs and a glass of champers.
Good enjoyable morning, and absolutely great to see Elizabeth T out there again. She still has desires of running SFT again, just needs to get the knees fixed good enough to do the training required.
Next weekend is the vet's half marathon so I will run from home, around 30 kms, then the following Saturday I will do Mt Rob Roy. I need some hills mixed in with some faster running.
If the weather holds to this early spring and warms up, all will be looking good for the near future.