First Monthly Handicap - Campbell Park
Race: Dist - 6.00 km in 25' 48" at 4' 18" per km
Warm up: Dist - 5.6 km, mark course, jog back
Group start: 36
Finish place: 36th out of 132 starters, 17th eligible
Weather: cloud/sun, temp 21 degrees, humidity 65%, wind calm to start then NE at 15 kmph
Week: 11.6 km , Jan & Year: 486.7 kms in 28/31 days at ave 17.4 km per run
I was on duty at the last handicap back in November, my last race was in October, 3 months ago. Even though I have ran 157 monthly handicaps, I was still apprehensive on the start line. Funny thing being nervous, was it the hard run yesterday, the lack of speed running over the last few months, or the big number of runners just waiting for their event to start. So many new runners and walkers, so many returning from being away or recovered from injury. Very good to see.
I had a good solid run without being great, felt Ok most of the way, passed Strewth just after the turn, gathered in Allrounder with about a km to go, but couldn't catch Ewen off his easy group start. Glad there was no beer bet on this one.
Well done to CJ on her return. Ewen would say those arms and shoulders are looking good, I say they are beautiful. Something about muscles, must be a male thing.
I'm on holidays this week, hopefully a good big week of running, last one before taper to Maroondah Dam 50 km on 21st Feb. So far, all looking good for that run, then SFT 3 weeks later.