Stromlo Forest Park - Monthly Handicap
Race: Distance - 8.0 km in 34' 44" at ave 4' 20" per km
Warm up: Walk/jog to mark course - 5.15 km in 44' 44" at ave 8' 41" per km
Race: Start group - 37
Finished: 27th out of 104
Weather: high cloud, temp 17 degrees, humidity 80%, wind calm
Week: 13.15 km, Mar: 290.95 km, Year: 1113.65 km
Another beaut morning for running, may be a bit humid, must get used to that for late May in FNQ. A walk/jog assist to mark the course was just what was needed.
I had a fairly tough group to start in, the the others took off like a sprint on the track, I was last after 50 metres. Finally settled in to a rhythm catching a couple of them but then getting no where fast until the turn at the Cotter Road heading towards the 4 km turn.
Turned in around 70th place, still plenty to do to catch any one. Eliz. T was near the lead, wonderful to see her again back running. Finally caught CJ near the 3 km mark with Ewen not far in front. Ruth was only 100 metres in front again, trying to be nice as I went passed, I heard a quiet " darn " as bragging rights were gone for another month.
Powered home to negative split the 2nd half, not by much, plenty of speed on the flat & down, bit slow on the climb to the high point with 1 km to go.
Track is still needs time to settle after the resowing, not as good as it should be. Calwell oval is much better, but getting an 8 km course would be difficult.
Very happy to run over 2 minutes faster this year after SFT than on the same course last year after SFT. Recovery has been good physically except for a couple of down days.