This morning was my 100th run with the Vet athletics club. I joined the club waaaay back in 1996 (I think) when I first took up running to counteract all the sitting I was doing in my new job in the public service. Prior to joining I had done a 6 week training program at the AIS to do the Canberra Times 10km fun run. Back then, 10km sounded so far!
Fast forward to today. I decided to ride to the event at Mt Ainslie, do the event and then ride home. In total it was a 30km ride and a 9.2km run. It was also freezing cold. I think I cooled down too much from the ride before starting the run and this caused me many problems. My feet were frozen numb and didn’t thaw until about the last km which meant I really had to concentrate on the course. I was worried I would do another CJ and I didn’t want to do it on my 100th run! Also my legs just wouldn’t play the game – they were cold, heavy and refused to move faster than what felt like a shuffle. Whether it was the ride in, or the run and swim yesterday afternoon, or the cold – who knows. But I have had far better runs than this – this was a shocker. And that last hill – I must ‘fess up……I walked some of it. Oh the shame I was hoping to grab a coffee after the run but there were no cups. Normally I would bring my own but I only had a small bag which had to hold my runners, t-shirt and bits and bobs so there was no room for a cup as well. So no coffee for me
Anyway it was nice to get my t-shirt though it’s a bit awkward standing there listening to someone going on about your past achievements. And I wasn’t taking off my jacket, long-sleeved top or singlet to don the t-shirt – I was cold, and I still had to ride home.
The ride home was a lot harder than the cruisey ride in. For starters, there was a wind and I was riding into it. Didn’t help there was a hill to climb either. And to top it off, not far from home, as I was riding up Kingsford Smith Drive, a bus who was on a side street waiting to turn right, decided to pull out right in front of me. I could not believe it! How could he not see me! I think he chose not to see me and instead decided to try his luck when he saw a gap in the traffic.
Despite hanging out for a nana nap this afternoon I never managed it as I had too much to do to prepare for the week ahead. Meals to prepare, exercise gear to wash, dry, fold and put away, bags to pack for swimming and the gym tomorrow. I am totally knackered and hanging out for bed.
Here’s to another 100 runs!