I enjoyed a much-appreciated sleep in this morning. I think I really needed that. And after some fruit and vegie shopping, a coffee break with a salted caramel macaron at Kingston and Co, and cooking a spinach, mushroom and tomato quiche, I finally set off on my long run for the week. The plan today was to run 20km slowly. Originally I was going to run along the cycle-path that runs through Melba down to Lake Ginninderra, around the lake and then home the same way. However when I reached the drain crossing in Florey I discovered it was well and truly under water.
Change of plans.
Back the way I came and then along the cycle path through Florey, to Lake Ginninderra, run until I had covered 11km and then turn and run home. I calculated that should give me 20km.
No problems with the run. I just took it steady. Funnily enough, that song, by the Raconteurs, popped up on the iPod at one point and the chorus stuck with me the rest of the way. There was light drizzle at various points on the run but nothing too heavy to be bothersome. It was good to see families out and enjoying the fresh air and having barbecues despite the inclement weather this afternoon.
So 20km done and dusted, in 1hr 54 min. This was followed by a slice of the quiche and salad, and some halva that I had bought at the markets. I love halva but its a very rare treat.
Tomorrow: the plan is to get up very early (5.30am), have breakfast and leave home at 6.30am ride for a 3 hour ride and then follow this up with a 30 minute run. Later in the day I will do a 1.7km swim in my wet suit – that should get some looks at the pool! And it won’t matter that I’ll probably be feeling tired – the wet suit will keep me afloat
And a big shout out to everyone who is running tomorrow, especially Liz, Ewen and Keren down in Melbourne! And to Lisa who is competing in the crossfit games – go, you good thing!
“The more I talk to athletes, the more convinced I become that the method of training is relatively unimportant. There are many ways to the top, and the training method you choose is just the one that suits you best. No, the important thing is the attitude of the athlete, the desire to get to the top.” - Herb Elliott