Session: run inc Vets monthly run @ Curtin
Total distance: 12.3k (inc 6.3km Curtin run)
Total time: 67.21min
Av pace: 5.29min/km
Like a bat out of hell? …..umm, I don’t think so! This song was playing as I was heading up ‘that’ hill in the early part of this morning’s monthly Vets run in Curtin. There was no going “like a bat out of hell, I’ll be gone when the morning comes” but rather my pace resembled that of a herd of turtles. In my defence I had run 26km the day before and 6km before the start of this run but even so……
The plan had been to run from home to the start of the event, a distance of around 15km, then run the 6.3km. However at 7am, when I had planned on leaving home, the rain was bucketing down. So Plan B was put into action: drive to the start early and do a longer warm up. Which is what I did.
And who should park behind me not long after I arrived – Ruth! Same time, same place is definitely working for us lately!
The warm up ended up being 6km along the last half of the run course along the cycle path avoiding the rather large puddles that had formed. The storm water drain was flowing really fast as the water level was rising and, in fact, the course had to be diverted to a road crossing at one point because the water level had risen over the path.
I started in group 29 (I was in group 30 last month) with several other people who took off at the start like startled rabbits, leaving me to plod along behind them! Then we hit the hill. Janene, I take back everything I said about it being the best way to run this course! Until you actually have to run the hill it all sounds so…..easy…really. Not so. I’m out of practice when it comes to hills and so it doesn’t take much of one to wreak its havoc on me. Even Bat Out of Hell couldn’t help at this point. However all things must come to an end, even hills, and there was a downhill stretch which was greatly appreciated before we were back on cycle paths. The remainder of the run was uneventful and eventually I crossed the line. I have no idea of my time for the 6.3km as I have the combined time for both runs recorded on the Garmin.
It was good to catch up with people I hadn’t seen in a long time such as Peter, BW and JD, as well as those I see more often such as Mr B, Ruth, Margaret, Janene, CB, Gary and of course, Steve! Even better, we headed off for coffee at Curtin shops – nothing like sitting outside on milk crates (tho I’m sure I have a grid pattern permanently imprinted on my butt), chatting and drinking decent coffee. This is why I run
Running – 78.5k YTD: 438km
Swimming – 1.5km YTD: 15.3km
“The race does not always go to the swift, but to the ones who keep running.” – anonymous