Stromlo Forest Park run

31 Jan

Today it was the start of the YMCA of Canberra Runners Club Summer Series which involves a 2km or 5km event every Tuesday for 8 weeks at different locations. This afternoon it was at the Stromlo Forest Park grass running track, one of my least favourite courses. At least the weather was in our favour. Earlier it had been quite hot and as the running track is very exposed, it can be horribly hot while running. However a strong sou’wester had blown in just before the start of the event and in fact was quite chilly standing around waiting to start and after we had finished.

Saw some familiar faces – Janene, Ewen, Caroline and Geoff, among others. Also chatted to Suzanne after the run. The Veterans cycling club also had an event on as well, providing some distraction as they whizzed past in packs.

Why don’t I like this course? I have to confess I am in the minority on this as most people enjoy the grass running track but I find it hard work. It feels spongy underfoot and is just a bloody hard slog doing the course. It is also the hilliest course I’ve run in close to 12 months and while I consider the inclines as ‘hills’, many wouldn’t! It’s also a two lap course and I’m not keen on lapped courses. But I’m not whingeing just merely stating why it’s not one of my favourite courses. I ran it today and that’s what counts – consistency is key. It took me a bit over 27 mins to run and I came in about 60th. So that’s another event under my belt and run #63. The next event is next Tuesday at the Boathouse, at Lake Burley Griffin.

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7 Responses to “Stromlo Forest Park run”

  1. Steve 31/01/2012 at 9:59 pm #

    No comments on how you felt, so must be Ok. Well done, again.

    • cathyn61 31/01/2012 at 10:12 pm #

      Oh yeah, I feel fine. Tired now but no ill effects from Sunday’s run. And this afternoon I took the ‘hills’ cautiously

  2. Strewth 31/01/2012 at 10:00 pm #

    Gosh, I look tall in this photo – lol! I must add I only ran this cos of the people we see – it’s all about the socialising:)

    • cathyn61 31/01/2012 at 10:13 pm #

      And I look short! And you did well considering you’d already run today.

      • Ewen 01/02/2012 at 5:21 pm #

        I think Strewth is standing on someone’s bag.

  3. Janene 01/02/2012 at 6:38 am #

    It was great to see you out there! I agree, I’m not much of a fan of the Stromlo course. In fact I will be doing my volunteer duty for the ACTVAC handicap when it is at Stromlo for that reason!

  4. Ewen 01/02/2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Last time I checked it was a sou’ easterly 😉 Good fun, but very happy it was only 5k and not 12!

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