Before, during & after

2 Mar

Session: long run

Distance: 35km
Time: 3hr 47.01min
Pace: 6.29min/km
Cals: 2,048

5am: really? The alarm? Already? Sheesh, where did the night go? It hasn’t helped that the neighbour has pulled an all-nighter i.e. have all his mates around for band practice and karaoke. I think they’re just leaving now. Breakfast of toasted bun topped with ricotta and berries, and a much-needed black coffee. I can hear the wind outside – it sounds blustery.

Check to make sure the bag is packed for the post-run recovery (towels to dry off after standing in the water, electrolyte drink, potato chips (carbs & salt)) and put in the car. Mr N will collect us after the run and deliver us to a cafe somewhere for that much-anticipated post-run coffee 🙂

6.50am: leave home for the run down to Acton Ferry Terminal. Slight miscalculation with distance – 12km, not the 10km I thought it was. Meet up with Ruth and then we started the West Basin run. It was great running with company and we solved the problems of the world, reminisced about times and runs past and generally just enjoyed a good old natter as we made our way around the lake. IMHO aches and pains never feel half as bad when shared with company.

Ruth still had 5km to do to make 32km (my run from home meant that I was 3km ahead on totals) and so once we reached Acton Ferry Terminal once again, a decision was made to run an additional 2.5km toward the Carillion and then return, to make the distance. The run out toward the Carillion was hard – a strong, blustery headwind made any sort of conversation difficult. It was a case of head down and grind out those couple of kms before turning and heading back. The return trip was far more pleasant and soon we were back at Acton Ferry Terminal where the lovely Liz was waiting for us so we could head over to Urban Food for a much-needed coffee.

EXCEPT I never got to have my coffee! Mr N had come down to pick us up but by the time he got there he was told that there was a 20min wait for coffee. He didn’t want to wait that long. In the meantime our coffees had eventually arrived (about 20min after ordering) and because I had also bought a can of Diet Coke, I graciously gave him my coffee. Yes, I know, very noble of me 🙂

Later, after a shower and fresh change of clothes, Ruth and I headed off to watch Mr B in the Olympic distance tri as well as collect our numbers for tomorrow’s Women’s & Girls’ fun run. It was great to catch up with Charlie who I hadn’t seen in such a long time. It was not so great getting absolutely soaked in the spray from the Captain Cook jet on our way to collect our numbers. It was great to see Mr B do so well in his event. It was not so great freezing in the cold windy weather.

Tonight sons #1 & #2 are coming over for dinner and we are having lamb roast and veggies (pumpkin, potatoes, eggplant, zucchini, capsicum, onion and garlic), with lemon cheesecake for dessert. 🙂

“It hurts up to a point and then it doesn’t get any worse,” – Ann Trason



4 Responses to “Before, during & after”

  1. Ewen 02/03/2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Well, lucky I didn’t come down for coffee!

    • Jog 02/03/2013 at 6:25 pm #

      We missed your smiley face Ewen 🙂 What/where did you run today??

  2. Jog 02/03/2013 at 6:23 pm #

    I think by the time we got to coffee we were all over being blown around! Nice to catch up albeit briefly. Hope you girls have a good run in the WGFR tomorrow 🙂

  3. Steve 03/03/2013 at 12:45 am #

    Ann Trason, now you are quoting quality ultra runner. WR holder in all kinds of ultra events over the years.
    Yep, wind not kind today.

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