Week 7: 23/9 - 29/9/13
Mon: PT evening
Tues: 7.5kms morning 43.03mins = 5.73
Thurs: PT evening + 7.5kms treadmill (didn't record time)
Sat: 21kms test run
It looks like my PT sessions have permanently changed from Tuesday to Monday, leaving me with a bit of a gap on Wednesdays. There are no group fitness classes I like that night so might have to take up cycling. Maybe next week :0)
Had to do Thursday's run on the treadmill due to inclement weather! Alarm went off at 4.40am & it was belting down........I quite like running in the rain, but not that sort of rain. Plus the weather forecast for Saturday was not great so while I would have run in the rain on Saturday I didn't want to do it twice this week. That's just asking for Man Flu.
So. It was blowing a gale as predicted Saturday morning, but other than a couple of spots of rain as I arrived, I didn't get wet (other than sweat!!). According to the Bureau of Meteorology the max wind gust on the day was 70kms per hour at 10.35am & was west to southwesterly. I did actually curse out loud at the wind at one point with around 2kms to go, running directly in to the wind & felt like I was running on the spot. I recon I could have power walked faster than I was running.
I made the distance & ran the whole way. Total distance run was 21.68kms time was 2 hrs, 10 mins, 18 seconds = exactly 6mins per km. Slowest km apparently was the first @ 7.28 mins ??? I know I need to warm up but that's a bit ridiculous! Fastest was 15th km @ 5.41mins. I felt like I was running at walking pace for the last couple of kms due to the wind, kms 19, 20 & 21 were 5.51mins, 6.19mins & 6.29mins respectively.
All in all it was pretty good. My knees were sore by the end, the left in particular was not happy about stairs for the next 24 - 48 hours. I felt good for the first half & kept my head space fairly positive. I had a nice tail wind mostly between 10 & 15kms, then into the head wind for the last 6kms. That & my knees were doing my head in. But. I ran the whole way & didn't walk at all. I think it took me a hour or so after I finished for the happy endorphin's to kick in. It's hard to be happy when you knees hurt!!!
I guess until I've actually got a place in the event & then actually run it (the event) that sense of achievement wont kick in properly. I'm quietly chuffed that I did it & I have put the charm on my bracelet. I did tell my PT that if it's that windy on race day I won't be getting out of bed!!!!!!