Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 1: 5/1 - 11/1
Run 1: Tuesday PM 7kms Hills
Run 2: Thursday AM 5km fast
Run 3: Sunday AM 10km Surf T Surf Warrnambool
Other: 2 x PT Sessions (Monday & Thursday); 1 x own gym session.
Tuesday night was till pretty warm & I cut my run a bit short (5.75kms) - I did the loop in reverse & while the hill wasn't quite as steep it was twice as long!!! I was having a melt down by the time I reached the top each time & was thinking "how am I going to run a hilly marathon if I can't run this little loop 6 times"!!! The clincher was I was busting for a bathroom stop & there is no public toilet in walking distance of this route & I wasn't going to make like a bear.
Thursday's run was fine, no PB but a good early morning fast run.
It was my brother in law's 50th birthday party Saturday & I'd already registered for the Surf T Surf before my sister had decided on a party.
It's not an expensive event, so I could have just not done it, but decided to treat it as a training run, not think about trying for a PB & to just run for the fun of it. Looking ahead at the weather forecast, I wrote "Beanie" on things to pack for the weekend. Saturday was supposed to be a top of 17. We were lucky the rain held off.
There was plenty of food & of course cake. But I forgot to take a picture of the pavlova's, trifle & fruit salad!
We got to test out Mum & Dad's new camper to sleep in
And spend some quality time with my niece & her cat Charlie.
The party was for lunch, although the Iast two guests showed up at 7pm!! I managed to head off to bed by 9pm in a massive food coma having had a couple of glass of wine through out the day & plenty of water to hydrate. I wasn't sure whether plumbing boy would accompany me or not considering the hour he came to bed & the snoring that followed. Thank goodness I was able to sleep!!! But as I was finishing my cup of tea, he showed signs of life although declining coffee wanting water only!!!
As the weather forecast was not looking good I decided to run in my marathon tshirt for some extra warmth. Even though I left my jumper on til 5 minutes before the start & handed it over to PB as I went looking for Carol in the starting corral, it took me 3 kms before my hands defrosted.
I did find Carol with about 20 seconds before we were off & gave her a fright as I tapped her on the arm with my cold hands!! Luckily the rain held off & the sun came out & I was so hot I had to roll up my sleeves as you can see in the picture below taken by the local camera club (for a small fee). They did a fabulous job :-)
I think this is the first time I actually looked around at the scenery as I ran - heading down the hill adjacent the cemetery to the Hopkins river was just beautiful as the water was glistening in the sunlight!! Usually I'm on the verge of a panic attack worrying about my pace!!!! The run was over pretty quickly & with a little help from my killing in the name of rah rah rah chant up the last longish hill, the dirty angel was in sight. A bloke yelled out to me "not long to go now" I yelled back "& a nice long down hill!!"
You can make up half a minute on the Pertobe Road downhill at the end, not sure how close I'd come to 50 minutes I belted down as fast as my legs could carry.
Official time was 51.05. I was really happy with that as I thought I'd be somewhere between 53 & 55 minutes. Last years time was 49.27, the closest I'd managed since then was 52.54 in October. My marathon running coach said it's my nemesis & all in my head being unable to crack the 50 minutes again so I was plenty happy with 51.05.
PB met me at the finish line bone cold having hastily dressed earlier so we took off straight away only stopping for take away coffee on the way back to my sisters. More cake for morning tea (it was a Red Velvet with white chocolate & raspberry coulis) YUM; followed by the last of the left overs for lunch.
I ended up driving back to Melbourne while PB had a nap looking forward to a nice long epsom salts soak in the tub on arrival which I took full advantage off & finished my book while I was at it.
All in all a good weekend & a solid weeks training :-)