Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Mellum up

with andy and spud heading to hardrock in a week or two it was time for one last mellum hitout.
a bit of discussion about where they wanted to go an in the end spud chose his favourite pre-OS jaunt training run : 12 foot.
andy was a tad too busy to come unfortunately.
tim and sonia did the first half (starting a little after spud) whilst i drove tim's car to the caves and ran back with spud.

the 'reverse 6 foot' makes so much sense.
for starters there is more up than down which suits me.
also the downs are much more runable in the reverse direction.
running across meg valley heading towards the escarpment at dusk is just fantastic.
and you get to finish with hauling your butt up those stairs in the dark in 4 degrees! :)

overall a really nice training run for me.
even ran in my new glasshouse 1000km shirt (thanks to mr g).
to be honest was a little worried about my arse muscle and had mentioned to the other half (and tim) about a possible meg rd bailout if things werent going well but spud looked after me well.
also brought a bit more gear than usual - enough to keep me happy in near freezing.
spud got down to the turnaround in 5hrs on the dot and it took us 6.23 to get back.
a good 12ft training run time for spud and a run for me that always felt reasonably comfy.
well until spud disappeared up those stairs at the end anyway ;)
had this funny sensation in my body half way up nellies which was my heart pounding at 200/min.
havent felt that for a while!!
as it happened ran in tshirt and shorts (plus beanie/gloves) almost all day until about 10mins from the stairs when i put a thermal on.
then sweated profusely in it.
gee it was cold at the finish: 3mins after stopping i popped 2 thermals and a downjacket on and was still cold.

the only bad part of the day was the hot food only being available from 11.30 onwards so missed out on my planned fish and chips :(
niggles have all pulled up well and did about 3hrs of walking with TOH the following day before a day off monday and the usual 13.5-14km today.

GCM in 3 weeks: have had varying thoughts about what to do there. last week was keen to do the mara (havent done one for nearly 10 years!). yesterday i didnt feel like doing anything and today was thinking of the 10km (race)/HM (training run) double.
so who knows?!?
glasshoue 50km 3 weeks after that.

good luck at hardrock boys.


Blogger SemiFreddo said...

Nice to finally meet you Bro.

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