Better late than never 🙄 It was a great morning for running, cool and just a sprinkling of rain. I had decided to just run this 10km on the way I felt on the day as my longest run over the past few weeks had only 6.5km. I met up with RJ and it we headed to the start. We found ourselves way up the front and I said to RJ we better move back as this must be the 1st wave of runners. It was actually hard to see where to place ourselves so we just moved back a bit and hoped for the best.
Race started and it wasn’t long when I was thinking I had made a mistake in wearing my new runners for the first time. I usually don’t have a problem with the Glycerins and have done it in the past but my left calve was hurting a little and all I could think about was the fact that it may get worse. Thankfully as I got further down the track it settled. I then felt warm so took the jacket off and tied it around my waist. Another mistake, I had put my mobile in the pocket of jacket and it kept thumping me on the back of the leg. This continued to annoy me the entire race and it was hard to concentrate as I was trying to find the best spot to position it. I ended up tucking it the corner of my jacket down the side of my skins which was still annoying but not as annoying than the thump. Just one more thing to annoy me on the day was that I had to use my Samsung MP3 player as I couldn’t find my iPod shuffle and because it doesn’t have a clip, I ended up having to carry that. I did try and tuck that in my skins but that wasn’t working for me. This is probably the first event ever where I had lots of annoyances while running and it was hard to keep focused 😦 I lost RJ somewhere along the track, I think it was at the bottleneck under the Swan Street bridge, she didn’t run under it, she kept on the street. So I continued in a steady pace, I don’t mind running by myself because then I can run my own pace and not go into competitive mode 😆 Kept chugging along and have to say everything bodywise felt great. I am so glad I had a massage as once that initial niggle in calve settled, I never gave them a second thought. Usually when I run, I have to stop and stretch all the time so the massage did the trick for sure. Spotted RJ on the loop around the MCG and she was quite a distance away and I thought there was no way I would catch her up but have to admit, I kept thinking I wonder if I could. Anyway, she must have slowed down a bit because I did end up catching her up 😉 We soon found ourselves at that very rude incline on Lansdown Street heading towards Peter Mac and we did a short walk up it. Started running again and was so glad when I hit Batman Ave because there was some guy on the sidelines giving encouragement and he screamed out “come on guys only another 100mts”, and sure enough turned the corner and there was a sign confirming exactly that. I had absolutely know idea how far we had run as I seemed to miss the km markers and I thought my Garmin was out so I didn’t bother looking at that. It was so nice to just all off a sudden finish 😆 I wasn’t happy about the muddy finish with my new shoes on! Finished in just over 63 minutes which I sort grunted about but when I saw the elevations on the Garmin, I don’t feel too bad about that now.
Went to the Transport afterwards and caught up with a few CR’s, no ausrunners in sight 😦 The service in that joint is just shocking and after waiting 1/2hour for a coffee we decided to have breaky somewhere else.
My quads were a little sore but I did go and do my Pilates at the Physio’s. Had intended to stretch and massage yesterday but the day somehow got away from me, so didn’t end up doing anything else.
Today I didn’t feel like hitting the streets for a run so decided to run on the tready. I noticed a little gym walking distance from home and thought I would go there casually for $4. Well, I can see why it was only $4, two treadies in whole gym and they looked like they were 100 years old. There was a big note on them saying, “due to insurance reasons, no running on treadmills”, pmsl!!! The girl running the place did let me run as I said I didn’t want to walk on it. She looked at me and said, ooh, you’re runner aren’t you so that is ok 😀 Made my day actually but I only ran for 30 minutes with a 5 minute walk warm-up and 5min cool down because I couldn’t wait to get the hell out of there! There a few bogan muscle heads floating around 😆 I am still sore today and I do intend to stretch and massage as soon as I catch up on the housework…. damn that housework!!!!