I’m a strong advocate of “do the crime, do the time” – not like our namby pamby judicial system – real crime = real time.
So after waking this morning at 6:30 am after dreaming of a long run, I decided I needed to punish myself. I felt I’d let myself down with this past week’s lack of running and I needed to pay- big time. So I threw the plan out the window and made sure I wasn’t going to take it easy. Although I had 2 breaks, one for a drink at the 9km and the other at 14km for the train at Oak Park, I was really pleased with 5:20 min/k pace, especially with a fair amount of it up hill and into the breeze.
I was going to run hard for as long as I could with the only restraint being able to get home in time to take Harry to tennis. In retrospect I would probably have covered 20-25 km’s without it. I know it’s easy after the event, but I still feel ok.
After the first couple of km’s the stiffness went from my legs and I was running freely. Only at the 3 km mark did the mind try convincing me take it easy – I was running up hill into a strong breeze for nearly 4km’s at the time, so I guess it’s understandable.
BTW – the dream had me running really smoothly for hundreds of km’s much like a kangaroo, but to conserve energy I only used one leg at a time! I had a hanky/towel tucked into my shorts much like a fast bowler (cricket) that flailed behind me like a huge white flag – not sure what to read into that.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes and now the countdown is on – I have exactly one year to break 50 minutes for 10km before my 50th birthday.
Lastly, this week James Ellis (World of James on my blog list) sent me a great quality running tee shirt from the UK, with his website address on it – I’m going to wear it on Melbourne Marathon day – so if you see this please say hello!
This is the back: