If I thought Thursday’s morning run was cold, then this mornings was decidedly freezing. Even at 7:30am it was only 3 degrees. So after I’d deiced the windscreen I headed to Princes Park for another 3 laps or 9.5K.
I’ve never been one to do lap after lap, I rarely ever do two laps of the same circuit for fear of boredom. I even checked out the distances of extending the run to Lygon or Rathdown Streets, just so I didn’t have to do three laps. In the end I justified that Princes Park is somewhat different; 1, it’s nice and flat; 2, the gravel is easier on my aging knees; 3, there’s lots of other people feed off.
By the time I’d parked the car the temperature had dropped to 1C. As I disrobed I was questioning my sanity, but hey there were plenty of other people doing it so I might as well be as mad as they.
First K was way too fast but I was cold and needed to warm up so I kept up my mid 5 minute K pace for the next couple of K’s. Eased off a little in the next few K’s and all of a sudden after the 6K mark I had a burst of energy, I felt really good so I upped the ante- last 3 K’s 5:15, 5:02 and 4:37. Bizarre!