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Big Trail Run T-11: longest run in a while, happy

17 November 2010 1,412 views 3 Comments

The weekend was a complete disaster (in training terms), I had planned to do a Big Run on Sunday but couldn’t because my vaccinations for Thailand had made my arms too sore. And I couldn’t just not run, I couldn’t swim, surf, paddle, yoga, well anything really, so there was no training at all. Instead (and this is why the weekend wasn’t a disaster) I hung on the beach with friends chatting – about blading amongst other things :), nibbling and mooching between ocean, suncream, sand, shower.

Arms still too sore on Monday and by now I was miserable but I went to a new salsa class which a) didn’t require the use of my arms too much and b) made me happy and stopped me complaining to Sarah and Emma (sorry ladies). By Tuesday I was all mended so I just had to make sure I got out of work early enough to go running. It was a lovely evening and the run went really well. I hadn’t planned a route properly but knew that I wanted to take in the Manly Scenic Walk. In the end I did 31K, my house to start of Scenic walk then did that track three times finishing up at Spit, then Sydney Road back to Manly, left up to North Steyne then back along the beach and finished up at Coles for a Nutrient Water!

That’s the furthest I’ve run in a really long time. In fact probably since the marathon last year. And actually, it felt really good. Fitness-wise, honestly fine, I had a Nutrient Water at about 22K and that perked me up massively – I don’t normally drink anything when I run. Knees were fine (yeee), ankles a bit sore which is normal for me at that distance. Oddly, I got less sports bra rash than I have on shorter runs, isn’t that nice.

Now, I know it’s not in the bag yet but… I remember when I was training for the triathlon and there was a very distinct moment when I just knew it was going to be ok and I would be able to finish. It was when I was doing the longest homemade triathlon to practice and I was about halfway through the run – which means I would have been about four hours into the triathlon – coming up Condamine Street, it was getting dark, around 5pm on a Saturday afternoon, my whole Saturday had been about that goddam triathlon and, sad-but-true, Bon Jovi came on and I was absolutely belting the song out. I mean, running along singing like crazy. And right then I figured if I had the energy, interest and appetite to sing like that at four hours with one to go I’d be just fine doing the full thing. Anyway, my point is that when I was running last night I was coming down Sydney Road belting, utterly belting ‘Get Into The Groove’ (yes my Pod has an eighties theme) and I thought, if I have the energy, interest and appetite to sing like that after a day at work and 150 minutes into an 180 minute run then, maybe it will all be ok.

As usual I didn’t stretch. But I did go out and dance more salsa…previous training posts

Big Trail Run T-15: getting back on track
Big Trail Run T-18: pretty decent bush ru
Big Trail Run T-19: not an amazing star
Trail Running

3 Comments »

  • lucyjjames » Blog Archive » Big Trail Run T-7: good and bad said:

    […] around the bush track down to Shelly Beach, back to my house, then followed the same route from Tuesday. Had some real self-doubt moments to get over but on the whole it went fine. In fact, given the […]

  • lucyjjames » Blog Archive » Trail Marathon said:

    […] Trail Run T-1: resting and carbing Big Trail Run T-7: good and bad Big Trail Run T-11: longest run in a while, happy Big Trail Run T-15: getting back on track Big Trail Run T-18: pretty decent bush ru Big Trail Run […]

  • lucyjjames » Blog Archive » Big Trail Run T-1: resting and carbing said:

    […] Trail Run T-7: good and bad Big Trail Run T-11: longest run in a while, happy Big Trail Run T-15: getting back on track Big Trail Run T-18: pretty decent bush run Big Trail Run […]

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