8k not out. I woke up feeling good, and managed to get going without drama this morning for the Medibank Private Australia Day Fun Run in Commonwealth Park. Bob and I drove down fairly early (for us) and saw quite a few people we knew, although the event was distinctive for all the "twice a year fun runners" who were in attendance. I was delighted to be there, and pleased that the event was on to encourage me to get out and do something early, rather than be too concerned about breaking down into the run, after my previous attempts. With a (rather clumsy) call for 'sub 28 minute' runners to the line, I mingled with others from the cross country club for the 8 a.m. start (On time!)There seemed to be the usual bun rush over the first kilometre or so, with small children stopping after a sprint start, and others fading after their optimistic race from the start. I settled into a happy enough pace, and at 2km felt very comfortable. I still did not recognise those around me. Heading up onto Kings Avenue Bridge I was overtaken by a couple of women, and I was unable to judge their age range, nor run abreast of them as it was far too narrow. Felt good until about the 4k mark, but then faded a bit as the mob thinned out and there were fewer people to chase. Nevertheless was not unhappy with my time of 38:40 given the long break, and better still things held together for the first time in about three weeks. I'm back!
It's interesting to read last years blog of this run, and makes me feel a tad less glum about today's performance. On the good side, while I Slower today than last year (I'm not going to contemplate the course change and distance variation = I'll take it as par for arguments sake), it was a matter of 20 seconds or so, rather than yesterdays BBQ Stakes 3 or 4 minute drop off.
A larger field this year, a slower start and logjam at the beginning, and the good company of Aki and allrounder. I finished well behind both of them, and Bob, uncharacteristically told me not to worry so much about my (lack of) speed.
We had to leave early and collect our Great Niece Madelyn for a few hours of fun. She is great, and we headed to the pool, where at just two years of age, she is extremely confident and has a great deal of physical competence about everything. Our time ended a little too soon, however even hanging around in the kids pool seemed to attack the sinus' and I dropped off to sleep in some pain and discomfort (again) for a few hours.
The summit trail is a bitumen sealed track through thickly forested woodland, intercepted with 'speed bumps' and metal barriers in attempt to prevent bikes tearing down the track and eating walkers in their wake. It is easy enough to side-step the barriers when running, particularly at the pace going up.
Eventually the summit trail joins onto the wider track on the northern side which leads to the summit and was sealed with tar on the upper section to the Tower over a decade ago. It is not pitted and broken in many places, leaving a partially sealed, and partly gravel track. As I caught up to and passed a heavy walker with a backpack and drink bottles taking another of many breaks, I thought that "at least there aren't the steps that there are on the Mt Ainslie course". Boring! I know this track, it is my back yard, but I couldn't clearly recall the wide, shallow steps. They are easier to run up than those on Mt Ainslie.
Aki and I retreated to the Deck for our usual post-mortem, although the tone was a little subdued as though we were each faster than last week, it seemed to be no consolation for our unsatisfying runs. I rode home on Barry Drive to pick up my prescriptions (I'm sure that the steroids are bloating my nose!), before heading home.
The Summernats start in Canberra today, which is ample reason to avoid the inner north of town, especially if on a (push) bike! There will be plenty of street machine petrol heads screeching around the streets to show off their burn out skills, and practicing their taunts of anyone with the potential to wear a skirt in preparation for the wet T‑Shirt competition.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Summernats is a car festival held in Canberra, Australia. Summernats is held annually, usually at the start of the year in January. Summernats is the most well known car festival in Australia, and an event which attracts many tourists to Canberra.
It is held at the Canberra Racecourse in the suburb of Mitchell, off Northbourne Avenue.
Summernats features many street machines with airbrushed artwork, and restored and modified cars. It is held over a four day period, with many events, with prizes in competitions such as for
burnouts. There are also parades of cars around the track. Also is a Miss Summernats competition, and fireworks at night. It has increasingly been promoted as an event for families.
In 2005, Summernats was in its 18th year, with Summernats 19 planned for January 2006.
Summernats official site
Hartley Lifecare Fun Run 5k 17 November Wagga Tri-ants Duathlon 10k/40k/5k 30 October ACTVAC Half Marathon 21.1k 28 August Canberra Half Marathon 15 May injured
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Chip Time (3:47:13) Sydney 2005