Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Manly 11ks

26 degrees and 75% humidity with a bit of rain at 7:30pm. Hopefully nice cold front is coming with not so flooding rains tonight.
Ran along Manly beach front up and around Manly Golf Club and back home.

Total was 11.6ks in 55:45. Average pace of 4:48 per klm. Feeling fitter.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Church Point Challenge STaR 28ks

Tough morning for a run. 20 degrees isn't warm but with the cloud cover and some rain it was 90% humidity which really sapped the strength.
I was a bit late to the start at Narrabeen so just had time to grab a map and run.

Started at North Narrabeen surf club. The preferred surf break of World Champ Damian Hardman. Vicious left hander and that is not before the locals beat you up in the car park.

After the start we ran through Warriewood, Mona Vale, Ingleside and a short bit of downhill bush. Looked like the Equaliser course with the sand all washed away and plenty of rocks. Then it was along McCarrs creek to Church Point and then back through Bayview, Loquat Valley, Winji Jimmi, and Bungan before turning to run back to Narrabeen via the coast.

Plenty of hills on the H3 by the Striders but I reckon should have been H4. Ran with Jo Cowan for most of the run as the front guys took off and subsequently got lost and we saw them coming back from Church Point the wrong way. That is why I run with a map and Jo, Mark F and Pete Truscott who know every course.

Total was 28.3ks in 2:33:44. Average pace of 5:25 per klm. Bit slow but at least I had a long time on my feet.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Manly 10ks

Windy and humid tonight after a 29 degree day in Sydney. Unheard of this summer.
Ran from Fairy Bower almost up to Warringah Golf Club and back. Didn't feel that fit tonight.

Total was 10.2ks in 49:58. Average pace of 4:53 per klm.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

MLR 13ks

Ran from work up to Centennial Park and did a lap around the outside of the park including the SFS and SCG and then back to work. A fair bit was run on the grass as well. Feet were still a bit sore.

Saw 3 seperate accidents outside Randwick Racecourse stuffing up the traffic. One had 5 cars involved and the others had 2 each. Of course there were about a dozen towies waiting to take away any undriveable.

Total was 13.2ks in 1:05:19. Average pace of 4:56 per klm.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Manly 10ks

The feet were very sore tonight. Especially the balls of my feet that copped most of the rocks from the Equaliser on Sunday.
Ran from Fairy Bower up to Manly Golf Club and back.
Total was 10ks in 45:57. Average pace of 4:35 per klm. Must be a flat course!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Striders Equaliser 14ks

Not one of my favourite races. Rocky downhill slopes are never a fan of me.
Today was even worse with the summer of rain having scraped all the sand away from the sandstone leaving the downhills very hard and rocky underfoot. And the uphills very muddy.

I started off ok as it was flat, and then the downhill came and loads went past me, the uphill after the creek saw more runners go past. I only managed to take a few spots back on the road section after Lindfield oval.

Back in the bush and once again runners went past me on the downhill but It did manage to hold on going back up the hill and only lose one spot.

I think it was a PW aside from the time about 30 of us went long for 4ks a few years ago. 1:20:56. Very ugly. But what was worse was seeing Timmy berating the tea lady for having no milk. He'll be crying at the top of Pluvio if he can't take his tea black.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Manly 7ks

Thunderstorms and Rain Ewen?
At least the sun was out for awhile today.
Pretty windy again as the Summer Nor Easter blows hard in the afternoon along the coast.

Ran up to Queenscliff lagoon trying to avoid all the surfies hanging out at the beach with the festival of surfing on at Manly.

Total was 7.2ks in 35:34.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Manly 8ks

Pretty tough to run in tonight. A 20k Nor' Easter with nearly 40k wind gusts.
Ran from Fairy Bower up to Queenscliff Lagoon and back.

Total was 8.12ks in 41:05.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

MLR 15ks

Ran from work up to Centennial Park and did a couple of laps on the grass inside the horse track.
Then ran back to work.

All up 15.1ks in 1:14:21. Average pace of 4:55 per klm.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Manly 9ks

The smell of aftershave and perfume hung in the air along Manly beach. It was a lovefest that I had to dodge and weave through tonight. More hormones than a rabbit burrow.

Ran from Shelley beach up to Queenscliff lagoon and back. Total was 9.13ks in 46:11.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Centennial Park 21ks

Due to work commitments I had to run in the afternoon which wasn't ideal today. 25 degrees and sunny when I started at 1pm.
Headed from work up to Centennial Park and did a couple of laps inside the park on the grass. Best spot on a hot day. Still it didn't stop me getting sunburnt as I forgot it was Summer with all the rain and didn't use the suntan cream.

Total was 21ks in 1:46:02. Damn hard work on the legs. A crash in front of the TV watching cricket helped me later on.

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Easy 8k

Another run along the beachfront at Manly. Very windy and humid tonight. Plenty of people out running as well.

Total was 8.3ks in 43:42. Average pace of 5:15 per klm.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Easy 7k

Ran from Fairy Bower up to Queenscliff Lagoon and back. Not sure if it was the wind slowing me up tonight or the fat. Probably both.

Total was 7.4ks in 39:29. Average pace of 5:20 per klm.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Jack Carter Cup 2012 - 7th win

My surf clubs marathon and solo team event was on this morning. You can do the swim, ski paddle, run and board paddle solo as most do.
They do have teams as well which I have done since 2006.

Team was Stu(swimmer), Gordon(ski paddler), me(run), Coz(board paddler).
Suffice to say I have the easiest leg. Not much competition this year as the swimmer was out 10 mins ahead of 2nd place and the ski paddler maintained that time split.

I had a hard run due to no training and the very soft sand with a steep bank on the beach. Total was only 1.91ks with I did in 8:57. Passed to the board paddler who ripped around the course and we won by about 20 mins for the board paddler and my 7th win in a row. Another pair of dodgey sunglasses was the prize. Six wins each for the swimmer and the ski paddler.

A good day in the sun. My achilles seems to have sorted itself out whilst I was off skiing as I had no discomfort at all.