Not guiding

Last Sunday I took a friends big scooter and zoomed up to the Blue Mountain for a race without Ben. The Woodford to Glenbrook Classic is a 25km trail race. Considering that the start is at 600+m above sea level and the finish around 200m above sea level I should not have been wrong of expecting a nice down hill run. Well it would have helped to study the race map – the first 15 km seems to go more up hill then down hill. I tried to keep up with Denis and Sam but after a few uphills I had to give in and started to power walk the hills to keep some energy in the tank for the second half – which, thanks God was down hill. I enjoyed the cool air and shady parts in the forest and considering that I more enjoyed good wine and cheeses the last couple of weeks then muesli bars and power gels, my finish of 2.18 for the 25 km seems respectable. At least I was happy with that Sunday morning exercise. I also felt that comes July my approach has to change and since Ben and I have just signed up for the CPultra (www.cpultra.com) in September – the training regime will start in serious comes Monday, 2nd July
Happy Feet

 

Ben and running on hot sand

Only 7 weeks after the 50km Coastrek, Ben and team Tigers finished the 100km Melbourne Trailwalker an incredible 8 hours faster then last year in 28:59! Great effort Ben and team, well done! Here some info about Ben and the Tigers http://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/2012/04/21/bens-trailwalker-story/
I, in the meantime, enjoyed some nice runa along the beach near Byron Bay. A 6km stretch of sand next to your bungalow at the beach was too inviting not be run on. However found out that running barefoot is tricky on warm sand even with cooling the feet by running through the water from time to time. I ended up with a nasty blister on the sole of my toes…lesson learned – tomorrow it will be with shoes again.
Ben and I have another 4 weeks to prepare for the Sydney Half Marathon. I am sure this year’s new route will please Ben, as there is no two loops anymore to run but a single A – B race, which is nicer for both of us.
I hope to have another few days of warm weather in Byron Bay before heading back to Sydney and start training with Ben again. He can take the next few days off and recover from his Trailwalker adventure.
Happy Feet (and Toes)