Today is what could well be called 'the perfect day' : sunny and warm; not hot and no humidity, and a cool breeze. I was thinking while I was out this morning : now, if every day could be like this! But then I thought : if that was the case, I probably wouldn't appreciate it as much, if at all!
I did the usual easy run/walk, watching MAF heart rate.
Looking at the times from F.I.R.S.T. based on 40 min 5km, each of today's 'fast' sections of 1.5km, were to be run at 8:11m/k.
Program: 1.5km easy 1.5km @ ST pace...8:11m/k 1.5km easy 1.5km @ ST pace 1.5km easy 1.5km @ ST pace 1.5km easy 3 x 1.5km time/pace : 11:11/7:25; 11:26/7:30; 11:20/7:31. I felt the last 1.5km the hardest, but on the whole, I quite enjoyed the session, especially the 'easy'
sections! Some hilly streets included. Overcast, humid day. Started at the school with couple of drills and finished with stretches and a visit to the calf!
The day was wet and the grass was wet and long! At Chevalier College where preparations were under way for their cross country event....what a day for it! I've run the course myself once or twice for a bit of fun on my own and on a fine day, but even then I finished with muddy legs; can't imagine how slippery it will be today; should be fun for those taking part!
PROGRAM: 10-20 min warm-up 1600m/12:36; 1200m/9:21; 800m/6:10; 400m/3:03...based on 40 min 5km 400m RI 10 min cool-down. 1600m/12:10; 1200m/8:50; 800m/5:40; 400m/2:35...I would have been ahead of VP! I ran each rep. by feel..... i.e. slow enough that I didn't have to stop mid-way! Ran harder in the 400m.
Good session, apart from the wet and especially the long grass. I'll have to have a word with my groundsman friend!
I didn't run this morning, but I did do a walk instead. I'm sure that walking is good at any time but more so now when all I'm doing is trying to recapture lost fitness.
Started from home, to school, through Renwick and home. A grey day to match the grey roofs in Renwick. Every house, and there must be several hundred by now, has a grey roof! I can't imagine why this is. Why not an occasional blue or green or even a few of the red roofs of Sydney?
Could it be a Landcom ruling that every single house has to have a roof in shades of grey? Or could it be something more sinister like providing a camouflage from aliens hovering over us in space? Whatever the reason, and there surely has to be one, it certainly makes for dull viewing even from ground level. I'll try to remember to take a snapshot tomorrow. Suppose I could call Landcom and get an answer there.
The sun was shining at 8:30 this morning, so no hurry to get out. Settled down with a coffee and read the SMH on line. Ready to leave 9:30 : no sun, light drizzle and mist coming in over the ranges...time to go! At the school, ready to set off when I spied the calf, my calf, out of its paddock and in the orchard having a breakfast feast from the branches of the plum trees!
I knew She would follow me provided I hand fed her along the way back with lots of goat kibble. However, just in case she took off towards the road, I secured the help of 2 students to block her if she tried. As I guessed, food was the bigger attraction and she followed very docilely after me while she munched on the kibble in my hands. The boys opened and closed the sets of gates and in no time calf and mother were reunited. I have a feeling the calf would have preferred to stay in the orchard. How she got out, no one knows. I've searched all fencing and can find nowhere that she could have escaped. Did some unknown person let her out? Will check on her this afternoon.
Tempo Run : 1.5km warm-up 5km @ ST pace (8:11m/k still based on 40 min. 5km) 1.5km cool-down. 5km in 38:40 (best time this month!) 7:26; 8:02; 7:42; 7:35; 7:48
I turned Garmin off while I took some photos of the llamas and forgot to turn it on until about 500-600m later!
I woke up really tired! Too tired to even think about running...even easy running. Instead, I did 1 hour's brisk walking. I didn't wear socks and by half way felt blisters on both heels! Removed shoes, tore tissues into small pieces, stuffed them into shoe heels and got home without too much damage.
The idea of walking was that I wouldn't be tired tomorrow for a tempo run and after yesterday's track. Well, I may not be tired but I just might have two sore heels! That's live...a running one anyhow!