I always feel 40-50km for the weekend is fair.
Saturday: Split Long Run
AM: North Head in this weather? No way. Back-up was a loop over to the posh-hipster district of Balmain. First 3km saw me at White Bay Terminal where I randomly threw in a 3:25 1km effort. From there, the storms picked up and by 7km I wanted to be back in bed.
There’s no point getting out of bed for <15km…. Extended the run visiting the various ferry stops. By Birchgrove, I’d seen enough and headed back West. It was at Iron Cove where I then started to believe that a half marathon would be very impressive. The moment that thought creeps in, there is no fighting it.
21km at 4:56 min/km. There is no doubt what I wanted to do next. Rounded the girls up for a trip down to Kepos St Kitchen in Redfern. This is the brioche B&E Roll ($16).
PM: just 9km shy of a technical LR with the risk Sunday could be worse. The pre-dinner window saw me knock out 8km in similarly horrible conditions. Very poor visibility but I may have seen Haberfield shops and parts of the Bay Run. This 45 min involved perhaps 12-15 sets of high knee / heel kick drills. A good way to stay warm!
29km for the day. LR complete. The few that ran the Striders 10km at North Head. Insane.
Happy to stay inside waiting for the storm to settle: 30 min core-work: a mix of KB swings, burpees, Turkish get-ups and various random activities.
No obvious signs of rain easing but I was committed to a few Ks at least. A circuit chosen was Five Dock, Abbotsford, Drummoyne Cove and Iron Cove. First 7km easy due to a stiff easterly tailwind. Life felt so easy. Then it didn’t. I suspect I was running backwards along Drummoyne Cove. It was a battle of attrition back home via Victoria Rd which involved mini-balls of hail in the face along the East path of the Iron Cove Bridge.
16km at 5:07s. I can see on Strava, a few people known to me did more than double this. Ridiculous.
For me, happy with 130km for the week.
Dad photo of the week – Trinity’s new beanie.