I was too tired after yesterday's long run to post about it! Unfortunately FlashDuck had to pull out due to a heavy cold. However, Ewen & Tim came...the poor darlings had a hard time slowing down to my pace; in fact, they walked up the winding hills section of the Pass to keep me in sight on a beautifully clear cool day. It's quite embarrassing being so slow & probably a very good reason to run by myself most other times, but for yesterday, it was wonderful to have their company.
I didn't take any of the usual planned walk breaks, stopping only at the 2 watering holes; took 2 gels, sports drink & chewed a few glucodin tablets; taste good & I think they give something of an energy boost; will use them again or snakes, jelly beans etc. Heart monitor said my avg. HR was 80+% so I must have been working hard; Ewen is going to work out the avg pace for the distance.
Lunch was at the Sturt Gallery cafe, except that by the time we got there, around 2:00pm, lunch had stopped being served and just about everything else we asked for was no longer available! We did manage to get some nice cake with icecream & huge mugs of coffee.
I was truly done in after the 34km; as Ewen said, I looked like an old man....excuse me, Ewen!
and that's how I felt for the rest of the day & night. Hit the bed around 4:00pm, couldn't sleep at all; soup & muffin (brought in by Jimbo) at 6:00pm & then slumped onto a very hot electric blanket at around 11:00pm....sheer bloody bliss feeling the heat get to my aching bones & muscles! Feel fine though today, just a little stiff in the legs.
That's the last long run before Gold Coast marathon & I'm pleased I had to put so much into it & again become familiar, at least for some of the time, with the pace of a race day. I'll look back on yesterday as a very special day because of the 2 cool runners I had to keep me company & see that I didn't take a wrong turn somewhere!