I thought the XC run at the Stromlo Running Festival might help me make a decision re Nationals in April. I went out way too fast for my current level of fitness and was cooked by the end of the first lap! Those last 5K were just hell :-(. I certainly didn't pull up feeling at all optimistic about fitness for Melbourne! Darn that early close off date. Maria, Helen, Kelley, Bruce, Heidze, KT, et al all ran incredibly well and we all looked spoofy in our 'uniforms'.
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Sunday I did a long run after being inspired by:
I was hoping for 18K, but had to settle for a tough 17K. My recurrent insomnia resulted in another poor quality night, so I didn't make it to a planned group run. Instead I headed out the door and ran over to the Mulligan's Flat Nature reserve. I left it a bit late really as it was heating up with the sun well and truly on display. The last 3K's were a struggle with a side stitch just to make it annoying! I dream of that 'easy' 20K run ........
Wednesday - gentle run around Black Mountain ~8.5K
Thursday - Track with 2K warm up, some run throughs, the 800m and a 1.5K cool down before manning the water station for the 10000m run. It was hot and humid, perfect for the 800m, so glad to not be running the 10000m in those conditions!
Friday - jog to Mitchell ~8K HRav = 140bpm; a gentle uphill all the way!
Saturday - 1K warm up; Age-Sex Adjusted XC 7.5K @ 35:35 (4:44min/k pace), HR up in Zone 5 pretty well all the way; 1K cool down; Yummy lunch @ Rock Salt with Team No d'feet Canberra.
Sunday - 17K long run, very slow, HRav = 130bpm Total for the week, a tad over 60K.