Conditions were warm about 18 O C with some wind and as ever high humidity. I warmed up with 2.5km jog from home. This week marked the first anniversary of North Lakes parkrun.
I had promised myself to start easy but today as we were running the reverse way around the lake with a very early sharp right left and I needed to start fast to go unhindered. I had young Steve Buchanon along for company on the first lap of three and what I found remarkably was how heavy my breathing appeared to be compared to his. I also felt my heart rate go sky high early on which is most uncomfortable but did not wear a monitor to record it. I think I ldid the first lap (1600'ish) in about 5;10 first Km was 3;05. I don't look at my watch when racing mainly because I can't read it anymore!! 52 year old eyes ain't what they used to be!
The second lap required a lot of overtaking and weaving from side to side, and the inclines seemed harder and longer this way around (clockwise). I think I ran through to two laps in 10;??
On the third lap I had somewhat resigned myself to not being able to improve on the 16;12 and lifted off the pace /coasted in sections. Very relieved to finish and stop my watch on 16;09
Phew ! pretty close to having to streak around the lake :-)
Warmed down with a lap with Steve and Greg Webster.
Greg finished third having been battling Achilles injury in recent months. He is M46 , an accomplished Masters performer and in his youth represented Australia in the World Cross Country Champs in 1986 in Switzerland (?) Juniors.
he grew up in Canberra and remembers racing Bruce Graham around the traps.
Dictated at Sk8Mania while Lily has a lesson! That's her in white tee on one leg!