Saturday – 2 x 6k Woollahra Hill Loops.
Hit the park and decided on my regular 6k loops and wanted to push the pace a little today and worked on how I was feeling instead of looking constantly at the watch. Felt OK and was surprised when I came through the first one in 25.44 at 4.17s. Then tried to lift on the 2nd loop but this time kept an eye on the clock, started to feel the pace around 9ks and struggled going up the hill around 10.5 but came over the top to finish off strong to register 24.54 at 4.08 per/k
All up 12ks = 50.38 average pace 4.12s – Happy with that
Afternoon it was down to Miranda for the State 4k relays , but really who gave two hoots about that . this was more about ‘Scone Day’ care of Lady Laura’s mother Lynn who kindly baked up a batch of the finest to go around. Top notch I must say and they went down a treat and I’ve not seen a bigger bunch of Vultures hanging around in order to sample. Tommy H must have been good for 5 and even the normally mild and placid Tony ‘Fats’ Fattorini was like a man possessed as he wolfed down a further half dozen.
1. Getting Tom Highnam’s kids all lined up scoffing scones whilst he was struggling running up the uphill section and ‘young Charlie’ shouting out’ C’mon Dad, no scones left by the time you are finished
2. Tommy on his 5th and forgetting that he even had his kids and seeing one old bloke carrying his youngest and asking if she was his child seen roaming all over the oval?
3. Toms kids all agreeing that Phil’ The Sculpture’ Dove looked YOUNGER then Tom , and then eldest daughter seen asking again ‘’Is that man REALLY older then you daddy?
**** Phil Dove is 47 by the way *** - Honest
Sunday – Long Run 24ks total.
Good turnout to start at 6.15am with Lady Laura bringing Olympic Royalty to join us in the likes of Eloise Wellings before she jets off for the Comm. Games in Scotland in July, Joined by Laura, Barts, Razor, Corky O’Conner, Enda, Birchy, Elle, Jeet, Brendan and Renee for the first 6ks done in 27.28. Then set about the first 10k loop that was kept pretty honest as well coming in on the 45 minute mark (4.30s) A quick regroup and check what everyone was going to do for the next 10k pace wise and we are off again – With Enda and Razor setting the pace at 3.45s I settled into roughly 3.55 pace , knew I’d be doing well to hold that but thought I’d give it a go all the same. Got to the 5k turnaround point before the GPS packed up for the day and it wasn’t too long that I was to follow suit, pretty much held on for a further 2ks (7k mark ) and when It came to re-entering the park for the final 3ks I was gonski and cut short returning to the café to make it a 8k loop instead of the planned 10k
Not what I had intended in truth but perhaps I went too hard on yesterdays set ? Still a good 24ks done for the day with 16 at roughly 4.30 pace and another 7ks at 4 min/ks
A good solid session all around mind and the girls and guys all seem to be finding a bit of form , great news with the upcoming Tassie and Gold Coast trips not too far away.
Saw PLOD go by at one point – I gave out some encouragement but didn’t get any answer and he looked like he was in the ‘Hurt Box’ , think he needs to find something if he is to take out my PB in the Gold Coast over the Half in 5 weeks time.
Managed to get ONE bet on from this morning’s run – got $20 with Irishman Evan on the Half in the G.C – I have 90 second start . Will have to run well as he run a 82 dead at Sydney two weeks back…..could be a good bet this one ;)
Also bad news from yesterday on the bikes with both Renee taking a fall as well as Paulie ‘Cement’ Hanley, Paulie broke his collar bone I’ve heard, BUT it will take more than that to stop Renee from joining us for the Sunday run this morning. Someone best tell Hanley to toughen up ?
Take it easy out there guys – especially when it’s been raining.
Rest day tomorrow (from running ) and will head out for a swim at lunch
Time for Sunday arvo beers
Well done guys