"It's a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do." - Allan Sillitoe

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Long run (of unknown length)

Ran down to meet Simon at Burswood for our long run. Instead of going out to Garrett Road Bridge via Ascot, we ran over Windan and then along the Graham Farmer Freeway (where we got a brief but very thorough drenching), into Northbridge and then the City before running up the Terrace to Kings Park. A lap around Kings Park (with two brief pitstops for me due to some stomach issues) then down to UWA and along the river before returning on the South Perth side. I got home in 1 hour 49 minutes so added a slow, 11-12 minute warm down run to get me over the 2 hours. We only got one other bit of rain and it seemed that despite the wind, we managed to get more tailwinds than headwinds which was nice.

Saw (a helmetless!!) Sugar out there on his bike ride, hopefully he got mostly tailwinds as well.

Got home in time to watch the men's and women's 5000m finals at the US Track and Field Championships over the internet http://www.runnerspace.com/ Matt Tegenkamp won the men's race and Kara Goucher the women's. Very different races with the women's race pretty tactical until Jen Rhines made a move with 2 and a bit laps to go but Goucher just blew her away from the bell and won easily. In the men's race, Anthony Famiglietti took the race out strongly, 29 secs for the first 200m and 60 secs for the first 400m. He couldn't maintain it though and dropped off by the business end which saw three Oregon Track Club athletes, Tegenkamp, Solinsky and Jager take the top 3 spots. It will be interesting to find out what Famiglietti's tactics were based on as he didn't seem to give himself his best chance to win the race and as he already had an A qualifier that's all he needed to do.

We went to a quiz night with Nick and Brigit last night - we came third and won the table prize. I also won another prize which was a six month membership to the gym at the Lakeside Recreation Centre near Bibra Lake. It's a bit of trek from here to be something I would do regularly, but I think I will go and check it out as although I don't think it has a pool, if it has treadmills that might provide me with an option for running if the weather is really too bad to run in.

Ate too much chocolate and too many cheezels at the quiz night - pretty sure that was the cause of my stomach/digestion issues this morning.

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