I’ve been freaking myself out ever so slightly, because the annual City to Surf 14km (8.6 miles) road race takes place in 5 weeks and I haven’t trained. I mean, okay, yes, I’ve been going out a couple of times a week for a run after work but I’m running with a colleague who’s just a beginner so we’ve been going R-E-A-L-L-Y-S-L-O-W-L-Y and taking walk/stretch breaks more frequently than I would otherwise have done had I not had her as an excuse to be lazy.
The problem is that as soon as I run on ahead at my normal pace she stops, so I’ve been trying to encourage her to improve by staying by her side. And she has made real progress. But now I need to push myself, which means leaving her behind.
Last year I did pretty well and managed to get round in under the ‘green’ qualifying time, which means I get to start in a smaller, less packed group this year. Ideally I’d like to improve my time, obviously, but I may have to get realistic about that, given how easy I’ve been on my training.
Anyway, it was another gloriously sunny Winter’s day here in Sydney on Saturday so I decided to make the most of it with a longish run – mainly to see how desperate my situation really is.
I got my lycra and Asics trainers on, put my iPhone and keys in my ISP belt*, slapped on some sunscreen and a cap, grabbed a bottle of Gatorade, and trotted off, intending to run to the Opera House and back – a distance of about 3.5kms (a little over 2 miles) each way.
When I got to the Opera House I ran up the steps (yes, exactly like Rocky) and walked around for a minute or two, enjoying the sunshine and the view, and getting my breath back. Then I decided I felt okay and could carry on, so off I plodded into the Botanical Gardens. I made it around the gardens, along the path by the water’s edge, past Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and Andrew Boy Charlton pool, through Woolloomooloo and all the way past Harry’s Cafe De Wheels to HMAS Kuttabul, the Navy station.
And if you think I’ve made up those place names, just look at the map:
Then I finished my Gatorade, did a bit of stretching and started back. Apparently, according to Google Earth maps, the total distance was approximately 12kms (7.5 miles).
I felt a little sleepy for the rest of the afternoon when I got home, but the yoga and Cod Liver Oil capsules must really be helping: my leg muscles and joints don’t ache at all.
Although my left bicep does, for some reason. Go figure.
Anyway, it was a really good day.
*Yeah, when people tell you that you don’t need any special gear for running, except trainers, they’re lying.