After Saturday procrastination I reviewed several students’ work before going on my long run. This meant I was late leaving. Not only was I late, I did not have my canine companion – still recovering from her operation, and I set off at a pace, which was a little faster than easy, in a rush of self destruction.
Thirty minutes in I realised I could not keep it up unless …. what if I ran for 10 minutes and walked for one minute, and in doing so try to maintain the faster pace? This became my strategy and as I walked I took a few pics. The first was just after I left the beach and headed towards the trail through the mangrove boardwalk.
This was a benign section of the run. It was not too hot and puddles, which I did my best to go around on the inward journey but just splashed through due to fatigue on the way back, did not feature.
Once out of the boardwalk I was into the challenging Lee Point track. It is challenging as it is undulating, the path itself deteriorating in places, and with the current monsoon troughs, waterlogged in many places.
It is also quite beautiful and this distracts me from the fact that I am really struggling to maintain any sort of pace. In fact, by the time I had come back through the track and back on the boardwalk I took this pic, enjoying the contemplative vista, and I also fervently wished I had laid out a phone home option i.e. ‘please come and get me I am done”
Unfortunately that was not to be and I continued for another 3-4km to complete 14.5km which was my goal. It took another weary 45 mins to walk the 5km home.
Just before I stopped, my iphone, and the ironically named iphone app ismoothrun, stopped. However the saved data showed that amazingly I was able to maintain a faster pace than most of my runs despite my fatigue. I am just not too keen to do it again too soon.