Oh my goodness. It’s the most perfect running day here in the north of Tasmania today. It’s fresh and cold but the sun is shining, no wind and well it’s just perfect. The best sort of weather for running.
Pauly and I left the farm at 8am with a freezing cold frost and -2ºC but by the time we drove to the top of our driveway it was -3ºC. We headed into parkrun to run for the first time in a few months. Janette ran with me. While the run was nothing out of the ordinary time-wise, I was pleased with our negative split and big finish, thanks Janette! It all helps with endurance and what can I say but the chat was wonderful as always. AND the lovely Leanne got a PB! Awesome!
Next we headed to the Launceston Running Club handicapped race. I’m so loving all the different races this Club puts on. They have varied distances, varied altitudes and varied terrain. Many of the races are events that the Club has staged for years and years but there are usually a few new ones put into the mix each year. This was the first Youngtown 6km handicapped race. It started and finished on a football oval with a few suburban roads but the majority was run on a trail.
The amazing Lance ran today. He is an experience trail runner. He’s only been running for a little over a year! But in that year he has skyrocketed from novice to budding expert. Amongst other trails Lance goes and runs sections of the famous Tasmanian Overland track just for fun! The Overland Track is in the iconic Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, a mecca for bushwalkers and trail runners the world over.
So Lance, I asked, once the run was done, this trail today would be pretty tame compared to the ones you’ve run lately? Yes definitely, he said. He went to on to explain that most of the trails he’s run involve a lot of rock and boulder hopping, scrambling over trees, picking his way over rocks, tree roots and basically a very uneven, undulating sort of trail – frequently very steep and narrow. The run today on the other hand was quite even. It was muddy, narrow and slippery most of the way but really not too bad.
I had my handicap pegged back due to my win last week. I haven’t done a trail before and couple this with the thought of Run Melbourne next weekend and not wanting an injury, I didn’t push myself too much. I had a fantastic run! My average pace was 6:04 minutes per km but I stopped an awful lot to let the faster runners go by and of course I took a few photos!
Did I enjoy the trail run? Yes I did. Will I get more into it? Well, here’s the thing, I would have thought that this would be my cup of tea. I love the bush and being away from roads and cars but honestly it wasn’t something I can see myself getting involved with. It has however, dramatically increased my respect for trail runners. I found that it takes a lot more mental energy to run over a rough track. I don’t usually look backwards to see who’s chasing me down, but today I did so I could keep out of their way and step off the track. All up I found it way to stop-start-stop-start for my liking. But it was great to try something new. AND I will definitely be putting it in the diary for next year!
Thanks Launceston Running Club for another interesting race.
While today I’ve been enjoying all that’s good in the world symbolised through running and friendships, my heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones in that terrible plane accident. I have no words really, just heart break for those who are hurting and for families who now have missing parts because of the senseless actions of others.
Happy running 🙂