Today was our first long run beyond half marathon distance. It’s fair to say that all three of us, Louise, Pauly and the Unsporty Woman went into this run with a sense of trepidation and concern that we wouldn’t make it. It’s just a week since Point to Pinnacle and while we have all recovered remarkably well, we are all tired. Pauly is full on irrigating on the farm – this involves 5am starts, late evenings and very heavy work moving irrigators around the farm. Louise is busy with work and family and is just back from a quick trip to Melbourne and me? I’m just tired generally. The Lazy Runner is so right about making sure that life commitments can handle the extra time that marathon training demands. I wonder if I might be her biggest fan? Louise and I are often known to quote her to each other. We just love her down-to-earth approach to running.
But we did it! We all ran 26kms. It was warm and it was tough. We provided quite a bit of curiosity for the locals. I could almost read their minds.
Are they running?
Haven’t we already seen them? They ran by an hour ago, I’m sure they did.
What ever on earth are they doing?
It’s a bit warm for running isn’t it?
They must be CRAZY!?!
We ran a 10km loop, parking the car near a picnic spot in the little town of Meander – 10 minutes drive from the farm. We did the loop twice and then back out for 3kms and turned around and back to the starting point. We ran out in the country – so calm, quiet and lovely. At the end of both loops (10km and 20km) we had decent drinks stops because it was so warm. You can tell from the lap times that I was starting to get very tired towards the end. It felt so HOT! The temperature says it was 22°C but honestly when we were out of the breeze and in the still air it just felt terribly intense with heat.
It was a lovely flat run, the course was chosen to give us a break from hills after our big climb up that mountain last weekend. It was all about getting it done not clocking up any great speed. Speed? I’m not even thinking about going fast, it’s all about distance and getting to the finish.
Pauly’s pre-run fuel. Only a dairy farmer would fuel up on milk before a run! Please note the happy face he has on. Just as well the Unsporty Woman can be cheerful enough for everyone in the household.
Almost at the 10km mark. Louise and Pauly running strong. The Kookaburra on the electric wires didn’t think it was funny, he wasn’t laughing at all. Along the way a rental car passed us several times, finally pulling us over. They were hopelessly lost! I detected German accents. They were looking for a local fishing spot. Pauly was able to point them in the right direction.
What would I do without my beautiful running buddy Louise? She encouraged me on at all the right moments. While we were running we had an interesting conversation about cows that gave us the giggles. I think I shall write a post about some of the interesting things that cows do. I know it shocked me when I first married my dairy farmer husband and got to know the secret life of cows. Having a laugh and a chat was a good distraction from the heat.
There is something wonderfully empowering about ticking off another week of training. It’s been tough and I’ve been tired but it’s all been done. This was an epic run. A pivotal run. My speed wobbles pre-26kms were almost visible, now post run with a cup of coffee and egg bacon refuelling I feel mighty! Team Huey, Dewey and Louie ran 26kms, further than we have before.
Bring on the Marathon – we are so looking forward to that day in just seven weeks time.
Happy running 🙂
PS as I always say and really do mean, if I can build up to this sort of distance then anyone can. I am nothing special. You can see from my lap times that I struggled towards the end but steely determination learnt from training runs got me to my goal. If you can dream it you can achieve it!
PPS I have two more Point to Pinnacle posts to write. I really need to say thank you to some beautiful people who have helped this unsporty woman to achieve her goal.