26km training run done. A day out of the box. 13°C, warm, sunny with view of snow capped peaks. We wouldn’t even be brave enough to order such a day in August, the last month of winter in the southern hemisphere. And at 41° South this just doesn’t happen at this time of year, but it did for us on Thursday.
With busy weekends coming up Louise and I took some precious time off work and devoted it to our first long marathon training run over half marathon distance.
I was nervous. There’d been a lot going on during the week and well, don’t flip open my head, because it’s a scary place in there! So many thoughts, so many concerns. With the help and support of my beautiful running friend I made it. She looked like she could’ve kept gracefully running along for way more kms than 26. I on the other hand was a sweaty, salty, dishevelled mess. Honestly if the Good Samaritan had seen me out there they would’ve politely asked if they could take me home for a roast dinner, a shower and a lie down on their couch! Or perhaps called an ambulance… one of the other.
Here are a few happy snaps of our beautiful afternoon run.
We ran around a wonderful 10km loop that takes in the little town of Meander. A sleepy little farming district 15 minutes from our farm. I just love to see the quizzical looks on the faces of people as we run by. I can almost hear them saying What the hell? Are they mad? or Is that that farmer? that hairdresser? that lady from the library? Or for people we know lots of smiles and waves of encouragement because while I know they think we’re mad, they are also amazed at how far we run. AND I always point out that if I can do this from zero to marathon then of course they could to if they wanted to.
Pauly was able to join us for 13km of our run. It was great to have him along. With his first seriously full on weekend of calving about to happen, a lovely run in the sun with Team Huey, Dewey and Louie was like a shot in the arm. He bombed out to meet us in the farm jeep – must wash that sometime…
And now I must fly into the shower because I’m off to the airport to fly from Tasmania to Melbourne and then from the East Coast of Australia all the way over to the West Coast. It’s a special pre-wedding weekend with my daughters (I really wish my son was coming too but this is strictly ladies only).
Happy running 🙂
I love this photo! Can you guess what we were talking about?