Wow it was amazingly sunny today. I love this unseasonable weather but feel kind of wrong about it too since I suspect it’s something to do with global warming. Sort like when you admit the pretty rainbow on the surface of water then realise it’s created by an oil slick. I strongly suspect we’re headed for a very hot summer, like they are experiencing in that other hemisphere at the moment.
Since I did the fun run yesterday, I missed out on my long run so I ditched work early to run today instead. I’d planned that before the temperature hit a balmy 17 degrees but the sun made it all the sweeter. I headed out in just a tee shirt and running tights (btw the K-Mart tights are highly recommended) not sure of how far I’d run. I had a few options but thought running along the Merri Creek sounded great. Instead of my normal creek trail run, I head in the other direction – it’s about 4km to the Collingwood Children’s Farm from here (8km round trip) so that sounded good.
I had the best run. I felt like my legs were floating above the ground. I got to the CCF and kept going for another k then turned around. On the way back, I realised there was a 2.2 km detour to the Studley Park boathouse and since I felt so fine, I headed down that track. Then my fuzzy brain did the maths – 2.2 kms = 4.4 km round trip! Yikes. It wasn’t so much the distance that worried but the light. I don’t like running along these bushy trails in the dark esp on my own. I did 1.2 km then turned around, figuring I can go the full distance another time.
It got dark so quick – not to mention cold! I got to Heidelberg Rd and decided I didn’t want to run the rest of the way on the trail. There are some dodgy spots along there – really pretty during the day and wonderfully shady in the heat, but dead scary after dark I imagine. Maybe I should have kept going. With my over-active imagination, I’d have made it home in record time!
Instead I detoured down Heidelberg Rd, problem was – I didn’t really know where I was going. I’ve driven that way before but not done it on foot and when I got nearer to home, realised I was literally on the wrong side of the tracks. I had to zoom down to Clifton Hill station then back around. By then, I’d dropped back to a walk and my arms had lost all feeling in the cold. I had to go through the station underpass and all the commuters getting off the train were like – look at the crazy chick in the tee-shirt!
I figured I ended up doing about 13 km all up with no walking breaks until the end. That gives me confidence for Sunday. And hey, I checked the long range weather for Sydney – 21 degrees for Sunday. Gotta love that. Hey, does that mean it will be 21 mostly all day – not just bursts of 21 in amongst the other weather? I’m not used to consistency in weather.
Oh yeah, a funny thing happened on my run. A guy (who looked like a red-headed Jack Black) ran past me with a labrador. I was checking out his dog then looked up and realised he was checking out my puppies!!!! Although they aren’t labradors, that’s for sure. More like sausage dogs. I didn’t think until later – I should have called out “you should see them when I’m not wearing a sports bra.”