Marathon: Semi Long Run

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Even the best laid plans don’t go according to…plan!!
In my first week of training I decided to do a medium long run on Wednesday ( today) and follow up on Thursday ( tomorrow) with a steady 20 Km with Tamami ( who would rest today in anticipation).
THE IDEA of this type of training is to be able to run with tired leg….kind of a good skill for a Marathoner runner to possess.

Today I went to a Great Birthday Lunch on the banks of the Yarra River so my run had to be done in the afternoon.

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My plan was to run the Holmesglen Garden centre run. About 10 Km there and 10 Km back over a few testing hills. Ok closer to 9.5 Km.

Despite the heat….well it was 25 but a lot of sun….I started ok. But before half way I was struggling.My wonky knee was hurting but generally I just felt bad.

My time at the turn was 50.41 ( last time 54.34 ) so I was a fair bit faster than last time. But I was feeling very ordinary and stopped for a drink !
Running home was hard.I really had to concentrate. Time was 48.39 ( last time 51.04 ).

Tamami met me with about a Km to go and jogged lightly in front of me me whilst I lumbered up to the finish. She looked ten times better than me. Although I do notice she met me at the TOP of last big hill. She waited at the top as I moved into heart attack territory getting up it.

Run today was ok time wise but it makes me worry about what I am attempting.
Not good.
19 Km is really not that much even over hills. But it really knocked me around.

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