Marathon : ‘ long Sunday Run ‘.

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Today completes my second week of training for the Melbourne Marathon.

Being a Sunday the thing to do would logically be to go for a long run.
Unfortunately I found the idea of running alone for hours in the ( sort of) cold,very unappealing.

Even before the 5 Km mark I was not feeling too good. I had my Garmin going but declined to check my times but rather just run at a steady rate until I reached the turn at the 10 Km Mark. Actually I was damn glad to get to the turn where I had a gel. Did not feel that hot.

Checked out my time at 10 Km and saw I had run at 5 min 40 seconds per Km pace. A little disappointed as I felt it was faster. Although in my heart I knew I had struggled on the hills.

AIM was to run home at a faster rate than the first half. Unfortunately as soon as I made the turn I realized I was running into a strong head wind. It also seemed a lot colder.

I tried to push myself over the last 10 Km. I put in what I like to think of as a surge at the 15 Km Mark to past a family of bike riders. Checking later that particular Km was 4.44 which may not sound that fast but certainly made me feel a little sick.

Although not fast I was happy to have run the last 10 Km ( into the wind I add) at 5.11.
Quite pleased with the last Km which was over a couple of steep hills which I ran in 4.50.

Sure it was nothing flash but I certainly felt bad.

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I wear a fitbit band which records my heart rate amongst other things. My heart rate was quite high near the end of the run. Probably on one of the last hills.

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TODAY showed what a long way I have to go before I can race the Marathon.

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