Today was the annual Bay to Bay Fun Run and Half Marathon organised by Terrigal Trotters, and I had agreed to supervise a drink station at the half-way point for both events. I wanted to be there from 6am (many of my fellow Trotter volunteers started the day much earlier than that), so it wasn’t practical to fit in a run beforehand. Normally, I would have gone for a long run on a Sunday, but knew from experience that I would not feel like doing so today after standing around cheering on runners for three hours, so scheduled myself an easy 10km with a long run to follow tomorrow morning.
|Start of the Bay to Bay 12km Source: News Limited|
We finished packing up the drink station soon after 9:30am and it was time to get my run out of the way. I was very unmotivated, but knew if I left it until later in the day, I wouldn’t do it. To make it more interesting and therefore less of a chore, I employed a trick I have used in the past by choosing a course that incorporated some exploring. It did involve climbing steeply up on to the Somersby plateau, but I took it slow and ran through some bush and parkland I hadn’t previously visited, before linking up with a fire-trail I was familiar with and then finally descending steeply back to Brisbane Water and my car.
Although it was only a slow 10km, I was surprised how tired I felt and how stiff my leg joints were. Presumably, this was a hangover from yesterday’s run. It must have been harder on my body than I had thought. Tomorrow’s long run promises to be hard work.