|The runners gather at Somersby for the start|
of the trail run.
|On the early part of the trail run. |
The 4:45am alarm on Sunday morning was unwelcome, but unavoidable. I was the organiser of trail run with my fellow Trotters and had to meet the bus at Staples Lookout, the finish point, soon after 6:00am for the drive to the start. At Somersby we began for the 29km run back to Staples along The Great North Walk trail. This section is a particularly nice run, but the terrain gets progressively harder, and the warm and humid weather had us all soon sweating. I knew my legs would be tired from yesterday's hard run and that the lack of sleep would take its toll, so I started out very gently, close to last of the 30 runners.
|Looking west from Mt Scopus on the trail run. |
After getting home in the early afternoon, I began sneezing a lot and my sinuses became congested. It proved to be the start of a heavy head cold which was worse today, so I didn't bother going for my planned walk. I usually wouldn't let a head cold stop me exercising, but after the solid weekend, I figured it would do more good than harm to have the day off.