|Plenty of kangaroos in Orroral Valley|
I drove down to Canberra on Saturday afternoon and stayed with relatives on Saturday night, sneaking out at 5:30am for the one hour drive to the Orroral Valley where the race started from the site of a dismantled space tracking station. I love the mountain country south from Canberra and enjoyed the unhurried drive on a beautiful cool Sunday morning. Four years ago, I had completed my 660km hike along the Australian Alps Walking Track at Namadgi, just south of Canberra, and the race would be along a small section of the same track.
|Early creek crossing|
|Beautiful sub-alpine scenery|
I was tired at the half-way point, reached in just over two hours and surprised to learn I was now seventh, though with three or four more runners within a kilometre behind me. I told myself that if I could run up all the hills on the second lap, nobody would catch me and I might even catch some of the runners up ahead. At the turn on the second lap (3/4 mark of the race), though very tired, I was indeed closer to the runners in front and further clear of those behind. I broke my rule about running up all of the hills with about 8km to go, but my legs were almost non-functional. Neverthess, I moved into fifth at this stage and was now less than 200 metres behind two other runners.
|Running in to the finish|
For today, I just walked 5km, and though my right heel was a bit sore and my legs still stiff and tired, there didn't seem to be any new injuries.