It was decided for me that I should get up at 5am so that I could be out of the door before 6am and miss the heat. It was not a good run last week and was far too hot, making me extremely tired. As Steve was coming to keep me company and be my 'support vehicle' I felt it only right that I should agree. So, it was off to bed early for me while he sat and watched 'Transporter something or other' on dvd.
Steve's alarm went off on time, so I got up straightaway. No point in festering in bed when you know there's a lot of work to be done, 'cos it won't go away! Fed and watered the animals, then myself, then took Steve a cup of tea.
I got dressed and 'teched' up and, albeit a bit late, got out of the door at exactly 6am! It was getting light but the sun wasn't up yet. It wasn't really cold either but when you are used to temperatures in the late 20s and early 30s, it does make the early morning feel a bit nippy!
Off I plodded, with Steve alongside on his cycle, weighed down with 3 bottles - 2 of water and 1 of sports drink! I carried a bottle of water as well. I have got so used to carrying something, I struggle to run without a bottle in one hand and a cloth (for the sweat) in the other!
It was certainly beautiful at that time of the morning. Over the first few kays, we heard the birds waking up, with the roar of the sea in the background. We watched the sun coming up over the mountains, and we watched the mist that had settled overnight on the bush and ground dissipating.
I ran up over Carruthers Hill and a l-o-n-g way down the other side, in fact, over another hill. It is a very undulating road with a couple of bigger hills as well. I ran 14km, then turned round and we came back. It was getting a little warmer by this time but there was a gentle breeze by this time, which was cooling on the skin.
Finally made it back to the 'home straight', the last few kays. Managed to speed up a bit over the last kay, just wanted to get it all over with by that time. Compared to last week, it was actually quite a nice run. The hardest bit was getting out of bed in the morning!
The little toe on my right foot started hurting in the last few kays, I think it was getting a bit 'squished' but it seems ok now. Other than that, just a bit achey.
Looking forward to a recovery week coming up, so nothing too strenuous!!