Wind

Yesterday was a day of vicious northerlies – not ideal for a pace run with the wind at my back for part of the course and then head-on for the return. At one point I thought take-off was imminent; at another I was running on the spot. Still, managed a 46 minute 10km out to Greta Point and back; 22 minutes out and 24 back.

Followed that up today with an early rise then out for 2 hours, slowly covering the 20km or so to the Brooklyn wind turbine and back. Most of it was by road except for the final 2km up to the turbine, which was steep, craggy and slippery dirt track. Fun though, and will, over the coming months extend the route to carry on around the Karori sanctuary route, home to the Gutbuster.

Image credit: Brooklyn Wind Turbine by flickr @Br3nda, http://www.flickr.com/photos/taniwha/74648380/. (Sadly the weather wasn’t quite as good as this today.)

More training needed, damn you lad

Have been playing catch-up all week to get back to the training schedule. A couple of slow runs out to Point Jerningham and a decent 60 minute run to Greta Point and back. Starting to look ahead to the next half-marathon and might do one in Marton with a friend who’ll be out from the UK.

Meantime I’ve got some reading to get to soon:

Recent runs
Monday 15 June: 6km, 33 mins (slow to Point Jerningham and back)
Tuesday 16 June: 7km, 37 mins (slow to Point Jerningham and back up Boulcott St with AJ)
Wednesday 17 June: 11.5km, 59 mins (Great Point and back Terrace) – close to 12km

Steady state

Had a good longish run out to Greta Point and back covering 10km in under 50 minutes – the fastest 10km I’ve done since before my son was born. Back then I managed 46 minutes on a slow undulating course in Berlin (coming second in my age group! First place ran about 40 minutes, third place was a pacesetter for some local teenagers and dropped out, and that was the size of the field in the 30 to 39s), and a 45:16 at Victoria Park in London.

If I put 45 minutes into the McMillan calculator it estimates that I can do a half-marathon in 1:40:08. So maybe something around the 1:45 mark isn’t totally out of the question… Noticed on the race info page that there’ll be pace-setters running the half at 1:40 and 1:50 pace, and a few others, but no 1:45.

Today’s run: 10km, 49 minutes