Scott McTaggart won today's Cadbury Hobart marathon, in a new course record. Congratulations! 2:23, and I think second was 6 minutes back..
Jodie and Bronwyn ran the half; Jodie 2:26, Bronwyn 1:48.
Today I ran 18k+ around the lake with Charlie, Maria and Craig; great company. Twice we saw Victoria and Janene running together in the other direction. There is no doubt that I get fit much quicker when my long runs are on flat courses; long hilly courses are a waste of time, I cannot run nearly as far without tiring badly. 18k doesn't look like much distance I know, but this is only the start of a build-up which should extend beyond 30k in a couple of months all going well. It takes time to adapt to single long runs, that's all. The pace today was around 5:40s not counting the several drink stops essential on such a hot day. I fear 7:30am was not early enough for when the distance gets longer; I will have to make it 7:00am next time I think and see what happens after that. But there is no doubt that long runs on the flat are excellent for developing the rhythm and speed, as well as the endurance, for racing long and not-so-long distances.
Don't worry, I won't run too far too soon, I will work up to it.
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