Last weekend I did the final Salomon Series trail run for 2014.
It was at Anglesea, a seaside town on the way to Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road, about an hour and a half drive from Melbourne.
Again, I was doing the long course, which this time was 23km – a couple more than last month’s long course of 21km at Olinda in the Dandenongs.
And what a spectacular day it was for a run.
The morning was cool with a chill breeze but the sun was shining and the sky was clear and blue.
It didn’t take long to warm up when the race started.
The first six or seven kilometres were along the firm compacted sand of the beach under tall cliffs topped with bush that we’d be running through on the way back to the finish.
The ocean was calm and the gentle breaking of the waves on the beach was a steady, hypnotic soundtrack that was a nice distraction from my huffing and puffing as I jogged along.
The course went over a set of rocks that slowed things down a bit as some runners were a bit unsure of the uneven, sharp surface, and then up a headland that took us into coastal scrub and along twisting, turning single trail.
I’m not ashamed to say but the first big climb was a tough one and I fast-walked much of it.
The course then took runners up and down through the bush until the final few kilometres had us running along the top of the cliffs we’d run under at the start.
The view out over the ocean was spectacular. The water was a deep blue and completely calm and flat. Anglesea’s houses in the distance were a magnet to the finish.
I crossed the line in two hours, 15 minutes and 19 seconds – faster than my time in the Olinda run, which was a couple of kilometres shorter, but hillier. I finished around the middle of my category.
Anyway, now that the Salomon Series is over, I’m kind of left wondering what to do next. I’ve got all this fitness now and need to do something with it.
A friend is suggesting the Melbourne Marathon in a few weeks. Hmmmm, maybe.