Only Seven More to Go
It was another perfect sunny City2Surf day in Sydney.
I was pleased with my preparation and expected to run the 14k fairly comfortably in under 80 minutes, but things started to go wrong on the Wednesday before the event.
I went for a slow morning jog with a couple of friends and we discussed how this was to be a very slow tapering run just to limber up. The temperature was -1C and 2 km into the run we went up a very slight incline when I felt the untimely snap of a calf tear.
I was very disappointed. I had done everything right as far as my preparation was concerned and then this. There was nothing I could do but hobble back to the car park with the aim of resting my calf as best as possible until Sunday.
On the Sunday of the City2Surf I started slowly, left calf strapped, and I tried to stick to a 5:30 per km pace but it was a little hard to stick to.
I made it over the first hill with only minor discomfort but by the time I’d got to the top of the hill at Edgecliff, my calf was fairly sore. When I got to the 5 km mark I decided it was best to nurse it over the hills and hope that my if I walked up the hills and jogged along the flat and downhill sections I would make it in my time limit without causing too much damage.
Unfortunately I have a fairly slow cadence and so the only way for me to gain speed is by bouncing along, and my calf just wasn’t up to it.
I felt that I would still be under my time limit but I was very mindful that I had to keep pushing myself. My goal of running 50 consecutive City2Surfs in under 100 minutes was again put to the test.
I finally crossed the line in 94:19 with five and a half minutes up my sleeve.
Oh well, there is always next year.
Had a great day and now only have to do it seven more times.
Article by Chris Edwards