Just a little bit further…
3:45am – time to go up for breakfast. Had turned in my bed from midnight or so, having dreamt I had completed my long run already…the only mean to know it was not true is that I could not recall switching off the alarm… Cereals, banana and soymilk plus water and back to bed for a couple of hours.
5:45 am – difficult to go up, woke up G who had been promised since winter to follow for a long run during summer… (Ok, I was not expecting that we would have to do it that early to avoid the heat…). Gear on for both of us, final check on the bike and off we left.
An easy 2km before first pics of the red sun going up. Nice to share this for once! Could not have a croissant at the village bakery as it was opening at 6:30, and we passed it 6:10am… Crossed the roundabout leading to the motorway and headed to the near by city and three we could find some freshly baked croissants. Not for me though… Got it for “free” as the lady dud not have any change as was so early in the morning (and a Sunday!). Promised to pass by later during the week for the 75cts the croissant costs… Any reason is good for an extra run…Continued in a villa area and here it was, the “Large Lake”. We reached it after 8km at easy pace. Really nice place and so calm. Looking to the other side of the lake, it seemed too far away so we decided to just stay on one side. Reached a little bridge and got a divine view on the river and the sun on it. Time for alternative km (fast and medium-fast (I stop calling the latter ones as “slow km” as they are not slow, just slower than the fast ones…)). G did a great job pulling me during all the fast km, commenting all last 300m as if it was the arrival of a marathon or a Tour de France stop… Last fast km ended in 4min, being the fastest one of the serie. Then easy run, fast 3K under already hot sun aswe were heading home by now. G was really tough during the way back. Even biking up the slopes under the starting heat. And then we finished with a serie of 8 times alternative minutes (fast and less fast) giving crazy difficult 16 minutes and a large smile and big laugh at the end. So fun really despite the pain and the heat.Stop at the bakery when we reached 27km. Meaning the workout was finished. The only thing was that we were not home yet. 3 more km and finally rest possible. This was a great long run of 30km mix, with easy and fast pace parts. The toughest being the last 10K with the heat going up. Started around 14/15°C, we ended certainly with 24/25°C.
Well-deserved coooold shower on very warm legs a bit of food and rest with legs up for a while then sun bathing in the garden. Eve the day with Asterix on TV 🙂
Tired in the arms after the time spent in the trees yesterday, but great workout, especially for a national day 🙂 Great help from G, which made the long run disappear (almost) fast …
Rest day got tomorrow probably. Sleeping late tomorrow morning? Definitely!