I had my own little victory today - I weighed 77.6kg, and although was only in bed for 6 hrs (the kids break up for school holidays on Friday and it is mayhem with after school stuff at the moment - Mrs R, #1 and I had dinner last night at 9.10pm) - up at 5 am for 15km. I went, without Dog - a bit too long for her at the moment I think - but I did take a 2kg pack with me, to Menton pre dawn. Was lovely. I passed the camper van that has been parked just outside MC all week - I resisted the temptation to bang on the doors as it partially blocks the pavement, but there are definitely people living there. Went out really slow and steady. Down Hernia Hill to the Pirate restaurant - it is right on the beach and was partially washed away in the winter so they are rebuilding - the weather here was truly awful but is picking up a bit now. I did 42 mins for 7.51km. Turned around following another runner - he was pretty quick and un weighted, so I had to go at a decent clip to keep up, but as we went up Hernia Hill he pulled away. I went slow up Hernia Hill, and passed the sight of a traffic accident. I forgot to mention earlier in the week, but someone had come off the road, taken out a street lamp - those things are solid and about 30 feet high, so must have made a hell of a crash. The car had then gone over the pavement - about 10 feet wide, through a brick wall, and descended 10 feet onto another car in a car park. Must have been a hell of a stack. I saw the aftermath on Tuesday running - the cars had gone, but the streetlamps were all out along the street, and debris everywhere. They had partially repaired the street lamps today, but the pavement, wall and car park were still destroyed. The funny part was, that it was on an entirely straight piece of road. I have no idea how it had happened.
Anyway, I ran home accelerating all the way and was amazed at how good I was feeling. I got back to MC and stopped Garmin at 7.67km for the in lap in 41 mins - and that included Hernia Hill. So very pleased with my pacing recovery.
I have entered the 52km trail on 28th and am still aiming to do it. I note that the next 10 days training is pretty hard core though, although looking at the profile of the trail, I'll need it!