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Pilates 45:00 
Back to Monday morning Pilates, not bad although shoulder still a bit iffy - feeling OK after falling into bed last night. Starting to get to that point in the year when it's fairly gloomy at start time, although we're still a few weeks away from being properly dark.
Unlike the last couple of weeks, the number of intact windows was the same as it was this time last week.
As is sometimes the way towards the end of a month/season, I was looking today at rainfall figures, specifically the very high likelihood that Perth will have its driest October-February on record. This revealed that the first weekend of the Australian Championships week (mostly the Sunday night) was the last time Perth had more than 5mm in a day (and that wasn't by much).
Run ((orienteering)) 45:14  *
A rare weekday outing down south because the park-street championships fell on a Monday this year (this involved a certain amount of logistical planned) - at Hampton, an area I didn't think I'd run on before but maybe I have once because I do recall running around Sandringham station (one corner of the map) once.
Unlike most recent outings, made a reasonable job of the route choice - I was a bit worried I'd committed myself to something I would have been better off not doing by my choice of first control, but it worked out OK. Running better than most recent midweek evenings (which isn't saying much), only needing a couple of brief walks to settle my back down - the lack of big hills probably helped, and the cool conditions wouldn't have hurt either (certainly a lot easier than we'll get on Wednesday).
A sign near the start offered the chance to win a year's supply of toilet paper if you made a submission to the call for feedback to the Bayside City Council's public toilet strategy, an incentive which isn't as big now as it would have been this time four years ago.
And a prominent billboard coming off the Punt Road hill for K-Mart said 'home of the $6 crop'. I did initially misread the last word as something else (which was probably equally accurate).
Run race ((orienteering)) 1:06:39  *** 7.2 km (9:15 / km) +230m 7:59 / km
Long race of the Bendigo weekend (although I chickened out of the 10k this weekend). A bit uncertain what I was doing on #1, a climb through some big rocks, and went a bit wide on #2. Settled technically after that, although not feeling as good as last night with back troublesome in the first half. Got caught in some pretty horrific rock coming down the hill at the end of the first loop (I'm not sure there was a better option on that variation, but second time round where going out wide to the track was an option, I took it). Early in the third loop saw Matthew Layton coming out of #16 as I was going in; I knew he would outrun me but wondered if he would make a mistake. Someone did make a mistake and it wasn't him (I dropped 40 seconds or so on #18) and that was that for that contest, but I was reasonably smooth coming in. Enjoyed myself, but I'm glad I didn't have another 4k to do (I think I would have been over 110 had I tried to take the long course on).
As always, Jim did a fantastic job putting this on, and having the new granite area was pretty special too. A pity that backing up from the Tasmanian NOL events meant we didn't have the interstate turnout we sometimes have for this , although a few South Australians still made it.
Run 26:48  5.0 km (5:22 / km)
With a sprint-distance race on the agenda very late in the day I thought it was about time I gave parkrun another crack, this time in Melbourne on the old home ground, Warringal - an out and back on the Banyule flats (including a significant part of my old fartlek route). Hadn't felt super in the warm-up and was not planning on pushing it especially hard, but got going nicely after the first kilometre (which had a bit of traffic) and got the uplift that comes from steadily passing people, with a string of kilometres in the 5.10s. A bit of a stitch at the end. Think this will be a good course to pick if I'm seriously chasing a time, which i may try at some point after Easter.
Run race ((orienteering)) 27:36  *** 3.4 km (8:07 / km) +105m 7:02 / km
Prologue of the Bendigo weekend at Wehla Hill, a new map on a granite hill a few kilometres west of the main area of Kooyoora (although still part of the state park). A new granite area is always something to generate a bit of excitement and so it proved. Not a bad run either - not a lot of hill strength, and sometimes having trouble holding a line in the more vegetated bits, but no major errors and flowing better in the terrain than I was last weekend.
This is also definitely the best I've felt for a while on a second run of the way; perhaps a map walk on Kooyoora proper on the way was a good warm-up option (if slightly awkward because of a bit of a misunderstanding between Jenny and myself as to what was happening at the end which meant we went looking for each other). Also had my first experience afterwards of the microscopic Logan pub (which does one of the best chicken parmas I've come across in a long time); presumably tonight was the first time it had been showing a sporting event in Uzbekistan on its big screen.
Run 32:00  5.2 km (6:09 / km)
Hip flexor still sore enough this morning that I thought a minimum viable session was in order, although it settled down reasonably on the run. Definitely struggling, though, in the first 15 minutes, improved a bit in the second half but still slow. In a flat spot at the moment and wonder if I'm clearing an illness of some kind, although I don't have any other symptoms.
Made my annual outing this year to see the Brumbies play in Melbourne (I may not get the opportunity to do this for much longer as the Rebels reportedly have $17,000 in assets and $22 million in liabilities). It turned out that one of the handful of Brumbies supporters I was sitting amongst was a player's mother, and he scored a try early on so she was pleased.
Pool running 45:00  0.7 km (1:04:17 / km)
Was wondering how I'd come up after last night for a longer run on what I was expecting to be a pretty warm morning, but as it turned out I woke up with a stiff neck which made the decision for me (I might have tried to push through it on a different day but my body needs a bit of listening to at present). OK in the water (even if the sunglare was a bit annoying), and loosened up reasonably. Water was quite warm, even before a hot day today.
I had thoughts of getting out for something short in the evening post-change, but ended the day with a sore hip flexor so thought it better to focus on a bigger day tomorrow rather than a token-gesture effort tonight (with thunderstorms popping up at random it may not have been best to be outside anyway).
Pilates 45:00 
Pilates, a swap from the usual Monday session. Still a bit of mild shoulder discomfort on the heavier exercises but not enough to cause any real trouble. Felt rather sleepy and listless on arrival, a bit better after I'd done this - I suspect an attempt at a morning run today wouldn't have gone well.
Run race ((street-O)) 55:36  * 7.8 km (7:08 / km) +160m 6:28 / km
An attempt at an evening run didn't go so well either. This was Koonung Heights, a pretty hilly area - last season it was host to my best Summer Series run of the season, this season it was my worst. I will need to get used to running in the heat - this evening's 32 could plausibly be matched at Easter - and on the evidence of tonight a lot of getting used to it is needed. Barely ran a hill, which was more or less expected, but in the second half I was finding running on the flats hard work too. A long one even though a control was removed due to the heat. All in all this was one I found useful mainly for harden-up purposes; it will be interesting (in a certain sense) to see how I come up tomorrow.
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