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Archive for the month “January, 2013”

As The Weather Heats Up…..

I have to share my Face Book status with you. It is actually quite amusing when you step back from being the main person in this story. However I think many people can relate to this one:

“So I get into my car and because it’s a stinking hot day it is like a pizza oven in there. I drive a manual so I put the car into reverse and off I go…gotta get some air flow into my little car. As I put my foot on the clutch pedal again I realise my shoe is sticking to the pedal! Immediately I think “it has melted!” But NOOOO! I have stood in someones spat out chewing gum! WTF is wrong with people??????”

I am sharing this because luckily I have never had this happen while I am running, but I can only imagine how annoying it would be to have strands of someones partially digested chewings flying about, latching themselves to various parts of your lower legs, not to mention the feeling of being adhered to the pavement with each alternate footfall. And then the inevitable grass and stones and goodness knows what else becoming attached to the underside of your running shoe and filling in all the little grooves that most running shoes have! Ah, the joys of city runs….

I have not been doing many of these, trying lately to stay off road as much as possible. I am lucky to live in a town that has easy access to a few trail type runs within close distance of home and work, so it makes it easier to get out into nature. Which in turn is good as the Colville Connection is looming ever nearer and that is an off road event.

Finally, I have managed to get my head into the right space to start my long runs again, but these need to be in the early morning as it has been so hot here lately, with very little relief. I see people going for runs during lunchtime and later on in the day and think to myself that they must be very brave or have something wrong with their internal heat regulator! Whew!

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New Shoes!

I ordered a new pair of trail shoes and they arrived during the week. I always get what I can from an outfit called Wiggle as they have good prices and delivery is free! Anyway, I got a pair of Saucony 3.0 GTX. I tried them on the day I got them and walked around the house in them. They felt really good so today I went for a walk around the Mount Base Track with my hubby. So now I am ready for the test run on Friday around the Waikaraeo walkway.

The reason I am sharing these scribblings is that I have an awfully hard time using anything new. Whenever I but something new I seem to keep it to one side and look at it for a while. I like to admire its newness. It doesn’t matter if it’s a piece of running gear, an item of clothing, a loaf of bread, anything. I like to wallow in its newness. So the fact that I am willing to take these shoes for a run on Friday is amazing! Ah, and I guess walking in them today paved the way, as they are now dusty and not really new looking anymore.

Weird, I know, but there it is!

Tuesday Inspiration

Have a great Tuesday! Just get out there and do it!

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Back after a long silence….

So I have been rather remiss about writing my blog entries. I can honestly say I have been feeling that lethargic that I have not wanted to put thought to keyboard and type out anything for a while. Whether this has been because of the dreadful hay fever I had been having or simply a silly season overload, or even a delayed after marathon “depression” I am not sure, but never mind, I am back and feeling really good all of a sudden!

I had been trying so hard to stick to my training routine over Christmas and New Year, but we went away, and sleeping in a totally poked bed hurt my back, in fact it turns out I strained the QL muscle which was further aggravated by going ice skating after not being on the ice for about 15 years! One should not try and do things you were once flicking out easily, and trying to jump like the spring chicken you once were is seriously not a good idea!

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So with all the other “stuff” going on with me, this injury further put paid to a happy running effort, as well as putting me in the mood to write. Needless to say, everything felt like pulling teeth. That was, until yesterday!

I still had a sore back, I had been to my Chiropractor and finally booked a massage (why I had been holding off I have no idea) but things were not progressing quickly enough for me. The week prior I had had to leave my long run in the shoe box as there was no way I could do it. I was feeling pretty similar again on Saturday past, as I had tweaked my muscle drying myself getting out of the shower! So I was facing another cancelled long run. The discomfort in my back had been so sore that I could not sit properly. Anyway, I think my obstinacy took over as when Sunday dawned and the alarm went off, I hobbled out of bed and decided “sod that, I am running anyway, and I couldn’t care if I fall to pieces”. So I ate breakfast, applied a heat pack to the offending area and rubbed in some hot rub.  And set off for a hour and fifteen run…..

…….which hurt…..initially, and then started to ease, and then when I got back I felt quite good, and continued to feel better and better all day, which continued into today. I did my scheduled 30 minute jog this morning and all felt fine. I am now sitting almost comfortably in my chair, typing this and thinking to myself “Go figure!”

Happy New Year

So 2012 is done and dusted, we all survived the end of the world. This morning as I was the first one up, I sat and contemplated what I would like to see for myself in 2013. Already changes are afoot as we will be moving to Auckland, where Geoff has been offered a secondment for 2 years. Whether we will stay there that long remains to be seen as there will be other opportunities coming up early this year. All that said, it means quite a change for me as I qualified late 2012 as a personal trainer and wanted to start my own business. This will not be a given now with our somewhat transient ideas. I may need to work in a gym (not my ideal)

Today we went for a walk on a walkway that has been in Tauranga for quite a few years. We have never walked it before, it is in another part of town, but where we live is not that big so really it is not that far from us, maybe 15 minutes drive. I thought about the fact of how when you are about to leave a place where you live and move to a new town, you always seem to start doing things you could have been doing for years, but never did. It’s as if you rediscover your city. Perhaps we get too comfortable in our space, don’t want to branch out and be a bit adventurous, get stuck. Well now I have no excuse, I have to get adventurous, I will not be here in my comfortable space for much longer. My aim is to step out of my comfort zone  and not to take myself too seriously.

So as we start 2013, I wish you all an adventurous and prosperous year, filled with fun and laughter.

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