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Lightning Legs!

How on earth I managed to run so fast this morning is beyond me! I actually ran one of my kilometer repeats at a 4:48 pace! I don’t think I have ever held such a fast pace for so long. I am even more amazed as I did not sleep very well and it had been quite a while since my coffee. On top of that is my tweaked knee which manifested itself, with a little help from me being silly, on Sunday. The physio says it’s minor though, so all is okay 🙂

I am still sitting at $25 on my fundraising page and have put out another appeal on Facebook to my friends to support me in this endeavour. Any tips from anyone who has fund raised before for an event are gratefully appreciated! I am really hoping to hit my $500 goal and have 8 weeks left.

Short and sweet today…I have been up since 4.30am and my brain is not working as well as it could. Or maybe I ran all the energy out of myself! I am not a spring chicken anymore!

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The Day After Day 3!

Yesterday I did an easy run, well it was supposed to be, but for some reason it felt hard. I was aiming for a 6:30 pace and ended up doing a 6:38 pace. This is not a good start to my training schedule that should take me to that sub 2hr half marathon time! Well, at least that’s what my head is saying to me. And yes, I do know that logically one can’t always perform the way one wants, but isn’t that just like a runner? Always trying too hard? Or is it just me?

Anyway, on the fundraising front I still have just the one donation…..feeling a little despondent about that……But I shall just keep plodding along. I am doing my bit by training…..

This weekend we are off to Wellington shortly for two nights. I have managed to change my hours at the gym so I am now only working one in four Saturdays which frees up some time and consequently I am feeling much more relaxed. That’s a good thing (of course). So I shall be away from my computer until Monday evening and therefore won’t be writing anything until then. Tomorrow morning I am doing a 13km run and I am hoping the weather in Wellington will be better than it is in Auckland right now!

Until then…stay dry everyone!

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Day Two…..Which Was Yesterday!

My apologies for not updating my blog yesterday. It was a very long day. I was up at 4.30am to get to the gym for a 5.30am PT client, and was there all day until 5.30pm! When I got home it was dinner time and then one last PT session until 8.30pm, at which point I was brain dead! At least I got my run in 🙂

Yesterday’s run was a tempo run. 8km with 5km at tempo of 5:40 pace. I ended up doing a 5:28 pace, too fast but what the heck. My goal is to come in under the 2hr mark for the Auckland Half marathon so I need to push myself a little. I do have a little SI niggle which I am monitoring. It’s not bad, just feel it in my butt when I am running and I am seeing the physio for it. I have had numerous niggles over the last year, I think it is a result of all the training. It has made me rethink my constant racing schedule, and I am aware now that as I get older I need to train smarter, which means more stretching and rolling and perhaps not so much of the racing! But I am committed to this race as of course I have my fundraising goal and now have had my first donation of which I am very proud

It is the first time I have raised anything for a cause, and I am sure there will be more donations to come. In case you are just joining me on this journey today, I am raising money for the Guide Dogs NZ. I decided that this time when I ran a race I would do it for a reason other than self fulfillment. You access my fundraising page here.

Today’s training is a strength session, and I am feeling less than enthusiastic. I started off with a scratchy throat last night and headache this morning. I am feeling a bit better now, so I will suck it up and do it soon. Then tomorrow I run again…..I never seem to mind that 🙂 What is it about running? Why do we get so addicted?

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Day One Of Training

Today marks the official start of my Auckland Marathon training, and although I vowed to stick to my schedule, I have already gone off track. I was supposed to do 6.5km this morning and ended up doing 7.59km instead. I sort of went a little too far on my route and ended up too far down the road! At least it wasn’t less I guess. So on Friday I will cut  my easy run down by one kilometer to balance things out.

I went off this morning as the sun was coming up, what a great time to run. it certainly gets your spirits lifted being outdoors at that time of the day. The only problem I had was a somewhat full full tummy after eating a Chunky Monkey Muffin and downing a flat white in preparation for a 6am PT client who then cancelled their session. Next time I have eaten one of these muffins I will certainly wait at least 90mins for it to digest as they are definitely a meal on their own. I spent the first half of my run burping and feeling like there was…..well…..a muffin sitting in my stomach!

On the fundraising front I have already raised $25 towards my $500 goal for the Guide Dogs. Yay! Thanks to one of my friends who has kicked off the pot. I am feeling really good about it as this is the first time I have personally raised anything for charity. Here’s to the goal being met 🙂

Today I have set myself another challenge for 24 hours after reading a post one of my friends had put on Facebook: No complaining about anything for 24 hours! I’ll let you know how that went tomorrow. For now, that’s me! Have a great day and happy running if that’s what you do.

Just finished the Melbourne Age Run 21.1 in July

Just finished the Melbourne Age Run 21.1 in July

Goal Setting

Have you set your 2014 fitness/running goals yet? Apart from keeping up with my running and doing races, I have also made it my mission to be able to do 10 full pull-ups by the end of this year.

It got me thinking that a good way to get to the bigger goal is to set yourself smaller ones along the way. Do a bit of backwards planning. Write down the steps needed to get you to your end goal, then set a date for achieving each one. Use the SMART formula. Celebrate your success when you achieve each step. Before you know it your ultimate goal will be achieved….and you may do it sooner than you imagined.

Why not share your fitness goal for 2014 with everyone? Once it’s out there, others can help you to achieve it. Leave a comment and share what you are aiming for 🙂

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Learning to run again

When I pulled my hamstring I went to physio. There I was told I load them too much when I run and so part of my rehab was to be learning to run again. It has been an interesting and frustrating journey, but I have persevered and finally seem to be grasping the concept of this new way of running.

It started with me having to run by using my hip flexors more, bringing my knee up in front of me, which made me run on my forefoot. I went home and practised running around the dining room, and my family collapsed in laughter which me me feel really silly. Grumpily the next morning I set out for my run and felt like a horse trotting down the road. During the run my calves got really tight and uncomfortable, but each time I ran it got a little better. Until the physio said now I had to learn stage 2 of the new way of running. He had me stand holding a bar, leaning slightly forward and pawing the ground like a bull about to charge. This, he said, was called “scooping” and I had to do this while I ran. I was to start each run with 10 “scoops” on each leg. 

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You can guess what happened next….yes, I went home and tried it and my family absolutely wet themselves, and I felt really stupid.

So the next day I went off for my run and felt like a cross between a horse and a bull and once again got very tight calves. But I kept going and over the weeks it seems to have improved. The upside is I no longer get tight hamstrings and I have successfully gone into a zero drop shoe with no problems, the downside is I can’t really switch off and just run, I still have to think about how I am running, otherwise it starts to go wrong. I think today was possibly my best effort so far as I managed to do a bit of brainstorming about 2014 work plans during my run and noticed while I was “away” I carried on “scooping”. I think the best test will be on 26 Jan at the Colour Run as there will be lots of distractions and it will be easy to forget what I should be doing and get carried away with the excitement of the event.

A Cause Has Appeared

Yesterday I made it my intention to run for a cause, today an email landed in my inbox, it seemed I should do something so I have. Here’s the link, have a look, share it around, and support a worthy cause.

Have a fantastic day! 🙂

https://colorrunauckland2014.everydayhero.com/nz/running-for-less

Updates On A Grumpy Hamstring

On Thursday last week I had physio and acupuncture on my leg. I left the clinic all strapped up and ready to rest. “No running until I see you again on Tuesday” said the physio….It’s Tuesday…..I have been for two runs!

Now those runners out there, this is typical isn’t it? We just can’t sit still. With the Auckland Half marathon looming on Sunday, I had to prove I would be okay to run. maybe I would forget how to in a week, maybe my legs would stop working? Why do we do this? What craziness drives us? Granted I did take it very easy, and walked/jogged the first run, then a slow jog with lots of stretching for the second one. I then spent Labour Weekend helping to move 2403 cobbles stones in and out of a trailer. Now my other leg is grumpy because my glute is grumpy.

Today when I go for my follow up treatment, am I going to fess up as to what I have been up to? Or am I going to keep my mouth shut and pretend that I was very well behaved?

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A Run In The Park

Today I headed off for a run in the park. Once again I was going to try and find the bridge that my husband fell off, so I ran up to Totara Park. That is one mean constant uphill from where we are staying…..

I actually had a pretty good run, except for one little part….

For those who don’t know, Totara Park is a working farm. It links up with the Auckland Botanical Gardens. It has a Bridle Path for walking, running and horse riding and it has mountain bike trails ranging in difficulty, which you can also run on as long as you give way to the mountain bikers. These mountain bike tracks run through the paddocks which house the cows. I am not sure if they’re cows or steers, but the other day when I tried to find the dangerous bridge, I saw one that looked quite bullish and that ended my search. I am a bit of a chicken.

So with trepidation today and also a lack of desire to run back up a steep hill, I set off on one of the mountain bike trails to get back to the start of the park. Paddock number one all good, some cows/steers, they were not bothered with my presence (I was barreling downhill at the time). Crossed over to paddock number two, no cattle in site, just a man walking his two dogs, must be all okay then, good mornings exchanged, round the corner and there they were. A small herd of bigger cattle, quite close to the path.

Keep going, my head said, stay calm it’s okay, it said. Until one of them saw me and started snorting and prancing and running with me, and then at me with snot flying out of it’s nostrils! Now I am sure it would have amounted to nothing and I am sure it wasn’t a bull, as this would have been very irresponsible of the farmer, but this is what I saw in my mind:

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So I just about pooped myself! And slowed to a brisk walk while talking to the cow/steer/whatever and telling it to stay like a dog. It did stop but continued to look at me with an evil eye, so I hurried (walking) through the rest of the paddock, assuring all the other cattle I was perfectly nice and so were they (as they had now all decided I was quite interesting really). Needless to say, I was quite relieved when I exited the bike trail and once again found myself on the Bridle Path and safety.

I still haven’t found that bridge, and now I am not sure if I want to try.

Temporary Home, Temporary Coffee Corner

We have moved to Auckland. Yesterday we drove up with our two suitcases, bags of food, one chilly bin and our coffee machine and grinder. These last two items were very important and could not be packed into the truck for storage with all our other stuff. I must confess to being a bit of a coffee snob, and can’t drink instant anymore. So of course, before every early morning run, there is the whole routine that must be carried out – grinding, tamping, expressing and of course enjoying!

This morning was no different except that the coffee machine and everything that goes with it, is balanced on a slightly rickety table and seems to make even more noise than usual.

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That’s my hubby making his coffee 🙂

Coffee and a slice of toast consumed I headed out for my run which was a slow one today…..all the way up a long hill, into Totara Park and up and down the bridal path. I had to walk some of the hills as they were just too steep for my legs today. I did try to find the bridge that my hubby fell off of on his mountain bike, but I piked out as I realised I would have to run up yet another hill. Perhaps in a few days time I may try again.

I did noticed that everyone exercising in the park was very friendly, something that didn’t happen as much in Tauranga. You would think that a smaller town would be more friendly and a city a bit more impersonal, but that wasn’t my experience today. It made me feel welcomed and right at home.

I am two weeks down on my weight loss program and all seems to be going well. I have stuck it out and I think the effort is starting to pay off. I have two weeks left on the program, each week gets a little more intense so I also need to remember to relax a little in between running a few different routes and finding a job. In two weeks we move into our new home. Then comes the unpacking…….and I am still looking at doing the Auckland Half Marathon.

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