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Dissections Of A Race (not so well) Run

Sunday saw me up at 4.30am in time to stuff some porridge into my mouth and get ready to catch the ferry over to Devonport where my race was starting from. I was feeling okay, with a surprising lack of nerves, which was interesting for me. I don’t know if it’s because I am still tired from all the different stressors over the past few months or if my mojo has somewhat dwindled for races. I must admit to being a bit niggly in my head about the pulled hamstring and whether it would hold up.

I didn’t really have time to warm up. It was a coolish morning so me and a friend (who had come up to Auckland to run the same race) sat in the ferry terminal for a while so we wouldn’t get too cold while waiting for our start time. When we finally made our way to the start area we had about half an hour to go which I figured was plenty time to go to the loo and leave my gear bag at the bag drop. How wrong I was! Whether it was because there were not enough port-a-loos or whether it was because everyone was taking longer than usual, it took 20 mins for me to even reach the front of the queue! So what transpired was a rushed me trying to get to the start line. Perhaps the fact that I only made it to the sign that said “HELP” should have been a warning.

The horn went off and we didn’t move, and when we finally did we shuffled along to the start line. I then spent the first 8kms trying to get into a rhythm. This is what happens when you start at the back of a 7000 strong field! On top of that, things started hurting, first the back of my knee, then my shin, then my glute, then my shin…..

I forced myself to enjoy the view when we reached the top of the harbour bridge, but it was bittersweet. I was not enjoying myself….

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The last 3kms felt like a bad session at the dentist. In my mind I may as well have been running the marathon. I had no energy left, I felt like walking, I couldn’t even summon up my classic sprint (for me) finish. When the official photos came out today, you can see my miserable face loud and clear. I have no idea why it went like this, something needs fixing and that something is my head.

However there were some positives…I ran the half in 2:02:55 which I thought was quite good considering the pulled hamstring a short while back. And it made me realise that I was not enjoying the races as much as just running which led me to the decision that next long race I do here in NZ, I will do for a worthy cause or charity. Now to decide what, who or which 🙂

 

Big sigh….

ImageThis is how I feel when I have to go for my runs or do any other form of exercise these days…I just can’t seem to find the same enthusiasm I had when I was training for the Auckland Marathon. Perhaps the post marathon blues have only just hit me now, or maybe I really need a break from running….

In reality I don’t need to start training in earnest for the Colville Connection until mid December, so I could take a break. However, I also know I need to exercise everyday, otherwise I become ratty and fidgety. Then there is the issue of being mad at myself for being lazy, feeling bad because I have done nothing. And what happens to me then is I start to stuff my face!

And here’s the other thing… I know I should eat like this:

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And here’s how I want to eat:

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And over the last few weeks, I have succumbed to the temptation of too much in the biscuit, chocolate and muffin department so consequently this is happening:

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By the way, that is not mine, I just feel that if I don’t get a hold of myself now, I’ll end up like that!

So there’s the Catch 22. What to do? Take a break from exercising….rest, relax, get my eating back on track. On just suck it up, stop whingeing and get on with it!

Start the week on a healthy foot!

I have decided to get healthier with my eating habits. I know what I am supposed to do and find myself constantly not doing what I could to make my running and exercise feel easier. It is a known fact that the leaner you are the better it feels when you run. Things do not jiggle around as much, and any extra kilo will slow you down. So saying, it is also not good to be too skinny! One needs a bit of body fat to be healthy. So to find the happy medium….

I have given myself the aim to lose about 3kg by Xmas. It is a do-able goal, and it has a time frame which is important. Always set yourself a time frame, otherwise you put off the goal indefinitely, then it becomes a wish, not a goal. I have also made sure to write it down and I shall look at it and say it aloud every day. Studies have shown that by announcing your intention out loud, you are more likely to achieve what it is you set out to do. Included in this intention must be the reason why you want to do this in the first place….and for me it is to be a leaner running machine when I get to the other side of Xmas and am ramping up training for the Colville Connection.

Aside from the food stuff, the running is going well, and I ran for over an hour yesterday. This is the longest I have run since  the Auckland marathon. It felt so good that this morning I even had a look at other marathons for next year….oh dear! This one looks rather appealing: Wellington Marathon.

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