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I Love My Altras!

I bought a pair of Altra Intuition Zero Drop shoes. They are the best running shoe I have run in because the toe box is wide and my toes can finally move the way they’re supposed to! My other shoes gave me callouses on my big toe, my feet are just too wide at the toe for Sauconys. I have had my Altras for about a week now and have done three runs in them, I am definitely going to get another pair soon.

Having the correct fitting pair of shoes is a must. We all run differently, different styles, need different amounts of cushioning, do different runs, have different feet. One thing I have always noticed though is that womens running shoes tend to be narrower than my feet at the toe end. I don’t have wide feet, just they go wider at the toes, and so when I am moving they splay out even more. That probably conjures up a really funny picture right now, I am sure!

My question is to all you women runners out there, do you have the same problem? Or is it just me? Hahahaha

Have an awesome running week whatever your plans 🙂

 

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

Almost On The Move

Two more sleeps in our old house. Then we’re on the move. On Tuesday the movers come in to pack us up and then on Wednesday they uplift all our possessions for storage. Tomorrow the cats go into the cattery (I keep referring to it as jail, and my hubby says they’re going on holiday. I think it’s more like jail as they are not vaccinated so have to stay in an isolation room). Tuesday we move into a motel for three nights and then on Friday we leave for Auckland. The last week I have spent throwing out stuff, donating stuff, organising stuff, and still I have been getting my runs in. Thank goodness for some small sanity in all the madness.

Yesterday I went for my “long” run. It really wasn’t that long, only an hour. I am doing a trim down program and this last week took me back a notch with the distances, and put me on a time and RPE scale instead. I have tried this program before and then got sidetracked by something, and ended up only doing one week. This time I am determined to see the four weeks through and so have completed week one with a rest day and a sense of a job well done. I cheated a bit as I went for a walk with my daughter today and we walked rather quickly around the Mount Maunganui base track (her speed, not mine).

This week I have done hill repeats, a tempo run, a relaxed time trial, a moderate run, a long run and two resistance sessions with moderately heavy weights and I am feeling pretty good.

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Next week I have more of the same, only more reps and longer times.

While I was running yesterday I realised that this was the last long run I would be doing here, that the next one I did and all the others after that will be in Auckland. It is quite exciting to have a new area to be running in, and it will be a challenge. I can only hope to get stronger as Auckland is not very flat, so you get to do a lot more hills as part of a normal daily run. The best part of being up there will be that there are a lot more events to enter, like the Colour Run which I plan to do, and…I am still on the lookout for an Auckland Half Marathon entry…..

The Week That Was

My cruisy time is continuing. Last week I even missed a run as I just didn’t feel like getting up. Granted it was a little bit too windy and rainy and seeing I am not training for anything I did not feel there was any reason to put myself through it. It seems I have always been training for something, and to find myself without a race goal was at first a bit weird. I know I said in my last post I would think of a goal, and I do have one, but it’s not a race. I am on a healthy eating kick with the aim of losing those few kilos I tried to lose after the Auckland Marathon last year. Those kilos never left, luckily I didn’t add any either.

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This last week I have done a bit of different exercise again. I biked into the gym once more and actually went swimming – laps – at the Mount Hot Pools. This is something I will not be repeating as those hot pools are salt water, and after 30 laps I felt like I had swallowed a bag of salt! Yuck! I shall stick to aqua jogging there or find another pool tp swim laps in. Or maybe I’ll just go there and wallow. I do think I shall incorporate a bit more cross-training of an aerobic nature into my daily exercise for a bit, I think this body could do with a rest from all the running. And having been not doing so much running has helped me run faster when I do, so that’s a bonus.

Also as we are on the move to Auckland, being a bit flexible with my program is good, as I won’t feel so bad if I miss a session or change something. And regarding that move….we actually found and bought a house! After weeks of stress looking at open homes, going to auctions and getting disappointed, we managed to get an offer accepted on our new home, so yay for that! We have just over one week left here and then we’re off! It has been an eventful week indeed.

And just as I said I don’t have a race goal in mind…..I am keeping a lookout for a half marathon entry to the Auckland Marathon, so if anyone knows of one going, let me know

 

Having A Cruisy Time

I am having a really cruisy time at the moment. That is with my fitness… In other areas of my life it is a trifle chaotic as we are busy moving cities and house hunting is proving a little bit of a challenge as the Auckland housing market is so ridiculous at present. We have seen a few places we like only to have them whipped out from under our noses at auction, and everything goes to auction…very frustrating. Anyway, I digress….

I guess in light of what is going on with my general life it is a good thing my fitness regime and in particular my running training is a bit more laid back at present. I do not have a specific race goal right now so I am just training for fitness. The other day I got back onto my bicycle, something I have not done in months, and pedalled into town to train my early morning clients. I experienced a new rush from doing something different. I came home a bit saddle sore but happy and invigorated.

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I am going to do this again later in the week, gives the legs a break from all the running and makes me run faster. My time has dramatically improved now that I am not doing those looooong, slooooow runs anymore. The best thing is I have my mojo back which makes me even more determined to stick to the half and 10K distances. I really am not built for marathons!

So my next race goal will be something shorter but just as challenging and in the meantime I shall just keep on enjoying the relative freedom of general fitness training.

 

A Long Silence

This last marathon I ran seems to have temporarily sapped my love of running. Perhaps I was not even in the right head space before I ran the race. Although I had a beaming smile afterward, I think it was more of a relief reflex than a feeling of accomplishment. Whatever, it has taken me until today to fall back in love with running, which is probably why I have been so quiet. Every time I thought about sitting down in front of the computer and writing a post, my energy levels plummeted because I had nothing that felt interesting to share.

This short journey has highlighted to me the importance of the mind and exercise. It is so easy to talk oneself out of doing something, or to tell oneself that it is much harder than it really is, or even to think “I am not enjoying this anymore”. It has highlighted to me the minds ability to talk nonsense to the body.

And so today, as I headed out for my run I suddenly popped out of the negative state and decided I felt good and could do more. Which is what I did, I ran further than I had planned and I enjoyed every minute of it, even though it was freezing cold to start and I was running into a head wind. And when I finished I felt good, and the feeling of accomplishment came back, and I am ready for what tomorrow will bring.

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Nearly Race Day!

I have been quiet I know. The last time I sat down at my computer to write anything was almost 2 weeks ago! Various reasons….been feeling tired, and a bit meh…. This week we were away in Auckland and Colville. I have still been training, had a few hamstring niggles, went for 2 painful massages! It was almost as if I got the 35km run done and thought to myself “That’s it! Job done!” Not so….

I have a new toy, a Garmin Forerunner 410. I used it on Sunday for my final long run and again today. Why did I not buy this toy earlier? It is so simple to plan and do your runs, so easy to upload the info when you’re done. The only downside is the size of it. I have VERY small wrists, so have to use the smallest watch strap while the watch itself is HUGE, so no wearing of this one other than while running.

This week is final taper week. I am enjoying the severe shortage of runs. Today I went for a 6km trot, on Friday I will do 5km. Then Sunday is Race Day! I am going to wear my new toy as it tells me my pace, however I need to figure out how to drive it properly as I don’t want it beeping at me each km and reminding me that I still have screeds of kms left. I am hoping the weather will be good, and warmer than here. A few runs I have done lately, it has felt as if my face is going to fall off, it’s been that cold. On two mornings last week I was running along the boardwalk and it was covered in frost. I am hoping I can walk properly after the race, as when I did the Auckland Marathon, I had such sore feet I couldn’t walk properly for 2 days afterwards. I am dosing myself with Vit C so I don’t catch any bugs.

We leave for the Gold Coast on Friday morning, driving up to Auckland Airport for our flight. Perhaps I am starting to feel just a little bit excited…..

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And So The Taper Begins

Sunday was the biggest long run in my training programme. 35km run mostly in the rain. The plus side was it wasn’t too cold, the minus side was it was windy! So in the end it felt a lot longer, and it showed in my time….3hrs 51mins.

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Afterwards I was soaked, but glad it was all over. I had done that illusive distance, I knew that the final hurdle had been leapt over and now there was just the slow winding down to Marathon Day! The rest of the training until then should be a doddle, right? Wrong! Monday I was tired – I did not want to do my strength workout, but I did it in the end. Yesterday I did an 8km recovery run – my legs felt like lead and I was feeling sluggish! Today I did a 14km run with km repeats – I couldn’t wait for it to finish! What am I going to feel like by week three of my taper?

I can only think that my body is tired, and possibly this taper is timed excellently as the gradual ease off of distance will give it the chance to recuperate and strengthen before race day on July 7. Hopefully I have not over-trained, hopefully I am not short on nutrition or dehydrated, I guess the next couple of weeks will tell. It’s now time to eat well, keep hydrated and if I need a few extra rest days…..I had better listen to my body and take them 🙂

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