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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.

Tired and Wired

Today as I was running past some fast food outlets I noticed a truck doing deliveries. It caught my attention because it was delivering one of the popular caffeinated drinks consumed by many (mostly) young people. It contains 161mg of caffeine! It made me think about how the market has driven companies to formulate these products. Society, by and large, demands that we keep up with the rat race, keep going all day, work long hours, work all week and weekend. These days we always are near some form of communication, a mobile phone, a computer, laptop or tablet, everyone can get hold of us at any time. There is an expectation to be available 24/7. So many people end up with adrenal exhaustion from stress, stress that causes a false fright or flight state, false because it becomes permanent. Then these same people need something to keep them going because the adrenal fatigue causes great tiredness and they turn to stimulants, the most prevalent being caffeine. And so they end up wired…and tired.

What would be so much more energising is allowing oneself the time to relax, go for a walk in the bush, sit by the ocean and breathe in the sea air, listen to the birds in the trees. Sleep late once a week, eat nutritious food, switch off the gadgets, don’t be available 24/7. Allow yourself to just BE ūüôā

Lead Legs

I seem to be suffering from lead leg¬†syndrome. Well at least that’s what I call it. Every run I do these days feels like I am trying to drag myself around on legs that are heavy! Now I know I am not over training as I said in my last entry….I am running less, so I am perplexed as to what it might be caused by.¬†Unless…..

Here’s my theory….

STRESS!

There is way too much going on emotionally with me at this time and it is haivng an effect on my running fitness. I am not a whole bubble at the moment. Just goes to show you that fitness is not purely defined in physical terms, there is much more at play. Stress causes your heart rate to increase so your body is already working harder even before you start running. Stress stops you sleeping well, so you are tired during the day and have less energy as a consequence. Not sleeping well makes you eat more carbs the next day (I crave sweet things) and you don’t get the correct nutrition to restore your body systems after your exercise which causes more STRESS!

Like a hamster on a wheel…..you get the picture.

So I need to de-STRESS…….Meditation comes to mind, walks on the beach, having a short nap in the afternoons. I am going to try these things and see what happens. Anything has to be better than lead legs!

Injured!

Today I set out for a short run before doing some strength training. I was wearing a pair of Nike Frees. I have run in these before, just not recently, rather wearing them for gym workouts and when training my clients. Half way into my run my shin started to hurt! Needless to say I could not run any further and started walking, which also hurt! So I removed my shoes and proceeded to walk/jog home bare foot…which didn’t hurt as much.

When I got home I threw the Nikes into the discard box. I shall not be wearing them again. Since I returned home I have iced my shin twice and rubbed various potions into it. It still hurts. I am not impressed…..tomorrow we go to Colville for 4 days and it is a chance to try some of the dirt roads I will be running as well as try my new shoes on those roads. I can only hope the damage to my poor shin is not bad and that by tomorrow or Thursday it will be feeling okay again.

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!

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.

One step forwards, three steps backwards

This is how I feel at present….having bad¬†hay fever¬†this year has meant I have had a much¬†lower¬†energy level, and consequently have not felt like running but make myself, and then feel like I am dragging my carcass around. On other days, like yesterday, my hay fever spirals out of control and I and up feeling like I have a cold, go to bed feeling yuck, and flag the run the next morning as I am still under the weather! So the frustration builds at not doing enough training for the Colville Connection…

So no run this morning, even though I was supposed to do some hill repeats. I did however do a strength session later in the day, so I guess it is not as if I have done nothing today. And the hay fever seems to have eased off again for now, which is great!

I am supposed to start training mostly off road now, to get used to trail running. Last Sunday I ran for about 1hr 15min at the Mount, first in one direction on the grass, then back along the beach, and finished with a lap of the base track. It felt really good to not be on the road, and I think I will do that one again either tomorrow or Sunday. The other day I feel like a trip up the Mount is necessary with a loop around the base track afterward (or even maybe two loops!) I find that running off road energises me more than road running, and I plan to get out into the bush as soon as my hay fever goes away. For now I am content to be at the beach, as it seems that the sea air cancels all the effects of the pollen that is floating around at the moment.

 

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