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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

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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 🙂

 

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.

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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No Matter How Slow…..

Oh my goodness! Why do all my short easy runs feel so hard? I have no problem doing the longer, or should I say mid distance runs, those 11 to 16km distances. But put me in front of an 8km or 6km and I falter. It’s really strange.

Today was an 8km easy day. It took me just over 50mins and felt like a bad day at the dentist.

I guess the upside of all of this is I have no niggles or sniffles, so all is well with my training. It must just be one of those mind things again….

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Poised At The Bottom Of The Hill

Today I got wet…well I should rather say soaked! I had about one hour left of my long run (today was 24km) and the rain came down. At one stage it was quite painful! Stoically I kept going, the result being I ran too fast once again, and I was dripping, sloshing and squishing by the time I finished and reached the shelter of my hubby’s car. I did think to myself that had I been doing next Sundays run of 35km, I may have given up…or would I?

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Today also marks four weeks to go until the Gold Coast Marathon. Finally I am feeling excited. Due to the weather (it has not stopped raining since 9am!) I have been preparing my taper and subsequent carb load by entering all the relevant information into my training sheet. It feels good to have it all down on paper so it’s out of my head, which leaves room for other thoughts. Like the fact that I am poised of the eve of my biggest training week ever! This week marks an 81km week culminating in the 35km long run on Sunday.

Now, if you have been following my blog since last year, you may remember that at this stage in the build up to the Auckland Marathon I became ill and had to miss out the 35km planned run, so I never did the big week and long run, and consequently I am feeling a little apprehensive about my body’s ability to cope with the (in my mind) massive mileage. No doubt I shall be fine, but I am nonetheless nervous about it. What helps me though, is the knowledge that after that the taper begins, and so the next big run is the race itself! All I have to do is get through this week and all will be fine. I feel like I am poised at the bottom of a steep hill, looking up to the top where Sundays run lurks, and then on to the other side where the taper is waiting until the final climb of the race and the ultimate relief of the recovery week.

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Winter Weather and Wild Wind!

The cold weather has arrived….

Last week I got wet during two runs, this week I froze! It has certainly been a quick smart kick into the winter weather.

On Thursday I ran a 16km loop with 11km at marathon pace. it was a bit drizzly at the start of the day, but when it came time for me to head out, it had cleared somewhat. The temperatures was a bit cold however so I donned my running vest to keep my core warm, and popped on my beanie….first time this year. It was a pretty grey day, but in the distance the sun was trying to come out. As I was running along it finally made an appearance, but it was not for long. A big, black cloud started to roll in and just when I was in the final 5km of my run, it just started pelting down and I arrived back at my start point totally soaked.

Sunday was my long run, 32km. Luckily the weather was fine, as rain had been predicted and so I didn’t get wet. I did however, have to employ all sorts of self motivational techniques to keep me going past the 2hr 30min mark. That seems to be my sticking point, and although I drink water and eat my gels, I still flag at that point. I was using my arms a lot, pumping them in time to my breathing and that seemed to keep me going. I know it’s all in my head, as when I know the end of the run is coming, I have energy enough to speed up and charge to the finish. The mind is an amazing thing! Actually I just read an article about exactly that which said that we can all actually run faster, harder, longer etc., it’s just that our brains tell our bodies we can’t do it. Kind of a self preservation thing. I guess it’s only bad when your brain works so well all you do is sit on the couch!

And so we come to this week…..and with it winter! Tuesday was my first run this week, and I set off after training my PT client in the park (freezing) for a 14km run. I had my running vest on again as it was about 7 deg C, but not too long into the run the sun came out and stayed out for a while until I was feeling rather hot. So off came the vest and on I trotted, until…..goodbye went the sun and hello to the freeze again! When I eventually finished all I wanted to do was have a hot shower and something warm to drink. I got both, eventually. This cold weather was here to stay, at least for the week. Predictions of strong winds and cold temperatures for the following day were not making my early morning run look like a good prospect. So I went to bed wondering about the morning. As predicted, the next morning was freezing (5 deg C) and the wind was howling. So I opted for the next best option…make pancakes for breakfast. That was way better! (I did get my run in later that day after spending the day at a first aid refresher course under the heater)

And so we come to today, still freezing, but no wind, so no excuses this time. I did my strength workout and headed out for an easy 6km trot. It was only 3 deg C when I left and it felt like my face was going to fall off, and I ran too fast because it was cold and I wanted to get back home quickly. But I did it and that’s all that matters as the GC Marathon is only 5 1/2 weeks away and that’s not really very long!

This is why we are so cold! Taken yesterday, the ski field about 4hrs drive from us.

This is why we are so cold! Taken yesterday, the ski fields are all happy with the dumping of snow!

My Adventure With Yasso 800’s

I don’t normally post two days in a row but today’s experience warranted a write up!

Today’s training session called for 14km with 4 x Yasso 800’s. The training plan I am following came out of the Runner’s World magazine, and has instructions for each type of run. I have never done Yasso 800’s before, or any kind of Yasso anything, so this was all new to me. I realised I would have to go to a track, luckily we have a very nice one, thank you, here in Tauranga.

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I realised as well that doing 4 of these Yasso 800’s meant I had to run 4.8km around and around the track. Given my boredom scale of repetitive running, I was a bit worried. The second thing that worried me was that I had to complete 2 loops of said track in 4.30 mins, as I had to run at my marathon time (I am planning a 4 1/2 hr marathon). Regardless, I am the sort of person who will complete a training programme almost to the letter, and it is only severe illness or perhaps loss of a limb that would stop me from doing what I have to. So I set out to do the biggest part of the run around the Waikareao Estuary (you can see the water in the photo of the track). As I trotted around I continued to feel a bit worried about my ability to complete these Yasso 800’s after running for about 8km first…at least my foot was feeling okay.

And so I reached the track. I stopped my watch and stopped running and had a look at the task ahead of me. Okay, no point wasting time, get on a marker and go, get running. And so I set off a t a colossal pace and was winded by 300m. I looked at my watch and realised I was  going way too fast and had to try for the rest of the 500m to get into a rhythm that would be sustainable and on time target. What came to my rescue was the new breathing technique, and I found that by doing the 2 in and one out breath sequence on the 800m faster loops and the 3 in and 2 out on the 400m recovery, I pretty much nailed it. I was running a little fast, but hey, I might run the marathon a bit faster that 4hr30min too! My foot did start hurting on the second 800, but after getting worse to the point I thought I would have to stop, the pain abated quite a bit and I was able to carry on. (Like I said, it would probably have to fall off!)

The best part about today’s training session was that I really enjoyed running around the track, it was something different. As I jogged back to my car I felt happy and satisfied with a job well done. The cherry on top was bumping into my hubby and going to the cafe for a coffee and a bite to eat. So even though today was one of those grey, cold days, I didn’t even notice! How fantastic is that!

Still Breathing

I think I am getting the hang of this new breathing technique, although I still find myself reverting back to my old way when I totally zone out. Today I tried using the count of 10 and that seemed to work better. In for 1-2-3, out 4-5, in 6-7-8 and out 9-10. I am also finding I have started to run a bit faster, well quite a lot faster, and I am wondering if this has to do with this new way of breathing. Supposedly, it is supposed to have an impact on your speed.

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There is a little over 7 weeks to go until the GC Marathon now, and this coming Sunday I do the first of the 30km+ runs scheduled in my training programme. I am both excited and looking at it with some trepidation as this run will be done on my new shoes that have the 4mm heel-toe offset, a lot lower than what I ran my first marathon in. I am sure it will be okay, seeing as I have been slowly coming down from the traditional running shoe height. Next thing I need to do is buy a second pair as I am rotating with the old 8mm ones at present, not so good….

The other reason I am feeling a little trepidation for my long run on Sunday is that the weather forecast is for rain, and I am not such an “in the rain” runner. I like coolish, sunny weather for running, but then I guess that’s most of us runners!

 

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