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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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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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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

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 🙂

 

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.

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.

 

Head Games

Yesterday was the second planned 32km run in my training program in the lead up to the GC Marathon. After the previous week I was mildly dreading it (if you can mildly dread something).  I got out of bed to have my breakfast and was not in the mood at all to run. It is not something that happens to me often, so I am thinking I really do not enjoy the long training hours you have to put in to run a marathon. Needless to say, I am committed, so I will see this through.

The temperatures have dropped considerably, and they are not consistent. It is difficult to gauge whether  the sun will come out/stay out or if the wind will pick up. This makes it difficult to decide what running gear to wear. Yesterday looked as if it was going to be sunny, but the temperature reading for outside was only 7 deg C, so I put on a long sleeved running top. I am very glad I did that, for as the morning progressed, the sun disappeared and it got colder. At least it didn’t rain….

The first part of my run went really well. I was feeling fresh and strong and enjoying the view as I had taken a different route to avoid a race being held at my normal finishing spot. Unfortunately my foot started troubling me again, and I am now wondering if it is my shoes, as it only seems to happen in that one pair when I reach about 45mins into my run. It is something I will have to figure out this weekend when I use the other pair for my long run. Even though it was hurting I was still feeling upbeat until I reached that magic time mark (just past 2hrs 30min) where I started to get slower and slower and question my sanity. Whether it was a factor of my sore foot, or just that “I am over this” attitude, or a combination of the two, there it was, looming over me like a little black cloud as I ran down the road. And once again I had to talk to myself quite sternly to get myself going again.

As I neared the end of the run, it felt like I had not run the distance I needed (it turned out when checking MapMyRun I had messed up somehow and added about 1.5km in a backwards and forwards move on one street when I plotted my route the day before) but by then my shin had started to hurt quite a bit (no doubt as a result of my foot being sore) and I decided to call it quits and walk the rest of the way home. In the end I ran 30.5km and I am quite happy with that.

I still have one more very long run to do before I taper down to race weekend. I am going to have to employ all sorts of positive mind games on myself before I tackle it. The frame of mind I am in right now is not the best for self motivation. I keep telling myself this time, 5 weeks from now, I will be basking in the self-appointed glory of finishing my second (and last!) road marathon.

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Never Play Catch-Up!

Today I learned a few things:

1) Listen to your gut

2) Stop when it hurts

3) Take some money with you when you go for an unsupported run

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It all began when I decided to play catch-up…..

If you have been following my blog, you will know that this past week has been a bit hectic. We had two graduation ceremonies to go to in two different towns, it rained a lot, and these things led to my running schedule being affected. So I decided to cram 4 days of running at the end of the week. Thursday I ran just over 10km, Friday I ran just over 10km, Saturday I ran 6km in my new shoes AND did a strength workout, and today I attempted to run 21km. I ran 19.6km in the end….

When I was making the decision to do this catch-up thing, I had a gut feeling this was not a good idea. I did not listen – mistake number one. Then today after running about 3km my shin started to hurt. I ignored it – mistake number two. I continued running only to have to cut my run short, while I stretched, walked, hobbled and jogged my way home. I had no money to catch a bus back – mistake number three.

All things considered the pain did start to ease after I walked for about 5 minutes, and I could jog home on my leg. It is also not too sore at the moment, after I rubbed some arnica cream into it, and did the ice thing. It is simply a strained muscle brought on by too many kilometres in too few days so tomorrow is a rest day, no running, no strength training, no anything! It will be hard to sit still, but it has to be done. Lessons learnt though……NEVER play catch-up!

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