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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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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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Grumpy Slug!

This week has been a busy running week. I am fully into my marathon training schedule now physically, but my motivation on some days is lagging. I guess some weeks are like this….

Last Sunday we went out of daylight saving, and I find that when that happens, while I welcome the lighter mornings (as this is when I do most of my runs) the longer darker evenings make me feel “bearish” and that hibernation mode starts to kick in. Coupled with the cooler weather it now definitely feels like Autumn, and that means Winter is on the way, bringing with it colder temperatures, rain and frosty mornings. So I am feeling sluggish.

The best thing for me is to get out there and do some exercise, I need to keep active. If I don’t keep going, I get grumpy and very unpleasant to be around. I don’t even like myself if I miss a workout. So I have to motivate myself to get moving. The best thing for me is to get my training done at the beginning of the day, something I can’t always do given the nature of my job, and I then find it a chore to get out later and do that exercise. But I force myself, grumbling about it at the time.

The great thing about it is though, that I know I will feel good afterward and that keeps me going. Once I start moving and have warmed up, those feel good hormones kick in and I’m away! And then for the rest of the day I can have that sense of accomplishment of a job done and stave of the grumpiness.

So if like me you suffer from change of season scratchiness, just get out there and do it! You’re sure to feel better….

Celebrate!

Today I did my longest run since the Colville Connection. I ran around the Mount base track and back to the start and as I set out I was feeling good. Halfway through the first lap I got quite tired and once again it was the hills that did it. I am really not very hill fit…..well I think that I’m not but maybe in comparison to other people I may be.

I was thinking about comparisons while I was running. Even though I felt tired, I reminded myself that 4 years ago I was overweight and unfit, and was not able to make one lap around the Mount without taking many walk breaks. It made me think that there is always improvement to be made, and also that to get fit and healthy is a journey, and you need to go back and revisit the past sometimes to see how far you have come, and the most important thing is that you need to celebrate that achievement.

My husband and I were having a discussion in the car on the way home from my run. It was on a totally unrelated topic, but it has meaning here. We were talking about how many young people these days either get killed or badly injured in car crashes, and what causes this. We were discussing the absence of calculated risk taking in today’s society, how children may not climb trees and jump off high things, how many children spend their days glued to the X-box in a world of unreality. We discussed how society has become too PC, and coupled with this is a “tall poppy” syndrome, where to celebrate any success is seen as something to be avoided, lest we offend someone who hasn’t done the same. Let’s all just participate.

But that is not what life is about, mere participation. Life is to be celebrated and achievements we make throughout that life, however small they may be, are worth celebrating. Don’t rely on other people to congratulate you, congratulate yourself, celebrate! So I congratulate myself for the achievement of becoming fitter over the last 4 years, and the fact that today felt a little hard….well really that is a fantastic thing!

Little By Little

The Colville Connection is looming….Saturday is race day. My hubby came home on Saturday from hospital….I have had very little sleep since then…….

I am worried I will be a wreck come Saturday, I don’t even have energy at this stage to write down my thoughts. This morning I threw all my toys out of my cot and then promptly had a melt down….sleep deprivation. I still have this week of tapering to do, and I am thinking perhaps I shall just take it really easy on myself.

Tonight I shall sleep in the spare room, perhaps tomorrow I will be more awake and energetic

Where’s My Mojo?

Well, I have had a really busy 10 days or so. We have got to the stage in our lives when the little birds are flying the nest and the last one left on Saturday. Consequently, life in our neck of the woods has been very hectic.

I have been managing on a less energetic basis to complete most of my planned runs, and important thing as the Colville Connection is but a few weeks away. We spent a few days up there earlier on this month and I managed to run a trail that went over a hill and back. This was not the actual race route, but it certainly gave my legs a good go! On my way back up the hill (which became to feel like a mountain) I really struggled and had to walk at a few places. It made me aware that my training has not been as focussed for this race, something I have been struggling with ever since the Auckland Marathon last year.

Yesterday I did my longest run since training for the marathon. It was 2hr 15min and I went quite a hilly way. I have yet to work out how far I ran as this training schedule runs on time and not distance, and I think this may be why I am not training as hard.

During the run my knees were hurting and then I realised that i have not been doing my strength training as regularly. In fact the last time I did any was 10 days ago! So today I knuckled down and made myself do 3 strength circuits (I will probably be sore tomorrow).

We have also been away quite a lot, moving kids, having short breaks, and working around the house getting it ready to sell. All these activities are not conducive to a smooth training schedule, so hopefully next week I can get back on track. I will be home alone, no one else here, and I should be able to focus on my training properly.

Let’s see what happens…..

Back after a long silence….

So I have been rather remiss about writing my blog entries. I can honestly say I have been feeling that lethargic that I have not wanted to put thought to keyboard and type out anything for a while. Whether this has been because of the dreadful hay fever I had been having or simply a silly season overload, or even a delayed after marathon “depression” I am not sure, but never mind, I am back and feeling really good all of a sudden!

I had been trying so hard to stick to my training routine over Christmas and New Year, but we went away, and sleeping in a totally poked bed hurt my back, in fact it turns out I strained the QL muscle which was further aggravated by going ice skating after not being on the ice for about 15 years! One should not try and do things you were once flicking out easily, and trying to jump like the spring chicken you once were is seriously not a good idea!

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So with all the other “stuff” going on with me, this injury further put paid to a happy running effort, as well as putting me in the mood to write. Needless to say, everything felt like pulling teeth. That was, until yesterday!

I still had a sore back, I had been to my Chiropractor and finally booked a massage (why I had been holding off I have no idea) but things were not progressing quickly enough for me. The week prior I had had to leave my long run in the shoe box as there was no way I could do it. I was feeling pretty similar again on Saturday past, as I had tweaked my muscle drying myself getting out of the shower! So I was facing another cancelled long run. The discomfort in my back had been so sore that I could not sit properly. Anyway, I think my obstinacy took over as when Sunday dawned and the alarm went off, I hobbled out of bed and decided “sod that, I am running anyway, and I couldn’t care if I fall to pieces”. So I ate breakfast, applied a heat pack to the offending area and rubbed in some hot rub.  And set off for a hour and fifteen run…..

…….which hurt…..initially, and then started to ease, and then when I got back I felt quite good, and continued to feel better and better all day, which continued into today. I did my scheduled 30 minute jog this morning and all felt fine. I am now sitting almost comfortably in my chair, typing this and thinking to myself “Go figure!”

Soft, cool Summer rain

I think I got my mojo back. Today I did a lap of the Waikareao Estuary and it took me 50:20 which is the fastest I have done this in a while. The complete loop is about 8.5K so that was quite quick!

When I started out it was not not raining and I must admit to having one of those “should I shouldn’t I” moments. But once in my car I was determined to see it through as I knew that I would feel frustrated with myself later if I didn’t do it. As I was running, the rain started to fall, but it was soft rain, and cooling after the last few days of muggy heat, so it felt good to be out there, even if I was getting wet. I got pretty soaked, but no hay fever, as the rain has dampened down all the pollen, so I enjoyed the run.

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Monday I start my training for the Colville Connection, lots of off road, off road hills and sand running. 21K through the bush and over a mountain is something I have not done before, so this will be an interesting journey.

Listen to your body

Yesterday I was in no mood to do my planned run. I think I have become better at listening to my body and honouring my energy levels. I woke up feeling exhausted as I had not slept well the night before, here’s the reason…

We went to bed and lights went out at 10.20pm. Then at 12am my husband’s mobile phone was ringing. It was his son…please come and fetch him, he was in a bit of a pickle. Anyway, my hubby went off to do his fatherly duty, and I tried to get back to sleep. However, that was not to be….Firstly, the neighbours had in the interim started a party (according to my daughter, it started around 10.45pm) and I had been woken between 12 and 2am and this is the worst time to be awake as it puts your entire sleep cycle out of kilter!

On top of all the music noise, the neighbours were yelling and yahooing, so eventually I got up to ring Noise Control. There must have been many complaints about various things as I was then on hold, with a pre recorded message saying how valuable I was and playing some crappy music in my ear. So there I was listening to that on one side and the neighbours on the other…..say no more! This carried on for about 10 minutes until I finally was put through, to be told mine was the only complaint about this particular event so far and I was to call back in an hour if it did not die down and then they would send someone. So there I lay, unable to sleep for another 45 minutes until they closed their doors and it got somewhat quieter!

So when I finally got up at 7am I felt like I had been out on the town and had a terrible hangover, which of course I didn’t but that what it felt like. Needless to say the idea of running 60-75 minutes did not appeal and I ended up doing a 41 minute runaround the base track of Mount Maunganui instead. The best part of which was going to the café afterwards and having a banana smoothie.

Part of the base track

Part of the base track

Today is a rest day…..I am still feeling tired…..

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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