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What A “Beep” Run That Was

I am so tired today! Yesterday I ran 30km but it felt like 132km! What a run that was…..

I woke up feeling quite good, apart from the fact that it seemed as if I had some sort of mouth infection. I had breakfast as usual about an hour before I was due to head off and pottered around getting gels, water and myself ready. When it came time to leave I noticed there were some very black clouds in the sky but I figured I was eventually heading in a different direction, and they didn’t appear to be moving too fast towards our house.

Now, on my long run days my hubby always comes to meet me at the end point of my run. With him he brings chocolate milk and my bag (packed by me) with a change of clothes etc in it. Then after I have stretched and changed into dry clothes we go to a cafe, have a bite to eat and coffee – great way to end a long run. This aside is relevant as while heading up the road (just walking at this stage) I have this feeling I have forgotten something. I get halfway to the start point of my run and realise I have not packed dry underwear into my bag…..so back I went. This then made me start later than I had said, and as we always fix an approximate time to meet at the end, now put pressure on me to run quicker, as Mr was still snoring when I left. I don’t carry a phone with me when I run, and had not thought to leave a note as I just dashed in the laundry door, grabbed some things out of the basket, flung them into my bag and dashed back out and up the road.

Now the clouds looked closer….

And I was right…..

5 mins into my run it just bucketed down and I was drenched! My shoes were squishing and I was dripping! However, I was running 30km and there was no stopping me, so I forced myself to grin (lucky no-one was around) and carried on. The route I had picked was a bit hilly and I had said previously I was not doing any more hills. It is a bit hard to find a long route with no hills in Tauranga, unless you run down the main road and over to Mount Maunganui or Papamoa, but that can be boring, so I had planned a route with as few hills as possible to get the 30km done. For some reason these hills took me down yesterday (probably because I was pushing for time), and by the time I reached a flat section I was questioning my sanity to the extent I was thinking of stopping, grumbling to myself about the fact I had been running for 2 hours already and why was I doing this. Having conversations with myself about me being more suited to 21km and 10km distances, why am I training for another marathon, all this training is too much, etc, etc, etc. I think I psyched myself out so much that everything started to hurt and my legs felt heavier and heavier. I slogged on though, and finally with the end in sight, still managed to give it a surge at the end. I ended up exhausted for the rest of the day and managed to strain my foot as well.

I think this run highlighted some things to me about my running. I seriously do not think I am cut out to do marathons. I get bored with the time spent training, hours and hours of plodding (or at least that’s how I see it). I don’t run with anyone, and maybe in a group the tediousness of those long runs gets brushed aside in the chatting that must go on, but I don’t like running in a group, so it wouldn’t work for me. I enjoy the faster running, it’s over quicker, more exciting. I enjoy trail running, especially fast downhills, I prefer the training for shorter distances. So this marathon is definitely my last, and I have a way to make it seem easier. As my hubby and I were supposed to run the GC Half together and now he can’t, I am running the other half for him, and that will keep me going through the final 7 weeks of training.

This is where I end my runs

This is where I end most of my long runs

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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!

 

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!

Accolades For My New Trail Shoes

Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I did one of my off road runs that always leaves me somewhat breathless. It is on Mount Maunganui and is a steep climb followed by a sharp descent and then an undulating lap back to the stretching post! 60% of the trek up is stairs, and I have shorter legs so always watch my hubby start to disappear into the heights above while I puff along behind. It feels like a step class conducted at 500RPM! Anyway, today I made it up in 15:44, not too bad an effort.

I was wearing my new trail shoes, the Saucony Xodus GTX 3.0 and I came away extremely impressed with them. My previous trail shoes always left something to be desired. I used to have to watch the speed of my descent as they had the tendency to slip and I seemed to get sore knees from constantly braking on the way down. Well my new shoes performed like a dream! It is as if they have their own ABS brakes. I could run fast and they gripped the ground, I did not slip once. The best part was that I had absolutely no knee niggles during the run. I am stoked!

As an afterthought though, these are definitely trail shoes and are not comfortable on the road at all, too knobbly! Not that I have done any road running on them, just walking in them back to the car was enough to make me realise that if I were running on a course that had any tarred roads, it may be a little rough for a bit, and I certainly wouldn’t want to do it for long.

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.

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…..

Just running for fun

There’s something to be said in recovery weeks. These past few weeks have been liberating in the sense that I am not actively training for my next challenge yet, and the real hard work won’t start until mid December. So each day I am slowly building my mileage back up again, this time running to time and not kilometres.

This morning I decided to run at the Waikareao Estuary which has a walkway around it, mostly off road consisting of gravel and boardwalk. It is about 9K in total, but each website you look at gives you a different figure. I always pick 8.5K as a good average. I was originally going to do an out and back run for about 40 minutes, but as I was going, the temperature was just right for running, and I was feeling good, so I decided to do the loop.

It is great to just play with my schedule at the moment, and this is slowly pushing me towards a more relaxed approach to running and exercise in general.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the challenge of an event, and will definitely keep doing them. I just think that as I get (dare I say it) older, I need to play more

Two weeks left!

Today I ran 16K, second last longish run before the Big Day! There are actually 13 days, 13 hours and 19 mins (as I write) to D-Day! I must admit to a few small nerves beginning today, not a bad thing I guess, just have to keep breathing…

I discovered another thing about myself during my run today. It was a nice flat run from my house over to the base of The Mount, and I found myself getting tired towards the end. Perhaps this is when the nerves started as I was thinking to myself “I’m getting tired now, how on earth can I run 42K??” After I had finished and was chatting to Geoff about it I realised that towards the end of every run I do I feel tired. It happened yesterday as well, and I only ran 5K. So when I start to flag at the end of the race I will know this is normal for me and I won’t panic.

This last week has been quite a challenge nutritionally though. I know I have to cut down on the carbs for a bit and up the protein, and I am so used to the way I have been eating for all these weeks that I have found it difficult. Perhaps this next week will be a bit easier. Another thing I noticed this last week was that I have been more tired than usual. Yesterday after running 5K and having my shower I decided the best place for me was on my bed, wrapped in a duvet and having a nap! So that’s what I ended up doing….

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