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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!

New Shoes!

I ordered a new pair of trail shoes and they arrived during the week. I always get what I can from an outfit called Wiggle as they have good prices and delivery is free! Anyway, I got a pair of Saucony 3.0 GTX. I tried them on the day I got them and walked around the house in them. They felt really good so today I went for a walk around the Mount Base Track with my hubby. So now I am ready for the test run on Friday around the Waikaraeo walkway.

The reason I am sharing these scribblings is that I have an awfully hard time using anything new. Whenever I but something new I seem to keep it to one side and look at it for a while. I like to admire its newness. It doesn’t matter if it’s a piece of running gear, an item of clothing, a loaf of bread, anything. I like to wallow in its newness. So the fact that I am willing to take these shoes for a run on Friday is amazing! Ah, and I guess walking in them today paved the way, as they are now dusty and not really new looking anymore.

Weird, I know, but there it is!

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!”

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.

 

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.

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.

And so the next challenge begins……

It’s really interesting….I am over running on the road, through the streets. I have spent the last two weeks jogging on the grass and making the runs more interesting, zig zagging about. I don’t know whether this is because I have set my sights on my new challenge, the Colville Connection, or if I am genuinely bored with running on the road. Although….just having run in Auckland over the weekend made me think maybe I am just bored with the roads here in Tauranga. Whichever it is, the trails now appeal and that is where I am headed!

Today I am going to set out my training plan for the Colville Connection. I am still in recovery mode from the Auckland Marathon two weeks ago, a fact I discovered yesterday when running up some hills. They felt like Mount Everest, and although one of them looked like it as well, none of the others were particularly steep. So slowly does it for the following two weeks, building up the mileage again, but this time not using kilometers as a measure and rather time spent running. It will make it quite difficult to judge pace and distance run in shoes, so I shall have to use other ways to keep a check on things like that. So saying, It is quite liberating to just run on time and I am enjoying the experience.

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