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Happy Mothers Day!

12 May

8.34am: Mothers Day Classic, Lake Burley Griffin
Distance: 10km
Time: 50.58min
Pace: 5.02min/km
Cals: 350
Place: 265 (3rd in 50-59 age group)
Weather: 6.2*c, wind – calm; foggy, followed by blue skies

As we were driving to LBG this morning in thick fog I wondered why on earth I was doing this. After all, this was Mothers Day. You know, the day you get to sleep in and have breakfast in bed or get taken out for breakfast. And this is what I’ve done in previous years. So what on earth possessed me to enter the 10km event and voluntarily get up early to participate?

The reasons aren’t important now – the fact is I did get up and did run the event and did enjoy the morning. The fog never really disappeared entirely for the run but other than that, it was perfect running conditions. The only thing I would do differently is where I place myself at the start. We started in the middle to back of the pack and that was a huuuuuge mistake. Crossing the bridge was hilarious – I felt like I was out for a Sunday stroll as I couldn’t go any faster than a very slow jog. So for the second lap I tried to make up some ground on my time.

Following the run we had to race home so I could have a shower so we could collect sons #1 and #2 for brunch at a local cafe. Gotta love boy talk – the conversation was all footy, weights training and protein shakes! Still it was great to catch up with them. Home again after grocery shopping and sitting at the front door was a huge box of beautiful pink roses, from son #3. This was a complete surprise as I’ve never had flowers before from the boys. Wow, they can still surprise me!

So, chocolates, brunch and roses – what more could I ask for. It was a lovely Mothers Day, as I hope it was for my mum, my sister and great niece, and all the mothers out there.

And tomorrow…it’s the start of 12WBT. Bring it on! πŸ™‚



Three times the run

4 May

According to my LJ diary, today is “sleep-in free day” and that was certainly the case for me. I had a long run to do this morning as well as do the parkrun, followed by a morning tea in Holder to meet a friend’s new baby, and then shopping and housework this afternoon. Whoa! Where did the day go?

7.16am: run down to the lake and to the start of parkrun
Distance: 6km
Time: 35.26min
Pace: 5.53min/km
Cals: 350
Weather: 12.7*c, wind – N, 15kph; overcast & breezy

Slow and steady, like a turtle! Bit of a plod really but I got there…eventually!

8am: parkrun
Distance: 5km
Time: 24.09min
Cals: 274
Weather: 16.8*c, wind – N, 13kph

The start caught a few of us by surprise, so much so that it was only 400m along the path that I realised I hadn’t turned on my watch. Oops! Otherwise it wasn’t a bad run; in fact I surprised myself with how good I felt, even when running into a headwind. Afterwards we had a bit of a chat with a guy who was stopping every minute during the run and doing 10 push-ups, for a total of 290 push-ups. In a previous run he had worn a weighted vest. He obviously loves a challenge but you know what, I think I’ll just stick to running!

8.43am: the run home
Distance: 12.7km
Time: 1hr 17.19min
Pace: 6.03min/km
Cals: 747
Weather: 18.1*c, wind – NW, 11kph; it was turning out to be an absolutely stunning morning

Ruth and I ran part of the lake circuit together before going our separate ways. Then it was on with my music before heading home, still feeling pretty good.

20130504-200610.jpgAutumn colours

Anzac Day run

25 Apr

7.54am: long run
Distance: 21km
Time: 1hr 58.54min
Pace: 5.38min/km
Cals: 1218
Weather: (8am) 3.8*c, wind – NE, 6kph; very chilly
(10am) 11.5*c, wind – WNW, 7kph; a gorgeous sunny morning

After three days of running around 10km, I decided it was time to pick up the distance. Also because we’re going to the coast for the weekend I wasn’t sure whether I’d manage (or want to do) a long run while away, so felt it was better to get it out of the way now. And as it is Anzac Day today, I chose to honour the heroic deeds of Diggers past and present by doing my long run.

It was very chilly this morning. Normally I’d consider it a multi-layer day that included leggings and gloves but because I knew I would warm up I decided to go the minimalist approach. This meant getting out that front door was going to be a challenge, given that I was wearing shorts, singlet and, as a concession to the cold, a long sleeved top. No leggings, gloves or headband. But truth be told, it wasn’t that bad. The sun was up, there was a brilliant blue sky and no breeze to speak of, so it didn’t take long for me to warm up.

The plan was to run along the cycle path that passes Melba playing fields and Mackellar down to the lake (around 7km), then run around the lake (just over 7km) and return home the same way (another 7km). I felt fine for most of the run. One thing I did notice this morning is that everyone I encountered (walkers mostly) never acknowledged my cheery morning greeting nor smiled. What a grumpy lot they were this morning!

About 3km from home the tiredness started. I really wanted to stop running and walk a bit but I refused to give in. My thinking was that if I gave in this time it would make it easier to give in next time, and the next, and…you get the picture. So I slowed down and just focused on the next kilometre, and the next one, and then the final one. You would not believe how long a kilometre can be when all you really want to do is finish!

Finally, I was finished! Pumped because I never gave in but also relieved because now I could stop, after running 21km. I’m glad that’s done πŸ™‚

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning;
We will remember them.”

The layering begins…but no gloves…yet!

23 Apr

5.56am session: easy run
Distance: 10km
Time: 58.37min
Pace: 5.46min/km
Cals: 590
Weather: 4.2*c, wind – W, 6kph; a little chilly

It was another day, another run. To be honest, it wasn’t that painful or hard to get up, get dressed and out the door this morning. It certainly was a lot chillier today – something that I will have to get used to as we get closer to winter. It was all about layers today – leggings topped with running knicks, running singlet topped with long sleeved top, headband (aka ear warmers) topped with cap. But I didn’t need to wear gloves…yet! However, once I started running I soon warmed up and there was a point when I pushed up the sleeves on my top as I was getting a little hot and sweaty.

I varied the route slightly this morning so I wasn’t doing an out and back course but instead seemed to take a more circuitous route – a bit more interesting with some different scenery.

An easy 10km run with no niggles, so all’s good. Touch wood, it stays this way.

Enjoyed a lovely, if somewhat lateish, lunch with 2 good friends, one who had a baby just 7 weeks ago. Can I just say he was absolutely gorgeous but gee, oh so little!


Post-marathon recovery

22 Apr

It’s been 8 days since I ran the marathon – 7 days of which I did no running at all. I did manage three walks last week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I had planned on running yesterday but some niggly back pain put paid to that. I felt it was safer to wait another day before going for my first post-marathon run.

So that was why I was out running 10km at 6am this morning in light misty rain. It was a good run – there were no problems to report and my back remained grumble-free which was a relief. So I guess this means I am now back in training for the half marathon next month. πŸ™‚

So what else has been happening in the past week? And how was my recovery following the marathon?

Monday – A day off. I was feeling a little tired and had some minor muscle soreness but otherwise I was feeling okay. I thought I might be experiencing DOMS by now but figured that Tuesday was when it would hit me.

Tuesday – still no DOMS, and in fact the muscle soreness that I had the day before had disappeared. Went to the new Palace Cinema at Nishi Apartments after work to see Song for Marion, along with a work colleague, Ruth and Mr B – it was a great movie. And the popcorn is delicious – they use olive oil which means it’s not so heavy and greasy like normal cinema popcorn, which normally I won’t touch with a ten foot pole.

Wednesday – wow, the tiredness hit me like a Mack truck today. I hit the 3pm slump at lunchtime – never a good sign. So it was an early night for me. I also went for a 40 minute walk at lunchtime – initially hoping it would wake me up but it seemed to add to my weariness later in the day.

Thursday – I managed a 50 min walk at lunchtime. I was feeling much better today and there was no more tiredness. I also signed up for my next challenge – the Michelle Bridges 12 WBT challenge which officially kicks off on 13 May. πŸ™‚

Friday – another 40 min lunchtime walk today.

Saturday – I was a volunteer marshall at the Gindy Parkrun so it meant I was standing out in the cold wind early this morning. Still it was worth it to see the effort everyone put into their 5km run. I enjoyed providing encouragement and seeing the smiles (sometimes strained) in return. Ruth was also a marshall, just down the path a bit from me. This was followed by coffee at Birrigai CafΓ©. And a bit later a well-earned massage – it was so good. My massage therapist said I had come through the marathon with flying colours – the best shape I’ve been in for a very long time. Go figure!

Sunday – I had planned on going for a run but was experiencing some back niggles (proof that housework is not good for you – I’m blaming it on cleaning the bathroom!) so decided another day of no running wouldn’t hurt.

And so to today……

5.59am session: easy run
Distance: 10.3km
Time: 1hr 26sec
Pace: 5.49min/km
Cals: 604
Weather: 8.2*c, wind – N, 9kph; patchy light rain

20130422-205953.jpgphoto taken at the 40km mark of the marathon
– feeling good! (Photo credit: Ewen T)

A hoodoo no more!

14 Apr

7am: Canberra marathon 42.2km
Time: 3hr 50.51min
Pace: 5.28min/km
1st lap (10.5km): 1hr 42sec; 5.46min/km
2nd lap (15.4km): 1hr 22.55; 5.23min/km
3rd lap (16.3km): 1hr 27.13; 5.21min/km
Weather: (7am) 6.9*c, wind – calm; I was freezing before the start!
(9am) 12.4*c, wind – calm; not so cold now – funny that!
(11am) 20.8*c, wind – WSW, 9kph – it was quite warm out there

Well, I feel so much better now! Why? I’ve got that hoodoo off my back. I’ve been trying to do my 9th marathon since 2010 (my last one was in 2009) but injury or returning from injury has hampered me since then. But today….well it was the sweetest victory. I beat that hoodoo and had an awesome run.

Not awesome in time I admit. I’ve run faster marathons. But today it just came together and for the last 10km I had a big smile on my face because I recalled why I love running marathons. I was in my element out there.

I started very slowly but that’s my style. I ran the first 4km with Ruth before slowly increasing my speed, but not too much. I was experiencing tummy problems and wasn’t sure how long I could go before having to search for a toilet. As it was it was at the 12km mark on Parkes Way when I had to make a detour to the toilets. At this stage I had passed the 4hour purple balloons but unfortunately they passed me while I was otherwise occupied. And it seemed to take forever before I caught them again – not long after the Glenloch Interchange turnaround. Once they were behind me I could relax.

Looking at my splits I gradually increased my pace over the distance and negative split. I felt strong and comfortable the further I ran. I kept waiting for the wheels to fall off but it never happened. Tummy problems hit again in the last kilometre and required another dash to toilets once I crossed the finish line.

So I achieved my goals!
Making it to the start line πŸ™‚
Making it to the finish line πŸ™‚
Running it under 4 hours πŸ™‚

Some things I learnt today:
Blackberry Gu is disgusting. I picked one up from an aid station and wished I hadn’t.
Blackberry electrolyte drink isn’t much better.
Fairfax need to cater better with their post-run refreshments – electrolyte drink and a small pile of rock hard pears is pretty pathetic. Where were the bananas? Or at least something edible.

Lunch afterwards at Cream with Nikki and Dave, Ewen and Keren was awesome. A glass of bubbly never goes astray!

Dinner tonight with Ruth, Mr B, Keren, Mr N and other good friends is eagerly anticipated!

20130414-173351.jpgNumber 9….finally!

Three goals

13 Apr

I have three goals for tomorrow’s run.

1. To get to the start line – I think I’ll achieve this one πŸ™‚
2. To make it to the finish line.
3. To finish within 4 hours.

I’m not aiming high given its been a while since I’ve run a marathon and I’ve been injury-prone for the last 4 years. Also, I’m about 4-5kg heavier than when I last ran one.

Today has been my third day of carb loading so I’m feeling like a fatty boombah about now. Think I might’ve indulged too much in pizza and rice pudding!

Oh well, I have a little run to do tomorrow morning – that should help πŸ™‚

Here’s hoping for lovely weather tomorrow.

Good luck to everyone running the half, full or ultra marathon tomorrow.

20130413-194958.jpgA sunny afternoon

Last chance training

12 Apr

6.01am: easy run
Distance: 6.2km
Time: 35.21min
Pace: 5.41min/km
Cals: 361
Weather: 11.9*c, wind – N, 7kph; some fog

Last run before the marathon! An easy 6km run before breakfast this morning. Everything seems to be holding together okay so deep breath, fingers crossed and here’s hoping all goes well on Sunday.

There’s not much more I can do now, except focus on carbs. πŸ™‚ Oh, and what I’m going to wear on the day…decisions, decisions!

Tomorrow is Mr N’s birthday so we’re out to brunch in the morning and then the boys are coming round for dinner. Mr N’s meal request: roast pork and veggies for dinner, followed by baked rice pudding. I think I’ll pass on the roast pork as I’m not sure it will sit ok the night before a marathon. I’ll make myself a pasta dish instead. However the rice pudding will go down a treat πŸ™‚

“Be the kind of woman who, when your feet hit the floor in the morning, the world says ‘oh no, she’s up’.”

20130412-200130.jpgGood morning!

Lunchtime run

11 Apr

12.40pm: lunchtime run with Mr B
Distance: 10.6km
Time: 58.24min
Pace: 5.29min/km
Cals: 600
Weather: 24*c, wind – N, 11kph; sunny, blue skies

Second last run before Sunday. I was meeting up with Mr B down at the lake for a bridge to bridge run at lunchtime.

My Garmin took forever to locate satellites. I was almost at the lake before it had finally located one.
I couldn’t see Mr B at this point so ran a little way towards the museum before backtracking to the ferry terminal – the agreed meeting point. He was there waiting for me.

We set off at a steady pace for a pleasant clockwise run around central basin. There were plenty of other people out enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. It was a beautiful day, and quite warm. It was nice to have company for a change for one of my lunchtime work runs.

We went our separate ways back to our respective workplaces once we’d crossed over Commonwealth Avenue bridge. I briefly thought about Sunday and how I’d be feeling when running along the bridge, not once but twice, as part of the marathon circuit.

Back at work, I had a shower and changed and then finally I could have my lunch. I was starving by this stage πŸ™‚

Tomorrow morning I will do my last run, an easy 6km, before the marathon

“We runners are all a little nutty, but we’re good people who just want to enjoy our healthy, primitive challenge. Others may not understand running, but we do, and we cherish it. That’s our only message.” – John J Kelley

20130411-203903.jpg Another gorgeous morning

The best way to eat a strawberry?

7 Apr

4pm: easy run
Distance: 13km
Time: 1hr 15.94min
Pace: 5.46min/km
Cals: 756
Weather: cloudy, 23.6*c, wind – SSE, 13kph

Got up at 8.30am this morning, then changed the clocks back! So it was really only 7.30am – an early start to a Sunday. Not that I went for a run – that didn’t happen until 4pm. Still it was a leisurely start to the day – corn fritters and oven roasted tomatoes for brekkie while reading the local paper. Then later on I met Ruth for coffee and lunch.

Back to the run. By the time I got around to doing this it was getting on for time – 4pm. I ran down to Lake Ginninderra and around to Ginninderra Dve bridge before retracing my steps and returning via the cycle path that runs parallel to Ginninderra Dve, then running through the tunnel to come out near Melba oval and running home from there. It’s a different route to what I normally do but I enjoyed it so must add that to my list of regular run routes around home. I also noticed how dark it was getting near the end of my run, around 5.15pm, now that daylight savings has finished.

And what’s the best way to eat a strawberry? Why, picking them straight from the garden, when they’ve been warmed by the sun and are oh so sweet. Which is what I did once I’d got home. πŸ™‚