Sunday, February 28, 2016

Another week of running...

and not much else.

But training has been going well. We did 8k on Monday backing up Sunday's River Run and it felt good. Next up was 16km around our own river 3 k track. I was not keen on doing 6 laps of the same track but in the end it was a really good run.

Running Buddy has warned me that my tennis days will be over if I hurt myself while playing and I had a close call when I stumbled backwards after doing a burpee and landed on my bum, I did the absolutely wrong thing by putting my hands out to save myself, an instinct that is hard not to do. The result was only some bruising on my hands and coccyx. If I had broken my arms I could have still run, albeit looking more like a gimp, in plaster. Embarrassment was my biggest injury.

Luckily it didn't stop us running on and enjoying another event today.

We joined the Goding's Kubota team in our orange team T shirts and ran 10km in the Wyndham Rotary Fun Run. We have done this run before and enjoy the challenging course.

kicking back after the run

we are becoming known for our love of orange
34km run this week and as of this week the runs start to get longer

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Things are looking up...

A few more runs under the belt and the plan is going well. I've had to run a couple of times on my own this week, which I haven't done for ages and it has gone well. The smiley face icon is appearing next to the logged runs.
Today was also the first  race/event this year and it was a beauty, 10km along the Barwon River in Geelong on the undulating shady course. I was very happy with my time and got a medal at the end. Running Buddy slipped away from me in the crowd and I settled in with a couple of other girls and we paced along nicely. That is the nice thing about this running game, you can make a new friend and have an instant bond as you encourage each other along.

I love this run. I hope I love it when we do the half marathon

Days like today are the payoff for the training runs we do. I am looking forward to the next one in a month, even though it is the Run 4 Kids over my nemesis, the Bolte Bridge.

Hill work to come...

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Plans and goals...

all running related of course.

The 3 of us are constantly researching and reading to get as much information as we can about this running caper.
Mel has found a half marathon along the Barwon River that fits in nicely to our schedule and Running Buddy suggested the Great Ocean Road half marathon in May. They cooked up this plan while they were running while I was at tennis. Once I looked at the training program and realised that we were up to running 20-25 kms at that point I was in.

Sometimes the plans we make sound like a great idea but when it comes to the actual running part, my imagination doesn't match my effort. This week did not match my intention. Monday started off well with a good 10k down to the Avenue (the newly installed toilet block is like an insurance policy, now I know it's there I haven't needed it) but on Wednesday after work I struggled to do 5k. It was meant to be a fast 7k but I couldn't keep it up. We threw in some fartlek so it wasn't a total waste.
Then on Saturday for Parkrun I had in my mind that would be my fast day but again couldn't manage it.
Looking forward to today, the morning was cooler and the 14k slow run seemed doable but alas it was not to be for me. The girls ran on to finish an impressive 16k and I could only complete 12.

Running Buddy is concerned about the view from behind, but it looks great

still smiling after 16k

Adding in some formal events into the training plan helps us to keep fresh over the next 20 weeks and hopefully will stop my overactive mind ruling my muscles.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A new Parkrun...

Today we ventured to nearby Werribee to help the group who are about to launch their own  Parkrun.

We ran the 5km course they had mapped out and the volunteers got to try out the equipment.

It was a hot sunny morning and about 120 turned up to join in.

The course through the park and along the river is a bit hillier than ours at Toolern Creek but it was a nice change and we ended up with good times.

we had the briefing first

the Melton crew

After we had done this run we ran along the track again to get some more kms done, we were dripping with sweat by the end.

I think their event will be a success after this trial.