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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sagging hips and more training...

I've clocked up100 kms during January in our start towards our marathon goal, most of them nice and slow. We're sticking (mostly) to the plan.

I've felt pretty good.

We ventured down to the local Little Aths track and took our shoes off and sprinted on the lush green grass. It was so inviting we couldn't resist and barefoot running is meant to be good for you. I must have used muscles that haven't had much of workout as my bum was a bit sore the next day.

But I've noticed something that I need to correct before too many more kms are run.

 Now I know we are never happy with photos of taken whilst running and are hyper critical but these ones taken at Parkrun each week show me with a definite dip of the hips.

Chris has said rather unkindly that I run like a gimp



more like a duck waddling back and forth


Running Buddy says its worse when I'm fatigued
I'm conscious of my form when I am running but it's not something I can feel as I'm doing it and have been googling to find a solution,

This looks exactly like what I am doing and the kind folk at Runners connect tell me I need to strengthen the muscles in the hip until my old patterns are over ridden by new ones.

Looks like side lifts and clams are in my future.

Not all the pics are that bad, taken a split second later my form seems OK


 Running buddy has lovely form, no side waggles for her.


A more efficient running form means less chance of an injury and more sustainability

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Planning, running and a new Buddy...

Now we are not just thinking about doing the marathon but actually booked in for the Gold Coast Marathon we have to do the training to reach our goal. And as Running Buddy says if you are doing a marathon you have to live and breathe it and talk about incessantly. I'm sure other people are not interested but we will talk about it to whoever will listen and luckily we spend a lot of time together and never tire of it, yet.

We've enlisted a fourth to our small training group. Running girl No:4 started running with us in the early days and did that first half marathon with us in 2013. She had other commitments that prevented her from running with us but has a wealth of knowledge being a personal trainer/crossfitter/weight lifter/gymnastics teacher. She has a great steady slow pace which we need in these early days and is able to talk throughout her runs giving us tips and ideas.

So far so good, our plan is to slowly build the distance and the pace just running 7-9 k at a 7 minute pace. We have some races to spice things up that fit nicely into the plan and the weather has been kind. Parkrun is still our time to push for a faster time but no PBs this year yet.


managed to blast past this guy in the last 50 metres



picked up some new compression shorts at Aldi for just $13

Monday, January 11, 2016

The running...

Looking back on Garmin Connect I logged up 561km last year. About 200 short of the year before and it shows. My weight has crept up and my times are slower.

But we did some fantastic races during that time... Wyndham Fun Run, City Trail, Werribee Mansion for the 1st time, and the inaugural Wings for Life night run. There was a 3rd go at Run 4 Kids and the beginning of our Parkrun journey. We joined the Melton City Runners group and tried to kickstart our running with a Spring into Shape series and I ran Ballarat for a challenge.
No doubt the highlight of the year was travelling up to Sydney and running the City to Surf. Such a bloody good weekend and a tough run.



It was the memory of that trip that got us together to find another destination goal and we have come up with this one
Yep a full marathon, in July!

So now the planning and talking and running begins.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Christmas time...

Christmas 2015 was a lovely affair.

Presents for big people thought out with care for each. so much so I ran out of ideas. But everyone was happy in the end.

my blue/silver theme tree
Callum,,,always happy to have his photo taken



brewing the punch





 I did have some time to relax and enjoy among the hosting of this years lunch.




 After our lunch we played an eye opening game of Cards for Humanity. The adults learned a thing or two and the young adults liked the shock value.

 The usual shenanigans ensued when it was time for group shots. You wouldn't think it would be hard to wrangle 13 people into some photos but we managed with much laughter.




one of these 2 is a natural redhead


 The selfie stick was a handy addition this year






I hope your Christmas was a well celebrated as ours

A new era...

Now that Erin has finished school I find myself in a new and unsettling position, one that I am quickly adjusting to,
After 22 years of figuring school times and events into my lifestyle our focus has shifted. No more school fees is also a lovely reprieve. It has taken some time to change my thinking and even the mood in the house has altered.
Instead of our annual trip to Port Fairy we headed to Echuca for a getaway. While it was nice it wasn't the same. I missed the beach and our regular beach walking, rock scrambling, swimming and relaxed week. As the day approached that we would normally have departed I found myself irritable and in mourning for the trip. I had let the site go last year, not renewing our booking. Chris finally took me away and Echuca/Moama was able to be booked at short notice and not too far away.

the little unit, nice air con but a bit like staying at Nana's
we ventured over the border into NSW
We had a nice time but it showed to us both, and me in particular, that we are beach people and not river people. Plus it was really hot and busy. I was determined to have a run recorded on my Garmin so I headed out from our cabin, while Chris did the dishes from breakfast, and managed a paltry 3k before it became too much (even at 10am). I then jumped in the pool among a lot of children and cooled off.
pit stop at Elmore

we were amazed at the size and number of houseboats and mused over whether we would ever have a holiday in one





'Riverview' is a misnomer, there was no river view and to Chris' enormous frustration no internet access 






We did the touristy thing and visited the Holden museum.

When we pulled into the driveway at home Chris turned to me and said he would rather go to Port Fairy than back to Echuca! It was nice but it wasn't the beach.

I have to remember the things I don't like about camping at Port Fairy like being too hot without air con or too cold huddled in a blanket waiting for fireworks or watching the tent blow sideways worrying if it would stand up in the wind or the tent leaking in the rain. Ideally booking a  house close to the beach will solve those issues.

But we headed back to work feeling like we had had a holiday and as much as we have no school children to plan around Chris' holidays will still be dictated by term breaks where there is drivers available to fill the routes.

 And my next planned break needs to be in the mid year school holidays...more about that later.