Monthly Archives: December 2013

finishing off 2013

For the final day of 2013, I decided a morning run was in order. As we are (thankfully) operating on an early/late schedule due to it being such a quiet time, with today being my turn to start “late” I was still able to sleep until 7am before heading out.
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5km along the waterfront made me realise once again how awesome Auckland can be – especially when half the population seems to be away!

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‘sleepless in auckland’ – a world record attempt

I visited the Auckland Domain on Saturday where Kim Allan was attempting to break a world record all in the name of charity, raising funds for the NZ  I had seen this shared on Facebook by Super Generic Girl and on our local news sites and decided to make it part of my day.

I headed there in my running gear and visited the support tent. It felt a bit weird to walk up to Kim and her support crew, but at the same time I felt privileged to be a tiny part of her journey. I went through three laps (following the Sri Chimnoy Peace Mile) with Kim and her team, just as One News arrived to do an interview.

I struggle to put together a sentence when tired, let alone put one foot in front of the other for hours on end! Her support crew described her as tough and tenacious, and she really was. Despite the pain and discomfort she must have been in, she even checked that I had sunscreen on.

This evening she not only broke the record, but made it to 500km.

I made a donation before I left, if you would like to do so you can visit her fundraising site for the NZ Spinal Trust.

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beat the ten

Since the Auckland Half, I’ve struggled a bit to keep motivated. This probably also has a bit to do with having spent six weeks in a training group, and now being back on my own. I’m still happy with my call not to do TempoFit this side of Christmas and with various events and things happening with work it would have meant a very stressed Michelle all December had I done so!

They have also increased ‘Earlybird Parking’ near my work to almost $18, which is ridiculous and makes it harder to plan getting places post-work if I need to drive there. It is also practically daylight robbery…

I had seen the Nike Run Club around town and have followed Nike Britomart on Facebook for some time, but had never attended an event. I finally decided to be brave (current trend for me obviously) and go along one night. They are doing a four week program in the lead up to Christmas, culminating in a a 10km time trial on 18th December. The focus is either ‘Break the Ten’ or ‘Beat the Ten’ – I’m aiming to break my current 10km time of 57min 48sec on a run earlier this year. I’m sure I did the first 10km of the Auckland Half in under this time, but as I don’t have that on record my goal is to beat 57 minutes!

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In the first week the Wednesday session was speed work. I thought it would be okay, boy was I wrong! I joined the easy/fun group but we took off at a fast pace from Britomart to Western Park in Ponsonby. There we did stair, hill and park run drills. It was tough! It was also raining, but thankfully quite warm. Last time (and the only times prior) I had been to Western Park was for Art in the Dark, so it was good to see my huffing and puffing up the hills on those nights was justified! My legs really struggled with the hills and steps, I was even cramping up on the last few drills. We still had to run all the way back to Britomart and when I plotted it on mapometer.com I think the evening would have been about 10km.

I’m heading along tomorrow night for an injury prevention session and either a 6 or 11km run. Hopefully this won’t be quite as hard and I won’t be sore for three days like last week!

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