Monthly Archives: June 2015

onward & upward

I’ve umm-ed and aah-ed and planned for a while, but now really need to get stuck into training again. I don’t have to start afresh since I’ve run most weeks since November, but there has been a lot of excuses and a lot of walking and/or stop-starting in my runs. Starting afresh with simply trying to get three runs in a week – two short, one long – has been good so far. Kicking chocolate out of my life for the month of June, another good start (too chicken to attempt Junk Free June – and my eating isn’t too bad overall!).

Onward and Upward

From here I’m looking to my calendar of running events and have set some myself some time goals for the coming months and events. I’m entered into the two-lap series for the lead up to Auckland Half and am looking forward to improving on last years times (and perhaps completing the actual distance I’m entered into!).

2015 Running Goals:

  • Sub-24 minutes for 5km
  • Sub-54 minutes for 10km
  • Sub-2 hours for half marathon

I ran 24.26 at the Unitec Series Race One (5km) last year and am looking to improve on that. I am on the hunt for a reasonable 10km as the Unitec 10km event is a little tough from memory – hills and gravel on the racetrack – but will be avoiding the various trail and ‘Tough Mudder’ type events popping up as we head into Spring. This girl doesn’t do mud.

Ready for another week. Simply three runs. Totally do-able. Ideally I’d be using my bike trainer and doing some yoga/core work but let’s not ask for too much just yet!

Onward and upward. I can do this!

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150 days to go…

Well, a scary item popped up in my Facebook feed – it’s just 150 days to the Auckland Marathon! Thankfully I am only entered in the half marathon, but I’m not quite at the point I hoped to be.

150 days to go

I’ve managed to keep injuries at bay (good luck rather than good management) but motivation has been lacking a little. I was hearing the same from my runner friends, so decided to kick-start us by organising some evening and weekend runs. This has helped me by forcing me to commit to running up to three times a week with others, which makes it a lot harder to laze on the couch instead. Solid after work runs and longer runs on the weekend are much easier when chatting away with friends.

The weather “bombs” that have hit Auckland in late May and early June have had me reaching for long sleeves, tights and warm socks. I don’t remember being this cold this early last year, but it is keeping the tomato face slightly at bay! It has been a balancing act though, I start off freezing so put on a warm layer or jacket, then need to take it off after about 10 minutes. Not sure whether it would be better to just be frozen for the first bit?!

Any winter running tips for me? I’m sure I’m just being a soft Aucklander, but I feel like it should still be summer!

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