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twelve and up

Well. #50daysofwinterrunning has felt like it has become 50 days of trying to avoid the awful weather (since when is Auckland crazy windy?!) and keep all the cold germs at bay. I did take the opportunity to pop outside from work and get some sun and fresh air the other day but nearly froze in the wind!

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So, there may not have been too much planned running actually being completed but recently I have…

… finished the Run Auckland 10km at Western Springs. Turned out it was actually only 9.5km, but I still ran it much faster than my usual pace which gave me some confidence. Each of my four laps was quicker than the previous so for once my pacing was spot on! I started alongside the 5:30min/km pacer but quickly decided I could push it a bit more and I am glad I did. Also learnt a good lesson that no matter how chilly I think it is, Auckland only requires a singlet or t-shirt in a race.

… completed an awesome long run through the suburbs to the west of the city. It was nice to mix things up a bit, although we ended up running 1.5km more than expected. Not quite sure what happens but on my long slow runs my garmin often understates the distance (it measured 18km).

the long run that was longer than expected…

… started the Run Auckland Half Marathon in Orewa, and pulled out halfway through. I went along with my running buddy and she beat our 2 hour goal by a couple of minutes which was awesome. We turned up to find that there were no portaloos (really?!) and the only bathrooms were at the 5km mark. With race morning for once ‘going to plan’ I was very disappointed by this. I started a bit too fast to try get ahead to the bathrooms and remain on track, but this wash’t very successful. With the two weeks off previous due to a cold and my hip/IT band aching I decided it was smart to stop after one lap of the two lap course. It was the right decision and I enjoyed cheering on my various TempoFit buddies as they came through!

… ran the first event in the Unitec Run & Walk series at Mt Albert. I have signed up for the two lap series, and this weekend it was the 5km event. With only my parkrun times to go off, I had a goal in mind of 25 minutes. I didn’t quite get this, but finished in just under 25 1/2 minutes – which is still about 2 minutes faster than my parkrun times! I’m looking forward to getting back to TempoFit and doing some speed work to keep improving. I actually ended up as 3rd female out of 135 runners and walkers, which was a nice surprise when I checked the results yesterday afternoon.

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a not so fast placing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m now looking forward to the next four events in the Unitec Series and starting back at TempoFit next week. Motivation to run alone in the cold has been almost completely lacking!

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#50days: days six to eleven

It’s been fun seeing the various activities people are doing as part of the #50daysofwinterrunning challenge. I’ve even been converted to Instagram as part of it!

Day Six: Friday is always my rest day. For some reason, I’ve always struggled with exercising on a Friday – I’m not sure why! After a busy week at work I spent a bit of time on mapometer.com planning a route for the next morning, then did some foam rolling.

Day Seven: I met one of my TempoFit buddies for a long run. We ran 14km around the city and through the Domain. I felt like it was much more of a struggle than the weekend before, although I’m not sure why. No Prime Minister sightings this time, but lots of pretty leaves.

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Day Eight: After the run on Saturday I was keen to take it fairly easy on Sunday. My Mizuno’s are starting to get a bit worn down now, and unfortunately they discontinued the Wave Nexus. I was on my third pair, but now they are nowhere to be found. I wanted to get a comfy pair to use alongside my Asics, so I popped into my local Shoe Science. The team there was great as usual, and I ended up leaving with the Adidas Supernova Glide – back to pink shoes! I finished off the weekend with some more foam rolling (ugh!) and a Nike Training Club workout.

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Day Nine: In typical winter running form, it was raining. I ended doing a Nike Training Club (NTC) workout at home, while the triathlete made dinner. The app is great with so many different workouts available to choose from. I may have ended up yelling at the poor voiceover but that was simply due to my lack of flexibility 🙂

Day Ten: And then the storm hit. It wasn’t possible to run after work due to the crazy weather, so I decided that my 2km walk commute (work to train, train station to home) would have to do, and at least I was wearing sneakers! I also managed another NTC workout, although this time it was a 15-minute yoga session. It’s fair to say my muscles are pretty sore!

Day Eleven: Took my new shoes out for the first time on a short 30 minute run around the central city. I was worried I would be frozen but it was still really warm. Such weird weather and makes me worried for this weekend and the Run Auckland 10km I am meant to be doing.

Want to join the #50daysofwinterrunning challenge? Check out Hayden’s blog here and get inspired to mix things up a bit this winter!

 

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#50days: days one to five

After a dismal attempt at my long run on Saturday, where I had to catch the bus home after 5km, I started out again on the 1st of June, just in time for the first day of #50 days of winter running. I’m keeping myself accountable and will post little updates as I go.

Day One: a long slow run of 15km, including Tamaki Drive, Parnell, Newmarket and Remuera. I even had to run past the Prime Minister and his two security agents while he was out for a walk with his wife. I wish I had my phone on this run as it was such an amazing day!

Day Two: a recovery massage at Bodyneed in Ponsonby with Sophie. My calves really needed this. It was definitely painful, but very much worth it for how much better my legs felt the next day.

Day Three: a core workout video from Runner’s World and a bit of foam rolling. Got to keep those muscles working! There are lots of workouts available here:

Day Four: out for a lunchtime run around Westhaven. I’ve got the lunchtime run routine down now – starting with putting my hair into a ponytail while at my desk, and my garmin on while walking to the lifts! We are really lucky in our building in that we have great shower facilities, and with the colder weather running at lunch is quite nice.

Day Five: an evening run post-work. Such a still night and very warm again. I tried something different with a five minute warm up, then 3 x 1km at faster-than-race pace (absolutely the technical term for it), before a five minute cool down. A good way to fit a workout in without taking up too much time. I love running across this bridge in the dark, although tonight we had to wait for a boat to go through.

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I’m looking forward to keeping a good mix of different things over the remaining 45 days – including the Run Auckland 10km I have on this weekend!

 

 

#50DaysofWinterRunning

Well. It’s been a while, but I certainly have been working hard – both at work and in my running! I ran the Coatesville Classic 8km and the Rotorua Half Marathon, finished another season of TempoFit and managed to improve by 3km time again. We also moved house and that was a full-on body workout, ouch.

Now that it is getting a bit wintery in Auckland (so chilly last week!) I’m joining in with TempoFit’s #50 Days of Winter Running challenge. The aim is to keep strong, enthusiastic and healthy over the winter period, ready for a great start to Spring training and the lead up to the big Summer races. For me, this is the Auckland Half Marathon and I have a big time goal I’m working towards.

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I love the idea of a full-on ‘Run Streak’ like Runner’s World do each Summer, but I’ve learnt that more than two days of running in a row is just too much for me. Hayden and Charlotte from TempoFit have provided a number of ideas to keep active yet injury-free.

I’ll be putting together a list to challenge myself and mix things up a bit as I train towards a half marathon in early July!

 

 

 

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