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#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.

#50daysofwinterrunning

 

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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november project

I came across November Project this weekend. I read this article at Runner’s World. I watched this video. I checked out their website.

And now I really wish we had it here in Auckland!

Not 100% sure how I feel about hugging sweaty strangers, and it would have to be even earlier for me to fit it in around work… But really, this might actually be enough to get me to run before work (that, and the birds outside my window chirping at 5AM EVERY SINGLE DAY).

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in the long run

In the long run… Training will be worth it.

In the long run… I’ll be a much stronger runner.

In the long run… My stomach will get over it.

And while I’m actually in the ‘long run’ my mind wanders all over the show – food, work, clothes, travel… I also seem to lose the ability to do simple maths (like how many km’s to go!).

I’ve been working hard over the past couple of weeks. I’ve made it to all my TempoFit sessions. I ran an additional 5.5km after our long run last Saturday to get my distance up to 18km. I also figured out that eating banana before running is not a good breakfast choice, but that 2-3 slices of my favourite GF toast (with Vegemite) and a glass of water works.

The jelly beans have been going well and I’ve been making sure I drink water at our water station in the long runs. Sloshing water is still a weird feeling in my stomach but I should be prepared for race day. It has suddenly got quite hot and sunny here and I’m realising how important fluid is. Thankfully the half marathon starts at 7am, whereas I’ve been starting my long run about 8.30am.

After completing most of my long runs at 6.30min/km pace, I knew I needed to pick it up this weekend to try figure out my half marathon target time. I set myself the goal of running at 6min/km pace for at least the first 5km, then I could reassess. I felt good at 5km and kept my pace steady as I went solo for the next 15 minutes (I’d been running with another girl but we knew we were tackling this run differently).

I reached 45 minutes and turned to head back to town. Of course this meant running into the wind again (I swear it switched on me!) and towards some dark clouds. The dark clouds became some light drops which were welcomed, and then driving rain, which was not. I had the difficult choice of taking the shortcut back to our meeting place, or retracing our original route which would take a bit longer. Some others from our group were ahead and going the long way, I decided to suck it up and do it too – even in the rain!

I’d kept my pace well and realised I could make it back in less than 45 minutes – negative splits!! I stopped my watch on exactly 15km, I’d been running for 1hr 27mins. I felt pretty ecstatic, especially as I pushed the last couple of km’s to make sure I got there under an hour and half. Good progress and I was excited to show our coach I’d managed UNDER 6min/km pace considering my other runs had all been much slower.

Now to try and decide my race pace…!

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taking back the run

I’d finally got to the point where I could run for 30 minutes easily. I’d even got up early and gone for a run while on holiday in Sydney, and enjoyed it. I was following a 20-week half-marathon training plan that I had started after a month of short, sensible build-up runs where I progressed from five minutes of running to twenty minutes, and was about five weeks into the plan before this happened.

I’d just finished my best run to date (9km in 51 minutes) only to be struggling to walk up and down the stairs at home. Not ideal when you live in a two-storey house. Turns out it was my IT band playing up so since then I’ve been using a foam roller, resting and stretching, but now I’m ready to get back into running.

Each weekend I’ve tried to run/walk, sandwiching five minutes of running between five minutes of walking each time. This weekend I managed four five-minute-runs and I feel like I’m back on track.

Now to figure out my modified training plan…

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