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Running update

There has been running in the last few weeks and today is a good time to do an update on all things about running.

I was supposed to go to the Orange Running Festival in a town called Orange, about 3 1/2 hours from home, on the 4th of March. I had booked acccomodation and registered for the race but we had alot of rain the week before. We had so much rain that there was significant flooding across the state. (There still is and I need to check in with my sister who lives in a town where the river was peaking yesterday.) We might have been able to get to Orange but we would have been taking detours and there was a real possibility we would have had to detour 3 hours out of the way on the way back. If it had just been me I might have gone but we were all going and I was not going to put us through such a long drive.

I was really disappointed not to go to Orange. We were going up with Bella, one of the Up and Runner girls from Canberra and meeting another of the Up and Runner girls in Orange. There will be meetings in our future.

We had a couple of dry days then a couple more rainy days and I got out and ran in the dry and the wet. I run either first thing in the morning or during my lunch break at work. The days are getting shorter and I really notice it when I go out in the morning. Most of my run is in the dark and I get to see the light change as the sun comes up. Fortunatly, the paths I run on are all pretty even. I am looking forward to summer time ending and getting a little bit more light in the morning. When I run at lunch time I really only have 45 minutes unless I want to work a longer day. But that is enough time to get out and do a warm up, a decent run and then a cool down.

Last weekend we had a long weekend in Canberra for Canberra Day. I knew that a 4K fun run was being held and because I did not get to Orange I decided to go in it. My parents were staying with us so they came along to watch with my man and boy. I also got to meet up with Bella and do a race with her. It was cloudy but dry and nice and cool for running. The 10K race started at 9 and the 4K started at 9.05. Bella and I did a warm up walk and got to see that there would be a hill in the first km. Hills! I did not expect that. And in an out and back course! But at least we knew in advance. There were more people in the 10K and it was exciting to see them off and cheer them on their way.

The 4K run started and I waved to my people as I took off. My plan was to run a steady race and complete it without walking. I ran up the hill and down the otherside and tried to steady my breathing. It was a lovely picturesque course along the lake but a different part of the lake to which I usually run.

The first 2km were fine. I started to see people heading back and I cheered the first few people on their way. How exciting! They were doing so well and were so speedy! It is one thing I like about running in races is that it is much more an interactive experience. I saw someone from my old work who seemed surprised to see me but we had a nice little acknoweldgement as we ran past each other.

I turned around, headed back and waved to Bella who was a couple minutes behind me. She looked like she was doing well, running confidently and steadily. Heading into the 4th km was harder and then I had the hill again but I ran up and down and was really pleased I did. Once I was down, I concentrated on my form; leg turnover and posture. I did not really try to speed up, although that happened as I drew close to the finish line. I saw my dad and my boy standing about 80 m from the end. I held out my hand to my boy and we ran to the finish line together. He is 2 1/4 now and likes running but can’t run that far. But we did that much together and we finished and I picked him up and said ‘we are winners!’. My man was at the finish line taking photos and my mum was there too.

And then I got to cheer Bella as she was not far behind me. She did so well! She had a little tumble during the race just before I saw her and yet she looked so confident and strong! I thought she did an amazing run.

It was a lovely run. And I was so happy to have been there with my family and Bella. It was very special ending the race with my boy. My official time was 28.36 minutes.

This morning was another special run. I got up at 6 and was out by 6.15. I went up the hill that I used to walk up when I started out last year. This morning I walked up, did some stretches and then ran around the top of the hill. I was planning to run around once and then a little more to get to a different path down. This path around the top of the hill is mostly level but there are two stretches with ups and downs. And I ran the whole way, in total 3.27km. I was slow because it was dark and a little uneven so I was a little cautious. I was so happy to complete what I set out to do, on a route that shows me how far I have come from where I started. And I got to see the light change and look out over north Canberra. It was beautiful. And it is so quiet at that time of morning! It started raining a little as I came home. All in all, this morning I did 6km in 55 minutes, which includes the 5 minutes of stretching.

I have bought the next two rounds of the Bridge to 10K plans from Up and Running which gives me another 8 weeks worth of workouts. I am enjoying them. Some are longer, some are shorter but they are well designed and are helping me train at the 5K distance with a structured plan. For me, the structured plan helps me stick to the training.

The next race I am signed up for is the Canberra Running Festival in mid April. I have registered for the 5K race. There will be more people running in this one than I am used to so the atmosphere should be special. I know someone running in the marathon the next day so I am hopeing to go and cheer him on in that.

I like running. I think I might have said that before 🙂 I really do.

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5K birthday extragavanza

I am happy, I am weary. This morning I ran 5K in 37.04.

It was a gorgeous morning. My boy woke up a little early so I got up, got him up and had a small breakfast with him. I was dressed in my running gear and made sure I had some water. And then I had some more water. After my man got up, I started getting things together; my watch, my headband, my phone. And then before I could procrastinate too much I headed out.

The temp was 15’C and the skies were blue and clear. A beutiful day for a run.

I got really excited heading out. It was my birthday and I was running!!! This time last year I was not able to run. This time last year I was about to start on my healthy journey and was excited but also nervous about the future. And today I was running!

My warm up is about 1 km and I started out walking with huge arm swings and windmills. At about 500m I started running. I stopped for stretches and wriggled my toes about and then off I went.

The first km I was focussed on going at a slow steady pace. I knew if I wanted to finish strong I had to start slowly. The first part takes me down a path and one of the houses has extended their vegie patch outside the fence and I always want to check out what is growing. This morning the zucchini flowers were out. A little further, a fig tree hangs over the fence. There are so many figs on it now and I don’t know how ripe they are because I couldn’t stop.

The second km is on a path between two suburbs, it is wide and just slightly sloping down hill. I get a view out to the mountains to the south (the Brindabella Ranges). It is my favourite part of the run because I feel the best in terms of action, breathing and strength. The third km takes me along some roads. It is my least favourite part of the route but it is also has my halfway point which means that every step is now closer to the end.

The fourth km takes me to the end of a big loop and then I start heading back home. I go past the fig tree again and I try not to look. I go past the vegie patch. An elderly man was out watering and made some positive comment about me running. I said ‘only 1 more km’ and he cheered me on. I have seen him in the last few months on my runs and to have him recognise me and cheer me on was very cool.

I was shuffling in the 5th km. I refused to walk but I was going slowly. It was the last km and I kept going. I was determined to run the full distance. I came over the bridge and round the corner and saw my usual end point. And I swore because today I was ending 100m further up the path. It seemed a good idea at the time, my man and boy were at the playground to see my finish. But to go past the house and up the (very) slight incline at the end of a hard run just seemed… a very bad idea. But I got there, I threw my arms up into the air in victory!

Total distance was 6.45km, total time was 54 minutes. 5K time was 37.04 minutes. Not my fastest time, not my slowest time. Somewhere very nicely in the middle. And now, 4 hours later, I am tired and weary but not shattered like I was after my first 5K. I may not be speedier but I am recovering faster.

I have run 5K four times since the start of November. I am amazed at what my body can do. My legs are strong! My lungs and heart are strong! I am so proud of what I have achieved. I am looking forward to what happens next.

Running 5K today is my birthday gift to me.

4km fun run!

Today I had my second 4km event. I signed up for a 2 event series in September and the first event was in mid-September. I was in the fun walk for that event. Today I was signed up for the fun run.

I did not have a good few days leading up to it. My eating was all over the place due to stress on several fronts. My sleeping was also not as good as I had hoped. But I woke up this morning and the weather was clear. That was a relief! Yesterday was raining and there are showers forecast for today.

I had a light breakfast at about 6.30. And water. We left the house at 7.25 and drove down to the lake where the race was being held. We left home a little later than I had wanted but that usually happens with the toddler! We got there, I picked up my timing piece and attached it to the top of my shoe. I pinned on my race number. I used the rental facilities. There was not enough time for a good warm up. I need to remember that for next time. But I did some warmups to get my heart rate lifted and the blood pumping and then gently stretched.

I had forgotton my music this morning. I don’t usually run with music but I missed it today.

I developed my race plan from the advice Julia Jones, the running coach from Up and Running gave one of the other girls. Run the first 2kms then I needed to walk 1 min then run to the end of that km, then if I needed to walk 1 min and run to the finish. I made sure I had my watch on today. I was hoping to run the whole distance but was very happy to have a good plan in case that was not going to happen.

It was a beautiful morning. I was excited to be milling at the start point. There were some familiar faces from last time. We had a couple minutes and then the horn blew and we were all off. I realised as we started that I had not warmed properly and that I needed to pace myself. I reminded myself that it was my race and I did not have to compete with anyone. I ran past my man and little boy, I ran past my mum who was loudly cheering. And then off we all went. I concentrated on my breathing just trying to settle into the race.

The first km was a little hard, I checked my watch and it only took 6min! My fastest 1km time ever! I started slowing down. This was where I wanted the music to distract me. The sun was in my face and I was trying to run but I did not feel like I had found my comfortable pace. The second km got harder but I did get to the end of it running. My second km took 7.10 min which for me is about my average pace. I walked for 1min and I am glad I did. The third km I was tiring. My breathing was ok but my legs got heavier. Again I was missing my music. But coming back the sun was not in my face which was good. Third km time was 7.50 and I think that was great given the min walking. Again I walked at the start of the 4th but I timed it and I was only walking for a min. I knew the end was close, I knew the 500m point and I knew when I came round a certain corner I only had 200m left. I started pushing myself then, not to take longer strides but just to move my legs faster. And my breathing coped and it was hard but I got there. My time for that last km was 7.48 with a total time of 28.43. That is almost 2 mins less than 6 weeks ago where I ran the first and last kms and walked the middle two.

My mum was so proud – she got a little teary! And I felt good. My man was also very proud. He said that I looked better finishing this race than I did the last one. That is cool.

I look so much leaner than I did 6 weeks ago! It was a real surprise to see how good I look. My man was right! My breathing and heartrate also recovered more quickly than last time.

I am tired now. My legs are tired. I am happy. I am really pleased with the improvement in how far I can run, in my time and how I look.

I am looking forward to the 5K next weekend which I am running on my own as part of the UpandRunning 5K course. Based on today, I don’t think I am ready to run the whole 5K. But I also know that I am not far off that. And I have training plans that will help me get there. This course has rocked! I know that I wanted to run before I started but I had no idea how to go about it. This course has really provided me with the tools to get there and I love that Shauna and Julia have resources for available for once the course is over 🙂

Hurrah! On to week 8 of the course! On to the 5K next weekend! And a rest day, tomorrow 😀