Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Liebster Award


Last week Jeremy from Confessions of an Amateur Athlete kindly nominated me for a Leibster Award. 

So.  What is a Leibster Award you may ask?  It's an award given to bloggers by bloggers.  Basically you nominate fellow up & coming bloggers in order to help them gain more readers & get more exposure.

So thank you Jeremy for the honor, despite me being a very new reader of your blog!!!

THE RULES
  • Thank the blogger who awarded you & link back to their blog
  • Answer the 10 Questions the blogger asked of you
  • Nominate 10 different bloggers
  • Ask 10 different questions to the nominees

Jeremy's questions are:

1. Tell us what your blog is about.
As my profile says, a little bit of this & a little bit of that!  It originally started as a weight loss kind of a blog & has progress more into my running & every day life adventures

2. What made you want to start blogging?
To join in with the community of blogs I was reading!!  I felt guilty reading about their adventures without sharing my own!  Sadly most of those I started out reading are no longer blogging :-(

3. What's your favorite way to stay active?
If you ask my PT he'd say Cardio!!!  But yes, cardio type classes & running are my favorites.  

4. If you could have dinner with ONE person (dead or alive) who would it be & why.
I'm gonna get morbid & say either of the two people I know who took their own lives to ask why.  I don't feel bitter or angry at them, just sad for them & their families & I kind of feel that we knew the why's it would help in whole research & treatment of depression & suicide prevention.

5. Waffles or Pancakes? Favorite topping?
Aaaah couldn't tell you the last time I ate a waffle or a pancake.  I guess I'd choose pancakes with maple syrup (the real stuff not that imitation shite - I have Canadian friends!!) & real vanilla icecream.  

6. One guilty pleasure of yours after a tough workout/run.
Hahahaha doesn't need to be tough.  Lindor Lindt Ball!!

7. What's one fitness activity you haven't tried, or don't do often that you'd like to try?
Have secret thoughts of a triathlon one day.  And have been researching a bicycle!!! And Surfing.  Would love to learn to surf.  In Tropical waters!!!

8. If you could only eat ONE thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
See question 6.

9. Describe your dream vacation.
Tropical Island, crystal clear water, white sand, scuba diving, the hubby & a few good mates/mango daiquiri's, pizza/pasta/food...........

10. Link to your favorite blog post.
I wasn't sure if this meant a blog post I'd written or someone else, so I'm going to list one of each.  My current fave blog post written by someone else is this one about not giving up:

http://cocogirlbutter.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/thanks-to-girl-called-jess.html

My fave of all my own blog posts is probably the series I wrote on my Grandpa back in 2010

http://alleycat1970.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/grandpa-v1-of-3.html
http://alleycat1970.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/grandpa-v2-of-3.html
http://alleycat1970.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/grandpa-v3-of-3.html

I'm going to change the rules here & only nominate a couple of bloggers:

Carol http://finding-carol.blogspot.com.au
Kate http://cocogirlbutter.blogspot.com.au

My questions are:

1. Out of all the social networks in the world, why use a blog?
2. Tell me about a movie/TV show/song/book that changed your life.
3. Name one physical feature about yourself that you like.
4. Where was your favorite place to go when you were a kid?
5. What is your quirkiest habit?
6. Who is your favorite super hero?
7. What is your favorite distance to run?8. What are your current favorite running shoes?
9. Who inspires you the most to run?
10. What is your go-to long pre run meal?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I may just be Crazy

If you've been reading here for a while, you'll know I'm just about to run my 2nd Half Marathon.  The PT who encouraged (pushed) me to do the first one also told me to get thinking about the full marathon when he bid me farewell last year for another job too far from where I work/live to warrant me following him.

I made a deal with myself that if I managed this half without the awful ITB pain I had running the first half marathon, that I'd give a full marathon a go.  This thought has been plaguing me for weeks now as the 2nd half marathon draws closer.  I think this is what has been making me freak out a bit at the 16km ish mark of the last couple of long runs.  That. Big. Bloody. Decision.

In my head I'm going, "you cant even make this distance with out wanting to stop & walk, how do you think you're going to manage a full marathon" etc etc etc.

This morning while out on my regular Wednesday morning run, I decided that if I was going to find the courage to do the marathon, that I really needed a coach to support me.  

When I was training for the first half marathon, Craig (PT) would have me tell him the long run distance I was to be running that weekend prior, & then he'd ask me to text him post run with the exact distance, the time it took & any issues I'd had.  He'd respond with the appropriate 
encouragement, & usually stretching instructions for the rest of the weekend.

Mike my current PT isn't into running & thinks I'm a bit mad, but has been working very hard with me to strengthen my glutes to overcome the ITB pain & my body overall to make me a better runner.  But he's not that interested, that he's invited me to do with him, what I did with Craig.  

The point is, neither of them were/are paid to be my support person outside of the PT sessions & while I do text Mike to complain how sore my legs are, that is mainly for his entertainment!!  Hence me deciding I needed a coach if I was going to commit.  

I utilized Shauna & Julia @ Up & Running to coach me for my first 10km, but decided I really wanted someone local for this distance.  I'd been looking on & off for a while, but nothing I'd read on line inspired me until I revisited Lazy Runner looking for a local referral.  I started reading about Lazy Runner's coaching style & other information on the website & found myself nodding along with a lot of what was there.

Then I read this story about about good self talk/bad self talk made contact with Lazy Runner.  You see, the Dazza character in the story could have been written about me!!  I felt like she'd been rummaging around in my head & taken all my stressed out thoughts about whether I could summon up the courage to even try!!! Who would have thought other people would have the same (paranoid) thoughts as I do (except the concern about the banana shortage)!!!  

As it turns out we have a little in common.  The Melbourne Marathon was her first marathon & she recommends this or the gold coast (I think?) as a good first marathon to start with.  She hails from the western districts of Victoria, as do I & despite the fact that she is based in Qld, she runs running workshops in Melbourne (& Adelaide).

To cut the rest of the story short I signed up not only for the Melbourne Marathon yesterday, I signed up with Lazy Runner to coach me through it.  

CONGRATULATIONS Cat!

YOUR BIB NUMBER IS: 1917

I will be doing some fund raising for this event. More details on that & of course training details to follow!!!!  

Wish Me Luck!!!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

1/2 Marathon Training Week 10



Mon 7/4: 5am 5.5kms 27.28 mins + 5.30pm PT

Tues 8/4: 6pm Shoulder & knee rehab + Core & Stretching

Wed 9/4: 5am 8kms 47.43 mins+ 5.45pm (scheduled Boxing Class & Stretching - didn't do)

Thurs 10/4: 5am 5.5kms (didn't do) + 5.30pm PT

Fri 11/4: 5.5km speed session on Treadmill @ Gym (had scheduled a rest day)

Sat 12/4: am 18kms (did 17.68kms 1hr 41mins) + 5kms Electric Run

Sun 13/4: Rest

Legs felt great after wearing the skins all day Saturday & sleeping in them Saturday night, but I needed them again Monday night!!  Mike decided it was time to weight my squats after we've been working on my technique for a while.  I swear, doing a squat properly is hard work!!  25 minutes & 70 odd squats later I was pressing 45kgs & was informed I would have a sore bum today.  I knew it would be true when walking up the stairs to get home was already killer.  Bless those skins though & it wasn't any where near as bad as it would have been I suspect without them!!

Nearly everything else went to schedule except after bragging I hadn't had a cold for 3 years, guess what.  Yep, ended up with a bit of a head cold.  Woke up with a sore throat Tuesday morning & felt a bit flat.  Still went to Gym Tuesday night to find Mike rugged up like a snowman telling me how awful he was feeling.  Thanks mate, that explains my sore throat.  Didn't feel too bad Wednesday morning so got up & did my run in the rain, then it went downhill from there with Plumbing Boy scolding me for running in the rain in the first place!!!

Skipped boxing class Wednesday night for an early night & slept in Thursday morning rescheduling that run for Friday morning, but it was raining again so did it on the treadmill Friday night.  Tried a speed session warming up for 1km medium pace, running hard for 400m then jogging for 200m, repeat til I reached 5.5kms.  Felt pretty good & didn't blow up the treadmill :-)

Saturday morning's run was a bit of a struggle.  I didn't do a water drop as it was shorter run & didn't worry about fuel either.  I did stop at 2 x drinking fountains for a drink though.  I have this thing in my head that it is not cool to stop - must run the whole way otherwise you haven't achieved the goal.  A bit daft I know, but had to talk myself into them.  Wasn't mentally as tough as the week before despite being a bit snotty, but I did want to stop & walk with about 6kms to go.  It must just be that particular spot along the route!!  I did keep reminding myself that I was a bit sick & that it didn't matter how slow I went, just get it done.

Wore the skins again all day as I'd registered myself & my cousin to do the electric run Saturday night.  Not sure it it's worth the money, but was fun to do once!!  Didn't really work up a sweat - we took it pretty easy as my cousin hadn't really trained for it & wasn't completely healthy herself.  We took walk breaks where the congestion was too bad to bother pushing through.  The atmosphere was good & the costumes were amusing.  Unfortunately my cuz has all the photo's.  Later.

Legs held up well & wore the skins to bed as well & woke up Sunday just fine.

My race pack for the half showed up during the week.


I'll be channeling Cam Guthrie, Garry Ablett Jnr & Ken Hinkley, current & previous wearers of the number 19 Guernsey for the Cat's. 

2 weeks to go.............feeling prepared, but a little anxious.  It's one thing to have a time goal for an event & make it public - another thing altogether to nail it on the day.  Wish me luck.






Thursday, April 10, 2014

Half Marathon Training Week 9

Mon 31/3: Scheduled 5am 5.5kms (didn't do) & 5.30pm PT DID

Tues 1/4: unscheduled 5.5kms @5am + Knee & shoulder rehab + Core 

Wed 2/4: 5am 8.5kms + 5.45pm Boxing

Thurs 3/4: 5am 5.5kms (didn't do) + 5.30pm PT (totally smashed)

Fri 4/4: Rest - rescheduled the 5.5kms from yesterday DONE

Sat 5/4: 16kms - did 21.3kms 120 mins

Sun 6/4: Rest

This week as all about recovering from lasts weeks long run & keeping up the shorter training runs.  Recovery went well, but the training runs not so well.  Missed Monday, but made it up Tuesday, missed Thursday, intended to make it up Friday morning but slept through the alarm, rescheduled for Friday night.

The rest of the week was spent in a quandary as to what distance to run this Saturday.  My training plan was to alternate between 21 & 16 starting week 7, week 8 - 16, this week 21, with next week (week 10) 18kms, week 11 - 13 kms week 12 event.  Because the ITB flared up week 7 the plan is all out of whack.  I could go 16 this week & 21 next week, but I've got the 5km electric run next Saturday night.  Not sure if it's a good idea to do 21 + 5 in one day!!!  

I decided to wait until Saturday morning & run somewhere between 16 & 21kms depending on how I'm felt, although was pretty keen to give the distance another crack.

PT on Thursday night was killer!!!  Another PT was training 2 x girls where we were & I think Mike was feeling a little friendly rivalry with the other PT & absolutely smashed me!!!!  Everything rep was to the max with bugger all rest time between.  He had to help me off the incline bench after completing the session with incline sit ups til failure.  I thought I was going to have to roll off that bench upside down I was that stuffed!!!

Friday nights catch up run was on the treadmill followed by lots of stretching.  I could barely manage any core work due to still being so sore from Thursday's PT session.

Saturday morning Plumbing Boy decided he wanted to go for a run early & took my car.  Have I mentioned how much I dislike sharing a car???  Instead of leaving home at 6.30am as planned, I left at 7.30am as he didn't get back until then.  By the time I got to the start point, it was 8am.  The sky was very grey & I suspected it might rain.  


remembered to take some photo's today - here is a massive container ship that cruised past as I was getting organised in the car park..

Opted for a long sleeve top which I thought I was going to have to strip off at one point & just run in a crop as I was too hot!!!  The breeze picked up & eventually I had to roll my sleeves back down to keep warm.  I suspect as the top was so wet with sweat it was making me cooler than I would have been had I been wearing a short sleeve top!


as the clouds came over it was very grey

The rain held off & the run was pretty uneventful until the 16km mark when I mentally wanted to stop.  I don't think I've ever found it so difficult to complete a run.  I had to use every ounce of cunning to talk myself into continuing!!  

My breathing was out of control & it took a while to calm that down.  My old PT Craig used to say to me "control your breathing & you control everything else".  I used that as a bit of a mantra & ended up counting my breath in & out for every single step/breath of the last 6kms to get through.



I also used his mantra of "just get it done" & some positive reinforcement from Mike "head up Cat" & "I'm proud of you - you should be proud of you".  Damn it was hard.  But.  I did it & got the time too.  It will be touch & go on the day as there will be people to dodge, I don't know the course & water stations to use (& navigate) among other factors as to whether I can formally crack the 2 hours.




I was soooooooooo glad to make it back to the car.  I think I counted to 1000 twice or was it 5 times over that last 6kms!!!  A few stretches then it was off to get a well deserved coffee!


I really love running bayside - as you can see in the pic's I get to run past a couple of yacht clubs & a marina.  Plus there are serious shipwrights & commercial repairs done as you can see by the big boat in the picture above the coffee shop.  No pic's of the wetlands & birds - I have my phone strapped to the small of my back while running & it's a drag to get out while running if I don't want to break my stride.

Again I did the water drop & practiced eating jelly beans. I did spend the last 6kms thinking I'm delusional if I think I could attempt the next distance (don't want to say it out loud as it still terrifies me - just remove the half from the training I'm doing now & you will know what I'm on about).

My legs were really sore after last weeks long run so this week I had the bright idea to wear my skins under my jeans for the rest of Saturday/Saturday night & even slept in them & was very happy to feel like I had normal legs on Sunday!!!

Had a date with Cinders at the Footy Saturday night (Tully - we missed you!!), sorry, no pic's, but had a good time cheering our respective teams.  Was a bit of a scrappy game, but pretty close with my team victorious in the end.  This expedition included 30 minute walks at either end getting to public transport & then from PT to the MCG, so was ready for a complete rest day on Sunday.

Bring on week 10. 



Wednesday, April 9, 2014