Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Body Stats

So. After noting I'd lost/gained/lost/gained/lost the same 5 - 6 kgs since reading over my old posts I was interested to see what had changed after training for the 10km run.

I took some measurements 9 weeks ago to compare.  I forgot to do a body fat caliper test; last time I recorded one was this time last year have included those stats as well.  I knew there had been changes as my clothes fit much better & I'm wearing more fitted tops instead of the blousey ones that give ones middle a little more privacy.  

Stats below in metric (kgs & cms)

                 9/9/11       30/8/12        25/9/12
KGS             65                64                 61.5
Bust            96                94                  91.5
Waist          79                78                  75
Hip             103               97                  94
L Thigh        63                62                  60.5
R Thigh       63.5              62                  60.5
L Bicep        30                29                  28.5
R Bicep       30.5              29                  29.5
L Calf          35                 35                 35.5
R Calf         35.5              35                  36
Butt           107              106                  104.5
Pot belly      94                95                  88.5
Belly Button 88                87                  82.5
Body Fat      26%       didn't measure       25%

The body fat % may not be quite right - I've got a budget set of calipers, but I seem to have lost the chart that came with them!  I used the internet today & did a few different type of tests which averaged to 25%.  I'm in the average range & going in the right direction.  I'd like to be a little leaner (18 - 20% is athletic).  I don't necessarily want to be in the athletic range, just closer to 20 than 25.

While I still jump on the scales every couple of days, my clothes have really been the guide as to how I am going.  I won't measure again until the January run, which will include Christmas & the silly season :0)

I guess I'm just aiming to be fitter between now & then; & hopefully faster!!!!  Reality is the scale weight may increase as fat converts to muscles or may stay exactly the same.  Some measurements will increase & some I hope will decrease (Butt wings!)

Hope this hasn't bored you all to tears!

PS you can tell the boss has been out of the office for the past week................

Monday, September 24, 2012

RACE DAY #edited

The alarm went off at 5.30am!  Hit snooze a couple of times as had a fairly restless nights sleep - was considering moving to the spare room around 11pm due to someone snoring next to me, but I must have finally fallen asleep.

Showered, dressed, packed a change of clothes; remembered I forgot to charge pod & delete 2 songs, quickly plugged in, plenty of charge, deleted 2 tunes & moved one to the end of the play list (back up tune!).

Was feeling OK.  Tired & a little nervous.  Hit the road at 6.30am, picked up K at 7am who'd volunteered to keep Plumbing Boy company & cheer me on.  Had a little trouble finding how to get into the car park @ the venue, but eventually arrived at 7.40am (had been feeling quite anxious for the 10 minutes prior as I'd wanted to be there at 7.30am). 

Lots of runners everywhere, long queues for the loo - I'd not really had anything to eat or drink so while I did join the queue for 5 minutes, I got out of it again & decided to spend my time warming up instead.  As K said, more nerves than really needing to pee.

Walked a lap then jogged 2 laps of the oval to warm up.  7.55am we were called to the starting line for a race briefing.  The 1/2 marathoners were to run in one direction to complete their 1.2km first & the 5 & 10km runners were to head off in the other direction at the start of the 5km loop.  I asked the girl next to me if I was facing the right direction for the 10km, her response was "Yes, unless you want to run the half".

A moment of silence, prior to starting to reflect on being a runner & being part of a wider community of runners & off we went.  Our race bibs had an electronic timer in it; I'm  waiting for my official time which will be published on their website today.  

I waited a little for the pack to clear, then hit start on my watch as I ran under the start banner.  The first turn around was between the 1 & 2km mark & I started to worry that I'd started in the 1/2 marathon group by mistake, until I saw a group over take me going very fast.  Obviously they'd run the 1.2 plus what I'd run.  Didn't stop me from feeling very anxious til I found the 5 & 10k runner's 2km marker.  Watch said 12 minutes so I knew I was running in the right direction with the right group!!!  

The course was supposedly flat according to the website, but not in comparison to the flatness around home where I run!  There were 3 uphill sections.  While they were only slight, my knee wasn't too happy.  The first uphill was gradual stretch between around 1.5 & 3 kms marker & by the 3rd km, my knee was starting to hurt like it did last weekend.  The 2nd uphill section had a gradual 1/2km with short steeper 200m section at the end in the 4th & the last uphill a minor gradual 100m at the beginning of the 5th km.  

At the 5km mark I was around 31 minutes, so felt OK with the time.  Cheered on by PB & K, while my knee was still annoying, I decided that I could make it around again.  I'd trained for it, so wanted to bloody well finish it!  There were a couple of runners around 100m ahead of me & I focused on them, hoping to overtake them, or at the minimum, keep up with them.  No such luck, they definitely ran their 2nd half faster than their first!  I think I only over took 1 person in the second half.  

By the 7km marker my right hip was now in protest with my right knee.  My mantra at this point pretty much I think I can I think I can & just started counting to 100, trying to keep my breathing steady & even, 2 steps in, 2 steps out.  Last time up the steep hill (the first time round I over took as few people walking it) I realized I wasn't going to make it in under an hour & struggled to power home in the last km.  Lucky I kept the back up song on my pod, as my playlist was exactly 1 hour & the finish line was in sight!

I crossed the finish line according to my watch at 1 hour, 2 minutes & 5 seconds!  The official time might be less a couple of seconds as I almost forgot to hit the stop button on my watch as K wanted me to throw my hands above my head at the finish line for a photo.

While I'm happy to have completed the run & am fairly happy with the time the pain my knee & hip put a bit of a damper on the whole experience.  Sculled a few glasses of water & stretched, by then the 10km presentation was ready to go so we hung around for that.  The first place was 40 something minutes.  First in my age & gender category was 52 something minutes, so felt quite happy with my time.  There was an 80 year old man who beat me with 59 minutes!  Legend!

The sun had gone behind the clouds & it was threatening to rain, so we headed back to the car & went in search of coffee!  As we'd organised to go out for lunch, we had a quick light breakfast, then back to K's for a shower!  Sooooooooo good.  Spent the afternoon with K, our mate T & her man & their baby, & another mate J at a pub in Williamstown.  It was Baby's first lunch out in public & first time at the pub.  Had a few wines to celebrate & feel a little worse for wear today; more tired than anything though!  Both knees are a bit sore today + hip, & going up stairs is not much fun, but am sure with a few days rest that will all subside.

Next on the agenda was a 12km end of October, depending on recovery, may do the 8km instead & continue on to the 10km in January.  To be honest, I think I'd be happy to run my boring old 5.5 km circuit 5 times a week & just clock up a few more kms.  

Will post my official time when it's published on the website.  Spose I'd better get back to work now :0)

Stats are in:
10km had 168 competitors.  I came in at 134
of the 83 women competing in the 10km, I came in at 58
of the 20 women in my age group, I came 13th
Net time: 1.01.56
Finish time: 1.02.19
(not sure what the difference is between the net & finish)
My watch: 1.02.05

Friday, September 21, 2012


Finally finished reading through my old dribble (posts).  I slightly edited a couple & have reverted a few back to draft.  I may or may not edit & re-publish.  I should be back in your readers/feeds when I blog because I've taken it off private.  I was feeling really daft having to email you when I'd posted.  Also I've been reading some new running blogs & what's the point of commenting if they can't read my blog & comment back.  Kind of removed the opportunity to make new friends.  

Strangely I was finding me editing myself more when private about whether I was sounding whiney or bitchy!  The only thing that was easier was not having to use initials for names.  So it's back to that.

What did I learn from re-reading old posts?  I repeat myself a bit.  Uh Oh - I'm gonna be one of those old people. I've been gaining & losing the same 5kgs for the past 4 years.  I use this blog as a log book sometimes for food & exercise which must be awfully bloody boring for you out there to read!  You guys are hilarious!  Reading back over some of the comments had me in fits of giggles.  So.  I must thank you all for sticking out my repetitive boringness!!!

On with the show.  10km fun run is on Sunday.  Last training session was Saturday @ 9kms.  Was stoked with the time 54 minutes something, but wasn't so happy about the right knee pain 2/3rds of the way through.  Decided not to run this week; did a cycle on  Monday followed by another PT session (got smashed - felt like wobbly jelly all over by the end of it - lucky dinner was already prepared coz I don't think I could have held & operated a knife to cut anything up!) & it was fine.  

Yesterday again it was paining a bit, but had a Chiropractic appt & felt sure my pelvis was out & that was the cause.  Bingo.  Plus all my muscles had tightened up in protest which was contributing.  I'd remembered seeing a flyer at my gym for a new masseuse & as I couldn't get into anyone at the chiropractor's booked in with Margaret @ the gym.  Double Bingo.  $40-00 for 1 hr, $30 back on medibank pvt, yessiree I'll hand over $10-00.  Chiro laughed at me & said you really know whats going in with your body don't you.  Brilliant idea & I'll write down what muscles I want her to torture you with. 

There was a fair bit off puffing/panting (on my part) while she worked on a band of muscle that runs between your bottom rib & your pelvis in your lower back (forgot what it's called), more when she stuck her elbow in all the trigger points available in my glute & only slight panting while doing the same to my IT band.  Those puppies were not happy.  Feel so much better & looser today than Jebus.

Have not been sleeping well at all this week.  Crazy dreams of running & being chased (subconsciously worried about Sunday I'd guess) & somebody snoring so loud one night I moved to the spare room @ midnight.  Last night someone called at 11.30pm to chat hot water...........

Hopefully tonight will be an awesome sleep as I don't have the phones, nor does plumbing boy.  I'm planing on a big sleep in.

Sunday the run starts at 8am, so will be up bright & early.  I've updated my play list & have a new revised time goal.  Originally I wanted to be done in 70 minutes.  I'm going to try for closer to 60 minutes.  I have no idea about how the traffic of the other runners will affect time, so will have to let you know after I'm done.  Gear is all washed & ready; just need to charge the pod.  Plumbing boy is driving me & another friend K is coming with us to keep PB company & to cheer me on LOL!  

So.  Here goes..........

Wish me luck!!!!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


My local gym recently advertised 10 personal training sessions for $240-00 (down from $600-00) which is a bloody bargain!  I signed up & had the first session last Monday.  My PT is a young bloke, which has its pro's & cons.  

I guess even if he doesn't have much experience, he's at least done the course recently so he'll be up with the latest stuff & be enthusiastic!  He was quite interested in my running program & took a copy of what I've been doing; was planning on doing a bit of research & coming up with a few new ideas for the next run's training program.

I've never paid for formal PT before, but I did train with a mate while she was doing her course, so was chief guinea pig for 6 months or so for her.  Adam was pretty good & I felt just the right amount of pain.  Definitely sore 24 hours later, but not so sore that I couldn't walk!!!

I'll be doing a session a week with him til the prepaid runs out.  If I'm still diggin' it I might continue on.  I can't do pump because of the tennis elbow, so it's good to have someone design a training program that I can work with, plus he makes sure my technique is good & pushes me.  I usually avoid lunges at all costs, but I can't escape them now..........

My core, lower back, glutes & upper body are all weak (surprise surprise) so that's what we're working on.  The funnest thing I played with was a Bosu ball.

You flip it so the round bit is on the ground & you stand on the flat bit - yes, it wobbles a lot (or should I say I wobbled a lot).  Then try it standing on 1 leg!  That was most peculiar as each ankle almost reverberated.  I had to hold onto the arm Adam offered me for 1 legged.  I also managed to do a couple of squats on it.  It's harder than it looks & works a lot of muscles at once.  Plumbing Boy wants one!

Here's a few pic's from a camping weekend a few weeks ago........

sunset on the way there (had to set up in the dark)

Red wine glass & a beautiful bottle of red.  I hear the locals are bloody awesome!!!

Mr Kettle & the campfire.

I went on a 2 hour hike on the Sunday up a ginormous hill plumbing boy rides his bike up; came back via an easier route.  Going down steep rocky trails is much harder than going up them!

Tis a good camping spot except for the lack of phone reception.  That's not so bad, but it means we can only both go when we're not answering the work phones which is around 1 in every 6 weeks.  Plumbing Boy is right into his camping at the moment.  I did tell you he bough an ambulance didn't I? And is decking it out as a camper.  I'll have to find a photo...........it's a Holden ute with the ambo back on it...............photo next time!

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Nomad Chronicles VI

Our next stop was Tunnel Creek.  This required wading thigh high along an underground creek by torch light for much of the way.  Aborigonals evaded police for quite a while here.  Further along we camped at Wundjina Gorge.  Flanked by spectacular 100 metre walls, the soft walking path followed the water through shady trees often draped with vines.  There were a lot of fresh water crocodiles basking on the sand bars.   

The next day we followed the rough corrugated road out to the Gibb River road and the bit that we travelled was much smoother than the track from Fitzroy Crossing.  It was amusing to see the traffic from the north had turned the left lane of the bitumen red when the other lane was black.  Derby was a more pleasant town than we had been led to believe.  From here we took an overnight trip to the Horizontal Falls.  

The 10 seat amphibious plane looked very ungainly on the tarmac but the take-off, 30 minute flight & landing was very smooth.    We took a thrilling ride through the falls on a 600 hp boat.  The force of the water creates amazing eddies.   After a cruise up the creek we watched tawny nurse sharks and a groper come to be fed.  The sharks were up to 3 metres long & circled all night.  

We spent the night on a house boat before flying another boat trip to watch the tide coming in.  The flight back to Derby over the islands of the Bucaneer Archipeligo was spectacular in the morning light.  After a quick look at the jetty and the boab prison tree we headed south to Broome.

After setting up at the Broome Caravan park we adjourned to the large swimming pool where there is even a lap lane.   Our camper has an advantage that we can squeeze into a small site where larger caravans can’t get – this time next to the gas cylinder.  The disadvantage is that we have to pack up & leave our chairs on site if we need to drive somewhere.   We could slide off but feel it would be a hassle for short stops.   

The Broome Cup & the Stairway to the Moon have swelled the population.   It is hard to get a site in Broome & often people are moved to temporary parks.  Today we took a 3 in 1 tour of sight-seeing around Broome, a presentation on pearl diving & a visit to a pearl farm.  The presenters were all excellent.    Saturday we washed some of the Kimberley dust from our little mobile home.  Then we wandered the weekly markets.   They are not so different from down south.    Rather than fight the crowds at the town beach we watched  “stairway to the moon” - the effect of the full moon on the tidal flats at low tide from the gardens of the Mangrove Resort.   

Tomorrow we will try to catch church & leave Broome for our next adventure.     

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Running Dilemmas

EEEEEEEEEkkkkkk the race I signed up for is in 2 Sundays.  That's a little close for comfort!  

I bought a running Mag on last Friday which had in it an article on being race confident.  Timely?  Much!

It was about the top 5 (according to whom I don't know) first race dilemma's.

Dilemma 1 - I won't be fit enough - yep, although I know I will, I do think about it, more so my lack of fitness in comparison to other competitors (see Dilemma 3).  

Dilemma 2 - I'm worried my time won't be respectable - YES.  I do worry about that one! I know a respectable time is under 1 hour; my time will be somewhere between 60 & 70 minutes.  Thankfully I looked up the race website yesterday & was able to see lasts years results.  While I wont be in the top 3 in my age group (read 40 minutes!) I shouldn't come last.  I'll finish in the middle of the pack.  Strangely (or not), I'm not worried about not making the distance, I know I can do it, I'm more worried about coming last.

Dilemma 3 - I won't look as fit as other people running in the event - yep, worry about that one too. I don't look like a runner, I look like me.  Everyone else will look like runners!  Daft!!!!!!!!!    This is definitely more a vanity thing.

Dilemma 4 - I normally run on the treadmill and I'm nervous about training outside - don't worry about this one any more. 

Dilemma 5 - I may not be able to complete the distance - don't worry about this any more either (unless I'm having a bad run!)

I've been following my (running) training program to the letter, but I haven't supplemented at all really, with additional cross training on the days I don't run.  I always  seem to be too busy!  I guess I've been focusing on the runs as the training, rather than a complete training program.  Hopefully as it gets warmer & lighter at night, I'll  be more motivated.  Winter doesn't motivate me to do anything after work other than lay on the couch.

3 weeks ago I stopped my nightly glass of red wine with dinner; I did have a headache for 3 days straight the first week, but I think that had more to do with the germs Plumbing Boy shared with me which left me with a bit of an upset tummy.  He spent a day in bed (very rare for him) with a horrid head & belly ache; tried to spew, but couldn't.   I worked, but felt rather like a shaken up bottle of fizzy drink for 24 hours.

Went to Warrnambool the weekend before last for a quality catch up with Tess before Mum & Dad get back from their trip.  Did my 8km on the rail trail which runs between Warrnambool & Port Fairy (not along the ocean).  My companions were 3 dogs, multiple cows & birds, 2 farmers & a pack of 20 or so cyclists who gave me a big wave & a grin as they flew past!  Was so nice to be out in the country side rather than the streets around here & a few hills to boot.

Rode Tess's pony Misty, who did try to unseat me, without success.  Although my sister did grab the bridle before Misty reversed into the electric fence as that may have done the trick!  Misty had decided the ride was over & I hadn't quite finished :0)

Misty in the round yard, before we took her out in the paddock.........

I went for a sunrise walk Sunday morning while Plumbing Boy headed off for a dirt bike ride.  Scuse the zillions of photo's - I was trying to catch the changes in the colour of the sky!


Couldn't get these guys to stand still so I could get a decent pic; they didn't need any encouragement to suck my fingers though!  As a kid growing up on a dairy farm, I spent hours with poddy calves slobbering on my fingers.  Not gross at all :0)

Tess's self portrait of her braces, Friday night after gymnastics,