Friday, April 24, 2015


This arrived by post today!!

 As did these

To help with these!!!!

I'm kind of feeling excited despite seeing the elevations.  Only one more super long run to go.  The count down begins!!!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 16/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 16: 13/4 - 19/4

Run 1: Tuesday PM 7kms normal pace - 5.30 pace
Run 2: Thursday AM 5km pretend you are running a 5km & run as fast as comfortably possible - 5.11 pace
Run 3: Saturday 32 - 34kms slow & steady  - 34kms 5.48 pace

Other: PT x 2; 4km recovery walk Sunday

Feeling: accomplished!! 

Managed the 34kms on Saturday without much incident.  I took 2 anti inflammatories at the 15km mark as I could feel knee pain threatening on the right.  Did the trick & I didn't take any after more that.  Started out quite slowly - aiming for under 6 minute kms, with the plan to pick it up on the way home.  I haven't checked the splits yet, but I did run the last km in 5.13 pace.  

With 9kms to go, two tracks merge with me on one & a guy on the other.  He took off & I didn't see him after the first couple of minutes until I had 2kms left to go!!  He was only 400 - 500 metres in front of me, so I made it my mission to catch him which I did with 200 metres to spare!!!  Certainly took my mind off the last couple of kms!!!!

Another mind game I've been using on the longer runs is to think of it as an out & back rather than the total distance I have to run.  Instead of thinking of Saturdays run as 34kms, I pigeon holed it as 17kms out & back.  I run to the turn around point then count the kms back down to 0!  The things you do to keep from freaking out LOL!!!

Rest of the week was pretty cruizy with no hills to run to keep my knee happy.  Caught up with an old friend for a walk & a cuppa on Sunday.  We got caught in the hail & had to take cover under some trees for 10 minutes; other than feeling a bit cold it was all good.  Sunday was very windy & cold here!!  Saturday in comparison was quite mild & perfect conditions for running.  So much so that I actually made like a footballer & stood in the ocean for 20 minutes after my run ( in a beanie with a large hot coffee) in an attempt to rehab (ice) all of me from the waist down.  I came out a giant iceblock am not sure I'll be brave enough to do it again hahaha.

I cant believe how the time has flown, the Marathon is almost here!!!  Still not sure how I'll go with the hills, but I have heard from others who've run the event that the scenery takes your mind off the hard bits & the down hills are more awesome that the uphills are horrid.  So.  Bring It.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 15/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 15: 6/4 - 12/4

Run 1: Monday AM 5km normal pace : 5.30
Run 2: Wednesday AM 5km normal pace : 5.30 
Run 3: Saturday 17kms slow & steady : 5.34 pace

Other: PT x 2

Feeling: cautiously optimistic

Saw my Physio Wednesday night RE knee pain from the previous weekend.  He confirmed it was coming from a very tight knee joint caused by a very tight Iliotibial band.  He poked, prodded, rubbed & dug his elbow into all the tight knotty gristly spots (OUCH!!!) followed by an ice pack with the Tens machine & instructions to keep up the ice (ongoing) & anti inflams until Sunday morning.  

Running coach had suggested having another crack at the 30kms on Saturday, but on advice from Physio, we all decided to stick to the scheduled 17km for this weekend, drop the failed 30km altogether & proceed with the scheduled 32 - 34 next weekend.  Eeeek.

Was in the country for my Dad's belated birthday & to catch up with my niece who had been on a school trip to Indonesia for 2 weeks (had to see the photo's & hear more about the trip!!!).  17kms was therefore done on the local rail trail between Illowa & Koroit, with lots of cows & birds.  It was a beautiful clear morning, although a little chilly.  I didn't take my long sleeve top off until around the 10km mark.  My mind was clear of stress with thoughts just floating in & out like clouds - the perfect run (in my opinion!).  Quite a fast pace too for me - would have run both a half & full marathon PB if I'd maintained that pace LOL!

I wore my new sneakers which were so comfortable!  Hardly noticed they were on my feet!!  I've had them for 2 weeks now & had run 3 x 5kms & 1 x 7km in them before Saturday.  I think they will be my GORM shoes as they are lighter than the Kayano's.  Introducing the LunarGlide 6!!  

I went back to The Running Company Geelong & once again received most excellent service & advice - could not more highly recommend them!!!  They only had one colour in store, so blue it was.  I'm already looking forward to choosing another colour for the next pair :-) 

Pulled up OK after the run, although was still on the anti inflammatories, so the test will come this week with a 5km & a 7km before attempting the 32 - 34km this coming Saturday, with a follow up visit with the Physio on Wednesday (tonight).

I'll leave you with a few more photo's of my weekend....

My PT shared some Greek Easter treats on Monday night....

And the previous couple of weekends before I got to hang out with friends & their kitties, as well as my own :-)

Hope you are all having a good week.  5 weeks to go til the Marathon.  Holy Toledo Batman!!!!!!

Friday, April 10, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 14/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 14: 30/3 - 5/4

Run 1: Monday AM 5km Normal - pace 5.26
Run 2: Wednesday AM 5km fast - pace 5.08
Run 3: Friday 30kms - fail 21.57kms pace 6.04

Other: PT Monday & Thursday

Feeling: Deflated

Well, I guess it had to happen eventually.  By this time in training for the last marathon I was icing my knee, to ensure the ITB knee pain was kept at bay.  I was only saying to my PT this week that I was surprised at how well I'd transitioned to hill running & that my knee had been really good.

We did a heavy weight leg session Monday night (double leg press, single leg press, Bulgarian split squat body weight, Bulgarian split squat with kettle bell) rendering me unable to walk properly for the rest of the week.  In hind sight, I guess we should have not gone so heavy on the weights.  We think that probably tightened up all my leg muscles including the ITB.

I prepared for the 30km run regardless & set off bright & early.  It took 5kms for my fingers to defrost!  I've been running along the river through park land & it really is quite beautiful.  Lots of bird life & you can smell the eucalyptus from the gum trees in some locations, as well as fennel from the wild (weed) fennel growing.  I had planned on packing a couple of anti inflammatory tables for the run, just in case.  At the 17km the pain started & I realised I'd forgotten the tablets.

There are 2 x convenient places to bail on that run - I stopped & walked the last 200 metres towards the first, trying to decide whether or not to push on or call for help.  I decided that as this run was about getting the kms on my legs, not pace, that I'd try to push on & try to find a pace that worked for me.  At the 21km mark I realised that it was futile & that the longer I ran with that pain, the longer it would take to recover from it & the smart thing to do would be to stop running & start treating it.

I called plumbing boy who thankfully was not off dirt biking.  I still had to walk 1km to get to the road, which was OK on my knee; we decided coffee was the most important thing at that very minute so found an open drive through before driving to the start point to pick up my car.  

Spent the rest of the weekend taking anti inflammatory & icing my knee in prep for the physio appointment I already had booked for next week.  I hope that I can knock the inflammation on the head pronto as I'm 6 weeks out from the event now & can't really afford to be off schedule!!!!

Rest of Easter was spent catching up with family & friends.  Don't think I ate a single hot crossed bun (not really a fan - give me a decent fruit loaf any day!!) & only 2 Easter eggs that I immediately regretted............should have stuck to my Lindt balls.  Life is too short to eat crap chocolate!!!!!!