Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Park Run & Yoga

Before I went to Tasmania, the Myotherapist I see on a monthly basis to assist with keeping by running niggles under control suggested I take up yoga.  

While my ITB (which was causing the knee pain) seems to have recovered, the upper hamstrings in particular on the right side (same side as ITB) have been grumpy for the past few months.

I had noticed a little yoga studio just around the corner from my house & had actually grabbed a timetable earlier in the week that Brit suggested it.  Great minds think alike I say.  My gym (that I haven't been attending) also runs a Sunday morning yoga class which I did once before we went on holidays - I'm not overly fond of the instructor - but over summer the class is run outdoors overlooking the water.  I had made a start....

The new yoga studio however is lovely & I love the Tuesday/Friday instructor!  She's probably younger than me & a bit of a hippie chick.  The style of yoga is pretty vigorous & class goes for an hour which suits me perfectly & some of the head stuff she says has really resonated with me (sorry for the lack of eloquence in explaining that!).

I've been twice a week since I got back from leave & I feel it's been helping my tail bone & hammie issues.  Already my upper body is feeling stronger too; & my core.  It's a good thing.

I've also been to making it to park run on Saturday mornings!  Plumbing Boy mentioned last year that perhaps this year I could have a day or a half day off during the week so I've based my long run timetable on doing that on Thursday mornings & then coming into work when I'm ready.  This free's me up for Park Run!!  Park Run then doubles as my threshold training run & has a smallish hill in it so it's a win/win course.  BTW I forgot I wasn't supposed to be doing hill training til I got the all clear from the chiro.  Double Oops.

The week before lasts park run; and my time was the fastest it has been in I recon at least 12 months & certainly since I've had my new watch!

The week before's long run was entertaining.  I saw Jake & Elwood having a beer on a balcony so had to stop & take a picture!

The morning of last weeks long run dawned even hotter than forecast - it was 27 degrees C at home at 5am & the wind was a quite gusty.  I asked plumbing boy after standing out in the street for a few minutes testing out the conditions if he had any appointments on Friday morning in the view of switching my run to the following morning when it would be much cooler.  He was like Meh.  Which I took for what doesn't kill you makes you stronger & the weather's not likely to kill you LOL.

So off I trotted.  Had my sunglasses on to keep the flying particles out of my eyes, hydration pack on my back, some Xtend (fuel) in my pocket & off I set at 5.20am for a 20km run.  I had the wind at my back for the first 5kms then cross wind for the next 6; the balance was mainly against the wind & I felt like I was running in the spot in places!  

I was pretty slow, but that's OK considering the conditions.  I took a few walk breaks & stopped at the 3 drinking fountains along the route to drink in addition to drinking from my hydration pack.  While the Great Ocean Road Marathon (which I'm training for) will never be that hot on the day, it might be that windy so I'm glad I just got out there & did it.  Thanks for the tough love PB!  Afterwards he said to me "I knew you could do it!"

I really prefer running early in the morning, despite it being so hot.  Watching the sunrise is good for the soul & starting the day with a run is too I recon!

While last weeks Park Run was my fastest in ages, this week I was 10 seconds slower but came first in my age group!  I'll take that (last week I was second)!  There was a bit of rivalry in the last km between a guy & myself - we kept over taking each other, spurring each other on.  I was in front with 20 metres to go & again he was about to overtake me.  He came level with my shoulder & I yelled out to him COME ON!! SPRINT!!!!!  We both belted down the finishing chute to some applause at our efforts.  He quit 2 steps behind me at the finish line, but we gave each other the thumbs up & a bit smile.  This Park Run business is growing on me!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Catch up continued

Found the camera cable, charged the battery & now I have some more pic's of our trip to Tasmania to share with you.

This is the house we stayed in.  Isn't it lovely?  Usually we'd have stayed with our friends, but the Mother In Law needs a place where her bedroom has an ensuite with walk in shower & on the same level as the living area/kitchen.  This can be quite difficult to find in a coastal area as everything is 2 storey to take advantage of the ocean views!  If you look to the right on the second last picture you will see our car, level with the 2nd storey.  There was a ramp to drive up to the second level eliminating the stairs for her!

Despite being in a beanie in Hobart on the day of the Cadbury (half) Marathon, the sun did come out & I swam in the ocean in Bicheno without a wetsuit - post swim evidence!

I also went rock hopping one afternoon while MIL was at the pokies & Plumbing Boy was off dirt bike riding.

That's a pelican on a rock above, I couldn't zoom in any further & he wouldn't come any closer funnily enough!

I had 3 days back at work before the Australia Day long weekend over which we'd rescheduled MIL birthday farm stay weekend in central Victoria.  Unpack & repacked & off we went to spend the weekend with my parents, sister & family, an aunt & another couple of friends.

I didn't take any pictures of the homestead itself, but it was well appointed & could sleep 14 in the main house + 2 in the adjacent cottage where MIL stayed.  We had a wonderful time, eating, picking mulberries, playing cards & scrabble, walking, & catching yabbies!

Trixie ended up with socks on her feet as she kept licking them.  She's been doing it on & off since Christmas (licking one in particular that is).  Just when I think she's stopped she starts again.  I think we may have to put an Elizabethan collar on if she persists!  Poor sock dog looks so happy!

My friend & I went into Castlemaine for park run on Saturday morning.  My niece came too & ran the course as a non registered participant & my aunt did the same but walked.  It was 3 laps of the botanical gardens which were very picturesque & we were happy for the shade!

It was a lovely weekend away & topped off a pretty cruizy January.  As you can see I am still running & am theoretically in week 6 of marathon training.  

I've had an out of square coccyx (tail bone) since we were in Tasmania.  I saw someone after the long weekend & have been to the chiropractor weekly since then.  Pelvis out & rotated making one leg shorter than the other in conjunction with the jammed up tailbone. Not sure in which order they occurred. 

I haven't been cycling or horse riding (nor fallen off either) nor fallen over, so I have no idea really what happened.  I do however suspect that running on out of camber roads + weaker core + weaker overall muscles that generally support my pelvis (due to no weight training & general slackness on my part) are the most likely cause.  I have one more Chiro apt next week then hopefully will go onto monthly maintenance then & will be allowed to get on with hill training as I've had to stick with flat running while it's mending.  

To be honest I think the chiro might have a heart attack if I told him how far I've run - he didn't put a limit on my distance & said to stop if I had pain.  Everything upright doesn't hurt, only sitting, so therefore I've run my scheduled long runs of 18 & 20kms the last two weeks respectively.  Oops.  Let's hope I get the all clear next week!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Catch Up

Forgive me blogger for I have been a bad blogger of late.  Life seems to have gotten in the way, which isn't a bad thing.  I still compose posts in my head while I'm out running, but rarely find the time to actually post.

The end of 2017 passed without much fuss.  We had a fairly quiet Christmas which was held at my cousin's house this year although I still helped out with the cooking.  

New Years Plumbing Boy was on call as per usual & we stayed home.  I was actually still awake at midnight & heard some fire works go off, but didn't bother trying to see them & took myself off to bed (but this is what they might have looked like from my side of the bay).

PB & I took his Mum on a holiday to Tasmania mid January.  Actually, I flew over with a couple of girlfriends as we'd planned to run the Cadbury Half Marathon a couple of days before they came on the boat.  The run was good, not my fastest, not my slowest & I enjoyed it for the most part.  My legs were protesting a little by the 18th km & I was looking forward to the end!

I had a great time with the girls; we got to do all the things I missed out on last time (the only other time) I was in Hobart with PB.  We went to Mona (Museum of Old & New Art).  Highly recommended.  Everyone is given a head set & an ipod (type gadget); nothing is labelled & you hit the refresh button as you wander around to learn about the art that is near you.  Even if you don't particularly like modern art, I found the interviews & explanations of what & why really really interesting.  The piece below was my favourite visually.

We also went to the Salamanca Markets & generally took in the sights as we wandered the city.  In particular we loved St David's Park.  So much history in this city.  We spent the rest of our weekend on all things running.  Shopping the Stiegen sock sale at the running store where we collected our race packs was a daily activity.  With a buy 2 pairs get one free deal we ended up with 24 pairs of socks between us!  We also perused a few book shops & each bought a running related book (& I a few general reading). 

PB & his Mum collected me from the hotel in Hobart (they'd come over on the boat & brought the car) & proceeded to Bicheno on the East coast where another friend lives where we'd booked accommodation for a week.  We spent the week sleeping, reading, running (me), dirt biking (PB) & catching up with our friend & his family.

I flew home out of Launceston, but not before catching up with Mrs & Mr Wanna.B.Slimmer, a long time blog mate (who doesn't really blog any more).  Thanks again guys for meeting us half way!  We had coffee halfway between Bicheno & Launny, then Mrs & Mr Wanna took me to the airport via a cafe for lunch.  Was great to catch up but not long enough!  And we forgot to take a picture......

It was a lovely break although somewhat different than our usual type of holiday with a 92 year old in tow.  We had to slow down quite a bit & missed out on doing some of the more physical activities as the MIL just doesn't have the mobility.  She loved the boat trip over & the house we stayed in.  Photo's to follow when I find my camera cable.....

How was your January?