me and Mr Lydiard.

9 Mar

still eating the carrot salad

still eating the carrot salad

My famous bike ride, (in my head) was followed by four runs and a couple of weights sessions. I am following an Arthur Lydiard marathon training programme. He has me running seven days a week….ummm. for example,  this week, in accordance with Mr. L, on Monday I..err..did not run..I just did a rather sad leg weight/strength workout, then had a coffee. On Tuesday, I ran for thirty minutes. The day following I did my Les Mills balance class, followed by a 35 minute run. On Thursday I ran for forty five minutes andfelt good. Friday saw Deane and I out for a teeny 35 minute run. Saturday and I was running around after kids, followed by a gig at the Wellington jazz festival. Nothing like a bit of Polish trumpet. And then there was Sunday,where for the first time, my sisters and I were all in the same town…so we met at the bottom of my stairs and I took them for an hour plus run over the hills of Mt Victoria and around the bay. Hmmm…bit of fun.

I am now training for a full marathon, haven’t sorted one yet, (any suggestions?) Before that, I will do the great forest half . It is not far from Levin and, of course, we run through a beautiful forest on a carpet of leaves. Sounds dreamy huh? It will be my third time running it and I hopeplan to do 1.50. This will take place in April. Mr lydiard and I will continue with the marathon plan, with the half’s basically being training runs for the ‘big one’. By the way, the book I am reading (with ‘plan’) is  Distance Training for Women athletes by Lydiard/Gilmour. Some of this book is a tad ‘quaint’, i.e …..About the only problem some women have is that they get so wide in the hips that they can no longer bring their legs through as fast as the slimmer-hipped women. But this does not stop wide hipped women from producing exceptional times and performances....

I am one of those wide hipped women and ummm…i wanna  produce exceptional times…oh..and don’t forget…performances.

Seriously, it is a good book. I have all respect for the man. As regarding nutrition…after the longish run on Sunday, I bought croissants for the family from Moore Wilsons. I took them home, and realised one kid was playing at a friends, so I ate hers. I dont usually eat any bread product or of course dairy product…being…errr..vegan. But there I was..it tasted damn good. Harry said he did not want his because he is ‘being healthy’. (he is eleven years old.) So..yep..you guessed it. I ate his too. My sister was laughing at me. I really dont consume shite like that…yeah right..i hear you mutter.  The croissants didn’t feel bad anyhow, in fact, physically I felt very energetic and chirpy. White flour usually drags me down, bloats and grumps me up.  Anyway, I have been enjoying at least one carrot beet cabbage etc juice per day. Am loving my grated carrot etc salads. I have been eating probably only 50% raw food. My goal is to improve the stats and inhale more fresh veg and fruit. My vitamen supplements are working for me and I am have more general energy. I have begun a soy protein supplement also as I don’t eat any animal product. My nutrition is on the up-and-up. I think the older I get the more careful I have to be. Not that I am…ahem…old/er.

Oh. You know how the kids were going to do the ‘gut buster’. Well, it was chaos on that particular morning. I had all five of them in the car, (finally), shoes, jackets, change of clothes, toys (for the three year old ) etc. Long story short, I got lost and could not find ben burn park where the race started. I was rather …errr…not happy about my hopeless sense of direction..and after apologising to the dissapointed kids, took them to Maranui for breakfast, followed by the kilbirnie festival. I know! Useless!!!

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses to “me and Mr Lydiard.”

  1. Bec March 9, 2009 at 9:13 pm #

    Oh mate….can’t believe you missed the gubuster! Dam! Training for the big mara….good on you! Wide hipped women…hmmm that could well be me I think as well!

  2. nad-ya March 10, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    wide hips.. damn I knew there was a damn good reason I can’t bring my legs through fast 🙂

    If you want a marathon, I was thinking about doing Melbourne in October, so much shopping to be done as well 🙂

  3. catherinedrew March 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    Melbourne! I lived there for a decade…have never run there though!!! to do the marathon would be a blast….will think through that too, thanks

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