Yet loving another sodden week

10 Jun

I may have lost my blogging mojo. but, what was lost is now found…(I hear the collective sigh of relief from you all…”Thank the gods, ye back!”).    I will tell y’all about last week, because that is as far back as I can remember. I completed 49.2kilometers of running. This makes me quite happy, it being to plan. My 20k run on Sunday was a beauty! I went with a friend who did not know she was out for quite such a long run…so that made it even more fun. I asked her at the beginning if she was happy just to follow me and she said yep. It was a pissin’ down day, but blessed with no wind. Perfect for me, she however prefers blue sky and sun..(I couldnt think of anything worse to run in..). She followed me through stinky Mt Vic tunnel, and sort of through town, then up the Brooklyn hill and down happy valley road. I still looove sailing down happy valley road-glorious in the rain listening to violin concerto’s. We stretched under the eve of a dis-used dairy then carried on *soddenly, (*which means ‘really really wet.)  We ran around the long and lovely peninsula and headed straight up the boring bit into Kilbirnie, and up into Hataitai villiage where upon a high five, I got a long black with five (sugars that is) and she stayed to meet her family for a nosh up. I walked home supping hot coffee enjoying yet more rain. So that was that. This week so far I have enjoyed one 10k run. My target is 50k for the week. It is still grimey weather so I’m confident I will reach it. Hey guess what…I’m 68kg..shit!!!! How can I run run run and put weight ON? Is it the chocolate buttons? The peanut slab(s)? The banana rolled in almond meal and honey? Fresh dates marinated in flax oil, cardomon seeds, and saffron?


half training for the Wellington half

26 May

hmmm….last week I clocked up 38k, which is obviously not gonna get me smashing that ‘Everest’ of mine..ya know…2 hours. Even by 5 minutes would be good…anyhoo. Yesterday I scrammed outta the house at 8pmish. I was soaked within three seconds. I love that dense rain, with not so much as a breeze. This morning the plan was to do a ten k trial. I had to start at 5.30, to be sure of being home by 7am…(had to get shorter people up etc). Anyhoo, into the black morn I jogged, picking it up into a run…I felt good, quite powerful, till my stomach started cramping up…so the run turned into a crawl, run, crawl, run, and I gave up, thus only 8k. On the positive side-it was so goood to be out early. I had forgotten how lovely that time of the morning was-no matter what the weather. Am planning on a 45k week. I still have not made it to the gym for a weights workout. Wish me luck.

My conclusion about bootcamp…

18 May

serious sequins..just right for a work out

Okay. So. The grande finale of boot camp and my buddy and I turned up dressed to improve. I wore red and pink with a weeny gold sparkly top, buddy wore green and blue with a multi coloured sparkly top. No..the personal trainers were not expecting anybody to arrive dressed to the tens. Other ‘combatants’ were arriving giving us quizzical looks and wondering if they had missed the ‘lets get dressed up’ email. Anyhoo, the final day consisted of a fitness test to see how much we had improved. Here are my stats, (bated breath..): Beep test, first week was 7.6 and..ta daaaa..second beep test was 7.6. I actually stopped there because (apart from wanting to hurl), I thought I had only got to 7.2 the first time, so 7.6 was an improvement. I got it wrong. However, the other reason I stopped is, my first result was classified ‘superior’ anyway. What the hell can be better than ‘superior’??? ( Next time I wont stop. I realize a ‘superior 8.blahblah is better..).

From the beep test (hate hate) we did the ‘how many press ups can you do in 60 seconds’ thang. I got to ….31 full followed by 7 knee press ups. (The first time was 24 full/8 half-good improvement). Then I completed 83 situps (crunch) in 60 seconds, a big change from the 38 the first time). Last but, by no means least was prone hold (plank). The goal is to hold this position for 2 minutes. The first time I got to 1.22 before folding, this time folks, I got to 2 minutes and everyone else dropped but I kept up. I wanted to see what I could do you see. I looked up and one chick is also holding out. We got to 2.30, we looked at each other, poked out our tongues and kept holding. The group was urging us on..I told my (now) ‘competition’ that I was ‘gonna drop at 3’, fully planning to whip her ass and keep holding. Long story short, I made it to 3 minutes 2 seconds and collapsed and ‘that’ chick kept on for four minutes. She broke and we applauded her. (I told her I wasn’t really trying.)

Tell ya what! Boot camp was a blast. I will do it again, it has amped my training for the half in June, and cooks landing in July. I am definately fitter and stronger. I still have not reached my ‘fitness ceiling’, (if there is one). I attempting to find it…the ceiling.

Feelin’ good…I will write more about my training for the Wellington half marathon next post. See ya then.x

Last week of bootcamp…will I cry on the last day?

11 May

The workout at boot camp yesterday consisted running up a short steep gut busting hill to the Ataturk memorial carrying a weight bag…every few corners  you stop, do ten weighted squats. There are fantastic views at the crest, if you could see them with your nose on the ground struggling to finish one full pushup, (you are meant to be doing 20). You run back down the hill, zigzagging, sliding and hopping over slippery morning steps. You give the wet grass another set of pushups and follow this with burpees. And guess what? Yep. Back up to the memorial-run spot, run. Complete a set of lunges followed by dead lifts with a bag. oh yeah-and squats. Repeat a few times, after the last  run back down the hill,  hold a plank for 2 minutes. Cry. Great session. I followed it with a coffee. Last night I did an easy five k run, and scootered to pick Rose up from hockey, raced her back. Scooting is fun! Especially down hill all though a bit dodgy in the dark.

Life is excercise. Am I doing enough?

8 May

My body feels like a small car has run over it, then stopped and reversed over a different part of it. yep. Boot camp plus a new weights routine will do that to ya. Hmm…I gotta harden up. I have a headache, which I put down to too much chocolate. I keep finding the stuff. People offer it to me on platters. Silver platters. What can I do? Boot camp on Friday went…well, went fast. We started off with a sprint to the second corner of the zigzag then jogged down, then sprinted to the third corner of the zig zag and jogged back down, then sprinted to the fourth corner of the zig zag then jogged down then sprinted..okay…crawled to the fifth corner..etc etc. I cant remember how many ‘corners’ there are. I know it’s steep and it sucks. After that, we ran on the beach (thick sand) and completed fun circuts of weighted sled pulling, lunges (which you jump into the next leg lunge), squat jumps and alternate low lunges. We finished off the session with a 2 minute plank hold. It’s all fun. No wonder I have a major headache. As well.  After the session, I ran around town like a nut, stressing, getting my painting into 32 the terrace (for its ‘outing’). Finding a park on the Terrace is like finding…errr…a.. dunno, cant think of an analogy…Im not too smart..but its damn hard. I drove the big block three times, before I gave up and drove and did other errands. I went back a few hours later, found a park, retrieved the painting and the four year old from the car and sailed into the cafe. I say sailed because it was pretty windy, and the painting is rather large (1meter by 1meter). Picture it. It really happened. The terrace is pretty busy, I had to struggle not to be pushed into other people. Oh! life is so fun! After we returned home, Deane arrived home with a trailer, and I helped him fill it with tools and ladders from his shed. Grrreeaat excercise as this consisted of running up 140 steps, then down carrying some heavy piece of equipment, then up and repeat for 30-40 minutes. No wonder I have the ‘small car’ body feeling. smash.

The good life…

3 May

Boot camp today: Mr Pt was in a rather rugged mood, which was funny till he made us run up up up and once at the top do circuts of cruel squat jumps, pressups, lunges and then a jog down then, bam! run fast up the zig zag….pfft. Then down to the sand and run run run, straight into a plank jump race…i.e teams of five..all start holding plank postion while the last person leaps over our backs and then the now ‘new’ last person leaps over the plank backs etc till we are all planking over the finish line a few thousand meters away. Get it? From plank race we did a few circuts   of step ups of f the sea break straight into push ups…finished with stretches and not much later a coffee and avocado on toast. I live a good life…someone has to. I definitely feel physically stronger, and more enthusiastic about running goals…ummm…all though I am having a ‘rest’ day today. Hmmm…chat later.

zig zagging it at bootcamp-and my successful runs…(success as in joy)

2 May

Friday’s bootcamp portion saw me being timed running up the zigzag. shite. It took me 2mins 10secs. I started of sprinting and ended up a slobbering mess at the top..Hamish (pt) asked me,”howdya like that Catherine?” . All I could gasp is,’..not smiling now”…as i gripped the handrail pretending to do calf stretches. Gimme air, stat!.   After a slow jog to the beach, (being sandblasted the entire time) we completed a series of tortures followed by a game of ab strengthening fun times. I held a plank for two minutes. Celebration.  I did not run on Friday, I cooked all day for friends who were coming over to eat..(coq au vin, a green pilaf, a wildrice, exotic mushroom pilaf, french onion pie, warm white bean puree with bread and mashed spud, green salad). On Saturday, after the kids sport, I trotted out for a 10k run. Finally I was feeling good, I felt some semblance of strength in my puny legs. Yes folks, I think I am on the way to feeling ‘the joy’ again. I completed some serious stretching and obi roll work before settling down to watch ‘the lovely bones’. Thankyou Sir Peter Jackson! (classy movie).  Helloooo Sunday morning! After my coffee, I dressed, swallowed half a banana (whole) and headed out the door for the long run. Just me and my ipod..(Wayne Dyer..inspirational life…). I did my 20k circut taking my through the stinky Mt Vic tunnel, cut through town and up Brooklyn hill..I only slowed to a walk once going up..(pat me on the back and thanks to mr zigzag-bootcamp). I enjoyed the ‘sail’ down happy valley road. Actually the entire run was pretty cool, I walked about one point five k’s all up…walking through our front door to rapturous applause. Nup, only kidding, no applause, but I did feel decidedly ill, so had a plate of left over wild rice pilaf and an apple juice.  I did the dishes, picked up stuff, vaccumed and washed the floors and did three loads of washing, folded and put away a previous two loads (had to empty the basket some how) and cleaned the toilets. Yay me. I stretched while in the hot shower.