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I am such a success…I lost a gram….

20 May

I have been, errr…a tad distracted thus have been unblogged for TWO WHOLE WEEKS. I therefore do apologize to all my avid readers who are ‘champin’ at the bit’ to know how my marathon training is going!…(didnt know I was a horse chick did ya!)
My first week of training had me running my longest run, 17k, on the Wednesday,or so I thought. I dutifully was out the door by 5.15am. I ran it, enjoyed it, but it was a slow run…i was meant to be doing a 7k pace. I still get a bit confused about paces, i.e how the hell am I meant to know? I know 7k is slow. So I ran slowly…enjoying the still morning, the peace. It rained a bit but nothing too exciting…(after I was home, I found out there had been huge hailstorms in kilbirnie, leaving 5cm of hail…I missed the lot. God loves me?) After a while, I began worrying that I was going to be home too late to do the ‘nagging morning’ routine. I estimated that it must be nearly 7am, so I went home, only having completed 14k. My estimation was correct, I thumped in the door about 7.05am, welcomed by a dark silent house. Immediately I ran around every bed room, (my cool down, stretch session gone…)wakin’, shakin’ till they were all up. (They all have to be out the door by 8, you understand. I’m not really mean…)
I spent the morning ‘issed off with myself for not completing my long run, and angry with my family for not being self sufficient. During my balance class at Les Mills, when I had time to think during poses, I realised that Wednesday was not my long run day actually, and I was only meant to have done a 50 minute hill run, (‘..on moderate undulating hills, no big hills..’). Yay! I was not a failure after all. I was in fact, an over-achiever!
The next day I did my new weights routine. I chased this with a 50 minute run with slightly faster intervals in it. Saturday I was meant to do a long bike, but I did not. 120k an hour Gales in Wellington, in fact, the gales have broken everything on around our house they possibly could. Thats an excuse anyway, the real reason I did not do my bike is that biking is not my most favourite activity. It’s better than kayacking but that’s not saying much.
A good thing is that I did get my real long run in on Sunday. I did 17k at 7k pace…(i guess?) It felt like a big achievement!
The following week was terrible!.I only did two days of runs and one weights work out. My long run day was taken up with the youngest’s birthday party…(ten four year olds), and it just seemed to take all day…that’s my excuse anyway…which brings us to this week. I have done a lovely 7k run and strength work out on Monday. I ‘rested’ Tuesday, yes folks, that is the programme. I have a wee 60 minute hill run which is booked for tonight at 8pm. So that’s me so far…
As for my weight loss goals…I thought I was losing weight, and I jumped on the scales and I had lost about one gram. Bloody dissapointed. I am hoping my weight reading is in fact…MUSCLE.
yeah, right.


Food as a love note from God…

18 Jan

No..I am  not into organised religion, but according to a book I am reading at the moment, ‘Conscious Eating’(Gabriel Cousens,M.D.), I have to begin looking at my food as a ‘love note from God’. It’s quite a nice idea actually. I drank my carrot,beet, spinach juice this morning with a grateful, thankful heart. It must be doing me extra good. I mean, every extra bit of good, helps does it not? Unfortunately,I had forgotten the ‘love note from God’ thing while I was eating my raw oats with soy milk, almonds and a scattering of raisins. I therefore ate them a bit too fast and ungratefully so did not squeeze all potential goodness from them. I have not finished reading this rather huge book, yet it resonates with me. With regards to conscious eating, the three essential questions to remember are;  Am I emotionally stable after eating?  Do I have increased physical energy after eating? and, am I craving any food?

It is a matter of being your own scientist, experimenting and becoming aware of why you eat, what you eat,and how it makes you feel.

Coffee still makes me feel good, yet it apparently is not a good thing. I wont even try to curb my coffee habit-I max out at only two a day. That is nothing to fret about in my book. So my food thing for the week has been okay, far too much cooked food, but okay. Being vegan suits my body, I feel more ‘head clear’ for being so. I do have honey and bee pollen, so, gosh…I am a naughty vegan..a vegan on the line!! I believe I  must eat to feel good, not to somebody elses prescribed idea of ‘shoulds’. I also know that when I am next offered a fresh paua, on the beach, cooked as is..I wont say no. Paua makes me feel goood. (Thanks….God.)

I have done my long run around the hills of Mt Victoria. We ran for 2hours, 20 minutes. I could have done more. There were plenty of mountain bikers out practicing for the championships which are on today.  I will do a few smaller runs, but really want fresh legs for the traverse on Saturday.

Champagne training…will it work?

12 Jan

Okay people!(say ‘People’ in an American drawl, it sets the tone..). I have had a wonderful weekend, where my training basically consisted of champagne drinking..(raw food?) and dancing madly for five hours. (It is good to be honest.)  But; the week or so beforehand I had worked hard and enjoyed my runs.  The previous Tuesday saw me running over Mt Victoria, where I ummm..got lost. I actually wanted to run the Southern walkway, but around the kilbirnie point, the track just..runs out. Bam! and it is gone. The small arrow point over the road to nowhere. I found out later, where I should have gone and yes! It is very badly, uselessy, pathetically signposted. Get it together Wellington City bloody-council. (Whats a poor tourist meant to do…I have only been living at the foot of Mt Vic for 17 years for gods sake.) Anyhoo, I ended up running through Kilbirnie shops, and to Cobham drive round-a-bout, around evans bay, up through Mt Vic to Palliser road and home. It took me 80 minutes. 

On Thursday I ran another 80 minutes around the mountain tracks. Then of  course, I partied for two or three days…but a girl has just got to occasionally!

I am thinking about nutrition for the traverse. I am attempting to not rely on gu or the like. I want real food. Bananas are good but tricky to carry. Muslie bars are good but ditto. Gu is just so damn handy. This week is my week for experimenting with food on the run. I am expecting to be out on the mountain for possibly four hours, so will need it. You know that feeling, during a really long session, when your mind starts to think about walking, or it leaps into pools of negativity forcing your body to follow…before you get to that point – you need the food. Gu works really well, as does a banana or two. A heavy banana, that gets squishy and black..or a tidy sachet of gu? What should I do?

This morning, I ran a very small 30 minute circut. My body is aching a sore from the weekend. My neck and shoulders are so painful and stiff I am thinking I may have to visit the oesteopath! (It is the way I dance…umm..with my head..think 1960’s hair swishing stuff…’clears throat sheepishly’.) http://cenglish-memento.blogspot.com

I have warned Deane that this week, probably Friday, we are going for a long run. I want to go out for two and a half hours in preparation for the 24th January. I am actually looking forward to it. Deane and I are laughing about it actually, how we, (okay..especially he..) are doing our long training run, then we have to taper!.. I dont feel too unprepared, but I know I could have done much more.