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I actually stuck to the training programme….so far…

9 Jul

Well…this week is on track…apart from the fact I do not have a bike! My old giant is at bike hospital getting a granny gear and new chain and something else..anyway, it will be beautiful to ride, (hopefully by Saturday.) I am going to talk myself into loving bike riding.
My week thus far: Monday, a lovely 10k run. Tuesday a 30minute windtrainer session, I was meant to do 80 but was so so bored I could’ve eaten my own arm. I did hot yoga later Tuesday night, I felt like fainting, and later on felt seedy. I Woke up on Wednesday feeling like I had been out drinking (not juice) the night before. I think for my hot yoga sessions I will drink powerade or something…there’s only so much water one can drink….
Anyhoo, despite being ‘yoga hung over’ on Wednesday, I did 90 minutes on the hills of Mt.Victoria. It was meant to be 70mins but I was enjoying it so much…
Today, I did an easy 5k, and here I am! Feeling good. Feeling like I can do this marathon training thing…
I am now annoyed…( http://cenglish-memento.blogspot.com )

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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.

I’m doing it….marathon training…it’s official…

5 May

..feeling hopeful! Have an awesome programme from Dave…I keep thinking if I just follow it faithfully I will have fun doing my virgin marathon in November. It just goes to show, I actually need someone telling me what to do. Yesterday, I did a new weights workout at the gym, followed by an easy 5k run last night. Today, I have a rest..which I am gonna take because on Wednesday I have a short 17k run. So it will be “Hello 5.30 mornings!” once again. (I need to get out early to get back home early to wake the kids up before 7am. They all leave at 8am, then Paloma and I leave about 8.20.) I have not run a 17 k distance since my last half marathon about one month ago…
My other plan is to lose 7kg by November the first, so I will go extra extra fast. Oh…by the way, remember me blogging about the thin woman that won the tussock traverse? Well, she is the same skinny chick that won the Rotorua marathon last weekend! I still think she is too thin though…..

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!!!