What a change..

…in the space of a few weeks

Life as we know has changed irrevociably.
Coronavirus (covid 19) has taken the world by storm, literally. Countries are shut down, our borders here in Australia, and Tasmania, have closed (and being an island continent makes it somewhat easier to control) and projects, plans,, races, wedding and funerals, Parkrun is being cancelled left right and centre.

Two things here.

Parkrun has been postoned indefinately. Which means my 20 actual runs may not happen. The co-ordinator of the challenge where I said wjhat my plan was, has stated that given the situation, they can be flexible if I do some Freeedom runs and show evidence.

For those that don’t know, a Freedom run for parkrun is where you run the course outside of Parkru times. So if for any reason, like covid 19, you can head out to the course and do it on your own.
Parkrun have stated they don’t want people doing this as it will sully the good Parkrun name, I get that. The difference is, quite a lot (5 of the 6 in my local area) are normal places for people to run, so if I choose to go to said location and run, then that is what I am doing. Going for a run. Group runs would be another story I spose.

My workouts will be home based, I have dvds, my gym, and the treadmill.
So much for getting back to that other Actual gym. It will have to wait a bit longer.

The second thing that I’m working on.
Low carb again.
I have to work twice as hard to shed some kilos, so it’s back to low carb. Very little bread, pasta, rice and spuds.
After a week, I’m pretty happy. I’ve snuck the odd biscuit (cookie), I’m not perfect, and life is to be enjoyed. For me, it’s all in moderation, the odd cookie is not like a bowl full of pasta or a plate of mashed potato.

Stay safe everyone, and we’ll make it out the other side.


2020 – time to start again

I just realised it’s been 6 months since I posted last.
So much has happened.
Little did I know that the 2 days later my mum would have taken her last breath and everything went pair shaped.
Three weeks later my youngest had a pretty serious mountain bike accident (in hindsight I could have prevented it) and after doing research, realised he could have died also. Thank god for safety equipment.

My year started off ok as I looked through my posts. Two 5 km runs and an enormous trail run – I did love that one, tough as it was.
I then went down hill, my good work with strength and running small doses went to pot. I put on weight and fell into a weird cycle of eat, exercise, feel shit and repeat.
I have made the promise to myself that I want to get fit again. I want to feel better, stronger. I want to improve my times and get the enjoyment of running back. While it may hurt at the time, when it’s enjoyable it becomes easier and more enjoyable.
This is my journey and I am getting it back. I have joined a training for 2020 challenge where we get the medal first and get to add markers along the way.
There are three personal challenges, 4 distances (5, 10, 15, 21km) plus the big kahuna – 42km _ for those that wish to. You can also move the little runner along the train track as you build your kilometres over the year.
I had to have a hard think about my goals. I didn’t want anything too lofty, or un-achievable, given my last year.

This is my goal list for the year, which includes making it further than the 600kms I did in 2019.

So to explain.
Goal 1
I would like to get my 5km time as close to 25 mins as I can. I only have to take 2 mins off my current pb however where I am now means I have to shave 5 mins off it.
Lots of work.
This goal had two parts, a primary and a secondary portion.
First: sub 25.30 and second: at the very least, to beat my current – sub 27.38.
Goal 2
I want to have a more consistent approach to my 10 km time. My current pb is 54 mins. Not sure whether I’m worried about getting there again 9sub 55 mins is good enough for me).
I want to do a 10km each month (not necessary to be a race) and make 9/12 to be sub 60.
Run 1 for the year, is a No. 1.04.38.
Goal 3
My last goal is to get back to Parkrun more.
There are 52 weekends in a year.
My husband does FIFO so is home for 26. Leaving me 26 to get done while he is away.
I want to aim to get 20 done. Not quite one a fortnight, which is much more doable for me.
20 for 2020.

Last goal or running challenge is purely to get more than my 600kms I did last year.

Runalicious

I’m a shopper. Love my clothes. I’m not a fashion victim – on trend is not important to me.
Because of this infliction my running wardrobe is quite…extensive. I started a  spread sheet so I know what I have. 
I’ve been looking at these two tops for several months now. They are super cool and a little bit fun.
I eventually gave in and got out the credit card. Today they arrived after sitting in customs for way too long.
I’ll need to wear a second top or a crop under the tank top – don’t want to be showing side boob.
The jumper is cozy and oh so comfortable.

Do you have too many running/gym/cycling clothes? 
Is there a top or pants you kept looking at and just had to have…?

Couples goals

Hmm, you say what..?

I keep seeing the hashtag attached to perky pictures of couple at races or the gym.
I hear within other conversations that said couple does everything together (or most things fitness orientated).
I roll my eyes at these things.
I have this weird feeling about the term #couplesgoals.
Look, I am not against couples going out and getting fit together, or enjoying a mutual activity.
It’s about the giving it a name. As though that makes it all the more exciting, or it’s something we all need to strive for.
Poo bah.
For me, and I say this regularly to my husband whenever it comes up – my only couples goal is that we are happy together.
We love being with each other, we love going out and doing things. It’s what couples do. Why should I give it a name.
He supports my running no end – gets up early, drives me to races, hangs around up to two hours longer than said race and drives me back home. All with a smile and no grumbles, loads of hugs and beautiful words.
Because that’s what couples do.
I get up at stupid o’clock and drive him to work when he has to work away (single car family) with no grumbles, and small smiles (due to said stupid o’clock). Because that’s what couple do.
If he wants to go out with the boys on the motorbikes, or with mates for whatever reason – I am booting him out the door.
Because that’s what couples do – they are independent people who love each other but can equally survive without needing to do all things together.

That’s my thoughts on this whole #couplesgoals thing.
What are your thoughts – Yes or No.

LCHF progress

Week four and I’m feeling fantastic.

Never mind a bad week of emotional eating and no exercise resulting with a minor weight gain.

The kind of fluctuation that is perfectly normal.

It’s a slow program to get going with for me, all the new food combinations to eat, menus to work out and ingredients to buy.

I have a list of lchf sweet snacks to make – sweet treats are a bit of a trouble maker for me. Those 3 o’clock munchies require the sugary pick me up. These are perfect. And good for me.

The next best thing since sliced bread??

Bread that isn’t bread.

Lchf bread.

4 ingredients. 1 minute mixing. 90 secs in the microwave. Cut, toast – or not – and eat.

Check our all the information on the new LCHF pages.

Happy eating, healthy living.

My Journey – the first 2 years…

In the two years I’ve been running ‘seriously’ – as in training and running events, not just running for the love of it – I’ve had one hell of a fun time.

There have been amazing highs and heart breaking lows.
I’ve had fantastic races and great times.
I’ve had bad runs, horridly slow runs and runs that felt like I was wading through quick sand.
There have been jumping for joy and feeling strong as an ox runs.
There were injuries that broke my soul, and jerked me backwards.
Many a finish with mile wide smiles and one that was an ambulance ride with my first DNF.
My first year was full of learning – testing all the races, running whatever and whenever I could. Burnt myself out.
My second year was frought with injury and near misses – Lessons on strength and how to look after my body.
Time to look at my third year…take all those lessons, all those races and make it bigger and better. Make it the best I can achieve. Be the best version of me.
All my races are #earnednotgiven.
Through hard work and determination comes success and results.
What they will be determined…faster, stronger, longer.

 

If you’d told me five or six years ago I would be on this road and wishing it never stop, I would have laughed you out of the room. Ridiculous.  This was a dream I had long given up on achieving, so when I started again it was purely for fun and exercise. Now the dream is well and truly alive and kicking.

Let’s take a closer look at a few of those 18 amazing races.

5 Km x 3 – PB 28.38
10km x 6 – PB 59.14
21.1 km x 5 – PB 2.16.58
42.2 x 1 – PB 5.08.38
DNF – 1 25.4/42.2 kms

Most enjoyable race – Ross half 2017
Hardest race – Ross Marathon 2016
Easiest race – Crank-E 5km 2017
Most punishing race – Point to Pinnacle 2017
Best all-rounder – City to Casino
The race to crack – Cadbury Marathon
Toughest race ‘personally’ – GCAM 2017
Distance I’d like to better my PB in – Marathon

I have one more race to end the year – I started this year on New Years Day and I finish it on New Years Eve with the same race. Not sure if I’ll get a pb, but it will be fun as hubby is running it with me this time. edit: no pb (3mins off my earlier time and hubster beat me which I am so happy about!)

I’ve learnt from the last two years and am looking forward to the new year and what amazing experiences it brings with it.

Going forward this evening, my word for the new year is Stronger.

GCAM, itb and training -working title-

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There’s 16-17 weeks til GCAM and I’m still barely able to finish 5-6kms. To say I’m not happy is an understatement.

My strength training is coming along nicely, I’m seeing results and certain movements are way more comfortable and easy to do. Like squats – helloo…Yes please! And lunches, lunges, side leg lifts, fire hydrants  – I can see these are all working. My legs have a leaner look to them, and I feel stronger. I love how I feel right now doing these workouts.

My itb. Well there’s another thing. Some days it’s good, some days not so much. I’ve seen the kinesiology chiropractor and he’s helped with one thing but I’d like to see the physio and see what they have to say. Then decide if I want to visit the chiro again.

We have also decided that GCAM will be my only race for this year. No worrying about any other races, and concentrating on my training. Simply recoup, relax and rehabilitate so I can train properly for the big one. After that there is really only a couple of races I may be interested in doing – Ross half marathon and Point to Pinnacle, conquer the mountain! –

Pictures – foot notes and motivation wraps from the amazing Momentum Jewelry.

Run strong and keep up your stretching, Jennifer

 

RTB#17 -5k

Anyone who knows me knows I don’t do 5k races. These days it’s like a warm up and while the idea of a sub 30 time is nice it’s just not on my radar. I prefer to just run it and save my energy for longer runs and be able to last the distance of a half or full marathon. Not sprint for 24-27 mins. For me to get those times that what it would feel like. Sprinting. I’m a distance pacer and always have been, even in high school.

Back to tomorrow’s race. I did this one last year and made good time, only just missed the 60min mark and loved every minute of it. A short but thoroughly enjoyable race. Around the coastline and over our iconic Tasman Bridge. One of the many Run the Bridge races across the world. And your choice of either 10k run or 5k run and walk.
When I first registered for this one last year I was preparing. Self to push hard and get an official sub 60 when we ran it again. My body had other ideas though, and this week I had to downgrade to the 5k run. I’m disappointed but would rather play it safe than risk further injury.
My runs during this last few weeks have been extended to 4 and 6kms which were easy enough with not too much pain involved at all. My strength training is paying off nicely.

That being said, I’m scared. I’m nervous. I’m hopeful. And yes I’m looking forward to it. The nerves are part ‘ normal nerves’ and part ‘omg, I’m still in recovery mode nerves’.
I’m hoping that my post tomorrow afternoon will be a positive ‘yeah I did I, it rocked and I’m all good to go further, faster and stronger!’ post. I feel this way no matter what, just in the heat of the moment (or cool as the weather is planning otherwise) I’d like to think I can be mature with my result, regardless of what it is.

My number for tomorrow…
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