6.7Km in 35:27, average pace 5:16
Normally I would do at least 10Km on a Monday, but as I am being sensible and easing up the distance after a couple of lighter weeks so today was just a short gentle trot.
Taking advantage of the strong Aussie dollar I picked up some new shoes on the net last night. I am rotating a pair of Brooks Trance 5 and 6s at the moment and both have about 500Km on them. So for just $20 more than one new pair of Trance’s would cost me here I got a new pair as well as a pair of Adidas Cross Country spikes. The spikes were a real bargain at AUD$60, and they also double as distance track spikes so that was pretty thrifty :-)
Thanks for the reassurance JH, glad I am not the only one with an ego as delicate as Waterford Crystal :lol: I tend to chuck a sulk from time to time and it will reflect in my posts.
Andrew, a “goat track” is an unofficial trail that has been worn through regular use. If you ever go to the Greek Islands you will see them every where, worn by actual goats.
I have had a couple of days to think on Saturday’s performance and I have well and truly gotten over myself now. Rather than wallowing I have come up with a plan, my training week tends to follow thusly with a mixture of key sessions and easy runs –
Mon – Easy run
Tue – Interval work
Wed – Easy run
Thurs – Long reps or tempo run
Fri – Easy run
Sat – Rest, easy run or AV race
Sun – Long run
So I have decided to add XC work to the Thursday Key session workout. Using Ewen’s suggestion I’ll take myself over to Fawkner Park and do some tempo work on the grass, to help with pacing and building endurance on the off road terrain.
Daily Observations and General Rambling
My latest obsession is Cross Words, I am not particularly good at them, but I read a while ago that people who do Cross Words daily are less likely to develop
Alzimers Alzheimers disease (yes, I knew it was spelled wrong, but forgot to go back and correct, sheesh, tomorrows rant “People who pick on my spelling” :lol: ). Whether it’s true or not who knows, but anything to help delay the slow slide into this is worth a try. I do know that when my grandma was drying of cancer and couldn’t even sit up in bed anymore she was still able to give the answers if I read the clues out to her, this was even close to the end when she had a brain tumor and she did Cross Words every day.
I am getting better at them, I just tend to get a bit of a brain freeze, then when I stumble on the answer it is like “Doh, of course!”. So where is this all leading? Oh yeah, For the first time I managed to solve the entire Age “Quick Crossword” today, though I did have to look up the meaning of one clue :oops: I like to do the Age one because the clues are only one word, so it is a bit trickier. I am afraid I have not yet reached the intellectual pinnacle of the Cryptic quite yet.
Not on my account Benny – So Ben Cousins is home or on his way home. Apparently one of the conditions of him being able to play football again is that he must apologise!!! My question is “to whom and for what?” Personally I don’t give a rats what he wants to smoke or shove up his nose, I haven’t been at all offended by his actions and therefore require no apology. I am glad he took some accountability for himself and got some help, but really, it’s none of my business.
Don’t you just piss yourself laughing when you see someone walking down the street with a blue tooth headset clamped to their ear! Funny enough on some guy in a sharp suit, strutting down the street yakking away to himself “Yar, yar, get Tokyo on the blower and sell sell sell” or some such nonsense. But even funnier on some tracksuited dude schlepping around the Forest Hill shopping centre on a Sunday afternoon. What call could be so important on a Sunday, are they expecting God to ring? Then again I am hopeless with my mobile, WHEN I remember to bring it with me half the time I don’t answer it in time and anyone who has ever sent me a text will know that I don’t usually notice them until an hour later :lol: personally I like to give people a chance to miss me (think I just stole a line from Seinfeld there)
Ughh, felt guilty today and caught PT to work. My morning trip door to door took 75 minutes (by car takes me 30 minutes) and my afternoon trip also took 75 minutes (by car generally 45 to 55 minutes), guess it’s back to the car again tomorrow. The morning trip was bearable because it was an early train. But the afternoon, ick. A woman who had bathed in perfume sat next to me, this is my biggest hate. I can’t tolerate chemical smells, perfume, scented soap, aftershave, air freshener, fly spray all that stuff, gives me a terrible headache and makes me feel sick. So anyway, sitting next to gallons of cheap perfume woman I was feeling pretty dodgy, then the disgusting grogan standing next to me decides to CUT ONE, I am not joking here, the guy farted. Anyone standing beside the track between Camberwell and East Camberwell would have seen me with my face pressed up against the window desperately clawing at the catch trying to open it (it was an old Hitachi Train).
Sorry Environment, back to the car for me.
To end on a less whingey note, got home and made a great pumpkin soup for dinner. I had about a cup of brown rice left over from last nights dinner so I chucked that in at the end after blending the soup, funnily enough it worked well, nutty.
The Month That Was
March km’s – 325
YTD – 1147 km
Injuries – Pesky calf niggles, massage and ice are my best mates
Excuses – I don’t make them
Races – AV XC Relay – 6Km, fun
Upcoming races – AV 15km LaTrobe, AV 10km Sandown.
Goals – don’t neglect post run stretches, re-discover core work, run a 70 minute 15Km and run a 10Km PB