Archive | October, 2007

Back on a plane

30 Oct

Thank God John and I have called a grammatical détente, I was starting to crack under the pressure, the other night I woke up in a cold sweat dreaming I was being attacked by rogue apostrophes.

400s on the track tonight, either 6 or 8 depending on individual levels of fitness. I rolled up prepared to do 3 but the coach asked me to try 4, we agreed that if after 3 I felt like I could do a 4th and maintain my pace then I would try the 4th.

I ended up making 4 reps, as follows –


So that was some pretty good consistency there. Sure the splits are appalling, about 7 seconds slower than I would normally manage for this set (so even when I am fit I am no speedster) and I felt about as graceful as a Brontosaurus. I figure if I can’t manage any decent speed I should not hang my head and instead try to run a consistent session, which I did. It was great to be back on the track, though as it is an all weather track and pretty unforgiving I am mindful of not over doing it.

I used my new stride sensor on the track to test it’s accuracy, even uncalibrated it is pretty spot on, the 4 by 400 metre reps came out at 1.62 Km so my run on Sunday was not just a happy fluke.

I am off to the Gold Coast tomorrow morning, my brother is getting married on Saturday and I am a Bridesmaid. I am not good with these things and am having major anxieties, the whole hair, dress, make up, everyone looking at me thing does not sit well with me but am not about indulging my petty insecurities on this blog. I am looking forward to going on some runs with my sister and showing her how to use the running watch I am going to give her.

Be back on Sunday, enjoy the rest of the week folks, happy running or what ever else turns you on.

Hey JoJo, I have read A Brave New World but only once so it didn’t make the list, thoroughly enjoyed it though and no doubt it will get another look in.

Tit for Tat

29 Oct


Seems John and I have got ourselves embroiled in a good old fashioned spelling and grammar war. Before we resort to dictionaries or is that dictionary’s, no, pretty sure it is dictionaries at 20 paces let me just say that despite an A in HSC English and a job that requires an exceptional eye for detail (granted for numbers not words) I take an appallingly sloppy attitude to spelling and grammar, not to mention the fact that I rarely proof read a post, who has the time? I even handed in an essay with absolutely no punctuation when I was in year 8, unfortunately by that stage I had yet to read Keroauc so could not plead that I inspired by the stream of consciousness vibe, man.

Regarding my 1 second of fame on the Melbourne Marathon special yesterday, nope, not the black shorts and dark top, I was in black shorts and a white tank top.

Did you read The Age today, seems Arnie does not believe that Marijuana is a drug, ’tis only a leaf folks so toke up with impunity, Arnie says it is OK. Guess that gives the green light to Heroin as it is only a pretty red flower and isn’t Cocaine just a leaf as well, while we are at it Anabolic Steroids are just a hormone aren’t they and I suppose a time bomb isn’t really a weapon just an alarm clock with a bad attitude.

I have chucked the dice again and today it is 7 books that I have read more than once

1 – Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
2 – Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding :oops: (a bit like white bread, you know it isn’t all that good for you but it’s nice to have every now and then)
3 – Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson
4 – Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
5 – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick (which was made into the film Bladerunner which I have seen even more times than I have read the book)
6 – 1984 by George Orwell (Probably one of my most re-read books, I reckon I have a 1984 moment just about every day, more so when an election is looming)
7 – And the Ass saw the Angel by Nick Cave (contentious, some people love it some think it truly awful. I am in the love it camp, the book even makes me laugh. I saw it put on as a play once in a small room in South Melbourne with a mixture of actors and life sized puppets, it was brilliant)

No running today, I took a rest day.

Hey, where’d that hour go, it was there when I went to bed!

28 Oct

Distance – 13.27Km
Time – 1:08:13 (aiming for 70 minutes but ran a negative split)
Avg Pace – 5:09
Avg HR – 85%
Avg Cadence – 180 (steps per minute)

I woke with bad cramps this morning so that put paid to getting started early for a ride/run/ride, by the time the Neurofen was kicking in it was pretty hot and very windy, conditions I didn’t fancy taking on. Instead I took the opportunity to get a heap of stuff done around the house, uninterrupted by the need for an afternoon nap.

By about 5:30pm I was feeling pretty good and looking forward to my longest run since the injury, 70 minutes. The were some dark clouds looming and I was hoping I would be lucky enough to get rained on. Sadly all I got was a few fat drops teasing me but nothing serious, though despite that fact that it was about 26 degrees there was a cool breeze and I was fairly comfortable.

As you can see from the stats it was a mighty good run, slight tightness in the left calf and minor ITB niggle in the same leg starting at about 11Km, but apart from that a great hit out. I have a doctors appointment in 2 weeks so I’ll have a chat to her about the ITB, it has never bothered me before so I am assuming just an orthotic adjustment may be in order. I suspect that the new stride sensor may be reading slightly long but I’ll let the stats stand until I have calibrated on the track. I ran a pretty familiar course today so at worst I reckon it was only about 200 metres out, also I was pushing the pace, I felt good so just went with it. As the long runs get longer I’ll start easing off the pace.

On channel 9 today there was a highlights package from the Melbourne Marathon a month ago. There was the briefest of shots of the 10Km start, did you see me ;-) It was a blink and you’ll miss it moment and it was the best I looked all day. I feel vindicated today, I said my time was worse than I would run in training didn’t I? Today I ran though 10Km in 50:56, even accounting for inaccuracy it was still far better than my crap hit out at that fun run.

I managed 5 runs this week including speed work and I clocked up 37.4Km. Even with a trip to Queensland for 5 days from Wednesday I am hopeful I can make 40Km next week.

My poor arms are killing me today, I spent about 2 hours yesterday morning wrestling with one of the biggest Agapanthas I have ever seen. I hate them, damn weeds and I have been putting off cutting it out for too long, it was so big it took up my entire green bin and now it weighs a ton. I didn’t have the strength to cut though the roots so I was jumping up and down on the shovel :lol: In the meantime my cat Asterix dashed about the garden trying to catch butterfly’s and had a ball hiding in the seaside daisies.

Family photo, carnivores and Ab Fab Darling

27 Oct

Won’t post the stats because it was a bit all over the shop today. I was playing with my new toy, a Polar RS800 speed and distance monitor which I am sure you will agree looks uber futuristic –

My old Polar was getting on to being 2 years old and will now be passed on to my sister, hopefully it will help keep her motivated as she trains for her first Half Marathon in July next year. I had been greedily eyeing off the new Polar for ages but could not swallow the AU$899 price tag, after extensive searching I managed to find it as low as AU$749 from an Aussie on line store. They are heaps cheaper in the US however no one would ship them out of the US due to some stupid caveat imposed by Polar. I mean hey! why sell them for AU$525 when you can sell them for $899! Long story short I finally found a US site that would ship to Australia and let me keep my warranty, while I was at it I also bought a new pair of Brooks Trance, model 7 was just released and I picked up a pair for US$103 :shock: that is AU$115, amazing considering they were listed at $130 on the site.

So now I have 3 generations sitting in my rotation, 5, 6 and 7, meet The Family

I put a pair of Trance 5s into semi-retirement today, they will be reserved for Trailwalker training and the day itself, I have a pair of 6s with about 600Kms on them and will put them aside as well.

Anyway, back to my new toy. Not only does it tell you speed and distance it also records altitude, elevation, cadence, stride length, running efficiency based on HR measurements, does your taxes, cleans out the litter tray and folds the washing. I am such a nerdy analyst and I love having a stack of data to chart and pore over, even better if I can put it into a wizz bang spreadsheet with graphs and stuff. There is a dedicated online diary you can use but I prefer to customise things my own way.

I love how it gives you cadence and stride length, on my 4.5km run today my average cadence came out at an average of 89, double that and you get 178 (it only counts one foot) which I think is pretty efficient but I have to do some more research on that. I have been doing some stride drills lately in a attempt to improve my style so they must be paying off. The stride sensor seems pretty accurate out of the box, I did a few 250 metre reps on the tan this morning and they all came out just about spot on. Just to be sure though I’ll do the proper calibration on the track tomorrow.

Are you all bored yet?

The Nairobi Marathon is on tomorrow and a girl from my club is running as an Australian representative, this is one for the four Marathons in the Greatest Race on Earth and Australia has four men and four women representatives. Looking at the website though I was alarmed to note that the Nairobi Marathon organisers are boasting a

fun filled day for spectators family and friends who also take part in the carnivore atmosphere around the venue

Eeep, that is either a typo or there are going to be a hell of a lot of BBQs about the place, lock up your cows people.

Kathy thankyou so much for the Fabulous Award, how on earth to I narrow the field down to 5 people???

Here they are, in no particular order

JoJo for helping keep me sane during hours of pool running and for never failing to crack me up.

Sara for never correcting me when I constantly mispronounce her name and for being witty, intelligent, possessing the best smile I have every seen and the most cheekily naughty yet beautiful dog I have ever met.

Marilyn my blog buddy from across the ocean and fellow stress fracture sufferer, check out her blog, this girl can run and I am always in awe of her workouts.

Jason whom I have never met but am sure he will take the Fab award with good grace. The guy is in training for Iron Man Australia, Triathletes amaze me and I love the technical detail Jason puts into his blog, I always learn something new.

John ‘coz he cracks me up, I wanted to give him a girly pink award, he trained his legs off to run a sub 3 hour marathon recently, has brilliant attitude to training and running and is my own personal spell and grammar checker.

I am going to sneak in a 6th

Jay for making me do Trailwalker :lol: and because she is Fab as are all my TW buddies, Michelle and Corrie.

Jeez, I really need to start keeping these to under 500 words, is anyone still with me?

Still Here

26 Oct

Distance – 8Km
Time – 42:42
Avg Pace – 5:20
Avg HR – 86%

This was this morning at about 6 starting at Fed Square and taking in The Tan and the Yarra river. I wanted a tempo run, that is about 25 minutes worth at a 5 minute pace. Didn’t really happen, even though there were some fasters splits the best I managed was a 5:04. I suspect that the footpod I wear with my watch needs to be re-calibrated because my HR and perceived effort felt like I was getting better pace than was reflected. Considering I have had a couple of decent 4:35ish hit outs in races I certainly shouldn’t be struggling with 25 minutes at 5 minute pace. Feeling very hard done by I plotted my route on Mapmyrun when I got back to the office and even owing for error it was closer to 8.5Km than 8Km. This may explain the higher HR readings I have been getting lately and the fact that the runs have felt harder than they should have.

On the way home from my long run on Sunday I’ll swing by the Croydon Aths track and re-calibrate the footpod. To tell the truth, I bought myself a present last weekend and it arrived today from the US of A so I will actually be calibrating a new footpod :-)

I didn’t run yesterday, I had a very long day at work and by the time I knocked off just couldn’t be stuffed, hence also my reason for not posting was just too tired and it would have been whiney and boring. My boss is on leave for 2 weeks so I am in for a busy time, I’ll be doing most of my running in the morning to ensure I can get my work outs done.

I was going to roll the dice again tonight but am not feeling very creative, especially after checking out this blog, this dude does it better than me so why try to imitate, I’ll have to come up with another gimmick.

Thanks for posting the alternative Hallelujah lyrics Ewen, cracked me up :lol:

JH, definitely try not be around if I start singing Take on Me, my version can strip paint. Possibly also try to avoid being the neighborhood if The Rocky Horror Picture Show is on the box, I will sing and dance may way through the whole thing playing as many roles at once as I can manage, it is not a pretty sight. But come on, are there any moments in cinematic history that will ever top the sight of Tim Curry’s platform booted foot stomping to the beat as the elevator descends, he swings around, flings off his cape, curls that top lip “How’d you do I, see you met my, faithful (pause) Handyman (eyebrow raise), he’s just a little brought down you know, when you knocked he thought you where the Candyman…….” all the while Susan Sarandon is fainting, freaking brilliant.

Michael Caine’s “you were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off”, gets me every time as well.

Awright, just though of a list, where’s the dice?

5 Old Actors who were hot when they were young

1 – Michael Caine

2 – Clint Eastwood

3 – Ian McKellen

4 – Sean Connery – not very original but damn the dude was hot

5 – Robert De Niro

This post just went all over the place didn’t it

The Roll of a Dice

24 Oct

Run leader gig tonight

Distance – 6.7Km
Time – 37:40
Avg Pace – 5:37
Avg HR – Forgot chest strap

Taking care of the 5Km group tonight, there were a heap of newbies and the paces were all over the place making it impossible to keep everyone together. I ended up doing my sheep dog act and ran back and forth to make sure everyone got some attention, hence my 5Km turned into 6.7Km. It was all over the place, there were some fast Kms and some slow ones depending on which group I was pacing.

9 Songs I know all the words to
I love to sing, unfortunately I am totally tone deaf and cats mating sound more melodious than I do. You can all relax, I reserve all my singing screeching for when I am alone in my car.

I just rolled a dice twice and came up with the number 9, so here are 9 songs I know all the words to and will always belt out when they come on the car radio.

1 – Deanna – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
2 – Hyperballad – Bjork
3 – Pictures of You – The Cure
4 – Epic – Faith No More
5 – Take on Me – AHa
6 – True Faith – New Order
7 – Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, anyone
8 – Been Caught Stealing – Janes’s Addiction
9 – Confetti – Lemonheads (Evan Dando *sigh*) He kinda shoulda sorta woulda loved her if he coulda………

Could have named 9 more but the dice rolled 9 so 9 it was.

Now I need some other list ideas dependent on the roll of a dice.

Back with the crew again

23 Oct

Speed work again tonight and this time back with the group. I took the session that was set for my group and cut it in half, still gotta take things easy.

2 by 500 metres
2 by 250 metres

I was going to aim for 120 seconds for the 500s and 60 seconds for the 250s, however as I was running with a group again that pushed me to some quicker reps.

1:55 (HR 88%)
2:00 (HR 86%)
56 (HR 72%)
53 (HR 79%)

I can explain the erratic splits, we were on The Tan at about 6:15pm, it gets pretty busy around then and there can be a bit of weaving around walkers 3 and 4 abreast. Despite that I was happy with the session and it was cool to be running with the other girls again and after Sunday’s sluggish run I felt heaps better today. All up with warm up and cool down it was roughly a 5Km day.

I am really enjoying returning to proper training again and am feeling really positive and re-energised at the moment :-)

Time to relax now, getting back into it also means back to shorter posts on a Tuesday and Wednesday night because I get home after 730pm.

I’ll save all my rants, raves and general musings for later in the week.


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