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long run short


I have been out there running in this damn heat and I¬†truly think I must be mad ūüėÜ Have to say though, I am¬†feeling really happy with my effort!¬†¬†Last week did my SS sessions,¬†one tready run, also managed to fit in Pilates¬†and finished the week¬†with¬†a¬†10km run on Sunday ūüôā ¬†¬†

10km Run:¬†¬†It was a bit of a slog in the last km because it was just so damn hot!¬†¬†I ran with RJ and we took a different path than we normally do which was really refreshing.¬† We crossed over at Morrell Bridge and then headed right.¬† We ended up running along the Yarra for¬†over 3km then turned around back to the Morrell Bridge continued¬†up Anderson Street and finished the¬†lap of the¬†Tan.¬†¬†I think my new shoes, which I bought from¬†Running Warehouse have helped with some of my niggles.¬† When I actually look at my old pair, they are in a shocking state ūüė≥ ¬†I am seriously thinking of ordering another pair or two!¬† While running we made sure to stop for¬†drinks at the bubblers¬†and I even wet my entire face and hat as well.¬† Wetting the hat was great idea……. it got me thinking about the suggestion on the ausrun forum about putting a lettuce in your hat ūüėÜ ¬†

That run has done a lot for my confidence and I am now trying to work out how far to go this Sunday, the last long run before Run 4 Kids.¬†¬†Still wishing I had a couple of 12kms¬†under my wing, hence the title of post but never mind, I am where I am.¬† So, should I repeat the 10km, move up to 11kms or try and do 12kms??¬†¬†JoJo??¬† What do you think?¬† I think if the heat wasn’t a factor I could have gone further and I am kind of banking on Run 4 Kids to be a really cool day so that it won’t be quite a slog at the end.¬†¬†Not really sure if increasing will do much at this stage so any suggestions appreciated.¬†¬†


After “coming out” on the ausrun forums about Carlton being my 2nd team, what happens,¬†Fev goes and pee’s on the Candy Bar’s window, not to mention further shenanigan’s ūüėĮ ¬†¬†Honestly these AFL foot-ballers ūüôĄ


phew, all is well


Happy to report that my achilles is fine.¬† Although slightly tender it was fine running yesterday and today there is no problem in sight ūüėÄ ¬† I have a sneaky feeling I haven’t been lacing up my laces tight enough and made sure I did yesterday.¬†

Met up with RJ at the Tan just after 9am and the morning was cool and fresh.¬†¬†We abolished our plans to have a family morning at Moomba and ended up¬†with all of us getting together in the afternoon at our place instead.¬†¬†Sometimes organising all the troops is just way too much trouble!¬† After comparing ailments, niggles and tiredness ūüôĄ ¬† ,not the families, ours ūüėČ ¬†we decided we would play our run¬†by ear.¬† We ended up doing¬†8km’s with a couple of walk breaks and stretches.¬† RJ’s hips were giving her grief and my legs were¬†feeling a bit¬†heavy, probably from Fridays run.¬† We were like a couple of geriatric’s!!¬†¬† Although I didn’t do the 10km as hoped I am still happy with that effort as I know I can run 10kms.¬†¬†I have come to accept that when I do Run 4 Kids it will probably be a walk, run, roll, crawl effort but as long as I finish I guess.¬† I am disappointed that I am not where I wanted to be at this point with my training and when¬†R4K is out of the way, I am going to concentrate on getting to the bottom of my pesky hip problem.¬† It has not been fully resolved and along with physio, I think I may have to go back to¬†Podiatrist to get my orthotics reviewed.¬†¬†I plan to then build a solid running base with the goal of working towards¬†doing the¬†1/2 at the Melbourne Marathon.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

When I got home, I sat in a cold bath, no ice as I didn’t have any and then I put the skins on for a couple of hours.¬† Wasn’t long afterward when¬†RJ and family rocked¬†up and¬†we had ourselves¬†a very pleasant relaxing afternoon/evening eating and drinking ourselves into oblivion ūüė≥ ¬† All our good work undone……. aahhh well, you only live once!

Today I feel good but wishing run group was tomorrow night instead of tonight so I could¬†rest the legs one more day.¬† I will be ok though as it is only a technique and strength session so I will survive.¬† I am toying with the idea of trying to run 12km’s on the week-end but not sure if that is¬†a bit ridiculous.¬† My¬†good sense is saying do a 10km but¬†psycologically want to the 12km.¬† Stoopid mind games!¬†

Now I am off to clean up as the house looks as though a bomb has hit it¬† ūüėÜ

damn this running


Aaaaaghhh, missed running group on Wednesday because I had no one to look after kids…….. how annoying is that!!!¬† I was not impressed at all but these things happen ūüė¶ ¬† I must admit that my hip was a little tender so maybe a speed session wouldn’t have been a great idea but still I was annoyed.

Last night it was the Carlton training session against the Bulldogs and we set of to Princes Park.¬† My troops were going to go to match and I was going to go for a run.¬† Initially the plan was that I would go in for a while and watch and then set off.¬† It was so busy when we got there and parking was bedlam so the troops jumped out while I continued on th find apark.¬† I did find one along Princes Park Drive (cemetary side) and I then started¬†my 5km run.¬† It was hot but the shady bits were good with a very slight breeze.¬† At about the 4.5km mark I had a drink and changed my mind and decided to up it to¬†a 6km run¬†but I got this really sharp pain in the achilles area of left foot and through the heal, omg it hurt!!!¬† So I walked a bit and it seemed to settle so I set off and thought it might be best not to do the 6km.¬† I finished at 5.4km.¬† Did some stretching and then when I went to walk off to footy ground, the pain stopped me in my tracks again!¬† Bugger whats going on??¬† Decided to walk to car instead which was about¬†another km away¬†and it was a slow walk.¬† Eventually caught up with troops and headed home.¬† I iced area when I got home and the pesky hip and also¬†popped a couple of¬†Nurofens ūüôĄ ¬† ¬†This morning it is still a little sore but I can weight bear and walk.¬† My plan today is to ice as much as possible and continue with Nurofens.¬† I have a planned 10km run tomorrow which I do intend on still doing, call me foolhardy but if I don’t do it tomorrow, I will not get another chance until next week-end and I wanted to do 12 km run then.¬† I am going to meet RJ tomorrow and we are dragging the families along for Moomba.¬† We figure they can entertain themselves while we run and then maybe have a¬†bacon and eggs barbie if we are organised enough or¬†head off to a cafe and have someone else cook for us.¬† I think the later option will be the one we end up¬†doing ūüėČ



I ran on Sunday as planned at the We Can Walk it Out¬†fun run and everything felt good.¬†¬†I did the 8kms and managed to run whole way which included that pesky Anderson Street hill twice.¬† The second time up was a bit of a grind but I wasn’t going to let that¬†bugger beat me ūüėÜ ¬† Considering that was my first¬†“long” run in about three weeks, I was¬†happy that I was able to do it but it still leaves me a long way off Run 4 Kids distance ūüė¶ ¬†

Rocked up to Sporting Spirit¬†last night and I have to say I was feeling sore from previous day and nearly didn’t go ūüė≥ ¬†My quads and hamstrings were protesting but I decided to stop¬†being a¬†wuss and get my butt there.¬† It was¬†a strength and technique session and I thought surely it wouldn’t be too grinding.¬† It was a good session which covered upper body strength, lower body strength ūüėĮ ¬† , drills and a bit of running.¬† I was really glad I did it and once again I am so glad I have joined this group.¬† It is really giving me direction and confidence that finally my running will come together.¬† I¬†still haven’t been able to start my Pilate sessions at Physio’s¬†but I have my fingers crossed I will be able to start¬†soon.


I have still been having issues with my 4 year old who has done a complete 360 degree turn around and now doesn’t want to go to kinder anymore.¬† Oh well, that will teach me for looking a gift horse in the mouth as he loved it at the start and I was a little disappointed that he cut¬†the apron strings so easily ūüėÜ

I received my Run 4 Kids race pack yesterday and I am really disappointed with the¬†event T-shirt this year.¬† I know its not all about the shirt but I loved lasts years design and fabric which¬†has become one¬†of my favourite training shirts.¬† I thought it was going to be the same type of shirt but different colour.¬† Anyway, all is not lost, I have a very happy 10 year old who has scored it ūüėÄ

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