Saturday, July 30, 2011

An Unselfish Time

As much as I know that I need to be out there building up my 'time on feet' for my marathon training, right now I feel that my time is needed elsewhere. I have always been one for going with 'what feels right' and will go with what is required. I have been keeping up with my running and the upcoming week should see a substantial increase in my mileage. I am currently dealing with life as it is dealt, as is the way it is at the moment and as is the way that it should be and I will do what is right for those around me. Rest assured though, I will keep up with my running and, no matter what, I'm confident of completing the marathon in a quicker time that last year.

If you are keen to do a marathon quicker that 4:30 then please stay tuned, this is what I'm hoping for. If you want to encourage me to do a quicker time than 4:30 then support me by getting me out for runs with you. Happy to join anyone one no matter how fast/slow. That's what we do to support our fellow walkers/runners :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Early As She Goes

Over the last few weeks I have been walking with Jo-Anne 2 - 3 times per week. We meet at her place at 7:00am and walk around the block. This week I have decided to get up that much earlier to give me time to run from my house to Jo-Anne's. This way I am forced into getting my run done early. My run to Jo-Anne's is up hill and so a gentle warm up, then the 2 of us walk for about 40mins on average and then I run home but add a circuit on to ensure I get at least 45 - 50 mins running time. This will increase over time.

I was done and dusted by 8:30 and my day was MEGA productive. I plan on doing this regularly whilst I'm walking with Jo-Anne.

In addition, I have Owen, a runner from way back and he is helping me with my motivation. He is going to run with me at least once a week, Wednesday evenings for now and we run for about an hour which will increase over time.

Apart from that, I am still going to Mike, the personal trainer, once a week although we missed Thursday. So far, that is going well. I enjoy it as he challenges me every week. It is NEVER easy.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Is Trying Through a Trying Time

Hi all,
Since my last post I have had some bad news. If you haven't heard already, my team mate, Philomen, was tragically killed in an explosion on 4 June. I have gone through a process of grieving and while I hope that the worst is over I still have the odd very difficult day.
Philomen would want me to carry on with my fitness and I have ensured that I have maintained that part of my life as much as possible. I have been out for runs, just local and once a week my boys join me to run the Pipe Line (6kms), as is their way of supporting me through this time. I have been going to see Mike, a personal trainer, and he has worked me pretty hard, especially my core muscles and upper body which I have never really done before. I also attempted to walk the mountains with Moana to see if I could find my own way without my guides, Philomen or Sharon. It is my intention to run them regularly for my marathon training.

I chose today to update my blog as it was the first day of my training program for the Auckland Marathon. My training began a few weeks back to build up my fitness for the program and I feel ready for it although may struggle with motivation...please help me out with that with your words of encouragement.

Day 1 of Week 1
Goal: 40 mins
Actual: 6.5Kms in 40mins