Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Official City2Surf Time 2008

138:22


Not bad for walking!!!!!

Official City2Surf Time 2008

138:22


Not bad!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

City2Surf 2008 - FINISHED!

I am still alive... I ran the City2Surf in 135 minutes (approx.) - mostly walking. I ran the first 3-4km to catch up to a friend and then we walked the rest of the way. It was quite a pleasant walk, too! Next year I will definitely be running and from Wednesday (give myself a few days rest) I will be running again.

Goal - Run the Sydney Half Marathon 2009

I may also go in the Bridge to Bridge run in September (this year) which is 9km. Depends on the day.

Still alive...

I finished the City2Surf today, quite happily in about 135 minutes. Not bad for walking!! I think it has inspired me again to run, so look out! Sydney Half Marathon 2009, here we come!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

City2Surf 2008

It's City2Surf tomorrow. Last year I did really well (just over 100 minutes) and it is unfortunate that I did not train for this year's race as they have implemented timing chips this year!! The reason why this is so great, is that last year (and I imagine previous years) it took 15 minutes to get to the start line from where you had lined up! That meant, that 15 minutes was added onto your time. This year, your timing chip starts timing when you cross the start line!!!!! Such a brilliant idea! Hopefully they like using the timing chips so that when I run next year I will be able to get into one of the top two groups.

This year I will be running the first 5-odd km and then walking with The Boy's sister. I don't expect a good time, but it'll be good to get back into the exercise! Maybe the slowness of our pace will give me the kick up the bum that I need!!

City2Surf

It's City2Surf tomorrow. Last year I did really well (just over 100 minutes) and it is unfortunate that I did not train for this year's race as they have implemented timing chips this year!! The reason why this is so great, is that last year (and I imagine previous years) it took 15 minutes to get to the start line from where you had lined up! That meant, that 15 minutes was added onto your time. This year, your timing chip starts timing when you cross the start line!!!!! Such a brilliant idea! Hopefully they like using the timing chips so that when I run next year I will be able to get into one of the top two groups.

This year I will be running the first 5-odd km and then walking with a friend. I don't expect a good time, but it'll be good to get back into the exercise! Maybe the slowness of our pace will give me the kick up the bum that I need!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Almost to plan...

Although I didn't go for a run today (no excuse, just didn't), I did managed to go for a quick (read: 6 minutes!) sprint on the spin bike. I was riding at 40-odd km/hr, so I was going pretty hard! I guess I could have sprinted for longer, but I decided that I should ease into it.

The main thing is, I DID SOMETHING!!! YAY! I also chased Jedi around the yard for about 15 minutes... He loves chasies and is soooooooo much faster than me!

Plus, I ate healthy food today! YAY!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Back into it

So from today, I am back into my exercise routine and eating right.

I've realised that I have a trouble with balance. I get focused on one thing and then lost sight of everything else that was important to me. Running and being fit was my focus last year and now that I am back at uni, I haven't run since!! Plus, having my pup is yet another focus and I seem to be prioritising him and my uni work over my health. So, enough is enough, I am determined to fit all three things in! I have so many other hobbies as well (saxophone, scrapbooking, etc) but there's no way that I can do it all. At the moment I don't even have time to read anything that doesn't begin in "Physiology of...", or "Principles and Practice of..."

Tonight on SBS there was a doco on this group of unfit, sedentary average people who after a year of training were able to run the Boston Marathon. If they can do something like that, so can I. I have always dreamed of running a marathon (or at least a half) and there's no reason why I wouldn't be able to do it.

Another factor that has made me realise what I have been missing is that I have put on 4kg, plus lost most of my muscle, so the amount of fat that I have put on is INSANE!!!!!!!! I seriously need to lose weight.

So this is it. From today, I am in!

So, my stats for today:

Weight: 83.7kg
Fat %: 35.2
Total Water %:46.6
BMI: 24.9

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Getting back into things...


Continuing on from my post below, I have started running again.

I was late for uni one day (damn Cityrail!) and ended up running from the train station to uni (1.5km) in the hope that I wouldn't be too late! It is a gradual incline to uni and yeah, it hurt.

That afternoon I wanted to catch the early train that I usually don't make unless I walk SUPER faast, but I was 5 minutes late to leave... So I ran. Downhill...! I ran the whole 1.5km and it felt GOOD! (And yes, I made the train!)

I repeated my afternoon run to the train station the next day.

I don't think my times are that great... 1.5km in 10 minutes? Is that good? I am so out of it!

1.5km in 10 minutes... so that's 6:20 per km. Wow, I suck. The last run I blogged about was on January 24... Pace: 8:58/mi (5:34/km). Ouch. I need to get back into it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fitness = Zero


So I've been slack. REALLY slack. After having done my fitness test in January this year, I seriously have done next to no exercise. I was so determined to keep up my running during med school, but something happened. I missed a few days, then didn't feel like running, so left it for a few weeks and at that point I thought running would be too painful because I would have declined in fitness.

So... I'm about to find out what running after doing nothing for 8 months is like. How's that for a definition of painful! And to add to it, I think I've put on 3-4kg. How's that for extra motivation?

My theory... Med school is bad for your health!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Loop tha Lake

Today was the big day. Loop the Lake day! The Boy and I rode the 50km circuit (total loop was 85km) and man, was it painful! I rode my heavy-ass dualie with semi-slicks.

I am usually okay on my bike, but this ride sucked for about 35km of it! Most of it was hills (I don't do uphill) and I haven't ridden in so long that my pelvis/butt is SOOOOOOOOOOORE!! About 20km into the ride and half way up a massive hill I was contemplating selling my bike and giving up cycling for ever!! After this little 'moment', I decided that I was in no rush and put it in a tiny gear and ground away at the pedals and talked to myself about the inflammatory process and immune response (how very nerdy!). On the bright side, the last 16km were pretty good! We could actually SEE the lake, and it was fairly flat. I have to say it was a nice finish.

It was a great feeling at the end and I am proud of the fact that I rode the entire way - no walking! Will I do it next year? Maybe... But next year I might take a road bike.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Loop the Lake


A couple of weeks ago my Uncle put down the challenge to ride in Loop the Lake this year. Basically it is a fund raiser for John Hunter Children's Hospital play therapy program. It's a good cause, plus it's a good opportunity to go on a long ride!

There are 3 options - 16km, 50km or 85km. At the moment I am deciding between 50km and 85km as I haven't really been on the bike much lately (focusing on running) and I am not quite sure if I'll be able to keep up if I do 85k! In preparation I have purchased some new slick tyres and will be spending the next 6 weeks training my butt off (literally, I hope!).

I will update on my progress here.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

High on Endorphins..


I just went for a run... Twice. I figured I had better get a good run in as I am starting to feel sick (just a cold).

I ran my 2.4km lap and then another 1 - 1.5km after a few minutes break. I then walked around the park again, so I was gone for about half an hour. And oh-mah-gosh I feel good!! I really need to do more long running sessions! Endorphins are addictive...

Anyway, here are my stats:

Distance: 2.4km
Time: 13 minutes 22 seconds
Pace: 8:58/mi (5:34/km)
HR: 128bpm at finish
Comments: Felt really good throughout the entire run. Was a very comfortable pace.

Monday, January 21, 2008

That hurt.


Distance: 2.4km
Time: 12 minutes 30 seconds
Pace: 8:23/mi (5:13/km)
HR: 160bpm at finish

I am going to go die now...

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Fighting Fit and Ready to Go!

I decided to run the beep test again today... So I walked down to the netball courts where I had previously measured out 20m, put in my ipod and off I went! This time I easily made it to 6.5 without any issues at all!! I was running in the 4's and 5's thinking that it was too easy to be almost finished, but sure enough I got there with plenty of puff left!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Getting better?

Thanks to bradsmith281, I decided to have a look at my running times since I started timing myself on 2.4km runs. I have to run it in less than 13 minutes (14 minutes once I turn a year older this year!)

So, let's take a step back in time! I started running back in June. Once I was able to get 6.5 I decided to start working on my 2.4km runs. My first measured time was in October.

14/10/07
2.4km
17 minutes
11 min : 24 seconds/mi
8:14/km

17/10/07
2.4km
15 minutes
10:04/mi
6:15/km

28/10/07
2.4km
14 minutes 4 seconds
9:26/mi
5:52/km

3/11/07
2.4km
13 minutes 44 seconds
9:13/mi
5:43/km

3/11/07
2.4km (new shoes!)
12 minutes 51 seconds
8:37/mi
5:21/km

12/11/07 - PB
2.4km
12 minutes 16 seconds
8:14/mi
5:07/km

3/1/08
2.4km (0530hrs run)
13 minutes 57 seconds
9:21/mi
5:49/km

4/1/08
2.4km (very tired tonight)
13 minutes 48 seconds
9:15/mi
5:45/km

So as you can see, I peaked in November and something happened between then and now. Don't ask me what, because I really have no idea and haven't really been doing anything different (aside from a few missed running days here and there). Oh - I did stop going to the gym (weights) so I may have lost some lower limb muscle mass...

The plan is now to run more often and for longer distances (2 x 2.4km with minimal break in between and start doing some uphill runs.

If anyone has some suggestions feel free!

Pic from here.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

New time slot


I just got back from a run... Yes, it's 5.45am! Last night I decided that I would try running in the morning, because: a) I am a morning person and b) I am always too tired/lazy/hungry/busy to run in the afternoon and I don't feel that I'm improving on my running because I hardly ever go!

It was really incredible this morning! The sun was rising, there was dew on the grass, and the morning mist rising from the other side of the park. It was quite surreal! It didn't really help me run any better, but at least now I feel totally pumped for the rest of the day! I think this might become a new habit.

Oh, and for the record, I ran a 13:57. No where near the 12 minutes 15 seconds I was doing 2 months ago, but better than the 17 minutes when I first started!!! I will keep at it and maybe go for another run this afternoon. We'll see.