Two Fruits

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Running At Last

Tasmania:

Turners Beach, North West Coast

3 days on beach, 23.45 kms on sand, bare feet at average pace about 5' 10" per km

Weather:  sunny, temps about 14 degrees, wind calm, humidity 50%

Canberra:

3 days between home & work,  13.25 kms at average pace about 5' 45" per km

August:  42.1 kms,  Year:  1517.7 kms

As mentioned in my previous post, I had been sidelined with a hip/leg problem for a few months until a miracle cure was found courtesy of my sister-in-law. Hail Elmore Oil.
We moved from Hobart to the north west coast for 8 days at Turners Beach just behind the sand dunes. Not quite the warm tropical ideals of north Qld, but still blessed with a 1.5 km long beach available unless it's high tide. The water comes up to the base of the dunes, so no sand.
Otherwise a perfect flat, hard packed sandy surface where I seem to run faster than in shoes.
Nothing too startling about those runs despite Ok pace, given plenty of rest breaks. Lacking endurance fitness.
Back home where the emphasis will be on consistency. Not necessary to up distance too far or pace yet, just get a base down. Still need the occasional rest stop, but the running part is good.
Warmer recent weather has helped so spring time coming soon will be appreciated.
No race plans for the rest of the year at this stage, but may trot around in a mountain running event if the endurance base returns. Really miss the hills, but this flat stuff is good for where I am at the moment.
Yearly distance wise I'm done for this year. If I can make it to 2000 kms, that's great but making it a two decade low. Bugger this injury, lesson learned.













Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nothing Yet In August

Running:  Nil

Currently in Tasmania visiting family. It's winter here with some reasonable weather at times, no rain but cool/cold.
But not as cold overnight as at home in Canberra where most overnight temps recently are below zero.
Hobart and now on the north west coast are at sea level so those cold frosts are not present.
Similar day time temps around 12-14 degrees.
No running both due to long term hip injury, although getting much better and the cool weather.
The cold hasn't helped, but I have found a " cure" courtesy of my elderly sister-in-law.
She uses Elmore Oil for arthritis & suggested I try it. So far, so good in a few days.
Now we are settled for 8 days before crossing the strait & heading home, I will have a chance to test the running. Hoping to at least restart the base building, I will have lost almost everything.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July - Where Are We ?

Sunday:

Monthly Handicap:
Where:  Little Black Mountain

Distance:  9.00 km
Time;  59' 27"
Rate:  6' 36"
Group start:  27  ( next time 26 )
Finished:  68th

July:  57.6 km,   Year:  1475.6 km

Caught in the middle of still in holiday mode, winter & trying to get this lingering injury fixed.
Ran without purpose or conviction last Sunday at the monthly handicap & consequently finished 3rd last.
I would have loved to be able to run the course hard, it was a ripper and would have suited me perfectly. May be next year.
Diagnosis of the hip problem should be Ok when I can get to a physio to get checked out. But, with travelling, working & no usable time to get to the physio at the moment, I'll either wait until back from Tassie in 3 weeks, or find someone down there.
Problem will be, anywhere, is finding someone I have confidence in.
One of the reasons I have never had a coach or advisor for my running is lack of confidence in believing they know what they are doing.
While July's km total is very low, it's higher than June & the first step towards a return to serious long distance running. The endurance base needs the remainder of this year before " training" can start.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Holiday Update

July:

Where:  Evans Head,  NSW
Fri:  11.7.14 -  6.25 km in 35' 04" at 5' 36" per km
Sat:  12.7.14 -  6.90 km in 37' 48" at 5' 28" per km
Tue:  15.7.14 - 6.90 km in 39' 35" at 5' 44" per km
Wed:  16.7.14 - 7.55 km in 42' 46" at 5' 40" per km

Weather: all days mostly sunny, temps around 18 degrees, humidity 30%-50%, wind calm,
Running surface:  beach sand, ran bare feet
Recovery: 3 times swim after run in ocean 10 minutes

Today:
Where:  Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT

Distance: 9.00 km
Time:  98' 19"
Rate:  10' 56" per km ( walk )
Weather:  sunny, nice day, temp 14 degrees, humidity 67%, calm

Week:  9.00 km,  July:  48.6 km,  Year: 1457.6 km

Finally after almost 7 weeks on holidays, arrived back home. From a running point of view, not much happened with only 10 runs, all under 10 kms. 
Hip had been a problem in the cold weather, much better when it's warm. Rest has not fixed the main problem, but it has solved several other small problems.
Back home this week, I had my annual medical for my work bus licence and asked the doctor for his opinion on my hip.
After having my left ( problem) leg moved around in all directions, it appears it's not a hip problem. I had hoped it wasn't a bone socket issue which may not have been fixable.
It appears my stronger quads have overtaken the weaker hip flexor/ groin and an imbalance has caused the soreness. The pain has moved down the leg to be in the high quad area.
He advises a few trip to the physio and thinks this may solve the problem. If not, an e-ray/scan may be needed. There is improvement, base endurance is not all lost. The walk today was easy.
Just a matter of slow forward progress. There is a plan in place to increase the base & once pain free, focus on next year's target event.
















Monday, July 7, 2014

More Backward Steps

June:

Distance:   16.65 kms in 4 run days at ave 4.16 km

July to date:

Distance:  12.00 kms in 2 run days at ave 6.00 km

Year:  1421.00 kms in 27 weeks at ave 52.6 km p.w.

Fairly obvious to work out I have ran/walked 6 times in June & July.
A combination of travelling, a sore hip & lack of motivation have made this possible.
The motivation would be there if the hip would play it's part.
But, plenty of rest has failed to help repair the damage, so I will be seeking some professional advice when back home near the end of this month.
Bit pointless at the moment making any plans for next year when I can't get this year right.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

May Going Backwards

Friday:

Dist: 3.75 kms in 20' 56" at 5' 35"

May:  72.5 kms  on 11/31 days at ave  6.59 kms per run day

Year:  1392.35 kms in 5 months at ave  278.47 kms per month

Lowest monthly running kms total in 20 years all as a result of being injured.
Activity during May has been restricted to mountain biking, plenty of days in the gym and some walking trips.
Biggest problem is that the fitness endurance base is falling fast so any running at all requires a few rest stops.
Hoping June will see a return to the running scene in preparation for the spring mountain running season.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Catching Up

Wednesday: 14th May
4.4. kms in 25'39" at 5' 50" per km

Thursday: 15th May
6.85 kms in 41' 57" at 6' 08" per km

Saturday: 17th May
6.2 kms in 37' 20" at 6' 00" per km

Sunday: 18th May -  Bush Walk
Distance: 20.3 km in 3 hrs 51 mins 13 secs  at 11' 24" per km

Tuesday: 20th May - walk
8.9 kms in 1 hr 42 mins 8 secs at 11' 29" per km

Thursday: 22nd May
2.85 kms in 18' 33" at 6' 31" per km

Sunday:  25th May - monthly handicap
Race: distance 7.5 kms plus warm up 1.25 km
Race time: 50' 51"
Race rate:  6' 47" per km
Start group: 28
Finished: 2nd last
Weather: perfect autumn morning, sunny, temp 13 degrees, humidity75%, wind calm

Week:  20.5 km  May: 68.75 km,  Year: 1388.6 km

In answer to your enquiry Liz, the running has been terrible, occasional & not enjoyable.
Running holiday to the outback starts in 2 weeks time.
The running side has been ditched, but holiday now extended from 4 to 7 weeks before a short week back home. Then 3 weeks in Tasmania in August.
Otherwise, it's a bit of mountain biking, plenty of strength & stretching in the gym and generally working on getting the hip flexor/groin strain to come right.
That's about all for the moment. Even Janene is doing more than me.