Two Fruits

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Week 50 - Under Control

Running:  Year to Date

Distance: 3,760.45 kms in 50 weeks at ave  75.2 kms ( up from 74.9 kms at week 49)

Last week:  91.15 kms

Altitude:  125,551 metres in 50 weeks at ave  2,511 metres ( up from 2,481 metres at week 49)

Last week:  3,972 metres

The year is nearing it's end and it's been a while since I actually competed in a race.
In fact, last race was on 25th June when I ran the Endorfun event at Freycinet Peninsular. Only 29 kms going over Mt Graham and along Wineglass Bay. Spectacular scenery, took the camera, took too many photos. So hardly competing hard when it takes 4 hrs 22 mins to do 29 kms with less than 1000 metres of vertical.
Since then, with a 2 month holiday in Sept & Oct, running has been just for fun. Really good fun it has been, especially in the snow during winter.
Mainly setting up the base as I intend to run the Gone Nuts 101 km in early March next year.
This week has been a mix of big and small. Two afternoon walks of 5 kms as recovery/rest days with a jog day of 7 kms plus hitting the cold water.
The other 3 days were definitely hilly, making up the bulk of those kms & vertical metres.
No need to do too much now to get to 130,000 metres for the year, just average 300 metres per day.
Gone Nuts will take around 15 hours I hope. The main part now will be to up the distances, maintain the vertical and get more time on feet. Start that in January, not going to hurry.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Week 49 - Big Ones Saved the Day

Running:  Year to Date

Distance: 3,669.3 kms in 49 weeks at ave  74.9 kms ( same as week 48)

Last week:  75.8 kms

Altitude:  121,579 metres in 49 weeks at ave  2,481 metres ( up from 2,475 metres in week 48)

Last week:  2,788 metres

Somehow I managed to finish the week at yearly average. A completely disrupted week starting last weekend with almost 100 mils of rain over 3 days. That's massive for us this year accounting for near 25% of our rainfall so far in 2017. Consequently, no running last Sunday, just too much rain.
But a few big days helped. Monday easy on wet ground.
Tuesday & Wednesday both over my local hill making up 40 kms & 2000 metres of the weekly total.
Thursday, an afternoon walk, just 3 kms. Friday, wife needs a new phone & do some shopping= nothing.
Today, it's blowing an gale, very strong winds at 60-80 kms per hour up high so change of plan. Not much vert but over 20 kms in distance. Happy with the run, and glad there were no trees crashing down on my head by staying out of the bush.
With just 3 weeks to go, not sure I can make 4000 kms for the year but 130k vert is reachable.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Week 48 - One Missed Day

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  3,593.5 kms in 48 weeks at ave  74.9 km ( down from 75.1 km at week 47)

Last week:  62.6 kms

Altitude:  118,791 metres in 48 weeks at ave  2,475 metres ( down from 2,482 metres at week 47)

Last week:  2,140 metres

Two days of rain, one a no activity day at all & today just a 5 km walk, resulted in a below average training week.
Longest distance in a day only 15 kms, highest vert only 603 metres. That won't increase the averages.
Sometime it's good to have an easy week, freshen up a bit.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Week 47 - Two Week's Worth

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  3,530.9 kms in 47 weeks at ave  75.1.kms ( up from 75.0 in week 45)

Last 2 weeks:  157.7 kms

Altitude:  116,651 metres in 47 weeks at ave  2,482 metres ( up from  2,435 metres in week 45)

Last 2 weeks:  7,063 metres

I had a week away on holidays so no update last weekend. A travel day, several short walk days, couple of short run days didn't help maintain averages.
But, a good solid run/walk up a local hill did just enough during the week away.
Back home on Monday, and another day trip on Tuesday meant a very slow start to this current week. I made up for this with a solid run on Wednesday, 22 kms with 1062 metres of vertical. But, I kicked a rock on an easy flat track, not concentrating, and fell. Skin off in a few places, but a sore right knee, although not damaged, changed my running style.
Not quite a rest day Thursday, walked 8 kms with 286 metres of vert. Then feeling better on Friday, took to the local hills with 15 kms and 995 metres ( should have done the extra).
My running mate later in the day suggested a run on Saturday, too good a chance to miss. Out we went this morning for another 20 kms with 1,058 metres of vertical.
Now back on track, weather permitting, to resume a more structured few weeks of running & climbing as the year comes to an end.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Week 45 - A Good One on the Up

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  3,373.2 kms in 45 weeks at ave  74.96 kms ( up from 74.3 kms in week 44)

Last week:  102.6 kms

Altitude:  109,588 metres in 45 weeks at ave  2,435 metres ( up from 2,380 metres in week 44)

Last week:  4,871 metres

Three big days, Monday, Wednesday & Saturday with distances over 20 kms and vertical well over 1000 metres each helped produce best running week since end of August.
Four days had low kms, under 10 kms. So if this can be improved even slightly, then that will help.
Easiest way to do this is to go for a walk late afternoon while wife watches the soapies/cooking shows on TV.
Otherwise, running plans for races are unraveling faster than a mad woman's knitting.
No idea of what I will run as a race next. May be nothing now in the short term until Gone Nuts in early March next year.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Week 44 - Vertical Going Up

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  3,270.6 kms in 44 weeks at ave  74.3 kms ( up from 74.2 kms at week 43)

Last week:  80.4 kms

Altitude:  104,717 metres in 44 weeks at ave  2,380 metres ( up from 2,355 metres at week 43)

Last week:  3,452 metres

Back into a routine following our 2 month holiday. I had last Sunday as an unpacking, getting organised day off. Also a couple of quiet days on Thursday & Friday with a couple of short walks late afternoon. Must have been busy in the mornings.
Result for this week is that 4 days made up the bulk of the stats. A good hit out on Tuesday on the Dooley Fire Trail up on to Goat Hill, 15 kms with 895 metres of vert.
Today a return to Mt Wellington trails with 23 kms & 1,320 metres of vert chasing the last of the winter snow & sussing out a potential course for the Australian Mountain Running Champs for early next year.

                                          Nice trails
 An echidna hiding from the camera
Snow on trail at Chalet at start of Organ Pipes Track
Small wallaby guarding the trail

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Week 43 - Catching Up

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:   3,190.2 kms in 43 weeks at ave  74.2 kms ( same as at week 34)

Last 9 weeks:  667.55 kms

Altitude:  101,256 metres in 43 weeks at ave  2,355 metres ( down from 2,689 metres at week 34)

Last 9 weeks:  9,834 metres

Being away on holidays especially going places that are unfamiliar & mostly flat terrain makes it difficult to maintain weekly averages in your running.
But, it's a good chance to slow down, freshen up & take the pressure off. Time to relax & enjoy.
I did manage to get some running done, mostly at go slow pace & enjoy the scenery.
I'm surprised with the distance I ran during those 9 weeks in total. But, most of it came in a 2 week spurt while back in my old home town of Canberra where I had both time & some good trails with hills to get back into a routine.
Probably the most significant point was passing through the 100K mark of vertical metres for the year inside 10 months. Better really as September was very flat.
Time now before the end of the year to get fit enough to find some good summer races.