Two Fruits

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Week 26 - Half Year Done

Running:  Year to date

Distance:   2,351.35 kms in 26 weeks at ave  90.4 kms ( same as week 25 )

Last week:  92.15kms

Altitude:  53,584 metres in 26 weeks at ave  2,061 metres ( up from 2,046 metres in week 25)

Last week:  2,426 metres

The first half of the year is done and dusted. The averages per week haven't varied by much all year and I'm happy with the consistency.
With only 2 main feature events, the 6 Hour track run in March and Neverest at the end of April, tapering and full recovery hasn't meant much down time.
Also, there have been few really big weeks. Distance wise, biggest week was only 124 kms.
Altitude wise, excluding Neverest week, that was 4,200 metres, the others were all around the average.
Maintaining consistency is all that matters now. Once back in Tasmania to live, I'll prepare for my first attempt at Point to Pinnacle, a road run up Mt Wellington from sea level to the top of the mountain at 1,270 metres in mid November. Should be fun as the event gets big numbers.
However, the weather can be all seasons experienced in the few hours to do the event. Cold, windy, may be snow can be expected.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Week 25 - Consistency

Running:  Year to date

Distance:  2,259.2 kms in 25 weeks at ave  90.4 kms ( up from 90.2 kms at week 24)

Last week:  94.2 kms

Altitude:  51,158 metres in 25 weeks at ave 2,046 metres ( down from 2,065 metres at week 24)

Last week:  1,583 metres

Some one on Facebook shared an article on what is the most single important aspect of running. It's not about any secret training plan or eating habit, not the good physio or masseur.
It's about being consistent with all aspects, mixing up the various functions of training, but doing it all on a regular basis.
At the moment, I'm just trying to be consistent. No racing plans in the foreseeable future, so a little bit everyday. It's working well with easy 10-12 kms jogs being done at very comfortable pace with a few hills in there for strength. Longest run this week, 19.5 kms.
Not always will I be able to get 90 kms per week done. When I need to tap back in and ramp up the training, it shouldn't be much of a drama.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Week 24 - An Up and Down One, Twice

Running:  Year to date

Distance:  2,165.00 kms in 24 weeks at ave  90.2 kms ( up from 89.75 kms in week 23)

Last week: 100.8 kms

Altitude:  49,575 metres in 24 weeks at ave  2,065 metres ( up from 2,019 metres in week 23)

Last week:  3,146 metres

The headline title refers to the two wonderful trips along the Bullen Range over the long weekend.
Saturday a group of us started at the northern ( Cotter) end and ran along the top of the range as far as the Deep Space Communications Station. It's about 13 kms each way, so just over half way.
Also, it's certainly the more difficult section to do with a fairly steep up after the first 500 metres. Saturday accounted for 28 kms and 1,159 metres of altitude gain of the week's total.
An easy 12 kms on Sunday, felt good.
Then on Monday morning,  I had the company of my usual running mate to do the southern end. It's just 10 minutes drive from home.
This end we have covered many times before, we now know when all the up sections are expected, and there are plenty of them. This trip again about 28 kms with slightly less but still plenty, 1,083 metres of up hill.
Another cold start, big frost, -3.5 degrees but sunny and no breeze making a perfect morning to admire the scenery. Being up high on the mountain range is so good, the clear, crisp sky making the edges so clean. One of the best day's out for a long time.
A good week, a rest day on Tuesday, happy to get to the 100 kms and over 3,000 metres for the week.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Week 23 - No Long Run

Running - Year to date

Distance:   2,064.2 kms in 23 weeks at ave  89.75 kms ( down from 90.75 kms in week 22)

Last week:  67.75 kms

Altitude:  46,429 metres in 23 weeks at ave  2,019 metres ( down from 2,060 metres in week 22)

Last week: 1,108 metres

This is what happens when we survive a week of around 100 mls of rain mainly falling over the weekend.
Managed to get only 12 kms done on Saturday afternoon, but didn't venture out on Sunday. Consistent rain, although not heavy wasn't my idea of a fun 3-4 hours on the trails.
Longest run of the week was 13.0 kms, shortest run was today at just under 8 kms. Not much elevation gain either, so the averages have fallen on all counts. I'm keen to get the distance average back above 90 & keep the elevation above 2,000.
However, I'm cruising along nicely when I'm out there, quite enjoying running without the pressure of having to focus on actually training for some long off event.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Week 22 - Maintaining Average

Running:  Year to Date

Distance:  1,996.45 kms in 22 weeks at ave  90.75 kms ( up from 90.7 kms in week 21)

Last week:  91.4 kms

Altitude:  45,321 metres in 22 weeks at ave  2,060 metres ( down from 2,095 metres in week 21)

Last week:  1,318 metres

No real highlights this past week. Just enough kms to maintain the weekly average.
No big running plans at the moment, so if I can keep churning out easy weeks at 90 kms per week, then the base remains when I need to push up to some big totals.
Much easier to go from 90 kms per week to 125 kms, than to let it slip and have to reload the endurance base.
What I will do is to stop the drop in altitude metres average per week. Keeping that well above 2,000 would be good. All it means is one good hilly run per week, say a Mt Rob Roy or an easy Mt Tennent with 1,000 metres, then the rest of the week takes care of itself.
Good in theory, winter weather may prevent it. But at least it's a plan for the off season.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Week 21 - No Time to Relax Yet

Running - Year to date

Distance:  1,905.05 kms in 21 weeks at ave  90.7 kms ( down from 90.8 kms in week 20)

Last week:  89.3 kms

Altitude:  44,003 metres in 21 weeks at ave  2,095 metres ( down from 2,134 metres in week 20)

Last week:  1,326 metres

Missed 2 days of running in past week, one due to cold & rain & one due to being too busy.
Not sure it was meant to be this way in retirement but didn't expect there would be so many other things to do.
However, with no short term running plans, getting close to yearly average this week was Ok.
Averaging almost 18 kms per run wasn't too bad.
Winter proper is almost here, running will depend on outdoor conditions from now on. Not my favourite time of year.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Week 20 - Retirement ( from working )

Running:  Year to date

Distance:  1,815.75 kms in 20 weeks at ave  90.8 kms ( week 18 at 96.4 kms)

Last 2 weeks:  79.95 kms

Altitude:  42,677 metres in 20 weeks at ave  2,134 metres ( week 18 at 2,260 metres )

Last 2 weeks:  2,005 metres

Retirement from work started almost 2 weeks ago although I'm technically still on long service leave. Not much of that to use up as I had taken plenty over the past 3-4 years.
First week started with a few days of bad weather, then some house work catching up on plenty that had been neglected over the years.
Saturday, we did a wonderful run/walk up Stockyard Spur onto the Brindabella Range following the reopening of the road over Corin Dam. Beaut day, good weather for the 20 km up and back in 3 hrs 46 mins with 1180 metres of up hill.
Otherwise, a few easy running days. There are no running plans in the foreseeable future so the above averages will continue to slide until one day a routine & an event to focus on emerges.
With winter on the way, it might be easy to stay inside when the weather turns cold & wet.