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Sunday, August 31, 2014

End Of Winter - Update


Walk over Mt Taylor monthly handicap course

Distance:  7.3 kms in 79' 57" at ave 10' 56" per km
Weather:  sunny, temp 10 degrees, humidity 66%, wind SE 10 kmph


Monthly handicap at Mt Taylor:

Distance:  7.00 kms plus warm up 2.3 kms
Time:   42' 14"
Rate:    6' 02" per km
Altitude gain:  115 metres
Start group:  26 
Finished:  63rd
Weather:  early fog, then sun, temp 7 degrees, humidity 95%, wind calm

Week:   29.85 km,  August:  58.7 km,
Year:  1534.3 kms in 8 months at ave   191.8 km

Ran 4 days and walked one day this week to make half of the full months total. A slow process but showing progress. Quite happy so far. No pushing the pace today at the monthly handicap.
But a big jump in km rate from July by 30 seconds a km.
Nothing planned running wise just to get the kms done to be able to tackle something later in the year. May be the half at Deep Space marathon early November and the Tour de Ridges in mid December.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Running At Last


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%


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.