But first, an update on how January treated me. It began with the challenge of #run1000miles2018 which meant approx 33kms per week or 5kms per day… yeah, no, that’s not going to happen here… but, hey, lets give it a shot…
My first “official” run for the year was in Lorne, on the Great Ocean Road. The title of the event was “Mountain to Surf” and by jolly, we started on a hill… a big hill…!! Then we turned off and into the forrest behind the township. It was absolutely gorgeous. Not to technical, and a pretty fast course for the Elites amongst us. There was not much room for passing, so a quick shout out and runners moved to the side to let the faster ones past. We eventually turned on to the Great Ocean Road, which had one lane closed for us to run on. This was absolutely the best bit… I got to run on the Great Ocean Road… The Race was ONLY 7kms and I finished it in the planned time of one hour. This was a fantastic event, which had a swim event the following day, and I would recommend this one to you.
Lots of running and training later, I finished the month at Run Club, with the Point Cook Runners, and smashed out two PBs… #fastestmile and #fastestkm…
This is the mantra for the month. I’ll be hashtagging #further #farther #faster for #February.
But… wait… I popped over to Point Cook parkrun on Saturday (3/2) and it was pacer day. They have pacers with set times on the first Saturday of the month. If you want to PB, then just try to stick with the pacer showing that time… or less. I wasn’t aiming to join in, but Roshan, the 32.5 pacer ran by and said hello. He was in front of me all the way, and I thought to myself “if I keep him in front and the other pacer behind, we could be winning”… well, I got over the line with a time of 32:48, taking approximately 3 minutes, YES, you read that right, 3 minutes off of my fastest time… woop woop…
This is the “Quote” for the month on my new calendar. I will be using these quotes to help me become a better runner, a better coach, and most of all… a better Athlete. It’s hard to imagine that that is what we are. Runners are all Athletes, whether you want to be or not. I “Googled” myself and that is what it said… “Athlete on Strava”… (and we all know, if it’s not on Strava, it didn’t happen).
New Challenges for the year… well, that is an easy one. I kinda signed up for a #run1000miles, and we all know that here in Australia, we run on kilometres… whoopsies, only #run1600kms then…!!!
New Goals, easy, let’s just say, I need to run injury free… everything else is a bonus…
My hashtags for the coming year…
#stronger #faster #longer
Now, let’s just get out there and do our best, whether it’s 1km, 1 mile or 100 miles (you know who you are). We all run and we all strive to #runstrong
2017 was full of adventures and injuries. The year started with some weight loss and me feeling stronger in my running. And along came injury number 1. A fall while out running landed me in hospital with a broken arm. I had 6 weeks off work, unable to drive or carry out menial tasks. I walked everywhere, and ended up with a PB on Garmin Connect for the most steps in a month at 361,613…
Then, in October, I ended up with an Avulsion Fracture (where the tendon pulls away from the bone and takes part of the bone with it) on my right ankle, the day before my very first Half Marathon. Lets just say that I have some unfinished business there. We are however, nearly recovered, and my distances are getting longer again…
Stats from 2017 include:-
812.6km, up from 410 in 2016.
130 hours running time, increased from 60.
178 PB’s and 193 activities.
My mileage and running times have doubled from 2016, so the plan is to do that again… (???!!!)…WHAT…!!!
My total weight loss so far is waaaaay over 20 kilos, and lots of dress sizes… lets just say that my “activewear” is the only stuff that fits me… and only because I have come addicted to buying it.
A few comments turned up on my Facebook feed over the weekend. Typically using the quote, as shown above.
As much as I liked this quote previously, it makes my DID NOT START sound like I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed…
Let me explain… Training for Medibank Melbourne Half Marathon was going to plan. I had a couple of weeks with a 17k, 16k, 17k and knew that I could easily finish off with a 21.2k… The weekend arrived and I was volunteering at the launch of a new parkrun at Bannockburn, Vic. It should have been a rest day for me, so tailwalking was the plan, to also get my run credit, as I’m nearing the 50 milestone. About one kilometre in, I was on some uneven ground, went over on my ankle and heard a very loud crack. There was a bit of pain, but nothing drastic, so I carried on and completed my volunteer role. (Should this have been my first DNF???) While the volunteers were processing the results, I removed my shoe to examine the damage. My foot had swollen up to be twice the size, so a decision had to be made soon. How quickly do I attend the hospital? Do I attempt to run 21.2k then go? Shall I go now?? The decision was made and off we went to the ED. We checked in, straight through, xrays done, and out the door within an hour. I have an “avulsion fracture” which means that the tendon or ligament has pulled off a piece of the bone. Rest and time will help it heal…
So, I (no, the doctors) chose to be a DNS at my event. I was planning to stay at home and rest up, but my family kindly told me to come to the event as support crew. I was at the start line with my friends, hobbled round the expo, and then made my way to the finish line, then joined the crew for a slap up burger and milkshake to celebrate.
The choice of being a DID NOT START was taken out of my hands due to injury, but the above quote had been branded about all weekend to help runners who either started their races with an injury, or were forced to pull out because of one. It does not make them any better than me because they started and it certainly forces the issue of how we motivate AND sympathize with our run buddies when problems start.
So, I am choosing to celebrate all the training I HAVE done, as that was really the journey and the majority of the work to this stage.
There will be other races to participate in and I’m already looking at the race calender…….
Today, I was dead last… but that is ok, as it was part of the plan. Today, I was a volunteer at parkrun (a free, weekly, timed, 5k event) in the role of “tail walker”. Today, I had the best fun ever. Today, I was given a multitude of “hi 5’s” by runners of all shapes, sizes and, of course, speeds… Today, my speed, time or position did not matter, as long as I was dead last… well, someone has to be, and today… it was me… I am, an Aussie Backpacker…😂😂 (see what I did here) … thanks for that, Jo Mac.
Torquay parkrun launched with 374 runners, from various parts of Victoria, all sharing the love of one thing… running and parkrun. We had celebrations from @macgirlrunning who was enjoying her 100th parkrun. (Head on over and read her blog… macgirlrunning.wordpress.com) birthdays and anniversaries. There were runners from Essendon Black & Red, Melton City Runners and my own running club, Point Cook Runners. Runners travelled from as far afield as Inverloch parkrun, Albert & Altona Beach. The weather was beautiful with clear, sunny skies and the view over the bay was tremendous.
I don’t consider myself to be a parkrun “tourist”, but, Coach G (my hubby) is Territory Director for parkrun looking after West Melbourne to the Surf Coast. Because of this role, I get to travel around, completing different parkruns, and help to set up course measurements for new events. We have a few massive launches in the coming weeks, but, Saturday 19th August will be a special event, co hosted by parkrun, Medibank and fitness guru Michelle Bridges. This will be at Brimbank park in Keilor, a western suburb of Melbourne.
See you there…