Posts Tagged ‘Running’

6-Jun-2015 Saturday .. some joy

Sunday 7 June 2015 Leave a comment

It seems I have been working harder & longer at work the last few months, so today it felt like a real luxury to sleep in until about 10am with my wife and have a coffee sitting out on the back deck.

After dropping Kody off at a friends place I went running, not a huge long run, just an hour on what is becoming my fave route – to Jibbon beach and up the Eric St track then back down to the beach on the Sandy track. I did it last weekend in barefeet but today I wore shoes. My running is going very well, just frightened now of doing something silly and getting injured!

Then I went swimming at the beach – which is rapidly becoming my favourite spot to swim as it’s so clear and gets deep quickly – often just 1m from the edge it seems over my head! – just to the right of the rocks and across to “Devs” (as the kids call it) and back again. The water was chilly but not too bad. Maybe 17C in the water I’d estimate. Then jogged home afterwards.

Took Chelsea driving, then went to see Kody play soccer at Heathcote.

After seeing off Dawn to work and skyping with family in the UK, I “went to the gym” over at the oval:

5 sets of:

  • 50 skips with skipping rope
  • 20 step ups with 15kg “sandbag” on shoulders
  • 10 pushups
  • 10 knees up whilst hanging from climbing frame

It’s pretty clear that doing sets of reps is a good way to do heaps more than just straight through. I felt extra virtuous as it was so cold outside (10C) .. ha ha must be going soft !

After dinner I took Chelsea out driving again, this time to Sutherland and back. Relaxed in the evening listening to alt-country playlist on Spotify.

3-Nov-2014 Still Injured

Monday 3 November 2014 1 comment

Despite recovering from my fall on Lady Carrington Drive a couple of weeks back, I still have this nagging pulled muscle behind my knee. This makes it very painful to even run slow on flat pavement.

I now have my bashed right shin from kayaking yesterday that is still painful, and will also last a couple of weeks.

This has put me in a negative state of mind about running races as it first occurred during the Coastal Classic back in Sept and has never really gone away. Dawn reckons that getting a massage would help, or multiple, but I never manage to get one.

In fact it seems that I quite often get injured during races over the last 4 or 5 years but I don’t get injured when I go running by myself. Clearly I over-stretch in races and generally push myself heaps harder than when I am by myself. It’s pretty obvious even to me that there us probably nil health benefits of this and indeed much health degradation going on.

So why do I keep doing these races if it stuffs me up so much ? That is indeed the question I am pondering as the North Face 100k entries open on Wednesday for next May. In reality I am not going to enter – I know that already as its not just the race (and expense, it’s $360 to enter) but all the long training runs I’d need to do and smaller races – and believe me I need to do them. My trots around the park are good but by no means am I as fit as I’d like to think.

It’s starting to make me question whether I still really even want to do races like six foot  each year or whether I should just move to do other things I enjoy…. I will probably enter six foot later in November and how it pans out. I probably need something to aim at to keep my training honest!

2-Nov-2014 Summer has arrived figuratively!

Sunday 2 November 2014 Leave a comment

I didn’t do a lot on Saturday.  Up late, chores etc but I did go swimming. It was very hot 35C and quite windy (perfect weather for bush fires, and in fact there was a fire in the Blue Mountains). I swam from the rocks at one end of Hordern’s to the wharf and back. Going was with the wind/waves and not too bad but coming back was very hard – quite a bit of up and down and water in the face. Afterwards at home when I was getting into the hammock on the back deck I had a small globule of water run out of my nose onto the floor – a clear sign summer has arrived and it made me feel very glad! I even walked the dog.

On Sunday I took Ko to soccer tryouts for the reps team. It was hot and lasted 2 hours. She didn’t think she made it. I enjoyed watching.
In the afternoon I kayaked to the white house and left my kayak there and ran to South Cronulla along the esplanade. I could really feel my right knee muscle that’s pulled. It made running quite painful. I swam around the buoy and boy was it rough. It didn’t look like it but in the water it was quite bad. Big sloppy waves. The temp was 19.0C but as I have been in the water a lot recently it felt quite warm. It was certainly good as a tryout for swimming around Shark Island as it is time to start doing that again. I ran back to the Kayak and paddled back home – it was really great although I did get smashed on the shin by the Kayak whilst exiting the water. Needless to say I was stuffed in the evening !

18-Oct-2014 Saturday & Splat

Saturday 18 October 2014 Leave a comment

We both got up late this morning 10.30am and Dawn was gone 11am (admittedly she is working night duty tonight), but I am not, just tired after a week at work, and for the last few weeks I have also been going to the gym 3x a week.

Did some chores then went for a swim at the beach, lovely and sunny but still some stormwater dirtiness in the water.

After breakfast, at gone 2pm, I went for a run on Lady Carrington Drive, which I don’t run on that often. Am trying to go under 2hrs but it was about 2hrs 8min today. But I took a dive on a rocky section and cut my knee and forearms which took most of the weight, and my front/stomach. I still had about 6km to run so that was tough but bearable.

I made risotto for Chelsea and Kody with mixed success…. bleedin’  kids.

This evening I downloaded the One Track Heart film about Krishna Das. And of course then watched it. Great.

16-Oct-2014 I Know Nuffink

Thursday 16 October 2014 Leave a comment

This post was inspired by poetry of our fore-fathers listened to whilst I was out running:

The More I see, the more I know
The more I know, the less I understand

I think the reason I wanted to stop being manager of CoolRunning, and even doing less running, is that was really all I knew other my job :- running.

When I started doing yoga, it was like a new world – so many types and so much to learn – many people can do yoga every day for years and still not be an expert. (Like running), then there is surfing, gym and fitness, cooking, languages, music, books, travel – SO MUCH TO LEARN, and SO LITTLE TIME.

That’s why I can’t just do running, I need to move onto other things. I know some people might like just doing one thing, but it’s not me, I need to keep on moving on.

(Definition of nuffink is here).

12-Oct-2014 Hot Sunday

Sunday 12 October 2014 Leave a comment

Dawn went to work early and I got up early some 4hrs later. I had a quick swim at the beach which was great – sun was out and water was great.

I bought a short-necked turtle for Kody as part of a prize for winning best-and-fairest in the Zone OzTag competition. We had to go to Heathcote for that. Then I did a bunch of home chores. By then it was gone 1pm. I weighed myself and was shocked to see 81.6kg the heaviest for many years even though I am careful with what I eat and the exercise that I do. hmmm probably more running required.

I then went for a 2hr run to the burnt steps above little marley. That makes it 4 weeks in a row now. Afterwards I bought a better cap online as protection from for sun as it is very hot and exposed out there. Big Marley and Little Marley beaches had the best waters I have ever seen there, almost no waves, crystal clear blue water, no dangerous rips!  I should have stopped for a swim but didn’t as I knew I would have a swim back home. Afterwards I died on hammock for a couple of hours.

6-Oct-2014 Long Weekend

Monday 6 October 2014 Leave a comment

This weekend was a long weekend, and all through Friday I could feel the pressure slowly lifting from my shoulders as the day wore on. It wasn’t that there was any less work but as the day wore on, there is less chance of anyone stressing about it, and it would just get left until next week.  I left work at a reasonable time but I still had a headache by the time I got home. I even went to bed reasonably early.

Saturday I was up at gone 10am, did some chores then went for a swim at the beach – it even feels like summer. The water was a bit nippy but still a heap warmer than a month ago. Then I went for a 2hr 30min run towards Wattamolla (turned back at the sign near Marley track). Very hot and as I didn’t take any water I was dying near the end. Saw a work colleague Frank Wareham at Big Marley with wife and kids. Got home just before Dawn went to work, but by then I was a wreck.

Sunday I was up late again, 10.30am, chores and a swim then went out with Dawn to Cronulla then yoga. No running. Went for a walk to and then along Jibbon beach – it was great under the moonlight abd still very warm. We even saw a yacht that had run aground on the rocks at the north end of the beach.

Monday was up late again and had a swim again, then went running with Dawn for a bit more than an hour before she went to work then just pottered around at home. She beat me although I should point out it wasn’t a race but she is just heaps better on the hills. It was very hot, as we went between 3pm and 4pm and were both just dripping with sweat. I had a dip in the sea then drove her to Sutherland as I dropped old clothes off in the clothing bin and went shopping. Needless to say I was totally stuffed with sore legs by the evening. I cooked the kids some food and even made Chelsea a couple of days lunch.

Overall the weekend was a great success – thoroughly trashed myself with running and yoga. Weather was excellent – warm and sunny day and night and even had quality time to myself and with the family. Ate well and never felt rushed – very relaxing.