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Mittagong, NSW, Australia
I've been a keen runner for more than 40 years; member of ACT Veterans Club. Ran my first marathon (of 11 marathons) in 2000 and the NYC Marathon in 2005 where I carried the Australian flag at the "Friendship Run" (photo at left). Have Australian Age Category Records for two 50km Ultra Marathon events, the marathon and half marathon distances; 5000m track race; ACT record for 1 mile. I lived in Sydney with my husband, until we moved to the Southern Highlands in 1995....

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Tempo Run ~~~~~

I ran on our Bowral Parkrun course which is finally clear of any water and muddy patches.  A cool and windy morning, but such a great place for a run!

Tempo Run:
1.5km easy .... I ran down the grassy hill, up the grassy hill and down the grassy hill, making exactly 1.5km!

5km @ ST pace (7:10m/k based on 35 min 5km time)
6:56;   7:04;    7:10;    6:46;    6:37
Avg. 6:55m/k
Avg. HR 76-81%
TE 3.4 = Improving!

Run up grassy hill, down grassy hill and up grassy hill for cool-down!

Total : 8km today.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

A Few Uphill Strides~~~~~

I didn't run at all over the past few days when temperatures reached more than 30 degrees every day. It knocks me around too much. Today, with temperature dropped a whopping 18 degrees, down to 13, I took the opportunity to stretch the legs before tomorrow's tempo run.  I used the same incline as I did a few weeks back.

Jog 15 min warm-up
Run fairly hard uphill for 60 seconds ....(this distance for other reps but not timed).
6 x incline
Walk down recoveries
15 min cool-down.

That should get me started again!

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Bowral Parkrun #53 and Annual Awards ~~~~~

The Awards were fabulous but my run was far, far less than ordinary!  I had that dreadful dry heaving while attempting to run up the hill at the finish and forced to walk, the only way I know of to stop the "heaves".  Walked a couple of times on the cycle path as well.  Surprised to hear later that the temperature was only 20 degrees; it felt like 40 on the course and I was decidedly off colour for the rest of the day.  I might have to volunteer all summer if I don't stop "heaving" on the course!!

Ordinary first :  5km in 37:xx ... my slowest in 12 months!
Splits  7:11;   7:08;   7:22;   7:29;   8:27!!.. going from worse to worst!
TE 3.8 = Improving!  What? That's a lie!

Now for the Good News:


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Tempo Run ~~~~~ Bowral Parkrun Course .....

Very, very warm when I started at 10:00am on our alternate course starting and finishing at Cecil Hoskins Reserve, Moss Vale.  Warmer still by the time I finished!

1.5km warm-up
3.0km @ ST pace (7:10m/k)
1.5km easy
3.0km @ pace
1.5km easy.

1st 3km in 21:12 (6:48; 7:10; 7:11).  TE 3.0 = Improving!

2nd 3km in 21:01(7:04; 6:53; 7:02)TE 4.3 = Highly Improving!!

Total for today  10.5km

Quaint Bridge!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Easy Day on Bowral Parkrun Course ~~~~~

Old Man River .....

..he just keeps rollin' along!
I'd drive a million miles to run this beautiful course but more than pleased it's not that far!  Today, 8km (4k out and 4k back) jog/walk included some strides/drills several times on the return 4km and a charge up the grassy hill to finish! 

5km program begins next week.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bowral Parkrun 1st Birthday With Cake!

Before .......

...and after!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Our first birthday tomorrow and so far it's been raining almost all day!  This morning I did an easy 5km jog/walk/drills on our course and, apart from one small muddy puddle, both grassy hill and cycle path were all good to go in the morning.  Now, I wouldn't like to bet on either a dry morning or a dry cycle path.. The grassy hill could very likely be a soggy mess in some sections. Oh well, there's the thought of birthday cake to look forward to afterwards!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Stretching the Legs~~~~~

Over to Bowral Parkrun course this morning for an easy 5km to get the legs moving again after Sunday's Bridge Run. Quads a little stiff. Always enjoy running here .. so quiet, scenic and mostly flat, though I did run back up the hill to finish. Only one small puddle to negotiate.  Did a few drills and strides along the way.  Rain for the remainder of the day.