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Mittagong, NSW, Australia
Have been a keen runner for more than 40 years; member of ACT Veterans Club. Ran my first 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, Jim, until we moved to the Southern Highlands in 1995.... During our 45 years together, we travelled extensively and made NYC our favourite destination at Christmas for several years.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Long Run/Jog with quite a few Walk Breaks! ~~~~~ with Leah

8:00am start from school, 5km around Renwick Street loop, 14km out and back on Diamond Fields Road.  Seemed to take all morning!  TE 2.1 Maintaining!


Saturday, August 01, 2015

Bowral Parkrun #44 ~~~

While I was running, I was just about certain I would run a PB : did 20 min warm-up, and felt like I was running really fast from the start!  Not fast enough!  Missed out on a PB and was very disappointed!  I don't think I could try any harder than I did this morning.  33:43 seems out of reach!

5km in 35:04 official; 34:58 Garmin

7:15;  7:07;  7:02;  7:03;  6:28

HR 78% - 85%

The good news is TE was 3.8 ... Improving!  At last!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tempo Run ~~~~~

It was blowing a freezing wind on Bowral parkrun course this morning and, even with a thermal top and a woolly pullover, I was still cold. I ran poorly too; can't workout what's wrong lately; getting slower and slower and has nothing at all to do with age, so no one need tell me it is, thank you! This morning I had VP running a 7:00m/k and I finished way behind.  I suppose I can only keep on doing what I'm doing and hope for improvement when the weather changes.

Program:  Tempo Run
1.5km easy
7:00km @ 7:00m/k
1.5km easy.

7:00km in 56 minutes
7:23;  7:50;  8:19;  8:01;  8:14;  8:09;  7:56

I ran on the alternate Bowral parkrun course and had to splash through a large ankle deep freezing puddle and then on the return came face to face with 7 large black cows on the path.  We all pretended we couldn't see each other!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Track at Chev. College ~~~~ not a good day!

Struggling at Chev oval!

I don't seem to be able to do the paces for track and tempo sessions at all!  I'll have to consult my friend, Guru Ewen, and see what can be done.  I had to run just inside the outer fence of the oval where, unfortunately, it was rough paddock and a couple of muddy patches.

10-20 min warm-up ....  I did 15 min + couple strides.
2 x 1600m (11:00) based on my 35 min 5km time.
2 x 800m (5:22)  also based on latest 5km time at Bowral Parkrun
10 min cool-down ...I did just a few stretches.

2x1600m ~~~ 11:54.1;  13:17.1

2 x 800m ~~~6:16;    6:21

Once again, I wasn't able to keep paces;  this is so frustrating!  I will consult with Guru Ewen tonight!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Long Run ~~~~

Most unpleasant morning: cold, but worse than the cold was the raging wind. Diamond Fields Road again this weekend.

15km ... some walk breaks where it was just too windy to run.
TE = 2.2 Maintaining.

Diamond Fields Road

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bowral Parkrun #43 ~~~~

I loathe getting up when it's still dark but I did, reluctantly!  Not so cold this morning but the wind was something else, blowing across the open paddocks, on the left going out and then on the right coming back to the start.

Parkrun #43:

I did 20 min warm-up, few strides ... and thought this is my day for a PB;  I've done everything right this time: pasta last night; good sleep; coffee & banana, warm-up, strides etc... and I'm again disappointed!

I got so out of breath....again!  I had to stop a couple of times... again! I really don't know what's wrong with me! I'm finding it so hard!  I'm very cross with myself and disappointed with my run this morning.

5km on alternate course

5:0km in 35:27

7:02;  7:07;  7:12;  7:04;  6:57

TE 2.1 ... Maintaining!  The only good news!  That, and 35 minutes today is better than 37 minutes last Saturday but still 2 minutes  slower than my PB 33:43.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tempo Run ~~~~~

Bowral parkrun alternate course.

Tempo Run
1.5km easy
3.0km @ MT pace (7:20m/k)
1.5km easy
3.0km @ MT pace
1.5km easy

3:0km in 21:07 (7:08;   7:10;   6:48) TE 1.5 = Minor
3:0km in 20:53 (7:06;   6:56;   6:50) TE 1.7 = Minor ...again!

No one out on the course this morning at all while I was there.  Started at our parkrun alternate course at Cecil Hoskins Reserve and was able to run out as far as the large puddle on the stretch leading to the old turnaround point.  Waved to the boggy hill each time I passed!  Did better today than last Thursday.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Track on Road ~~~~~

All grass areas seem to under water locally.  Chev, track for sure would have been so I didn't go there.  Instead I used a section of quiet road just past Renwick and only about 5 minutes from home.  I've used this before and measured out 400m.

The program was :
10-20 min warm-up ..... I did 25 'cos I was felling lethargic!
2 Sets (6x400m) in 2:39 based on 35 min 5km recent time.

Scarlett Street

I DID ONE SET ONLY! That was sufficient for me; too hard!!

6 x 400m :  2:16;    2:22;    2:11;    2:11;    2:10;    2:10

Short walk cool down.

Beautiful day here in Mittagong :  plenty of sunshine, no wind, no snow and no rain!  Who could ask for anything more?