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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, a half marathon and 5000m track race; ACT record for 1 mile. Born in 1929 (!), I lived in Sydney with my husband, Jim, until we moved to the Southern Highlands in 1995....Jim passed away in 2011 after 45 years together, during which time we travelled extensively and made NYC our favourite destination at Christmas.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

"Maintaining" ~~~~~ Continuing!

A warm and very windy day!  Started 'fitness' run/walk at school, to Diamond Fields Road and back to school.  A couple more hills today and all OK!  Feeling stronger each day....woohoo!

C to 5km Week 4, Day 3:  35 min approx.

Brisk 5 min warm-up
Jog 3 min
Walk 90 seconds
Jog 5 min
Walk 2.5 min
Jog 3 min
Walk 90 sec
Jog 5 min
Walk 5 min cool-down 

AHR 97 (61%);  MHR 146 (91%)
TE 2.2 : "Maintaining"!!

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

"Maintaining" ~~~~~ Fitness?

Today was much warmer and more humid than yesterday when I began my C to 5km return to fitness regime.  Nevertheless, there were no problems with the following easy 30 minutes :

5 minutes brisk walk warm-up
Jog 3 min.
Walk 90 seconds
Jog 5 minutes
Walk 2.5 minutes
Jog 3 minutes
Walk 90 seconds
Jog 5 minutes
Walk 5 minutes cool-down.

AHR 102 (64%);   MHR 132 (83%).
Training Effect 2.3  =  Maintaining!  WooHoo!! Included a couple of hills.  Better result than yesterday's.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

After Almost 3 Weeks Off ~~~~~

....with a horrible cold/cough, I got myself out this morning and what a glorious morning to make a comeback: sunny, warm, slight breeze, a hint of autumn in the air and green leaves, that will soon change their colour to red, orange and gold, starting to fall from the trees.

I used the C to 5km app on my phone so as to keep some sort of rhythm going and also to take any guess work out of what I was to do....

C25km, Week 4, Day 1...about 30 minutes
Brisk 5min warm-up
Jog 3 min
Walk 90 sec
Jog 5 min
Walk 2.5 min
Jog 3 min
Walk 90 sec.
Jog 5min
Cool-down walk 5min.

AHR 92 (57%);  MHR 113 (71%)
Training Effect 1.5 =  Minor!!  

Fingers crossed I'll continue with Day 2 tomorrow and so on for approx the next 2 weeks until I'm fit enough to resume my 5km program.  So good to be out and about again!


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bowral Parkrun #22 ~~~~~

Definitely should have stayed in bed! I wasn't expecting to be so completely annihilated :  couldn't breathe, couldn't run, couldn't stop coughing and stomach cramps the entire time.  This bug is taking its toll nearly 2 weeks later; nevertheless, after having tried out on Thursday, I really thought today might be better.  Instead I came home with a blazing headache and stomach cramps.  I showered and went to bed for a couple of hours.  No idea how I'll tackle this coming week; just wait and see, I suppose, how I feel from one day to the next.

I must have looked nearly as bad as I felt because another runner insisted I sit down and brought me a glass of water, asked if I'd like a cup of tea at the Briars and then offered to drive me home! The water was welcome; couldn't stomach tea and drove home without crashing!  The same runner has since phoned to see how I am......a very kind Parkrunner indeed!

Getting sick is such a pain!

Today 5km in 36:20

AHR 81%;   MHR  89% .....much too high for mostly walking pace.
Splits : 6:35;  7:01;  7:15;  7:27;  8:00  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Missed the Whole Week ~~~~~

Never had a common cold like this one!  Nothing 'common' about it either; it was a very superior sort of cold!  Kept me in bed a couple of days and housebound the entire week, until this morning I just had to get out to see if my legs still knew what to do when asked!  To do this I drove across to Bowral Parkrun course where I hope to reappear on Saturday without falling in a heap!

I jogged/walked the 5km taking several breaks to use my puffer and ease my breathing which sounded like that of a rusty old steam train.   I hope not to make these noises on Saturday!  I was very slow, didn't look at the Garmin at all and, despite some early breaks, I didn't stop at all on the final climb.

Today:  5km in 37:20
Avg. pace 7:35 m/k
AHR 118 (74%);   MHR 141 (88%)

TE 2.5 ~~~ Maintaining.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Missed Bowral Parkrun #21 ~~~~~

I'm down and out with a monster sore throat and head cold!

 OK till about 7 pm last night when I suddenly felt sick which isn't the way I usually start a cold;  in fact I didn't think I had a cold at all until the sore throat kicked in a few hours later.  Now, Saturday, I'm staying inside, all the while sneezing, blowing and feeling miserable!  By resting all weekend, I'm hoping to be fit to run next week......fingers crossed!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tempo Run ~~~~~

Today's tempo run :

1.5km easy
1.5km @ ST (short tempo) pace
1.5km easy
1.5km @ ST pace
1.5km easy
1.5km @ ST pace
1.5km easy

I had VP set to run at 6:59 m/k based on 5km time of 34 minutes.

3 x 1.5km @ ST pace .........     6:43;    6:52;     6:58...close!

Very warm; some breeze; not an easy session!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hills ~~~~~ Short Ones!

Today:  walked to the bottom of Bong Bong road and then short hill sprints up, walk down... 10 times.