Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010

Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010
Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010

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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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Good Morning Sunshine! ~~~~~

The three of us this morning : 7:15am start from the Highlands School.  The rain had stopped and the sun was shining.

Today : 5km with Leah and Ross

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

By Myself ~~~~~

In heavy rain, at 7:15am, I ran all by myself!  Leah and Ross had to get to work and, having to change and shower, they didn't have sufficient time.  I haven't seen so much water in months and months :  creeks and gutters overflowing everywhere. Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed running in the rain, something I haven't done in ages, being more inclined to stay in bed on wet winter days!

Home, throw wet clothes in washing machine, shower and large mug of steaming hot Milo did the trick and left me feeling quite pleased with myself!

Today : 5km

Monday, August 25, 2014

5k Each Day! ~~~~~

As part of Leah's graduation from Couch to 5k and in preparation for Sunday's 6km, Leah and I are running 5k each morning this week.  Glorious morning this morning!  Tomorrow....who knows, but this afternoon's storm might chase the rain away.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Couch to 5k Graduation!! ~~~~~

Leah and Ross completed the 8 week program this morning! Congratulations to both!  5 to 10k coming up!

 For me, only managed Couch to 5k and 2 Crossfit classes this week because of the constant rain which is forecast for most of next week.  It's much needed, so not complaining.

Sunday week, Leah and I run the 6km event in the Southern Highlands Challenge, Wingello State Forest trails.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tempo Run ~~~~ 8km

5km of 8km
A perfectly lovely morning!  Sunny, warm, no wind.

Enjoyed the 5km...without any stops at all!  Woo Hoo!

1.5km warm-up
5km @ ST pace.. 8:11m/k (for 40min 5k time)
1.5k cool-down.

8:20;  8:09;  8:26;  8:27;  7:47
Avg. pace 8:14

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

C to 5k

7:45am :  35 min C25K with Leah;  Ross absent!

1:45pm :  Crossfit........ 10's  ...30 min...... Started 'Chin-ups' with a little help!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Track ~~~~~

Bitterly cold at Chev. this morning :  3 degrees in Mittagong felt like -3 on the oval!  The whole time I wore gloves, jumper, beanie and track pants.  First repeat felt not so good and I thought I was in for a day when VP could wipe me out!  However, I ran easy, things improved and I stayed ahead for last 2 repeats.

10-20 min warm-up......I did 1.7k
3 x 1600m in 12:36 (based on 40min 5k time)
10 min cool-down......didn't need to cool down but did usual stretches.

3 x 1600m :  12:38;    12:14;    11:50

Lanes were in the process of being marked ahead of the carnival next week.  I ran inside the boundary fence.  Kids came and went while I plodded on!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Wingello ~~~ A Trial Run ~~~~~

Decided to drive to Wingello (50Km)  to check out the 6km tail course in preparation for August 31, Southern Highlands Classic......  and I had only one fall at about half way!  Having manoeuvred all the larger rocks, ditches etc, I managed the best version of a CJ I could have imagined!  CJ would have been proud of my results! I tripped on a protruding stone of about 2cm and landed on hands, knees and forehead slap bang onto the rocky, dirt trail!  As a result of this clever little trick, apart from sore hands and right shoulder and one cut knee, I have a beauty of a purple lump just above my right eye where I landed the hardest!  Amazingly, I didn't knock myself out! 

SHC 6km course

Lesson learned the hard way!  In hindsight, I shouldn't have gone there on my own, not just because of an accident which would be bad enough, but there is no way of getting help that I know of.  Another thing, it's too isolated an area alone on those trails...I think so anyhow.  There wasn't another person anywhere after leaving the camping ground.  Anyhow, it's done and I'm relieved not to have returned home in an even more sorry state!

The 6km course was tougher than I'd expected :  more hills and more difficult terrain than I wanted.  Hate to think what the half marathon and 50km are like! At least, I'll know what to expect on 31st August.

 Trail running is definitely an acquired talent!