- LL's BLOG
- 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.
Monday, January 31, 2005
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Friday, January 28, 2005
18km...and to make sure I end on a positive note : if the session did nothing else, I'd like to think that it at the very least, it strengthens mental thoughness.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Sunday, January 23, 2005
34km on bitumen down & back up the Macquarie Pass has given me aching knees; tomorrow a rest day.
This marks the end of Week 12; a total for the week of 86km...Chickybabe is tired, but pleased!
Saturday, January 22, 2005
Friday, January 21, 2005
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Hopefully knowing that not many will be reading my blog, (I wouldn't want too many to know!) it's going to contain not only the good, but also the bad & the ugly. This morning, other than what's written above (& that was the good part!), I also had the bad & the ugly in the form of constant dashes into the bushes &, there is no more polite way of saying it : got home in a "mess"! So there! Now, if it happens to others, you're not alone!
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Monday, January 17, 2005
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Monday, January 10, 2005
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Very cool, very fresh morning....what a difference it makes!
32km.........run/walk...5/1 for all 4 hours 15 mins. Not fast, but got where I wanted to go!
Felt strong all the way, even climbing back up the Pass. Hope I'm not fooling myself when I say I can feel an improvement from week to week.
And now Chickybabe must lie down, start to read and then fall asleep for 2 hours!
Tomorrow begins Week 13 towards Canberra 50km.
Total for this week = 78km.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
Next week is a 'step back' week....Ye Gods! the weeks are passing quickly!
This morning was an 'easy' 8km; cool, overcast; hoping for no rain tomorrow when the plan is for 32km. which will take me a fair way down Macquarie Pass & back.
This week, while watching the tennis, I've spent some time on the stationary bike, some leg raises, one and two legged mini squats, crunches and upper body work with light weights. With the Australian Open coming up, I might soon resemble a Turkeybabe rather than an Chickybabe Blogger!
Friday, January 07, 2005
Thursday, January 06, 2005
|18km this morning....and a tale to tell!
9km out, good; 9km return, faded....faded.....faded with each km! Why?
1. Set out late 10:00 a.m. & already hot (not an issue really)
2. Nothing to drink before starting out
3. Didn't take any water with me
4. No taps to drink from anywhere
5. Overcome by fatigue & thirst during last kms & walked the last one
6. Drank a couple of handfuls from a not too clean roadside puddle of rain water!
7. Lucky I haven't got la grippe!!
One more lesson learned & you should know better.... you silly Chickybabe Blogger!
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
|8km today, but did it at a fast walk. Reason for walking : a bout of post-shingles neuralgia from 2:00a.m. till 5:00a.m. kept me awake; it's bad enough if it happens during the day, but at night it's sheer agony.
I was in no mood to do anything today, but the very thought of having to post a DNS here, where nothing but the truth must be told, was sufficient to get me out! And it still gets counted as 8km recovery...so there!!
The breeze was more of a howling wind and the flies more of a squad of suicide bombers, but your Chickybabe Blogger trudged on through it all!
Tuesday, January 04, 2005
|Back to a cool, misty morning!
14km run today, with the middle 6km at between 80% - 90% of max. Average was 85% and I was pleased with being able to keep with that comfortably. I don't think I'd have been as successful a month ago, so things must be improving gradually, judging by the results.
It was, as always, up and down hills; for future reference & comparison the middle 6km times were : 7:03......6:23.....5:53.....7:04.....6:10......5:29....up & down like the terrain! Not fast by most standards, but OK for this Chickybabe!
Monday, January 03, 2005
Sunday, January 02, 2005
|For me to get out by 7: 00 a.m. is early! Over 30 degrees predicted, however there was heavy cloud cover right up until the last 12 km when the sun came through.
I did 30km this morning : from Mittagong out along Old South Road, past Almyerton; turn around at 7km & back 7 km; add another 12km loop & another 4 km home. ....took plenty of water, a gel & sports drink; also took time to take in the scenery, a lovely green; and talk to a few horses along the way! Finished OK but legs very fatigued!
So now we head into week 14; for the past week total = 72kms.