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.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Day 2 (of 7) - Short Speed

Program : 2.8km warm-up @ 75% of MHR. Drills. Rest. 3 x strides.

3 Sets of 5 x 150m @ 40 seconds or faster; 2 minutes recoveries; 5 -7 minutes between Sets.

Warm-down 800m alternating walking & jogging.

Set 1 : 39.99; 39.7; 38.8; 39.36; 38.86

Set 2: 44.14; 39.99; 40.49; 39.12; 39.49

Set 3: 38.72; 40.14; 40.02; 40.49; 38.79

Finished the day off by having coffee with Flash Duck who was on her way back to Canberra from Sydney ......pretty good Orange & Ricotta Cake, eh FD?




Monday, October 30, 2006

Sugar & Spice....A New Program!


Day 1 of a new 7 day program : A sugar day, but plenty of mixed spice to follow!




Some drills, Pilates DVD & 4 to 6 strides while walking the doggies!


Sunday, October 29, 2006

Straight Time!



Recently discovered....Mr G-armin unintentionally switched "ON" during my drive back from Canberra to Mittagong!

Oh well.............!! La De Da!

Day 8 - An Easy Day.



<....taken from the run around Lake Ginninderra, Canberra, Friday 27th October.

This morning's run : Back to Diamond Fields Road, Mittagong....40 minutes at a 'comfortable' pace, including 6 x 100m strides.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Day 5 - "There's a Track Winding Back....."



........OK, I know but at least I ran in the right direction....forwards & not backwards!




I had a very enjoyable, though not record breaking, evening at the AIS Track in Canberra on Thursday, 26th October. Strewth, CJ, speedygeoff...thank you for your always friendly welcome!

After putting me through a warm-up - do they really have to be so long? - followed by drills, strides, etc., Ewen plonked me on the start line of the 800m, making sure I was facing the right way & pointing out where & when to move across to lane 1. I'm OK with following directions, as long as they're not geographical ones, so that race was soon over though this time, not fast enough to warrant rapturous praise at the finish - I get to see it as it is, which is as it should be....I suppose! :

Time = 4:31.50

400m splits 21:16.5 / 2:15.0

A late decision was to have a try at the 200m event, which was over very quickly, even for me. Thank heavens they allow for either a crouched or standing start or I might well have landed, and stayed, flat on my face :

Time = 51:54

200m splits (roughly) 65.9 / 70.5 /71.8 /62.9

Friday morning : an easy 10km run around the cycle path alongside Lake Gininderra......a very quiet & beautiful course, but easy to get lost without good navigational skills!

Returned to Mittagong late Friday, with plans to return to the track in a couple of weeks after doing some more work.......where work is needed to be done!


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Day 5 - Big Trouble....










.............computer has been in"intensive care unit" since last Saturday. Discharged this morning with a clean bill of health.

CB leaving for Canberra this morning for ACTVAC 800m track event tonight!

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Day 14 - What.......



... today, complete rest........tomorrow, track.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Day 13 - Face to Face.

..........."Who Goes There?"

My run today took me out & back on Diamond Fields Road, where I met this friendly little pony who trotted over to the fence & made all kinds of remarkable faces at the camera....this one is his 'camel' look! When he wasn't posing for photos, he was stretching over the palings to nuzzle my face, arms.....a really curious little fellow!



This is where he lives along with several companions on a property in Diamond Fields Road.......................




Program : Medium Long Run

55-75 minutes, 75-85% of MHR.


A few stretches at Renwick soccer field.
35 minutes out; 37 minutes return...tired!

Sunny & warm to start, then clouds; rain threatening for the remainder of the day.


http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/episode/view.mb?episodePk.pkValue=1531630












Thursday, October 19, 2006

Day 12 - I Want What I Want!

Yesterday, Wednesday, was a 1500m Time Trial. I didn't start until mid-day...waiting for the strong winds to drop. They didn't.... I could barely stay upright......disastrous 'crawl' taking 9:48.

So, on a "Whatever Day" & unbeknown to anyone (i.e. Ewen!), - I simply couldn't let that hang over me until next time - I was back at "the strip" (in East Bowral) again this morning at 7:30a.m. & did the whole program again!

Program: Warm-up Jog 1500m.; stretches; 4x60-80m strides.

This morning's result : 1500m in 9:05
http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/episode/view.mb?episodePk.pkValue=1527838

I could be in trouble for such 'disobedience', but if so, it'll be worth it to have proven to myself that I could do better than yesterday!
....and I got nearer to what I wanted!

Monday, October 16, 2006

Day 9 - Back to the Future

...feeling lethargic....


this morning's track session at Chev. College, Bowral.

Program : Warm-up easy jog; stretches; 4x100m strides; form drills; rest.

12 x 150m in 42-45 seconds - 2 minute walk recoveries.
Rest.
1 x 400m.
rest.
2 laps warm-down.

I wasn't happy with this morning's session & I usually enjoy track training. Ewen called it 'Mondayitis', but I think it was more than that, but I don't know exactly what. I didn't run as fast as 2 weeks ago. Anyhow, the results are:

Did all the preliminary work as per program.

12x150 ......48.1; 45.2; 44.2; 44.8; 43.8; 44.7; 45.4; 43.1; 43.5; 43.9; 43.5; 43.2

2 weeks ago I managed to 39.9!

The 400m was a total & complete disaster & I should have stopped half way to avoid a stumbling final 200m.

Anyhow, I completed the session, but not to my satisfaction & I skipped the warm-down because I was disappointed in what I'd done...well, that's my excuse & hopefully Ewen will accept it!

Good news this afternoon from my GP...latest biopsy OK; no further surgery needed.........Phew, what a relief!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Day 5 - Vampire's Kiss!





.....with both sides of my neck padded, a vampire could easily have been responsible for this new "look"!

Improved today, after my GP removed the stitch where the biopsy was done last Friday & gave it a good thump...not really, just a gentle squeeze! I'm not looking forward to having surgery on this side as well, but better out than in, I suppose. What a mess!

Today's Program : "A Whatever Day".

I did the Pilates DVD & some of Ewen's 'form drills'....anything that didn't require sticking my neck out!

A very hot day in Mittagong....has to be well over 30 degrees; cooler I hope for the runners at FF on Saturday.

Run well, everyone!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Day 4 - Pain in the A.........!


Pain in the neck is nearer the mark!

I missed today's training & have to withdraw from FF 10km on Saturday & everything else until ....next week hopefully!

An infection has blown up from nowhere as a result of recent minor surgery. Antibiotics & complete rest indoors until seeing GP on Monday.

So sorry to miss everyone.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Day 3 - An Easy Day

Program: Run 40 minutes at a comfortable pace, include 6x100m strides.


OOPS!! I'll have to "get my head in the right place"! (Right, W?)

Forgot to do the 6x100m strides!



Remembered to run for 40 minutes!

Start : 11:30 a.m.

Distance = 5.59km; Avg. = 85% of MHR; Max. = 99%(?) of MHR. (that's what Mr G-armin says!).
Avg. 7.18 m/k; Max 5:57 m/k.

Cool, sunny, Spring day; a few stretches before & after the run; neck feeling a little less painful; wore 'Free' x-Trainers. A goof session! Hard day tomorrow....Chev track & I have to remember to take the spray can of white paint to secretly freshen up the lines!


Monday, October 09, 2006

Day 2 - ...........


Today : GP took a look at the site where there once was a SCC & one of the nurses changed the dressing. Other than that....nothing, except taking the dogs for their run.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Day 1 - The Crooked Road.


http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/episode/view.mb?episodePk.pkValue=1476764

Range Road is such a tough run, but the views make up for that & I took a couple of photos along the way......an excuse to stop!

Late to start at 10:00a.m. & the day was already very warm & windy. It was all hard work for me this morning - a bit of a struggle. My neck is still quite painful, so I'll use that as an excuse!

Program : Long Run 80 -105 minutes. 75-85% of MHR.

Time = 1:41.41

Distance= 13.34km

I wore the new "Free" X-Trainers for their first run & they were very comfortable on the bitumen road.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Day 13 - Best Foot Forward.

...yesterday, Friday, I rewarded my bravery under anaesthetic, with the purchase of new 'Frees". This time I chose the X-Trainer...it has stronger material in the uppers & also in the heel area, where there used be mesh with the 'Runner', though I noticed that the new Free 'runner' has changed the mesh at the heel to a stronger material...like the X-Trainer.

I was in Sydney to have a SCC (Squamous Cell Carcinoma!!) removed from the left side of my neck & a biopsy on one on the right side, which will most likely also have to be cut out. With 2 hours to spare before the train left at 3:45 p.m. & still under the influence of local anaesthetic, I went on a mild spending spree, renewing all my (expensive - oh dear!) facial & body creams at DJ's, then on to Rebel for the 'Frees' & finishing at Darrell Lea in the QVB for a large packet of Liquorice Allsorts!

Today, I'm forced into taking another "Whatever Day"...both sides of my neck are 'screaming' at each other & I'm full of Panadol, so I'm safer indoors!

Warning : For goodness sake, don't neglect any suspicious, scaley area or anything that looks like an ordinary sore that won't go away, anywhere on your skin. Have it checked out immediately by your friendly local GP! This kind of skin cancer can spread to lymph glands & can be fatal....though usually not!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Day12 - ......

...a day of complete rest.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Day 11 - CrissCross....


http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/episode/view.mb?episodePk.pkValue=1461577

Program : Short Speed (a moderate day).

Warm-up, drills, stretches.

12 Diagonals in 3 Sets of 4 with slow jog across & short break between Sets.

Warm-down.

Renwick Soccer field: Short of time today, so the warm-up was quick & short.

3 Sets of 4 Diagonals.....crisscross the soccer field corner to corner with very little break between Sets...in a hurry!

Warm-down...didn't do one!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Day 11 - The Hills Have Eyes.

......well, Motion Based has eyes even if hills don't & shows that I can't count properly in the second set! This session on the MB Player looks quite weird! I'm wondering if the MB Player showing the running red dot can be put onto a blog? In the meantime..........

http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/episode/view.mb?episodePk.pkValue=1456948

Program : Hill Repeats (a hard day) & has to be done with good form.

Warm-up.

2 Sets of 5 reps. on the short hill; 7 mins break.

1 Set of 3 reps. on a long hill (i.e. the bitumen road leading down to
the oval, but I had to run up it!), looking for a distance that would
take 1 min. 30secs. to run.

Ironmines Oval.....had it all to myself again.

Warm-up incl. some drills, stretches & strides.

2 Sets of 5 on the short hill....Done.
7 minutes break.
1 Set of 3 on the long hill.......not knowing exactly where to start, each of these took around 2 minutes. Start shorter next time.

Warm-down: didn't do the usual slow jog; instead I sat on some rocks & enjoyed the view & the warm sun for about 15 minutes.

As usual, I enjoyed this session & hope it was done with 'goof' form!


Sunday, October 01, 2006

Day 8 - "Losin' It"

....the start of today's run was marked by a wattle tree. 2km out & 2km back to the same tree, but I stopped at the wrong one, about 20m short of the full distance! I said it would have been a 4km PB, but Ewen says there's no proof...suppose I have to concede he's right, but with less than 20m to go, I still had 1 minute 15 seconds left to beat the last Tempo Run...reckon I would have done it!

Program : 4km Tempo Run (a hard day). After 10 minutes warm-up & stretches, 4km at a "solid pace".

Picked the wrong tree to finish at! Losin' It for sure!

From Motion Based.......

Distance = 3.83km

Time = 26:22.

10.2kph; 6:54 Pace.

92% MHR; 84% AHR.