- 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, 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.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
....I'm very pleased to be able to say I did NOT look like this at any stage of Sunday's marathon....or so I hope, because I have decided that this is to be my last marathon.
Very briefly then....I was pleased with the run, the weather, the cheer squad (bless 'em all!), other runners and even pleased with my time - 5:34:06....not my fastest but not my slowest either. In fact, my time was just 5 minutes slower than the last time I ran Canberra marathon 2 years ago, so I count that as mild deterioration only! I know I would not have been anywhere near as comfortable as I was (in the early stages), nor would I have run even close to a time from 2 years back, had it not been for the day-to-day coaching over many months from Ewen. Thank you, Master W!
As he did 2 years ago when I ran the 50km, Ewen kept popping up at various stages along the cycle path, making sure I didn't go off into the bush - or the lake - & pushed me towards the end to overtake a few runners up ahead..... a rare thrill for me these days, but I DID IT!
I will post here, for the future, only after I've taken part in a run. Day-to-day running will be simple & unadorned...and probably just plain boring to read!
Thank you so very much for your encouraging comments in the lead-up towards Canberra marathon....23 weeks in all. I appreciated them more than you would know.
So, for now...... "Good Night & Good Luck"!
Friday, April 11, 2008
But what a great time (for me anyhow!) it's been. All the work taken out of wondering how to train - and conversely, all the work that it involved for Ewen writing programs to suit someone of more 'mature' years! Not an easy task I imagine & I didn't realize just how little I knew about how to run & train appropriately!
So.....on Sunday the race is run & then c'en est fait!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Back to Bowral cycle paths for today's session.
Program : 7km
4k easy warm-up + 3km @ 7:25 pace. Optional few extra kms afterwards as warm-down.
Don't look at Garmin at all during 3km!
I stuffed up, of course! Afraid to find out later I'd run slower than 7:25 pace, I ran all the faster!
4km warm-up in 30:56. Pace = 7:50
3km in 21:31. Pace 7:08....that's the 'stuff up'! Laps 7:10; 7:06; 7:12. AHR = 112 (75%).
2km warm-down included some strides & a few drills.
I should have done strides before starting. I felt more 'awake' & energetic after doing them than I did during the entire earlier session!
Today's distance = 9km
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Diamond Fields Road has been graded so I went back there for today's short run.
I did an extra km, making 6km altogether.
Along the way I ran a few strides & took to the hills with a vengeance!
....Just one more week!