Wellington on the Run

trying to make training for a 5k (and beyond!) a little less painful
Wellington on the Run turned 2 today!
So that means I’ve been trying to run for 2 years now, with interesting results.  Year 1 was good.  Year 2 was bad.  Year 3 will be awesome.  

Wellington on the Run turned 2 today!

So that means I’ve been trying to run for 2 years now, with interesting results.  Year 1 was good.  Year 2 was bad.  Year 3 will be awesome.  

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Strawberry banana smoothie with chia seeds for fiber. Let’s see how this goes.

Strawberry banana smoothie with chia seeds for fiber. Let’s see how this goes.

You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.

Hilary Clinton says like an absolute legend. It’s a bit too normal how appearances are criticized and the degree to which such criticisms are perceived as valid. (via tourettes)

(Source: chrystallclear, via ilikeprettyclothes)

Last week was not a fluke

Another run under 35 minutes and we are officially one more run and a month ahead of our goal. That sentence doesn’t make sense, let me clarify. Goal: 3 consecutive runs under 35 minutes before the end of the year. Today: run #2 under 35, finishing at 34:45.

Too many tourists and slow walkers clogging up the waterfront, we had to play dodgem with all the clueless people who weren’t cottoning on to the waves of runners flowing around them.

Two cranberry juices were consumed post-race, and then I won a spot prize of cookies and alcohol. Every runner’s secret shame dream.

Unicorn run

I keep dropping increments of 1:15 off my 5k time. Wtf?? Tonight’s effort came in at 33:55. I’ve never run anywhere near under 34 minutes. It was about as unimaginable to me as never being able to eat chocolate again. Yet somehow I decide running is fun tonight and absolutely cane it, even to the point of fending off a particularly energetic walker’s attempts to overtake me. In plain English: I actually increased my speed at the end of the run in order to beat someone, and succeeded. And hey, he was a damn fast walker, one of those elbow-pumping ass twitchers. You know the ones I’m talking about.

Anyway, so this miraculous event has us wondering if it’s a unicorn destined to only ever happen once, or whether it’s a repeatable feat.

Things that may have helped: I ate lunch at a normal time (noon) rather than my usual (between 1 and 2:30, depending on work); doing a triathlon two days before; our unintentional all-burger diet leading up to the tri; jonno running in front of me rather than beside me and completely ignoring me so that I kind of felt like I was pushing myself to stay with him rather than him pushing me to a faster pace; the psychological mind-fuck that is a Wellington head wind that never turns into a tail wind on the return trip.

Maybe the stars will align again for me…

Rediscovering willpower

I lost it over the winter, but now I’ve found it again. And I only need it for 2 days out of 7. Starting today. 482 calories for the whole day. Fast day 1 - smashed it.

The moon was cheering us on tonight! Dropped a minute off the 5k time - 36:10 for a season best.

The moon was cheering us on tonight! Dropped a minute off the 5k time - 36:10 for a season best.

Pilates hurts

Chiro said I need to strengthen my core to help my shoulder and lower back issues, so I’ve started with the yoga/Pilates again. What do you know, the man was right. My ab muscles however do not appreciate it.
Today was also my first ‘2’ day on the 5/2 plan. I kicked off in style by bringing banana chocolate chip muffins to work and not eating any. Then there was a morning tea with two kinds of slice and a cake, and it was all I could do to walk away. I had to leave the area of temptation - I’m not up to socialising in the vicinity of tantalising deliciousness yet. :)

First 5k since May and it wasn’t too bad! Helps to have great running mates like Jude and Jonno, who wouldn’t let me walk even though I thought I was gonna die. 37:21, not bad for a first effort. Goal is to break 35 mins by Christmas.

First 5k since May and it wasn’t too bad! Helps to have great running mates like Jude and Jonno, who wouldn’t let me walk even though I thought I was gonna die. 37:21, not bad for a first effort. Goal is to break 35 mins by Christmas.

This is what happens when I accidentally turn running into a contact sport- injuries are sustained and beer is drunk.

This is what happens when I accidentally turn running into a contact sport- injuries are sustained and beer is drunk.