Tomorrow is 1st September and offically the start of spring (I know it’s not equinox, but the start of the month does it for me). Its been the best weekend, weather wise in ages. There is warmth in the sun now. I accept there will be a few more cold snaps, but yah spring! Plants start to grow (uggh, so do the weeds, and I don’t do weeding in the garden, I just plant, maybe I’ll get a gardener this year). Thinking about starting a vegetable garden this year. No idea how to though, all I can grow is herbs and tomatoes.
Little babies get born (have to duck the little ducklings in the kayak), and those magpies get vicious. But most importantly.. it gets warmer… warmth, ahh how I have dreamed for the last few months.
So I have been blogging much lately, work has been mad, next month is going to be worse, but at least I am on Holiday for a week and a half. But to make things worse, I had to take a few days of work this week because I was rather sick, couldn’t keep much down for a couple of days.
Training the last couple of weeks has been a bit difficult, last week I was just feeling tired so decided that I’d take a recovery week a week early, and this week I have been sick. And taken me a while to get my enery back. I went for a short run Thursday lunch time, jsut thought I’d take it easy and see how I felt. I felt fine and kept going, but then I stopped for a moment, and the world went a little dizzy, I think the illness had stripped me of all my muscle gylcogen and I had nothing to fuel myself.
This weekend was supposed to be a big running weekend, 3hrs hills sat, 2hrs flat + 1.5hrs spin sun. But I just didn’t think I’d be hold up to that this weekend.
Yesterday, I decided to go for the run, but I’d take it easy and aim the time at about 2hrs, see how I go and feel. I went up Bowenvale track (I think it is the last track on the chch side of the hills that I have never been on). Its the best track I have been on, its a really pretty valley. The track starts of as a 4wd track, then turns into a single lane walking track. The start is a very gradual uphill (doesn’t look like you are climbing much, but turn around and you have climbed a long way), then it turns into a steep uphill climb.
Once at the summit road I ran along the crater rim to Rapaki track, then down Rapaki and back along the base of the hill to where I parked the car. It took me about 2 hrs. I just didn’t feel great the entire run and yesterday afternoon I just felt tired and had a heaadache, I just think I over did it.
This morning, I thought I would just go for a run around the Mcleans Forest. I thought I’ll aim for 2 loops of the track (22K), but I would see how I felt after the first loop. To start with the legs felt heavy and tired, I was going rather slow, but after about 30min I start to feel good so kept going at the end of first loop. I was doing the run walk method (run10 walk 1). The advatage of this method is that you take on food and water as soon as you walk. When I am running the hills, I can’t be precise on the walk, as I walk when it gets steep and HR goes up, but on the flat I can stick to it and I am much more likely to eat enough. I got to the 16K mark, and my feet were sore and I was a bit over this, so I took the short cut to the carpark. So run was 2hrs.
I am not sure if I will do the spin this arvo, I’ll see how I feel in a couple of hours. Maybe I start pulling the weeds instead… hehe probabaly not 🙂