Saturday, July 16, 2011

This is why......

You shouldn't eat a massive meal before you run. I mean really, you think I would learn my lesson. But somehow a good meal can never be passed up - even if it means enduring the rhythmic peristaltic contractions of your lower colon. And it really doesn't tell you when it's going to start, it just kind of creeps up insidiously. Firstly you get that heavy bloated feeling and then BAM, full blown contractions which can at times bring back horrid memories of childbirth. It literally brings me to a grinding holt - ahhhh, why do I do it to myself. And it always happens when there are not toilets around.

Nevermind, I still got to enjoy a good trail run with Sarah, Cloe, Johnny and Gary. I think I am getting better at it too. I am trying to focus on lighter footsteps and relax my upper body so as to fall into the step. I am never going to be a graceful runner but if I can atleast lesson the impact I make on each step then I can possibly run for the rest of my life, but I would settle at this point being able to run for the next year. I was happy to have completed a 10km trail run in 1hr 5mins. Always good to run with faster people. And it was at the end of another long Saturday.

This morning it was back up at 0330hrs - not normally an issue but in Winter and the cold it makes it so much harder. I was very tempted to turn over and go back to sleep but guilt always gets the better of me as does the drive to make every session count.

‎4 x 100m F/s - F/s scull
200m Fr/s drill
5 x 200m F/s fast pace - 10 secs rest
6 x 100m Fr/s Negative split - 30 secs rest
4 x 100m Fins - 50 Hard - 50 Easy
10 x 50m paddles on 60
4 x 50m kick on 1:30
100m easy

Not a bad session this morning. I definitely didn't feel as strong as I did last week but it definitely wasn't my worst session. So for that I am grateful. Then after the usual great breakfast of Greek Coffee and honey on toast, it was time to head out on the bike into a a morning of cloud and drizzle with Sarah, Louise, Andrew and Jen. It wasn't as bad as first thought - yes it was wet, yes it was cold but a "burden shared is a burden lessened". We ended up riding for just under 2hrs and did 47kms. Nothing about the ride was hard. it was just a nice cruisey pace with loads of laughs and chatter. And tomorrow I get to do it all again - well the ride part that is. But first I will be going to watch the club Duathlon and taking photos. Clair - have fun on your first Duathlon. "GO YOU GOOD THING". You will have an amazing morning.

Your hard work will be rewarded.

"The path to a dream is paved with sacrifices and lined with determination. And though it has many stumbling blocks along the way, and may go in more than one direction, it is travelled by belief and courage and conquered with a willingness to face challenges and take chances" Barbara Cage