Looking back over the September running diary there have been some really fun, interesting and challenging runs. Some runs have been tough, some have been relaxed but all are allowing me to inch slowly to my ultimate goal of running the Point to Pinnacle in just seven weeks’ time.
On top of the list was a visit to Albert Park parkrun in Melbourne, being a parkrun tourist is lots of fun! Coming in equal first place at the top of the list was my third time running the Westbury Fun Run (my very first fun run ever back in 2011, oh my I’ve grown so much in running confidence since that tentative first time on a starting line!). And this month saw the Unsporty Woman in a team shirt running a marathon team event, the cheering was fun, participating was fun and lunch at the pub afterwards was really fun!
This month I’ve run off the farm more than ever to incorporate more and more hill running. I’ve enjoyed the change of scenery a lot. Also this month Husband and I ran the first third of the P2P course for the second time – the scenery as the elevation increases is really lovely, different and interesting enough to ALMOST take away from the steepness of the climb.
September has seen me concentrating on trying to make my runs negative splits. I’ve had more wins with this than losses. Particularly on the few flat runs I’ve done I’ve attempted to try and increase my pace for at least the last third. What am I learning from this? Even when I’m tired and ready to stop I can push myself and keep going… pushing myself harder than I feel possible. I’m not getting any faster overall, no PBs this month. My 10km PB is 56:10, today with The Running Group I did 10km in 62:30. Launceston parkrun 5km PB is 25:20 but on Saturday at parkrun my time was 27:48. But despite this my endurance has increased and so has my ability to chip away at big hills and feel pretty good about it AND that after all is what I’m aiming for 🙂 To run the P2P all the way and to finish. That is my run plan for 17 November.
And as for Husband? He’s done a few runs, a few more than previous months. He’s been incredibly encouraging to me with my training. AND despite a wintry, cold, rainy parkrun on Saturday he cranked out his second PB for September of 23:02. I think he might be surprising a few of our running buddies. The secret? Working physically hard for the last six weeks while all the mummy cows pop out their moo babies and in the process dropping about 6kgs. This brings to mind the elements of Farm Your Training Day – making our regular work count towards our training and workouts.
I’ve missed two of my regular Monday and Wednesday bootcamps due to my plantar fascia niggle and being away for work, but all up a month of good training. Kms for September? 155.3kms, down a bit on last month but sticking diligently to my P2P training plan 🙂 AND total for the year? 1,127.2 amazing kms. Who would have thought this possible? Over 1000kms so far this year. Unsporty women can indeed run!
Running and Chocolate
I live and breathe P2P each day! My focus is set. But how could this Unsporty Woman not get excited when she heard that the Cadbury Marathon was open for entries? Running and chocolate! Chocolate features quite strongly in the goodie bag AND since it is held on the Cadbury Estate where the chocolate factory is, there is unlimited access to the chocolate shop! This is usually reserved for those who pay to have a tour so it’s very special indeed. Yes, Husband and I will be running the Cadbury Half-Marathon in January 2014 (and umm eating just a bit of chocolate!).
That’s what I love about running, there is ALWAYS something to look forward to, ALWAYS something to be challenged by and ALWAYS something to work towards. I love running.
As I write this a fellow running blogger Miss Plodding Along Nicely is doing the Berlin Marathon… I’m cheering for you… you CAN do it!!!! keep going!!!!!
I hope your September has been a good one too.
Happy running 🙂
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