It’s been a week of curve balls at work. Since I am the Unsporty Woman curve balls are difficult for me. I’m not that coordinated, I have trouble catching and kicking and well it’s just been an all round blah sort of week. But I survived.
On the other hand, it’s been a wonderful week of running and fitness.
Monday night we went into Launceston and ran with The Running Group – it was an interesting run of 5 x 800m with full recovery in between. We had to try and run each rep at a consistent pace. I’m not known for my consistent pace but I did try. Honest Coach I did! Then it was off to the pub with a number of lovely runners for the all important Parmi and Pint.
Then came Tuesday night’s Outside Fit. Imagine a football oval at night. It’s lit up because the local footy team is training. They’re running around the inside of the oval, kicking the odd football and doing all sorts of exercises.
On the outside road that runs around the oval our awesome new PT is drilling a dozen victims (there’s Pauly and I). Oh my goodness! There we are squat jumping – ladies with a 5kg disk and men with a 10kg disc held in close to our chests. Not just a couple of squat jumps, no. Not just several reps, no. We squat jump around the entire perimeter of that oval. Burning, dying, fatigued quads. Glutes that want to stop and wither. Faces scrunched up in pain. Oh my goodness. AGONY!!!! Then we place the disk on our chests and do pull ups from the rail that runs around the oval. Again and again and again. Up down up down up down. Burn, burn burn. I wanted to cry. Then too many squat-presses to count. Quite a bit of running including some team suicide runs and finally, finally (sigh) the end and stretches.
Gosh it was a good session – LOVED it!
Wednesday night I headed to aqua fit – another awesome workout with our new PT. Yes, it is possible to sweat in the pool! Water running is so good, such a great workout. We ran backwards and forwards, tuck jumps and frog jumps in between. More and more and more reps. We also had to pull ourselves out of the pool and hold our body weight on the side – such a great upper body workout.
Then came tonight.
With our second attempt at the Lilydale Lope on Saturday, a hilly 16.6km handicapped race with the Launceston Running Club I thought I should at least run 12km tonight. The only trouble is that after that workout on Tuesday I have a new appreciation of DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness) except I have a new thing – it’s IOMS (yep….IMMEDIATE Onset of Muscle Soreness).
I am so stiff and sore. But I did those 12kms, I got them done – quite slowly though. I started off in the light and it was dark by the time I got home oh and did I mention it had been raining most of the day? It was so muddy and sloshy in places I had to walk in case I slipped over.
Just for Shazruns who has cow-encounters from time to time…I had to wait for the neighbour’s cows to cross one of the many lane ways (we’re talking just on 1000 girls slowly moo-ving along). Then when I was just a little over 1km from home, I was in my happy running zone, there was a light rain happening, I was just pounding along getting those running steps done when all of a sudden I heard a very loud noise. That’s VERY LOUD! I screamed!
I had quite forgotten that our cows were in the top road paddock. The noise? A very loud cow FART! The joys of country running in the dark (if you’ve never heard a cow fart believe me that they bring new meaning to the term loud and proud 🙂 )
Those work curve balls really hit me for six this week. Didn’t enjoy it at all. But with so many awesome fabulous fitness things to keep me focused, well, I survived. Can’t wait for the Lilydale Lope – I’ll be the one running like Tin Man, I hope these stiff old legs of mine loosen up before Saturday!
Happy running 🙂
PS an awesome muddy, wet run then a yummy Tasmanian Cider and the work-week is well and truly put behind me – I love running!