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Race Recap – the Dubbo Stampede

11 Sep

I realise it has been a while since I last wrote. I don’t know sometimes how people manage to keep up with everything – I have been finding having a full time job, studying,  a toddler going through trying moments, trying to fit in training as well as numerous other things have kept me away from writing – so since I last wrote I ran a race and I’m going to tell you about it now.

LCHF Update 

I’ve been following a Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) way of eating for a while now – I would say properly now for almost 4 months. As a result I have dropped some weight and changed my whole way of thinking about food, carbs and training. It has been a struggle trying to run hard without carbs – but as my body slowly adapts to fat it is becoming a bit easier. So I entered the Dubbo Stampede 10k and it was the furthest (bar the City to South) I had run fairly hard as a race.

Dubbo Stampede

I love Dubbo. I have very good friends that live there so it was an excuse entering the race to go and see them too. It’s got a great country atmosphere and everyone I have met there I always feel like I have known them for a long time!

The Stampede had a number of races within the event including its first year of a full marathon and part of the race was to be around the Dubbo Zoo which I have been to before and it is excellent.

Starting the Race

The Half Marathon and Full had already gone by the time I started my 10k. I was dressed for the north pole as it was really cold for me – although I had to smile lining up with people that were dressed in tiny shorts and singlets – it was clear who the visitor was!

The event was really well organised and I had my coffee and cream prior to the race and lined up ready to go. I took off fairly steady and kept an even pace – I felt quite good considering I had no carbs inside me and quickly got into my running groove. The first section of the race went outside the Zoo and was on a small incline, did a loop back and then it was into the zoo. I felt great except I found I warmed up so ended up having to lose a couple of mins trying to take my gilet off and pinning my number onto my top.

Inside the Zoo was great. I got to see heaps of animals – waved to the rhinos and was still able to push fairly hard although I found my energy started to wane a little bit and it was becoming harder to push – if I slowed back I was ok but I really wanted to push but found I just couldn’t.

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Pushing to the finish

Helping People in Need

When I ran the Twilight Half Marathon a while ago I ended up stopping to help a young boy who was in trouble…can you believe the same happened this time…. I think I have a radar for it as again I spotted a young boy – he only looked maybe 9/10 – maybe he was a little bit older but I spotted him staggering as he was running, then stopping and he looked like he was really not well. His face was flushed and his breathing didn’t look good – so I asked him if he was ok and he said “No”. I asked him if anyone was with him and he said his Dad was way back.

He was starting to get teary so I stayed and walked/jogged with him until we found a steward and I left him with the steward and carried on my race again. I struggle with it all as Yes I know we are all there to run a race but it made me sad that no-one had stopped to see if he was ok and is a good race time really worth not helping someone in trouble??

Anyway I got to the last km and decided to push hard to make up some time. I then saw the finish line and pushed as hard as I could. A girl was running next to me and she looked over at me and pushed – so I was like ‘ok honey – it’s game on!’ the inner competitor inside me woke up and I pushed all the way to the finish in front of her – childish I know but it felt good 😀

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Finished!

All in all I did an ok time – aware that I lost a few minutes here and there – but I do feel confident that I could maybe start to push my distance back up again not relying on carbohydrate. My dream is to do another half marathon or marathon but fat adapted… I know lots of people that have I just have to now put the work in…. watch this space….

 

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My First Road Race Running On Low Carb High Fats

12 Jun

I haven’t written for a while as life again has been pretty crazy, and then coming down with a cold it hasn’t been much fun in the last week.

I thought I would continue on from my last post and talk you through the recent City to South race I ran – my first proper road race (not counting one park run) run on Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) eating.

I have to say I was pretty daunted at the prospect of running 14k in race conditions  without my usual plan of having carbs a few days before and on the day of the race, but I trusted my banting coach and went for it.

Race Prep

My usual race prep would have been have carbs the night before, along with plenty of water and then in the morning my breakfast of carbs – a banana and oats. This time the night before I had a normal dinner of protein, fats and vegetables, and then in the morning I had – a coffee with three tablespoons of cream – a bit of a difference!

I was meant to have some salt water an hour before the race and I forgot. It is meant to help with cramping. I had it around my waist in one of my bottles and only realised later when during the race I took a swig and almost gagged!

The Race 

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All smiles before the race

So my lovely friend Sam and I parked and made our way to the start of the race. I was fairly calm – had my two toilet visits (my running ritual!) and was ready to go! It was really cold, and the race was a couple of minutes starting and then we were off!

I found to begin with that I felt good. I kept a solid and comfortable pace a little it under what I thought I could run and plugged into my iPod and settled into the race. There were plenty of people running and it bottle necked a bit, but I was doing an ok pace.

I have come to terms with the fact that my running times whilst adapting to fat and LCHF way of life are slower. I have dropped almost 30 secs off my usual per km pace but haven’t been stressing about it. So I got through the first few km and was feeling ok.

By the time I got to 5k I started to feel a little bit fatigued. I saw Sam and she looked good and I realised I might be pushing too hard so I slowed a little bit to prepare myself for the hills, and whereas I used to power up the hills I found myself slowing right down to chug up the hills and to keep a good endurance level.

Hills, Hills and More Hills 

I found the race quite hilly, and my mind started to play tricks on me and convince me that without the carbs it was a disaster so I started to wane a bit as the hills came and went. I found myself telling myself I wasn’t going to be able to get around the distance and what was I thinking trying to race on low carbs, and it was a real battle but I pushed on determined to finish. Some of the hills were pretty tough but I just slowed down and chugged up whilst people passed me.

I found with my legs that they didn’t feel as bouncy as they usually did in a race. I am assuming that was lack of carbohydrate…who knows but it wasn’t impossible but it just felt that little bit harder when I tried to push. I have heard with LCHF however that endurance improves but the ability to sprint can be reduced.

What happened to team spirit?

One of the things that really disappointed me in the race was the team spirit of some of the runners. I saw a young guy struggling as I was running, he was walking with his head bent on the side of the road. I saw him from afar and could see that he was in distress, yet no-one stopped to check if he was ok. I think it must have been the ‘mum’ in me and as I got closer to him I checked if he was ok and he said ‘No’. He looked really sad and like he was beaten down – it was a tough course and I think he had over estimated how fast he could run. I asked him if he wanted me to get some help but he said he would carry on walking and urged me to carry on running which in the end I did – but I have to just say – I would have stopped and walked with him if he needed it, and it was really disappointing that no-one stopped before me.

Just saying!

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Smiles after the race – Sam and I

As I pushed up Highgate I really struggled but was determined that the hill was not going to beat me and I took an extra swig of my ‘salt’ water which as I mentioned before I was meant to have before the race! After making it up Highgate I figured there were a couple of KM left so it should be plain sailing…no …. there was another hill which caught me out! I pushed up that and realised then that the race was almost over – and as usual I was like a homing pigeon and as soon as I realised where the finish was I literally sprinted.

I don’t know where the energy came from but I pushed to the finish and almost cried when I finished. It had been such an effort. My time was ok and I think my average pace was 6.06km which is not really quick at all, but I was proud I had achieved it on LCHF, and my first hurdle was over!  My friend Sam had finished just before me and we got our usual photo taken and headed home jubilant – having finished.

Now to look to the next race on the Sunshine Coast and to learn from this race.

Have a great week!

 

 

Running for a cause – The Mother’s Day Classic

26 Apr

There are so many fun runs across Australia and the world now days, and as a result it has become a great way for charities to use them as ways to fundraise. The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) is one of those – in aid of breast cancer research.

I’ve run the MDC a few times but won’t be able to run this year. I was however approached by them to help them raise awareness of the event which has so far raised $27.4m for research into Breast Cancer, and my post today is sharing the testimony of the event’s co-founder Louise Davidson.

I am very fortunate to have not had anyone close to me suffer with breast cancer. It’s a terrible disease so very important we keep supporting charities that are researching a cure. You can enter the MDC by going to their website, alternatively if you are unable to attend then why not donate anyway!

Louise’s Story 

> Louise co-founded the event in 1998 when she lost her mother to breast cancer – as she wanted to make Mother’s Day meaningful. She founded the event with with fellow superannuation executive, the late Mavis Robertson.

> She was awarded Victoria’s Australian of the Year Local hero Award in recognition of founding the event.

> The event is this year in 100-plus locations across Australia, and has grown to involve more than 130,000 Australians. Last year was Louise’s 18th year at the MDC but her first as a breast cancer survivor.

Louise found the 2015 Mother’s Day Classic, her first since her own diagnosis with breast cancer, incredibly moving.

Louise Davidson and Mavis Robertson - co-founders of the Mother's Day Classic

Louise Davidson and Mavis Robertson – co-founders of the Mother’s Day Classic

“I wasn’t sure how I’d react. I’ve participated every other year as an organiser, and as a daughter who lost her mum to the disease, and each year draws out feelings of sadness for my own loss and empathy for others’ loss… but last year it was more emotional.

“My diagnosis gave me a different perspective, it was much more personal,” according to the 47-year-old CEO of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors.

1 in 8 Australian women are affected by breast cancer 

While some may see a sense of irony that she should face the disease Mother’s Day Classic fights against, there’s no reason her long-term and close involvement with the event would make her immune to a disease that affects one in 8 Australian women.

She confesses to being surprised at just how shocked she was at her diagnosis: “even knowing the statistics, co-founding Mother’s Day Classic and having Mum with the disease, I really didn’t expect to get breast cancer”.

A mother’s influence

Louise Davidson’s motivation for starting the event was seeing firsthand the impact of breast cancer – Louise was very close to her mum, Kaye, and was her primary carer through her two-year battle with breast cancer before Kaye died at age 52.

In the 20 years since Kaye’s death, Louise has found Mother’s Day Classic a positive way to spend what had been a sad day without her Mum.

Just two months after the 2014 event, Louise became one of the (on average) 40 Australian women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each day.

“Because of Mum, I’ve always had regular checkups. As always I looked at the mammogram film before my appointment – not that I really know what I’m looking at. There was a blurry spot that really stood out to me, and worried me.

“The doctor noticed the blurry spot too and sent me for a biopsy. A few days later he rang at 7.30 at night and said you’re not going to like the news, you’ve got breast cancer.”

“At the better end of breast cancer”

Louise was quickly booked for surgery for a small lump that doctors described as being caught early and “at the better end of breast cancer”. She had an anxious wait for pathology which dictates how aggressive the cancer is and whether there is any spread. On a scale of 1-3 grades, with three being the most serious, hers was a grade 2.

“Having been involved in MDC for almost two decades, and having been carer for my Mum when she went through her treatment, it was interesting to see what the reality of being a breast cancer patient was like,” she says.

“While so much progress has been made, you still see things that could be done better (for me I would like to see patients not have to be permanently tattooed for radiation treatment).

“Mum was diagnosed at 50, I’m 47 now. There’s never been anything selfish about my involvement with Mother’s Day Classic but it turns out now that my involvement has been beneficial to me – like every other patient or every woman who could be diagnosed in the future, it’s research that we rely on to make sure we get better outcomes,” Louise says.

The reason for research

She had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. NBCF-supported research found that sentinel lymph node biopsy is just as effective as traditional and more invasive surgery in predicting and controlling the spread of breast cancer. (Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy (SLNB) was introduced as an option for some women as part of breast surgery. The sentinel node is the first lymph node to which breast cancer cells are likely to spread. If the sentinel node is cancer free, there is no need to remove further lymph nodes – reducing the risk of debilitating lymphoedema.)

She is happy to have dodged the need for chemotherapy, requiring six weeks of radiotherapy.

She takes the drug Tamoxifen, a necessity for 5-10 years to decrease her risk of recurrence. (Tamoxifen is used to prevent and treat breast cancers that test positive for estrogen receptors. It lowers the chance that breast cancer will grow, by blocking the effects estrogen has on cancer cells).

Again this highlights the importance of funding research – there are currently trials underway to see if survivors get better results by taking Tamoxifen for 5 or 10 years.

“Research has made a significant difference to outcomes for women diagnosed with breast cancer.  Earlier diagnosis, much more precise imaging and surgery and big leaps forward in the drug treatments available have all contributed,” Louise says.

Living in “the new normal”

The familiarity of constantly being around breast cancer via Mother’s Day Classic didn’t make the process any easier when she faced her own diagnosis- in fact, Louise feels it made things “much scarier”.

“I understand that Mum’s cancer was a lot more advanced, so the prognosis was not good. She developed secondary cancers and died, which to me makes it very real that this might not be the end of it for me,” Louise says.

“Although since being diagnosed, lots of people in my circle have shared their stories of having had breast cancer when they were younger – and I’d had no idea. So it is positive that all these years later they are alive.”

The hardest part of the process was telling her three daughters – Kaye (named after her Mum), 15, and twins Lily and Rosie, 13.

“I have been the daughter hearing the diagnosis and dealing with my fears for my Mum. It was tough to see my own daughters in that same position.

“My girls never met my Mum but through Mother’s Day Classic they know her story. I’ve emphasized to the girls that my cancer was caught early, and that it’s very different to my Mum’s case. But it’s hard knowing the worry this causes.”

The experience has changed Louise’s perspective on life.

“I don’t know if this change will be permanent, but for now I definitely have a different outlook.  There’s a heightened sense that I shouldn’t put off anything that I want to do, things can change so quickly. There’s a very strong sense of ensuring I spend more time with the people I love – and spending more time with my girls during treatment was something I really valued.

“I’m definitely conscious that my response to my breast cancer has made me think more deeply about Mum’s experience and in a way I’ve gone through a whole new grieving process for Mum.

“I have more understanding of how she must have been feeling. She was single, and even though I cared for her, it must’ve been tough to have no partner to give her a hug and be there for her – there’s always the sense of a parent trying to shield a child from the full brunt of anything painful. I have a renewed empathy for her.”

Making Mother’s Day meaningful

Co-founders Mavis Robertson and Louise, having never participated in a fun run, organised the first Mother’s Day Classic in 1998 with a few thousand superannuation colleagues in Sydney and Melbourne.

“I’d had the experience with my mother and we knew a lot of other women who were being diagnosed. At that time breast cancer wasn’t receiving its fair share of the funding pie, so through women in super we set up some volunteer committees in Melbourne and Sydney,” Louise says.

One of the most satisfying things for Louise has been witnessing the event become a positive outlet for those fighting breast cancer, and for those who have lost loved ones, giving a real purpose to what could be a sad day (Mother’s Day without your Mum).

In 2010, inspired by those she had met at the event over many years, Louise ran her first Mother’s Day Classic. Being out on the course instead of in the “control centre” gave her new insights into how important the event was to those battling breast cancer.

“It is a celebration of the lives of those who have breast cancer and others we’ve lost to the disease. It’s emotional but not depressing. There is solidarity in seeing so many people wearing placards on their backs to remember or support someone with breast cancer,” she says.

“Personally, it has been a really powerful way for me to use the strong grief I had for the loss of my mother. For participants, our sadness has been channeled into a fantastic outcome.

“It continues to grow because it is much more than just a fundraising event.  I’ve heard of instances where people attend the Classic and are prompted to go to a breast examination the next day. They discover a lump, go to their doctor and detect breast cancer earlier than they would have if they had not been prompted by the event. So if we save one life that way, it makes everything we have done worthwhile.”

“My three girls weren’t even born when we started the event. They have grown up with the Mother’s Day Classic as the only Mother’s Day they know. When they were really little they used to write me Mother’s Day cards that said “happy Mother’s Day Classic”.”

“I hope that fundraising through events like the Mother’s Day Classic will mean my girls don’t have to worry about breast cancer when they get older.”

There’s progress, but at what pace?

Like most patients, Louise found going to the hospital daily and being a patient a very draining experience.

“People around you, whether they are family, friends or work colleagues, want you to be able to assure them that the cancer has gone – and you just don’t get that sort of all clear with breast cancer. Psychologically, it’s always there and always will be,” she says.

With successful research over the past few decades has come increased survival rates – and learning how to successfully navigate survival (and the thought always at the back of one’s mind: will the cancer come back?).

Louise Davidson and her three daughters

Louise Davidson and her three daughters

Louise is investigating whether any of the known breast cancer genes are involved in her case – information that could be vital for her three girls when they reach adulthood. This knowledge can also impact on different treatment paths. Her genetic material would be stored, and as new genes are discovered checked against her material.

Like all with the disease, her hope is that by the time her girls are adults breast cancer will not exist.

She knows that while research has made many advances, it doesn’t pay to be complacent.

“In 1993 I went with Mum to see her breast surgeon and Mum asked him about the risks for me of getting breast cancer. He said ‘by the time Louise reaches an age where this could affect her, breast cancer might not exist, or if it does the diagnostic and treatment advances may mean it’s no longer such a major issue’.

“So unfortunately, we have not moved as fast as we might have hoped or imagined…,” Louise says.

To register or for more information go to http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au

Ways you can help:

Put together a teamhttp://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/teams/about-teams/become-a-team-captain/

Fundraisehttp://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/fundraise/about-fundraising/

Volunteerhttp://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/volunteer/volunteer-now/volunteer-roles/

Start a local event http://www.mothersdayclassic.com.au/event-info/start-your-own-mdc-event/

For tips on running for charity have a look at a blog post I wrote for RunStopShop last year on where to start.

 

Not so great week that ended well!

13 Dec

This week has been a good and bad week. At the beginning of the week I was still struggling with my running. I talked about it in my last post and have deduced it is the time of the year. I have been feeling like my times have not been improving even though I have been training a fair amount. You wouldn’t believe I ran a marathon 4/5 months ago when I struggle with 5k at times now.

I cried a bit this week because I was convinced I was going nowhere and just felt deflated. I am always quite hard on myself my husband tells me and this week was no exception. I just felt I was trying hard but yet going for a run felt so difficult. Then it hit me yet again – it’s SUMMER!

Every year here in Queensland I struggle. I just forget! The humidity and the heat kicks in and it often feels like you’re running in treacle and going nowhere. Take the ParkRun I did a couple of weeks ago with my friend where I had to walk as it was too hot.

As mentioned in my last blog post when I was back home on my trip to the UK I did a Parkrun there and loved it because I was much more accustomed to the 11 degrees over the 30 degrees here!

Berrimba ParkRun

My husband told me to stop punishing myself. So I decided to run a ParkRun this weekend again with my friend. Much to my delight it was a much cooler day, in fact it was raining. I wasn’t sure whether to run as I am not a huge advocate of running whilst it is raining in case of injury or illness but I went.

By the time I turned up it was just spitting rain so perfect running conditions.

appreciate the slow runs

I didn’t really push it as much as I could have. I just thought I’d try and run reasonably comfortably and enjoy the run. It got a bit difficult about 4k in but I pushed on and when I crossed the finish line the girl timing said I was the first female over the line! My time was quite slow compared to a lot of the girls that normally run (and there were only 118 competitors ) at just over 26 mins but it was the boost I needed. I also came first in my age category 🙂

Berrinba PR 12 Dec 15

For the rest of the day I felt a definite spring in my step and I felt renewed in my running efforts. I know I will never be a ‘quick’ runner but doing my best and believing in myself is what I need to do more rather than looking around at other people’s times and comparisons to me.

We all need to give ourselves a break sometimes. We put so much pressure on doing things we enjoy often to the point it doesn’t become fun anymore – sometimes we need those slower runs and not so great runs to appreciate the good runs and to see how far we have come 😀

Forget the time 

I’ve also decided to make a conscious effort to try and not concentrate on times. It’s hard as a lot of runners tend to focus on time as to how well they are doing. Of course it’s a great indicator but us amateur runners that have faced lots of challenges and times when we have been unable to run I figure now the fact that I can run right now is a complete bonus and who gives a toss about the time!

Anyway that’s my ramble over for this post but I just wanted to share my topsy turvy week and encourage anyone else out there that is feeling not so great to keep running and appreciating that you can.

 

 

Race Recap – River Run 100k

17 Aug

Yesterday was the River Run 100k. My morning didn’t start off too well since the neighbour next door kept us awake all night so when the alarm went off at 5am I was already awake and exhausted! Shaun picked me up at 5.40 and we parked near his work place and he had convinced me that we should cycle to the start using City Cycle bikes. It’s an interesting concept which I believe hasn’t taken off that well here in Brisbane but it was handy to pay $2 to have a bike to cycle across the city in. I felt tired before I started the race with being sleepy and cycling!

City Cycle

Shaun’s idea was to cycle to the race from where we parked the car. It wasn’t the most glamorous of experiences!

When we arrived our team was well and truly into the race already. John went at 5 to do 10k and then Matt second. Shaun was third and I was 4th and then Alex after us. I ran my 10k and the first mistake I made was I got off the Goodwill Bridge and turned right instead of left! Coordination and directions have never been a strong point of mine but I soon realised I’d gone the wrong way and quickly turned around. I felt really strong and ran out and back fairly evenly – I think we all raced off quickly for the first leg.

So basically you had a choice in teams of running 5k legs or 10k – the 10k went across the Goodwill Bridge and along towards the Regatta and the 5k didn’t go across the bridge but went down towards the Jazz Club on the Brisbane river. It was a bit boring when others were running and it gave time for muscles to seize up!

Getting a good leg stretch

The leg stretches got me through – i would have preferred to have run the distance in one go i think

I found when i stopped that my hamstring was sore so went for a leg stretch with the guys who were giving leg massage/stretches from Prestige Lifestyles which helped but as the day went on things got worse because of the stopping and starting. The next leg which was 5k started a bit stressful since I realised the joystick on my TomTom watch had fallen off somewhere and I couldn’t find it and had to start running as Shaun came in – so I had no idea how fast or slow I was going! I found the 5k itself to be quite boring but also got sick of weaving in and out of people as it was just a public footpath not taped off for the run so I didn’t think that aspect of the race was so great.

My husband and son arrived to support me but I was in a bit of pain so couldn’t walk around too much so bub was a bit bored. By the time we came for the last leg I was doing my 5k and then as I was last at this point I then had to turn back around and run the Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 12.07.18 pmlast 5k with the whole team so got to do 10k at the end. My legs were sore but I figured this would be better for my hamstring than doing a 5k and stopping again and waiting for the last 5k. When I finished my 5k and picked the guys up I struggled all the way to the 2.5k point and then turning around and knowing we only had 2.5k left I suddenly felt like someone had charged me up and was raring to go! I realised I hadn’t run as a team for a very long time and struggled to keep with their pace as they were taking it slow and I just wanted the pain to stop and to finish so I raced off a couple of times, realised and then slowed again – so they must have been thinking – hmm she’s not much of a team player is she!!!

Smiling faces now we have finished

Smiling faces now we have finished

We finished the race and I got one final leg stretch done and hobbled back with my husband and bub to the car very glad it was over. I am not sure I would do it again as I think I would rather have done the distance in one go. It didn’t help having a hamstring issue either so I’ll be resting mostly now until two weeks when it is the Bridge to Brisbane!

Splits

Splits

Back into racing – River Run is this weekend!

10 Aug

What an interesting time it has been since the Gold Coast Marathon! I hurt my hamstring, my back and then all of that was coming good and the last few days I got sick!! It has been really frustrating but everything seems to be back on track now. My physio has been excellent and I have actually listened, rested and done my exercises.

Yesterday I ran with my team mates for the River Run – one guy couldn’t make it but it was great to run with everyone else along the Brisbane River and I was the only girl which was novel. It was quite refreshing running with a group of guys as the conversation was very different but I still managed to crack jokes at my friend who invited me to the run’s expense!  Physically I had a great run, no niggles which was great and throat was so so – so I’m hoping that is all cleared up in time for Sunday.

Strategy

We had a coffee after the run and tried to work out how we will do the relay and who will run in what order. The thought of starting at 4am doesn’t really appeal but I think my slot probably won’t be until about 8 as the guys are wanting to do 10k relays rather than 5k – suits me fine!

City Cycle convert…probably not but it’s a means to an end!

My cycling fanatic friend Shaun has convinced me we need to park near his work and then use one of the Brisbane City Cycles to get to the race! I never thought I’d be seen on one of them but it seems I have caved and agreed!  Apparently it is only $2 – what a bargain – hopefully I won’t regret it!

Preparing for the River Run

Posing with the guys after our run and coffee 🙂

River Run 

I’m looking forward to the race, although not decided how to tackle it yet since whilst we are running medium distance – 10k at a time we have a few hours rest in between and I’m not sure whether to go quickly and hope my legs recover or take it stead and hammer at the end – so we shall see.

I figure energy wise – lots of snacks. I don’t want to eat too much in between so will take snacks rather than heavy full on food – whilst it’s tempting I have a dodgy stomach at times so light and carbs should do the trick. Here’s what I did for the Gold Coast Marathon which might be helpful if you need some tips for race day preparation.

So I’m looking forward to the weekend and will let you know how it goes. There are a few people running that I know too so looking forward to saying hi. If you are racing this weekend hope it goes well 🙂

Happy Running 🙂

The Brisbane River is so lovely to run round. It was a beautiful day as well with bright blue sky :-)

The Brisbane River is so lovely to run round. It was a beautiful day as well with bright blue sky 🙂

Not listening, dodgy hamstring, and two races!

28 Jul

Hope you have had a great week and that your running is going well. Mine started off ok….and ended with me not running the weekend just gone!

After the marathon my running trainer said not to push it too much for a month or so after the race which I adhered to initially. Then last week I pushed it on the treadmill in a pyramid sprint session. I did a 1k warm up, followed by 1 min sprint, 1 min easy run, 2 min sprint, 2 min easy run, 3 min sprint and then 3 min easy run and then 2 min sprint – you get the picture right!

My sprint pace started at 11.5kph on the treadmill and ended up at almost 13 and it was at that point that I felt something not quite right in my butt! so I slowed down and hobbled the last bit of the session then got off the treadmill looking like I had had an accident! I then tried to do some leg curls and realised ‘ok Zoe enough is enough – there is something not right’ and then spent a restless night trying to sleep. Got in with a physio today and she said I have sprained my hamstring – oops. So no running for me this weekend. I am allowed to ‘jog’ on Monday – but we’ll see – maybe I can run 🙂

So Roger if you are reading this – you were right, I pushed it and now I am injured! I’ve learned my lesson on this occasion!

I went for a slow run yesterday and I did feel it but I am back with physio on Thursday and hopefully will have improved! She said it should take a week to two weeks so we will see how I go…

Upcoming races – River Run 100 and Bridge to Brisbane

Feeling a bit sorry for myself last week I got an email from a running friend who is in a team for the River 100 relay race in a few weeks so I am potentially going to do 20k in the relay – it’s in 5k sections so should be fine providing I have no problem recovering from my hamstring issue. Screen Shot 2015-07-28 at 4.23.08 pm

I’m quite excited as whilst I am running the Bridge to Brisbane at the end of August that will be a fun run whereas this will be a bit more serious. I certainly won’t be dressing up as a waitress like I am for Bridge to Brisbane!

So it has been a mixed week but loving the running and feeling strong – just hoping my hamstring is ok!