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Mittagong, NSW, Australia
Have been a keen runner for more than 40 years; member of ACT Veterans Club. Ran my first of 11 marathons in 2000 and the NYC Marathon in 2005 where I carried the Australian flag at the "Friendship Run" (photo at left). Have Australian Age Category Records for two 50km Ultra Marathon events, a half marathon and 5000m track race; ACT record for 1 mile. Born in 1929 (!), I lived in Sydney with my husband, Jim, until we moved to the Southern Highlands in 1995....Jim passed away in 2011 after 45 years together, during which time we travelled extensively and made NYC our favourite destination at Christmas.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Bowral Parkrun #22 ~~~~~

Definitely should have stayed in bed! I wasn't expecting to be so completely annihilated :  couldn't breathe, couldn't run, couldn't stop coughing and stomach cramps the entire time.  This bug is taking its toll nearly 2 weeks later; nevertheless, after having tried out on Thursday, I really thought today might be better.  Instead I came home with a blazing headache and stomach cramps.  I showered and went to bed for a couple of hours.  No idea how I'll tackle this coming week; just wait and see, I suppose, how I feel from one day to the next.

I must have looked nearly as bad as I felt because another runner insisted I sit down and brought me a glass of water, asked if I'd like a cup of tea at the Briars and then offered to drive me home! The water was welcome; couldn't stomach tea and drove home without crashing!  The same runner has since phoned to see how I am......a very kind Parkrunner indeed!

Getting sick is such a pain!

Today 5km in 36:20

AHR 81%;   MHR  89% .....much too high for mostly walking pace.
Splits : 6:35;  7:01;  7:15;  7:27;  8:00  

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Missed the Whole Week ~~~~~

Never had a common cold like this one!  Nothing 'common' about it either; it was a very superior sort of cold!  Kept me in bed a couple of days and housebound the entire week, until this morning I just had to get out to see if my legs still knew what to do when asked!  To do this I drove across to Bowral Parkrun course where I hope to reappear on Saturday without falling in a heap!

I jogged/walked the 5km taking several breaks to use my puffer and ease my breathing which sounded like that of a rusty old steam train.   I hope not to make these noises on Saturday!  I was very slow, didn't look at the Garmin at all and, despite some early breaks, I didn't stop at all on the final climb.

Today:  5km in 37:20
Avg. pace 7:35 m/k
AHR 118 (74%);   MHR 141 (88%)

TE 2.5 ~~~ Maintaining.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Missed Bowral Parkrun #21 ~~~~~

I'm down and out with a monster sore throat and head cold!

 OK till about 7 pm last night when I suddenly felt sick which isn't the way I usually start a cold;  in fact I didn't think I had a cold at all until the sore throat kicked in a few hours later.  Now, Saturday, I'm staying inside, all the while sneezing, blowing and feeling miserable!  By resting all weekend, I'm hoping to be fit to run next week......fingers crossed!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Tempo Run ~~~~~

Today's tempo run :

1.5km easy
1.5km @ ST (short tempo) pace
1.5km easy
1.5km @ ST pace
1.5km easy
1.5km @ ST pace
1.5km easy

I had VP set to run at 6:59 m/k based on 5km time of 34 minutes.

3 x 1.5km @ ST pace .........     6:43;    6:52;     6:58...close!

Very warm; some breeze; not an easy session!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hills ~~~~~ Short Ones!

Today:  walked to the bottom of Bong Bong road and then short hill sprints up, walk down... 10 times.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Track at Chev. College ~~~~

Hot and humid on the oval; no lanes so I ran just inside the boundary fence which is a little over 400m.

10-20 min warm-up ....easy jogging + few drills and strides....16 minutes.
1600m 10:41(my time 10:52; TE 2.2 maintaining);
1200m 7:54  (my time 7:55;   TE 2.1 maintaining);
800m   5:12  (my time 5:14;   TE 1.8 minor);
400m   2:34  (my time 2:28;   TE 1.3 minor).

I went from 'maintaining' to 'minor' Training Effect!

Big struggle this morning; just managed to stay close to VP!  Used 34 minute 5km time for all paces.  A much harder session than I thought it would be!  Breathless except for recoveries!

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Longer Run with Leah ~~~~~

Very hot by the time we met at the Highlands School at 10am so decision made to take it easy for 8km on Diamond Fields Road where there would be some shady sections.  We ran easily on the flats but hit a good pace on every hill!  After yesterday's Parkrun that was quite enough for me.  I did a few drills and jog on Radio Road while waiting for Leah to arrive.

Today's Total : 8.3km

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Bowral Parkrun #20 ~~~~~

Difficult to get a day as perfect as it was in Bowral this morning : quite cool which was nice, and no humidity which was even nicer.   7:15am at "The Briars" for the usual warm-up jog and a few drills and right on 8:00am off we go....75 walkers/runners...down the wet, slippery grass slope and onto the concrete path for 2.5km and the turn-around.

I knew I was running quite well and felt I just might get below my last PB of 34:45 and I did!  After crossing the finish, I looked at the time on my Garmin 620 and thought I saw 34:43 which wasn't all that exciting but still "beggars can't be choosers" and I'll take anything that's even a second faster!  Then I took another look ....   33:43!  To say I was excited is an understatement of monumental proportions!  Organizers must have thought I'd taken leave of my senses as I raced back, thumping my fists in the air and shouting : 33:43!!  Not the sort of behaviour you'd expect from an 85 year old at all and that's 7 PBs out of 16 runs.

Last week's training went well and that would have had a lot to do with the improvement today I'm sure.  Here are some stats :

Time  :  33:43 (33:42.9 to be exact)
Splits :  6:33;   6:39;   6:40;  6:41;  7:09...up the hill!
Avg. Pace  6:45 m/k
AHR 133 (81%);  MHR 147 (90%)
Points... 79, making a total of 1449 so far.
45th out of 75.
Training Effect (TE) 4  =  Highly Improving! 
Age Graded Score ....   91.5%!   "Bloody Good!", I said out loud and I don't normally use such unseemly language!

I've been so excited all day about today's Parkrun time...can't help it!  I don't think I've fully grown up yet!!