Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010

Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010
Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010

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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.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Track ~~~~~

Leah unable to come so I drove across to Chev and did the session, running just inside the boundary lanes!

The Session:
10-20 min warm-up.......did 400m jog only
8 x 400m (3:03)
400m RI...took about 60 sec.
10 min cool-down...nil

I was rushed for time and had to cut down on the warm-up, recovery intervals and cool-down.

8x400m = 3:04;  3:05;  3:00; 2:57;  2:56;  2:58;  3:00;  2:43

Monday, September 15, 2014

What a Difference......

.......a week off makes!  Puff! Puff!  Nevertheless, I made it back with Leah and Ross at 7:15 this morning for our usual 5km loop from the school, through Renwick and back to the school.  Surprisingly warm morning followed by an even warmer day; the most beautiful weather over the past few days in Mittagong.

5km loop

Tomorrow, I'm taking Leah through her first track session!  Ross not terribly interested and is doing upper body work instead.  For this week we'll be using the soccer field at the school so as Leah can shower in the gym and be in time for school at 8:30.  Whether we get through the whole program will be determined by the time available. 

I can't help wondering what she'll think of the drills and strides prior to the workout! 

Looking forward to it!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Week Off ~~~~~

....thanks to a particularly nasty gastric problem that began last weekend, lasted 4 days and left me feeling as flat as a pancake! Nevertheless, Leah and Ross kept going and I'll re-join them tomorrow, hoping for a better week before school holidays begin.

Monday, September 01, 2014

An Easy Week Ahead ~~~~

Gosh!  I'm so tired today!  So is Leah and that makes me feel a whole lot better!  This week I'm  working on a program that might fit in with Leah's work and improve her 5km time which, for now, we're taking as 40 minutes......same as mine!

We both intend doing the 5km Fishers Ghost on November 9.

Today : 5km with Leah and Ross from the school at 7:15am.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Southern Highlands Challenge", Wingello. 6km

A brilliant day, after leaving Mittagong in fog and light rain at 7:15am : the sun came out, the trails were mostly least for the 6km course.... and Leah and I had a great fun run!  We didn't stop or walk at all, not even on a couple of especially long, steep hills. I was so pleased for Leah!  She ran strongly and was quite relaxed......after the starting gun went off!.  We stayed together and ran across the finish mat holding hands, our arms in the air!

I was given a special mention during presentations!   Embarrassing but nice!!  Met quite a few Cool Runners I hadn't seen in ages.  Lovely to see them again and catch up with what each has been doing in recent years.

The website mentioned that the distance was something over 6km and my Garmin has 6.4km.

The event seems to have been a great success judging by the hundreds of people running and the families and children enjoying the food, stalls and farm animals.

6.4km in 51:35
Avg. 8:03m/k; Max 6:01m/k
1k laps :  8:15;  8:07;  8:26;  8:02;  7:55;  7:42; (3:06 for 400m)

....and I didn't fall over this time!   Saw a few who did though!  Will definitely do this run again.

Friday, August 29, 2014

5km ~~~

With Leah and Ross at 7:15 this morning :  5km

Tomorrow : Rest...before Sunday's 6km trail run at the Southern Highlands Challenge, Wingello!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Good Morning Sunshine! ~~~~~

The three of us this morning : 7:15am start from the Highlands School.  The rain had stopped and the sun was shining.

Today : 5km with Leah and Ross

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

By Myself ~~~~~

In heavy rain, at 7:15am, I ran all by myself!  Leah and Ross had to get to work and, having to change and shower, they didn't have sufficient time.  I haven't seen so much water in months and months :  creeks and gutters overflowing everywhere. Unexpectedly, I really enjoyed running in the rain, something I haven't done in ages, being more inclined to stay in bed on wet winter days!

Home, throw wet clothes in washing machine, shower and large mug of steaming hot Milo did the trick and left me feeling quite pleased with myself!

Today : 5km