Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Caz l'Escapade

With a big session planned for tomorrow I thought I would do a cycle recovery today. Scenic cycle in France. Mountains and French villages what could be better? Chuck in Kathleen and this one had it all.

Monday, 30 March 2015

HuRTS Monday

Small group of just Mr Ace, JW, Enda and I took off at 12:25. Were joined by Red Pete and another young guy at Farm Cove. Handy joined us for the final 4k. Time just flew chatting about the usual stuff.

Felt very relaxed running 4:30s-40's without any strain or stress. Found myself alone after CQ as I kept the pace honest and everyone else dropped or slowed. Finished just in front of a fast finishing Red Pete.

15k in 1:09 - 4:36 average.

16.3k all up

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Manly Dam

Day of jobs. Had a quick surf but it was rubbish. Got out at 4pm with the dog Max doing the usual full loop of Manly Dam and back - 13k in 1:20. Tough run, techical in places and some challenging climbs. Max did it easily with a couple of drink and swim stops.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

HuRTS 6 x 800m

Should have been 8 x 800m but given I have been sick this week I ran 2 and sat one out which meant I missed the 3rd and 6th reps.

Goldilocks day and a big turnout. 2 groups 1 going off 4 mins and 1 going off 4.5 mins.

Game of cricket meant we ran on the footy field rather than Reg Bartley. Timmy measured out a course with his cones which I reckon was 850m but there was a woman sunbathing in a bikini which made the extra 50m worth it.

Reps went: 3:08, 3:07, 3:03, 2:57, 2:58, 2:52

Felt more confident and got stronger as the session went on. Group 2 leader LJ would have run similar times but in the opposite order. Almost caught Pete Walker on the final.

10k all up.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Beare Park

Have been crook since Sunday with a throat infection. Actually had Monday off work. I have been coughing up green crap the last few days so I didn't want to push it today.
Pretty much ran near the back the entire session but it felt like a big effort. Sweat was like toxic sludge. Not sure if it was a good idea or not.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Long Run

First longish run in about 6 months. Crawled out of bed at 5:45 and had some water and a coffee before driving to Dee Why to meet Tom, Dicky, Barts and Macca. This was the first time I had the guts to run with those guys but I figured if they were doing 30k and I was doing 20 I should be able to stay with them for at least half the run.

Started out on my own and used the 7 Eleven toilet after 1k. Kept running along Pittwater Rd and spotted the boys behind me on the hill up over Long Reef. They caught me just before Collaroy shops and we pretty well stuck together around Narrabeen camping ground and then all the way to the toilets on the Narrabeen lake loop, about 10.5k. We were running 4:25-4:10 pace, so very solid.

When they stopped for a drink I kept running and spent the next 9k wondering when they would come by. It was great to do the full lake circuit for the first time with some impressive bridges having being built. Go back to Narrabeen and the boys still had not caught me which was strange. A huge southerly was blowing and as such the run back along Pittwater road was a hard slog. I staggered up the hill to Dee Why and when my watch beeped 22k I stopped and walked the last block I was so tired. No gels or breakfast and 1:45 of running.

Jumped in the car and drove back to Manly where the boys were already at Emporio. Turns out they took the direct route back to Dee Why rather than do the full loop to Narrabeen.

Large coffee and the gourmet roll hit the spot. Curry night tonight.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Warrior Super Set

Pretty sobering session where I struggled through anything that weighed more than 15kg, I thought I was in shape! Run around the Art Gallery then 30 seconds on and 10 seconds changeover across 20 different upper body exercises. Had a boxing "break" where Mike Allison and I teamed up for uppercuts, straight shots and high shots, a bunch of pushups and a hill run and then back for a second round of the super circuit. ACDC blaring out couldn't make it any easier and I was staggering around at the end.

Enjoyed the touch footy warm-up and warm-down. Arms are shaking as I type this.