This week s running

Going to start posting about each week’s running, rather than my attempt last year to write about every single run, which let’s face it isn’t that interesting to anyone, even me.

So this week I made the call to enter the WUU2K (Wellington Urban Ultra) for the third time. They had a little competition where you could win entry by uploading a video of yourself enthusing about the event. I tried but didn’t win and frankly didn’t deserve to. So I pulled the trigger one day before early bird registrations closed.

The WUU2K seems to be going from strength to strength and I’m guessing there will again be an increase in the number of entries, which is a great result for an excellent race.  I’m also impressed that the website now incorporates a welcome in te reo .

So the consequence of entering an ultra is that you need to run far.

Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes I ran easy round the Bays, 5 or 6km only. Nothing much to say. Tuesday I tried a second run, again not pushing myself, going Plimmer Steps, Terrace, Kelburn, Karori. Lots of uphill but taking it nice and slow. Would have been completely uneventful if a guy hadn’t been knocked off his scooter right in front of me. He seemed fine, but a couple of us called emergency services just in case and stayed with him. Impressed by the services – within minutes a cop had turned up, followed by two fire engines (we’re all still a bit confused about what they were doing there) and the ambulance. All handled very professionally.

Wednesday was ANZAC Day so I got to run trails instead of roads – put in about 70 minutes on the Skyline. Very happy with my pace, kept up a good speed the whole way. Trial was PACKED, I’ve never seen so many walkers up there, but they were all happy to share. The cows were less willing to move, and inspired a few nervous thoughts – not generally a great idea to to get too close to someone else’s calf.

Another reasonably easy run on Thursday, notable only for the number of people who passed me going seriously fast – I wasn’t going full out, but I don’t normally get passed much on the Bays. Must have been at least 10 people going past me at 5:15/km or so.

Hill sprints up Carlton Gore Rd on Friday. I hate hill sprints. They must be good for me, right?

Saturday I pushed myself. The longest run of the year, two segments of the WUU – Makara Peak and the Wind Turbine. I was trying to run by heartrate, so whenever I went over aerobic level I slowed down/walked. Got round the Makara segment comfortably (seconds off a PB) but struggled a bit by the time I was coming back from the Turbine. Was going very slowly and feeling lightheaded. I’d drunk at least a litre of water and eaten, but obviously not enough.

Sunday was a Long Run, covered 19km in about 2 hours on the main road to Khandallah. Again, the end was a struggle (maybe taking water and food would have been a good idea, I think I’d started burning fat). But it completed an 80km+ week. I think I’m on track.


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Live: The Wedding Present

San Fran Bathhouse, Wellington
6 July 2017

It’s a cold Wellington winter midweek night and we shuffle into San Fran, hands in pockets and hunched over against the chill. Luckily we have the Wedding Present (although sadly not the Chills) to embrace us and wrap us up like a warm jersey.

There’s an easy manner to the band – something that comes from having been playing for 30 years now, the teenage angst long-gone, the realisation long ago having come that they would reach a certain level of acclaim, and no more – “we’re the semi-legendary Wedding Present”, Gedge tells us. This all brings a level of comfort, a sense that what we have here is a gathering of old friends, come to enjoy some music together.  He tells us how nice it is to see us, that it’s a bigger crowd than they had last time here. Pause. Deadpan: “we’re on the up”.

We get a set that covers their whole career, opening with the wonderful ‘Everyone Thinks He Looks Daft’ and ‘What Have I Said Now?’ before exploring more recent albums. Crucially, this isn’t just a nostalgia fest – there are songs from 2016 here that are almost as well-received as the earliest ones.

We get a Jean-Paul Sartre Experience cover (not for the first time ever, in spite of Gedge’s claims), he momentarily thinks he’s in Auckland, before wheeling out a quiz question on Wellington (it turns out, we have NZ’s oldest zoo). A race through some classics (‘Dare’, ‘Dalliance’, ‘My Favourite Dress’, ‘Kennedy’) and they’re gone. A good night.

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Running – 29/7/17

Continuing my recovery from WUU2K by taking it nice and easy. Hit the trails up to Makara Peak, not a long run but tried to push it a bit up Varley’s Track. I still don’t like running Wahine uphill, but I hit a segment PB on the way down. Kept running basically the whole way up from Makara Carpark to Peak, but didn’t set a PB. Good indication that walking can sometimes be faster than running, huh? Did some household props exercises afterwards for the first time.

Feeling a twinge in the left knee still.
Distance 7.03, time 49:54, pace 7:06m/km, mostly trails, hills. Nice sunny day but cold, conditions good. Few bikes out there but only passed one.

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David Bowie – always 69

We’re nearly one year on. Where were you when you heard? It was one of those events. I was in Auckland, it popped up on someone’s phone, and we all thought it was a joke. Not a very fun… Source: Da…

Source: David Bowie – always 69

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Running diary – 7 Jan 2017

  • Distance: 8.43km
  • Time: 46:40m
  • Pace: 5:32m/km
  • Surface: trails
  • Terrain: hills
  • Run type: hills
  • Training plan: Les Mills 1/2 Marathon
  • Route: Skyline Walkway

Ran Montgomery Ave to Skyline Walkway, then northbound until after the Chartwell turnoff, then back and down Park Vale Rd to supermarket. Good run, listening to Mitski and Sturgill Simpson. Feeling strong – found climbing the uphill section before Johnston’s Hill easier than usual. Had to slow for the odd cow.


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Running diary – 6 Jan 2017

  • Distance: 6.19km
  • Time: 37:22m
  • Pace: 6:0m/km
  • Surface: road
  • Terrain: downhill
  • Run type: recovery
  • Route: home to gym

Easy recovery run followed by gym session. Good quad workout in the gym.

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Running diary -5 Jan 2017

  • Distance:7.60km
  • Time: 40m
  • Pace: 5:16m/km
  • Surface: road, track
  • Terrain: mostly flat
  • Run type: tempo

40 minute slow run, with 15 minute tempo run in the middle. Ran the 15 minutes around Karori Park, goal was to keep pace at 4:15m/km; mostly managed this but faded at the end, suggesting I am pushing slightly above my ability. Second and third fastest Strava times for Karori Park laps, and fastest 2 mile time.

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Running diary -4 Jan 2017

  • Distance: 5.16km
  • Time: 29:52
  • Pace: 5:47m/km
  • Surface: road
  • Terrain: mostly flat
  • Run type: recovery

Nice easy run down South Karori Road and back.

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Running diary – 3 Jan 2017

  • Distance: 6.86km
  • Time: 34:41
  • Pace: 5.02m/km
  • Surface: road
  • Terrain: mostly flat
  • Run type: interval

Ran 4×3 minute intervals, with 2 minute recovery, around Karori Park. Goal was faster than HMP, actually ran a bit too fast (around 4:07m/km) and faded by the 4th interval, but generally good.


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Running diary – 2 Jan 2017

  • Distance: 5.22km
  • Time: 30:38
  • Pace: 5:52m/km
  • Surface: Trails
  • Terrain: Hills
  • Run type: Hills
  • Training plan: 1/2 marathon

Easy-ish run up the last leg of the Skyline walkway then back down through Karori Park. No real problems.


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