Running diary – 1 January 2017

Resurrecting this as a NY thing that will hopefully carry on:

  • Type: road
  • Terrain: undulating
  • Training plan: none
  • Pace: slow -recovery
  • Area: home to bottom of Chaytor St, back to supermarket
  • Distance: 5.47 km
  • Time: 31:43
  • Weather: drizzle and wind
  • Injury/pain:none
  • Listening to: Sigur Ros and other running songs.

Nice start to the year, very easy run to recover from yesterday’s hour long tempo run. Very quiet New Year’s Day streets. Feeling good about running, even though I’ve put on 3kg over the last couple of months (since I started drinking again, funnily enough).

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Running diary 15 September 2016

  • Type: road
  • Terrain: uphill
  • Training plan: none
  • Pace: slow -aerobic
  • Area: work to home via Wadestown
  • Distance: 10.5 km
  • Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
  • Weather: mild evening
  • Injury/pain:left foot sore on outside mid. Not convinced these shoes are very good.
  • Listening to: Johnny Foreigner. ‘Tis OK.

Back to running via Wadestown and to running 5 times/week. Again trying for very slow, easy run, aiming for a pace of 7 minutes/km on average, which I’ve arbitrarily decided is a good proxy for a target road ultra pace. Running faster than this though – it’s difficult to drop that slow, even on hills, over this sort of distance.

Ego trying to get in the way when I was overtaken by a woman on Wilton Rd, who wasn’t herself going fast. Had to remind myself to hold my pace, no reason to speed up. Several very fast runners coming down Wadestown Hill; who are they? Where are they going?

 

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Running diary 14 September 2016

  • Type: road
  • Terrain: hilly
  • Training plan: none
  • Pace: slow -aerobic
  • Area: work to home
  • Distance: 6.4 km
  • Time: 41 minutes
  • Weather: mild evening
  • Injury/pain:none

Slow and easy run home. One of my slowest ever runs over this distance, but still not quite as slow as I wanted it to be. Concentrating on building miles. Some aches in bed that night, slightly stiff in general the next morning but otherwise good.

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Running diary: 13 September 2016

  • Type: road
  • Terrain: hilly
  • Training plan: none
  • Pace: slow -aerobic
  • Area: work to home
  • Distance: 7.5 km
  • Time: 48 minutes
  • Weather: mild evening
  • Injury/pain:none

Standard run home. Nice and easy. A lot of joy in this one; bouncing along and switching rhythm easily. Deliberately not putting any real effort in, running nice and slow and trying to do it without raising my heart rate too much (which I mostly succeeded) or raising a sweat (probably a bit optimistic). Becoming brighter in the evening which helps.

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Running diary: 23 August 2016

  • Type: road
  • Terrain: hilly
  • Training plan: none
  • Pace: steady-fast
  • Area: work to home
  • Distance: 7.5 km
  • Time: 42 minutes
  • Weather: cool, evening
  • Injury/pain: right hip flexor sore afterwards

Standard run home. Was feeling stiff and slow when I started, but picked up as I ran up Glenmore. Getting very good cadence going up those hills, and able to keep a good steady pace all the way up. Got through 4 miles in 35.08, when 36 is usually a good pace, so I was 12s/mile faster than normal, while still feeling like I was going badly.

Core exercises afterwards. Some flexor pain but not serious. Maybe from side core exercise?

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Running diary: 21 August 2016

  • Type: trail
  • Terrain: hilly
  • Training plan: none
  • Pace: steady-fast
  • Area: Skyline
  • Distance: 18.6km
  • Time: 2 hours 12 minutes
  • Weather: sunny, windy, dry
  • Injury/pain: sore arch on left foot

Ran Montgomery Ave to Kaukau trig and back to top of Park Vale Rd. Went out hard deliberately. Good pace at first (though Runkeeper called an improbable 4:15/km pace at one point). Puffing hard by the end of four km and feeling mildly nauseous and with sore stomach/core. Possibly due to risking expired milk that morning or to core exercises the day before. Passed by one very speedy man. Lots of riders and walkers. Kaukau in about 1:07, decent enough time. PB on a MapMyRun segment on the way south, so must have been going OK.

Tired afterwards – legs still felt sore the next day, was definitely pushing myself.

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Running diary: 20 August 2016

Going to start throwing up some short diary entries on my runs. I’m assuming no-one other than me is ever going to read this, so… 😀

  • Type: trail
  • Terrain: hilly
  • Training plan: none
  • Pace: steady
  • Area: Makara Peak
  • Distance: 7.6km
  • Time: c45 minutes
  • Weather: sunny, cool
  • Injury/pain: none

Ran up Montgomery to the Skyline, then across to Makara Rd. Up Varley’s track to the first ridge. Took a new route after that, and ran T3 instead of the usual 4WD track to the summit. Enjoyed T3, a grade 4 track that had some mildly technical obstacles aimed at mountain bikers. Had to keep an eye and ear out for riders descending but only passed two. Ran down North Face and JFK, two enjoyable tracks that I’ve only run once before. Saw two more riders, both coming from behind me but not while I was on the track. Went down the Allington Rd linkup and then down Allington to Karori Park. Lots of energy until I started climbing up Karori Rd by the Park, and suddenly felt like I couldn’t be bothered continuing.

A good run: it’s nice not training for anything and being able to make decisions on where to go based on how I’m feeling at the time.

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