Sport, training

First half marathon

This sunday I ran my first half marathon. It came about when I texted my boss on saturday to ask about payment for my classes at Womens Fitness  (turns out, I’m getting little less, than I thought 😦 but that’s another story). Anyway my boss last text was that he might be doing the bay run half marathon the next day, so he wasn’t sure how ‘good’ his weekend would be.

I told Liam about the text, making a joke about not having a good weekend after doing 21.3k. Liam started saying, that I should enter the race and even told our neighbour that I would do it. So I kind of had to do it and since I had planned to do a run in the hills of Clonakilty, I thought, I might try the Bay Run.

The goal was first of all to enter and finish. Just like a fight: Enter the ring and stay in there, no matter to the end of the fight. Here just – keep moving until crossing the finish line. Second goal was to keep time around 2 hours.

I’d finished in 1.42.35 – official time has it 1 minute later. (Not sure why).

In the gym, I did 21.3K in 1.42 something, but its different from running outside with the wind and the hills. The course can be viewed here: Bayrun half marathon course
It was a hard course with quite a few hills and I think, I ran a total of about 3K with my eyes closed. Was just so exhausted, that it felt easier to keep them closed.

Next step will be to find out how to reduce my time on the long distances. From research online, I’d take it, one way will be to increase the weekly mileage and I’m also thinking of implementing a sprint day a week.

Rest of weekend was:
Saturday – Nothing
Sunday – Half Marathon
Monday – 100 squats
Tuesday – Just finished my morning boxercise class, will do a small recovery run and  have two classes at K2C tonight.

Start field for the Bayrun half marathon 2012. I’m in the left corner, in 16th row.. or something 😉

40 day Lent challenge, Sport, training

Do you know the type?

Day 20 of ’40 days Lent Challenge’ (which would actually come to a 48 days, since Lent last until easter sunday!)

Had a mentally tough weekend, as I entered the Deadlift competition on saturday, despite not feeling up for it. Already on my warm up, weights felt heavy, and I had to see myself step down from my second lift, and I opted out of trying for more. There simply wasn’t anything left inside me.

* 1 K on the treadmill for warm up
* 2x 5x 70 kg for warm up
* 1x 85 kg in competition – Approved
* 1x 92.5 kg in competition – failed

It really sucked to back down, but in hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have entered. I did feel weak and suffered severe stomach pains on friday. But I kind of always think, that I can get away with it anyway. Weights are just not as forgiven as thaiboxing. At least not in competition – you only got one shot at the time to do your thing (3 lift in total). And there is no room for doubt.
So a hard lesson learned… not everyday I’m giving up on myself!

Sunday was rest day!

Today’s challenge – day 20th of Lent Challenge
Half a marathon (21.3 km) – got it in the bag, in around 1.42 min. Not a really good time, but not terrible either.
The best thing about my run, was the first 50 min. Felt good, flying and no pain or aches, blisters or other annoying distractions. Then, as I started on the last 9.3k, a woman decided to use the cross trainer just next to my treadmill (despite there was lots of free crosstrainers on the aisle behind us), and she just wore this heavy, smelly perfume!!
Do you know the type – who just load on perfume before training?

 I do think my sense of smell is oversensitive as it is, but this was just too much for me. The heavy musk scent almost blocked my airways and it felt, like I couldn’t breathe right. I stayed on the treadmill for 18 min and then I knew, I had to switch, if I was to carry out todays challenge.
I felt really bad for the woman, I mean, it isn’t very polite manners, to get up and move away from a ‘neighbour’, but it was either my training, challenge and goal – or being polite. I chose my challenge today.

* 21.3K in 1h and 42m
* 30 Pull Ups/ Chin Ups (3x 6 + 3x 4)
* Abs + back work

Later on Kettlebell and boxercise at Womens Fitness! (oh and picking blister on my right foot, so I can go running again tomorrow)