I am doing just some basic running for about 6 km on trials when I can. No swimming and just a couple of spins n the bike when I just need to give my body a rest for the running – which is not much.
Today’s run is typical of what I have been doing except for the weather. Tonight’s run is what I call my Soul Run- it was one of my first bush runs in the penno area 13 years ago.
I headed out just before dark, in the rain with a headlight. I run about 1.2 km along the road until I enter the bush at the end of Bellamy Street. I use the Garmin and seem to naturally run at 8.4 km per hour. Once I hit the walking trail off the fire trail l I was met by a wave of water gushing down the single path. Gortex or not on my trail shoes made no difference as the water was calf deep. So I just ran straight through it; accepting what nature had on offer tonight. This single trail goes for 1.2 km and then meets a fire trail at Jungo Jungo. Sometimes I turn right or left here and tonight I decided to go left and take the 700m (horizontal) climb up to the old pony club. I know this hill well and all the different gradients. This time it was a bit different as it was now dark and I just focused on what the light was showing me, not looking up at where the steep sections were. This made the climb go faster. Once at the top I went around the northern side of the oval and then had a few hundred meters of fire trail before I rejoined the road for the trip home.
It was a good run. I was absolutely soaked and though cold I felt good.
I am probably a couple of kgs heavier but still a round 78 kgs which is pretty well on my BMI.
I thought perhaps my aerobic fitness would drop off but I have never really pushed myself. I did notice when I started running the trails in my local area again that my fitness was down. A couple of the trails I go on have some steep climbs of just under 1 km. Fortunately after a week or so back on the trials the fitness is coming back.
In a couple of weeks I will head to the Gold Coast marathon and try run the first half a bit fast and then accelerate some fatigue for the second half and try and hang on for what I hope to be my Ironman pace.
I am very average in the mind at the moment. The cold does my head in. I just want the sun and warmth to come back again. I picked up this week with the shortest day gone. I am doing a bit of work on this through working on my readings especially mediation and Zen buddhism.
Also I am going to have to rewrite my training schedule as a few new things have popped up which require my time and attention. I was planning to do this anyway. I was going to increase the duration of the swims and the cycles and reduce the number of sessions to fit in what I need to do.
I am on holidays at the moment and I am bored. I would like to do more exercise but if I do I will get injured. I will snap out of this because I know it is related to the weather and the fact that it as busy time of the year for the other family members – university examinations for 20b , HSC major works for 17g and Jenny becoming Acting Principal. I too am busy but would rather be doing things with friends and family who are busy too.