Dirt rules

I dedicate the title of this post to SJ my running buddy!

Last Saturday I ran my first trail run with the Sydney Striders 6ft training group. It was an early start as I had to be at Mosman for 7.00am and the drive would take me 45 mins to get there (plus I was a little worried I’d get lost, even with a GPS), so I left my place at 6.00am.

When I got there it was pouring with rain, just like it had been for the past day or two. But us serious runners never let that kind of thing dampen our spirits or stop us from training. I sat in the car for a little while waiting for others to arrive and secretly praying for the rain to stop. We eventually got out of our cars and I introduced myself to the team and they seemed like a very friendly bunch.

I got some brief advise from Pete and changed into my new Nike Zoom Wild Horse trail shoes as apparently my normal sneakers would be too slippery, and then we set off onto the trail. I was told it would be a part walkway and part trail kind of course, so probably a good way to start for someone who was new to this type of run. And it was awesome!

We ran up and down rock stairs, over boardwalks, through puddles and streams, and we even shared part of the track with a bush turkey who showed us the way. It was truly an awesome run and I haven’t even mentioned the views yet. They were magical. We ran along the coastline for and when we got to the turnaround point we had views of both north and south head from an old gunners barracks. We also ran past old cottages that are now heritage listed and it truly was a beautiful part of the world.

Unfortunately I didn’t take my phone with me so I have no photos but next time i’m up there I won’t be making that mistake again.

I think that’s one of the main reasons i’m attracted to trail running, the views and the different locations and the variety of landscape. It’s an adventure even more so than a road race and after Saturdays run I know it’s going to be a very tough training program from now until the 6ft track trail marathon. A challenge I accept and look forward to conquering!

Happy Running!

Getting back into the swing of things…

Ok I will admit it, I have been very slack for the past 5 weeks but I have good reasons.

Firstly, I got married on 13 October and decided to take 6 weeks off work to celebrate the occasion. So I decided to use this time to also give my body a break from all the training I have done over the past 2 years. I feel it’s very important to give your body a good break from time to time, this doesn’t mean I stopped being healthy all together it just means that I was not doing my regular exercise routine.

Aside from a little alcohol and a couple of fancy dinners during my honeymoon, my healthy eating habits have served me well as I have managed to keep my weight the same during this time. Albeit I have probably lost a little muscle, but it’s nothing that I can’t get back with a little hard work and dedication.

My break did include a lot of walking the dog, and swims in the pool/beach, and I will admit to running twice during the break – I just can’t stay away! ha ha

My husband and I spent a week on the Goldcoast in Queensland and it just so happened that the V8 Supercars were racing the 2nd day that we were there. So I decided to do an early run from Broadbeach (where we stayed at the Phoenician) up to Surfers Paradise, which is about an 8km round trip. It was a beautiful morning and I managed to get a couple good photos, shown below.

So that was Run #1, and Run #2 was this morning. I have this one more week off work so I thought I would start being active again from this day onward

I got up at 7:30am and immediately threw on the running shoes, lately I’ve been wearing my Nike Flyknit Free’s as i’m trying to correct my technique and for the short runs these are great. They actually make you run more on our forefoot and I plan on wearing these for anything under 10kms. So, I grabbed the dog and her lead and we hit the footpath. It was blowing a gale and the hills were a bit of a killer, but we managed a quick 4km around our local block and it felt so good to be back out there.

This saturday (and every saturday until March) I will be running with the Sydney Striders on various trails to get me prepared for my next big goal……. the 6ft Track Marathon (45km). It’s a killer course with some of the most spectacular views, or so I’m told, and well…… i’m a sucker for a challenge.

So the journey to my second marathon begins…… happy running!