Getting on track

I’m finally back in the habit of running on a more regular basis and i’m loving the challenges and hard work that I’ve had to put in lately. From starting to increase distance on my long weekend runs and also pushing myself harder and harder at the RunLab interval sessions I do twice a week.

Our Striders 6ft training group have run the Equalizer course (14km) and the Buffalo Creek Reserve (16km) over the past 2 weeks and while I will admit that they haven’t been easy they have been rewarding and it feels great to be on track towards my next marathon.

This Saturday we are heading to the infamous Quarry Road and let’s just say that last year it was not a very good experience for me, however it taught me a lot. The key lesson I learnt last year was not to try any new or exciting (spicy) foods within 2 days before a long run, or you’ll spend the rung making many, many trips to the pit toilet located in the campgroud on the course. But god was i lucky the pit toilet was there!!

Quarry Road is an out and back trail full of hills and the return trip is about 13km. This weekend we aim to do 2 laps and I’m hoping that it’s nice and cool as the track is quite exposed.

And the other exciting news for this week is that my friend Brad and I have decided to run the Narrabeen Allnighter on 3 January. Brad and I chatted about this race ages ago and he contacted me recently to see if I was still interested so of course I jumped at the chance. This means I will be more disciplined with my eating and drinking over Christmas and new year and head into 2015 on a good note.

The Allnighter is set on a 5km trail and starts at 8pm and goes through till 8am the next day. We have decided to run the option that means we will each do a 6hr block. This will be good night training for TNF100 and we have agreed to use it as a training run so there is no pressure on how far we want to get, although Brad is much faster than me.

Stay tuned for more running updates and happy running 😀

My epic weekend

Despite going back to work after 4 weeks off I have had a great week and have some of cool stuff to share with you all.

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Last Saturday I started my training with Sydney Striders again for the 6ft track trail (ultra) marathon which takes place in march 2015 in the Blue Mountains. Last year this was my first trail marathon and it was a most memorable experience. I loved every part of training for this race too, the people, the trails, and the challenges I conquered out there each week. If you would like to read about the 2014 race see here > https://haileyruns.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/2014-six-foot-track-marathon/

And now for last Sunday where I headed up to Narrabeen for the Sydney Trail Series (STS) with a few of my buddies from Sydney Harbour Runners (SHR). STS were hosting 7km, 10km & 15km events and normally I would always go for the long option, but seen as I had run the day before I chose the 7km short course. When I arrived the 15km race had just started and I got to say hello to a few friends I recognised out there and wished them well. I picked up my bib and ran into the lovely Kristy Dearinger, a friend and Iron(wo)man who is also a great person. She was running the 10km event with her friend Andrew.

I got to the start line with my SHR buddies and we all wished each other well. We had all signed up for the short course and those 3 are super speedy so I doubted that I would see them again until after the race. The gun went off and we all got moving up the first of several hills that would make up the first half of the race. It was steady going on fire trail and then got more and more technical as the course went along. I love technical so I was really feeling great and enjoying the playtime out in this new neck of woods. The first half of the course was pretty tough but the views at the top were amazing as promised, however I did not stop to take photos like I normally do, instead I carried on and tried to catch up to those in front of me.

I kept a very steady pace the whole run and the second half played to my strength, downhill. I overtook people as I worked my way down the trails and rocks and caught up with some of the 15km & 10km runners too. I saw Troy from my RunLab Cronulla crew who was doing the 15km event and it was also his first trail run. I felt great, my calves were a little tight but overall I felt I was in good shape. I kept moving down the hills and gained a lot of speed on the final descent, even though Troy went flying past me (ha ha). I looked up at one point and I could see my friend Kate about 200m ahead which was strange because she is very fast, but I just kept moving and made my way around the athletics track which was the final lap and finished the course in just under 43 minutes. I had been hoping for 45mins so i was very happy with my time. I saw the girls and we chatted about the course and how much we loved it.

And here’s the best bit, I came 4th!! 4th female outright!! That has never happened before in my life (well perhaps in primary school, over 20 yrs ago) and I actually did not even realise until I got home that night and checked the results online. Apparently they called my name out as I won my age group too, how awesome is that!! I was very, very proud 🙂

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Happy Running 😀

 

Warriewood Wobbler with Trailblazers

Originally this blog was going to be about my Sunday run with the Trailblazers, which was my first trail run in over 8 weeks time (how exciting!!!!), however I was doing some reading (online) and things changed a bit…..

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Today I was reading a blog written by Sally McRae (trail runner extraordinaire) and her words put into light exactly what I have been thinking over the past few weeks. She was out trail running when her shoelace came undone and she instantly felt annoyed as it meant she had to stop and bend down to fix her lace mid run. As she got up to run she continued to think about tying laces and after some mindful evaluation came to the conclusion that this action “Would Now Be The Inescapable Moment To Be Thankful“.

About 9 weeks ago I started to get sick and this eventually turned out to be pneumonia. I had planned a 4 weeks break from running during Sep/Oct to let my body recover from the huge training load that I had done over the past 18 months, however this illness forced me to take an early break from running.

At the time I was annoyed that I could not train and that I had to miss the Sydney marathon. All my friends were running in various races during the event and I was to be a pacer for the first time. Like most runners I hate missing out on events (FOMO) but I really shouldn’t have been dwelling on the negative. What I should have focused on was how lucky I had been to have full health over the past 18 months, as it allowed me to be 100% committed to my training and my races, how awesome is that! And that’s just the start to it!

I’m very lucky that I am a runner, that I have the ability to run and can lace up anytime to explore the world. I’m also very grateful to have the love and support of my family and friends, through thick and thin. Over the past year I have achieved monumental goals and distances that used to seem impossible to me, and I could not have done this without the love and support that I get each and every day.

I have a lot to be grateful for and every time I lace my shoes I will take a moment to remember this, so thanks Sally.

#wetieshoes #bendtiemove

Read Sally’s full story here: http://www.sallymcrae.com/2014/11/01/we-tie-shoes/

And thanks to all the Trailblazers for the most enjoyable run yesterday, it was a gorgeous day and we are so lucky! You guys rock!

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Happy Running 😀