Update

Two 45 minute runs down this week, gearing up for 12 or 13 k on the weekend, depending on how add feel. City2 surf is in about 6 weeks.

Running update

So it’s the third week back after our week off for exams / two weeks off with man flu. Boo - the three weeks off took their toll and getting back into it has been really hard.

Week 1 we took it nice and easy with a 30/30/45. Week 2 we were going to just up it to 2 45 minute runs but the middle run went so well that we did the standard 60min run. The run went well but was tiring. This week we’re upping the run again, so we’ll be doing 45/45/60. Today’s 45 was tough. I’m going to blame it on the long run on Sunday and still adjusting to running again.

In other news we (B and I) have our entries into the Sydney city to surf which is in 9 weeks and is 14K. I’m keen to see what stuff they send us out. We’ll have to do some hill training too to cope with heartbreak hill.

Yep, that’s all I got right now.

I’m back baby.

First run in 3 weeks, here we go.

Forming complete proteins is as easy as it is important, especially when you’re  following a vegan diet. This sounded awesome so I thought I would re-blog.
vavavegan:

Rice + beans + veggies = super delicious and healthy meal. My trainer told me rice and beans combine to form a complete protein so I’m trying to add it into my diet when I can. I made it for lunch today and it was AMAZING.
I used 1/2 cup each brown rice (cooked) and kidney beans (I cheated and bought pre-cooked and pre-seasoned beans) and added 2 tbsp salsa, a generous handful each of broccoli and spinach and an half of an avocado right before I ate it.  This combination is magical, I swear!!

Forming complete proteins is as easy as it is important, especially when you’re  following a vegan diet. This sounded awesome so I thought I would re-blog.

vavavegan:

Rice + beans + veggies = super delicious and healthy meal. My trainer told me rice and beans combine to form a complete protein so I’m trying to add it into my diet when I can. I made it for lunch today and it was AMAZING.

I used 1/2 cup each brown rice (cooked) and kidney beans (I cheated and bought pre-cooked and pre-seasoned beans) and added 2 tbsp salsa, a generous handful each of broccoli and spinach and an half of an avocado right before I ate it.  This combination is magical, I swear!!

asker

vavavegan asked: Hi there :) First, I just want to say I've been following your progress and I'm so impressed! It actually inspired a question...

Have you always been a runner or did you decide to just start up? I'm basically planning on going into training for a specific sport and running will be crucial to building stamina and endurance...however, I HATE RUNNING. For some reason I just can't get into it and I give up only a few weeks into a running routine. Do you have any advice that may make it easier for me to start up and stick with it and build up my stamina? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! THANKS!!

Heya, thanks for the question. Sorry it took me so long to write back, I’ve been a bit distracted with studying for exams.

Probably the best advice that I can give you if you hate doing it by yourself is to try and find someone to run with you. Even if it’s not every run, having someone else along helps keep you (and them) accountable plus you’ve got someone there to help you through when it gets tough and to celebrate with when you accomplish something.

In truth I’ve never been much into sports, I probably started running about a year ago though because I wanted to get fitter. As a total non-runner I started with couch to 5K (C25K) which was a great introduction and a good pathway for not hurting yourself, especially if you’re totally new to running or not sure of your fitness. Plus if the program is too easy or too hard you can always skip or repeat a week. Programs like C25K are also good because there’s a sense of achievement that comes along with completing each week - that helps keep you motivated, and it’s easier to accomplish something big when you break it into a bunch of small steps. This should also help with the stamina because you’re gradually conditioning your body. There is also a fair sized community of people who in my experience are really supportive.

Some people also find running to music helps, but I prefer to just focus on breathing and technique, you can get pretty lost in it (or at least I do) … and when I run with music I tend to be a bit all over the shop (speeding up and slowing down with the music haha) because I focus more on the music than the run.

The last thing I can think of right now is maybe to try to run somewhere interesting if you can. It’s so much nicer to be out and about than on a treadmill if that’s at all possible.

Hopefully there’s something in there that’s useful. It can be really hard to get into a new routine, I know I stopped up and started again at least once. You’re already a vegan, which takes dedication and passion, I’m sure if you apply yourself to running you will get something valuable out of it. Good luck!

Reflection on the last 14 weeks.

So, a final uni blog post. I’ll apologise to anyone reading this for the break in the voice of my blog (if the voice breaks), this post is something I have to do for uni, after this it’s back to the usual. This morning though we got up extra early to see some planets in alignment. Unfortunately there was pretty solid cloud cover but we saw at least two of them and Canberra put on a fantastic sun rise (I like to think it was for my birthday) so it was totally worth it anyway.

So, first things first, was my blog successful?

It’s a very loaded question but I think that in terms of what I set out to do, yes, it was.

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Today

Is a few things, not least the day before the end of semester. Have just spent the last hour or so editing a media assignment, who knew my electives would end up being as much work as my “real” units.

Anyways, I was talking about google maps the other day, here is my latest incantation - it’s pulling flickr images in from about 10 or 12 different searches. I’ve started putting together an KML file with events in it, so that you’ll be able to see where events are happening as well as photos that are going up on to flickr (hopefully) relating to the events. But the file’s not working yet so at the moment all you get is people. Still….


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Oh, also, tomorrow (the 13th) I am 31. Woo. Also wow. When did I get so old?

Sunday update - OHR success.

Well, here we are, at the end of the last week of the one hour runner. I took a photo of the amazing fog that was out this morning to celebrate what we were about to try. Despite the cold Canberra really put on a fantastic morning for us today.

I’ll start by saying we didn’t go in the mothers day classic. It came down to “run the mothers day race” or “hang out with your mum” … well it’s mothers day so there’s no competition. That is not to say that we didn’t run.

Today was hard, the longest time I have ever run in my life I’d wager. But today was also good. Next Friday is my 31st birthday and I can officially say the I have run 10K in under an hour (managed 10.12K in the 60 min). I remember just before I turned 30 I pushed myself to run around the lake (about 7.5 K) and, though I did it I also did myself an injury in the process.

Along the journey so far there have been times when I didn’t know how I would run for 8 minutes at a time (a ways into the C25K program), then wondered how I would ever complete a 30 min/5k run. At the moment I run around the lake on my mid length runs and I am managing the extra 2.5K (for the 10K) injury free. All through taking my time to do it properly and (thankfully) learning from the mistakes (there have been a few) that I’ve made along the way.

So, and this may seem a little self indulgent, here’s to me, and here’s to the lovely Miss B who has been with me literally every step of the way. This is as much her accomplishment as it is mine. I love that running is something that we do together, that makes our lives better and that we don’t have to share with anyone else if we don’t want to. It’s out in the open but it’s also so very personal. Yeah, can you tell that I’m feeling good about this?

I’ll post the modified One Hour Runner program that we used soon too. Also to come - how we’re going to achieve our next goal: building up to 15K for the Sydney city to surf and then (hopefully) getting ready for a half marathon. I can honestly say that a year or two ago if you told me that I’d be 10 kilos lighter, running 22K a week and training to do a 15K run I would have laughed beer in your face.

Without a doubt.

What’s better than starting a run a 0 degrees?

Starting it at -2, that’s what.

Let’s Go!

0 degrees C - check. 40 min run - check. 50th post - check.

Let’s roll.