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Running on the treadmill

First things first, check out my awesome new running tights: 20140613-120341-43421349.jpg Find them here. Because animal print is a neutral after all.

Do you guys in the USA have the label Running Bare? It’s an Aussie favourite.

Done with the fashion, let’s talk about running. Specifically, treadmill running. After packing lunches, ironing school uniform and rounding up a teenage mutant ninja turtle costume for the offspring’s school disco this afternoon, I COULD NOT be bothered running in the cold and waiting for a kilometre before I started to warm up because the run would nearly be over by then.

So I packed my gear and headed to the gym, buoyed by my recent success attending by myself. Yes, I did shave my armpits. Which is ironic because I wore long sleeves. I’ll get it together one day.

I’m not normally a treadmill runner. I prefer the fresh air, sunshine, swallowing bugs and all that jazz. Turns out, the treadmill wasn’t that bad! I had the little 3k on my Hal plan so it went really fast. I’m sure I’d just keel over from boredom if I had to do much more than 5k on it. How you folks that have to use the tready due to snow etc manage it, I do not know!

20140613-121333-44013506.jpg I felt like I was striding better…like a bigger stride? Normal? Imagining it?

In a further testament to my ongoing ‘where’s your head at’ syndrome, I turned my Runkeeper app on when I started. As I’m sure you all know, it uses GPS to track activity, which isn’t terribly useful when you aren’t running anywhere.

20140613-121529-44129712.jpg 37 minutes a kilometre! It does show the correct time of my run as the tready picture includes a little warm up walk.

I figured that since I was at the gym I might as well do some strength training. I came up with a little mini circuit that makes no sense at all:

3 x 16 reps walking lunges
3 x 12 reps squat with 3kg medicine ball throw
3 x 12 reps TRX back row
3 x 20 reps Russian twists with 3kg medicine ball

It’s got legs, back/shoulders and abs. Just covering all bases ok?

Feeling good guys! I owe you a weigh-in, promise I’ll do it tonight.

N x

A reward

I completed the 4kms on my training plan with little fanfare:
My legs were really heavy, I think due to walking up and down the store that I work in for 5 hours..in heeled boots..while on a self-imposed shopping ban. From the very first step my thighs reminded me of the mafia’s ‘concrete boots’, and I assure you, I was drowning! Ok that is a tad dramatic, but lordy it was hard lifting my feet off the ground.

I really do complain a lot, don’t I? I really am enjoying the running, but during the actual run it seems I become the whiny-est gal around.

The recent lack of retail therapy is also certain to make you feel sluggish. I should probably buy something. Oh wait, that’s right..I did.

Find it here

Oops! Saw it on Pinterest and before I knew it, the deal was done.

In my defence, I’ve been trying REALLY hard with my fitness goals and healthy eating and this reward is much less dangerous than the M&M Mcflurry that my brain is screaming for. Why don’t brains scream for broccoli?

Tomorrow is weigh-in day and personal training day, which is also known as self-flagellation day. As long as PT doesn’t make it ‘leg day’, we’re golden.

Such impending doom! Really, it’ll be fine. I’ve been doing everything right.

Except for the shopping.

N x

How fast should I go?

Hal told me to run 5.6km, so that’s what I did. Well, almost. It was 5.3km, that’s ok..right?

Here’s what I want to know…how fast should I be going?

I know that a reasonable 5k time is around 30 minutes. I almost double that time with this run. However, I made it through the run without stopping for a walk break. Am I better off running the whole way without walking; or running faster but stopping to walk every couple of blocks?

In my head, I’ve kind of decided that I’m better running the distance at a slower pace. There seems to be some general consensus on this Runners World forum that probably better to run slowly without breaks. It’s even suggested that walk breaks might be a bad habit that is hard to break as you improve your distance and/or pace.

The problem with this approach is that the time is a little demoralising at times. I keep thinking ‘good lord, how long is it going to take to run 12km?!’ And how totally embarrassing will it be if I am the last person to finish the 12km race?

I need to remember that while this is a race, the only person I’m really racing is myself. This race is my race not to beat everyone else, but to better myself; to achieve the first goal in my running journey. I want to be content in running the distance without walking because that is an achievement for me.

While I’m desperately hoping that in the next 10 weeks I get a little bit faster, one thing I do know is that I will definitely finish that race. It might be last, but I will finish!

N x

Biting off more than you can chew

In an effort to justify the blog title ‘I’m running aren’t I?’, I have officially taken the plunge and signed up for a 12km race in August.

Oh yeah, I’m running.

So I found the Hal Higdon 10k novice training plan and I kicked off week one today:


I believe I was meant to do that run in 25 minutes. Ahhh…fail. It appears I won’t be making any speed records at the 12km run in August. It was right about then that I realised that I might just be biting off a little more than I can chew. Is there any chance I can finish 12km? Probably. Is there any chance I’ll run the whole 12km? I doubt it. Is it worth worrying about times and all that technical stuff just yet? I have no freakin’ idea!

See, I live in a reasonably small town and there aren’t too many race options throughout the year. In fact, the race I’ve signed up for is the inaugural marathon/half marathon/12k race in town (exciting!). I don’t really have the option of doing a 5k and building up to 10k, then 12k and so on. I figure I’ll just do the best I can, run as much as possible, walk when I need to, and aim just to finish. If that goes well, perhaps I can look at travelling to races- not an easy feat when the city is 6 hours away! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…

Here’s the problems with running that have arisen so far, in no particular order:
1. I have to get up earrrrrrrly. When Mr L (that gorgeous little son of mine) wakes me at 5am to advise that the tooth fairy did in fact come last night, and I then have to re-get to sleep and get up again at 6..meh.
2. It’s fast becoming wintery in the ol Southern Hemisphere. Translation: it’s getting chilly. I picked a good time to kick off this little goal of mine! In saying that, summer is 40+ degrees in my neck of the woods (desert y’all!) so it’s probably never a great time.
3. Everything I read about running is in miles. No biggie, online conversion is a wonderful thing that we are blessed with. Perhaps I need to look for some Aussies..recommendations anyone?
4. I got chased by a dog. Already. Day one of the plan and a freakin’ dog rushed me, bared teeth and growling and all, of course followed by the owner that ‘is so sorry’ because ‘he never acts like that’ and ‘I just had to go inside to get something and there’s normally no one around’. I did my most pained half-smile and said that the last time someone said that to me I got bitten by a dog. Not true AT ALL, but neither was her BS story so we’re even right? 😉

Here’s some awesome things about running:
1. A bit of early morning swagger…a bit of ‘I’m so awesome’ self-talk in the AM is good for the soul. Even that little run gives you a little pep in your step, and that’s no bad thing.
2. Sweet threads like these:

Why do awesome exercise clothes always make you feel much more competent at your chosen exercise? Ok, these tights are a tad ridiculous but I won’t get hit by a car that didn’t see me, right? Say hi to the Wonder Dog too, he’s a sensational photo lurker so expect to see him more.
3. Listening to super podcasts uninterrupted. Ahhh such a small pleasure! Today is was listening to Grantland pop culture podcast ‘The Right Reasons’ . It’s all about reality tv and is SO GOOD and so funny.

Tomorrow, I have personal training at the gym with D. D is his first initial, but I’m fairly certain it also stands for demon..devil..etc. He hurts me. Sadist. Hal says cross train, so cross train I will! I should also weigh in at some stage, in the interest of full and honest disclosure.

Til then…


What?! I’m running aren’t I?

Let me tell you a little story about a girl. And by girl, I mean 30-something wife and mother of 1. She used to be a little size 8 in tip-top shape. She was really hangry all the time, but a size 8 she was.

Today, that girl (pssst..it’s me), now a size 12..probably 14..decided that size 8 is probably not going to happen again. BUT! Tip-top shape could happen again. Right?

So here’s what’s happening. I’m going to run the 12km at this years City to Surf. That’s in August. Easy!

Well, until I actually tried to run:


Not terribly inspiring. And FYI, there was a fair bit of walking in that ‘run’. That shit’s hard y’all! But you know, made the first steps..the journey starts somewhere..insert your own cliche as you will.

Anyhoo, this lil blog is going to be my diary, a place for reflections and maybe a training log. Not that I have any idea what I’m doing!

Be warned though, I talk a WHOLEEEE lot of crap. And I’ll probably talk about stuff I bought. Like my gal Carrie Bradshaw, I have a slight substance abuse problem called clothes. Hopefully when I’m running, I won’t be shopping!

I work in fashion retail which means the above claim is probably defunct. Meh. What can I say? I’m running aren’t I?!

Nice to meet y’all anyway! Stop by and say hi. Any advice is welcome.