As it took me quite some time to relinquish my responsibilities during my “year of saying no” in 2017, I am only just starting to fully reap the benefits and think I might continue into a “year of mostly saying no”.
In November, I also decided to put my triathlon coaching on hold temporarily. Although I was still enjoying the training, it was still “one more thing” that I should have been doing each day. So I’ve been winging my exercise, and it’s showing. I haven’t been able to find any pace in my running since the marathon. I was thinking of having another crack at the marathon distance at the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival in September this year but decided I need to work on getting faster before I go longer again. I have registered for the half marathon, a distance I really enjoy.
Who would ever have thought I would run over 1000km in a year. That’s an average of more than 2.5km every day!
I have started a C25K program again – with a twist. I have programmed the sessions into my garmin watch and set a pace goal of sub 6:00 for all the run segments. I’m hoping this will mean I can gradually increase the distance/time I can hold the faster pace. We’ll see. I’m still in week 1. The marathon will still be there in 2019.
My nutrition has gone off the rails and all the body fat I’d managed to lose over the past two years piled back on over about 8 weeks. The one positive things is that I finally managed to kick my diet coke addiction. 91 days clean and counting… Next up is the chocolate addiction, which increased as the diet coke disappeared.
Some friends and I signed up for the Coffs Standard Distance triathlon which is in just under 6 weeks. This was my “do an olympic distance before I turn 40” race 3 years ago. I thought it would be interesting to see how much I’ve improved since then. Again, we’ll see. The extra kilos I’m carrying aren’t helping. It should still be fun though.
Three weeks later, I and some other members of my tri club are going to the NSW Club Championships. It’s a 1km/30km/8km race – an odd distance I’ve never tried before. We are not aiming to win our division, we are going for the atmosphere, and for fun. And the excuse to take a Friday off work.
I am also planning to do the City 2 Surf (Sydney) for the first time. The biggest fun run in the world I’m told. So many people – I’ll try not to get trampled.
Perhaps the biggest highlight on my calendar so far is my 100th parkrun which is coming up on 3rd February. It has been a looooong time coming.
As you might recall, I’m a little obsessed with parkrun. It is almost four years since I travelled to Newcastle to do my first one and find out how it all worked. I was hoping to start one in Tamworth but had only ever read about it. I have now completed 97 parkruns, mainly at Tamworth but also at a number of different parkrun locations around Australia (one day I’ll do an overseas parkrun). My 30th different course will be at Moree parkrun later this month. I will be running and/or walking my 100th parkrun on Saturday 3rd February at Tamworth parkrun. One of the current Event Directors who volunteered at Tamworth’s launch, and has been a dedicated volunteer from day one, is doing her 100th parkrun that day too.
If you are reading this and have thought you might like to try parkrun “one day”, have been “meaning to get back into it” or you’re already a parkrun tragic, please join me at Tamworth or at your closest parkrun (www.parkrun.com.au or www.parkrun.com to see the list of 19 countries).
The free t-shirt parkrunners earn for achieving the 100 milestone is black. I’m always up for a “dress up” excuse so please feel free to dress in a black/white theme. I’d love to see your photos! Please use #heatherandmargarets100thparkrun so I can find them. Don’t forget to let us know that you’re joining in the fun.
If it’s your first time, make sure to register beforehand (it’s free! and print a personalised barcode to take with you!)
If it turns up in time, I will be running/walking in one of these inflatable zebra rider costumes:
Anything to make people smile. 🙂
I have completed Armidale, Blackbutt, Cairns, Callaghan, Campbelltown, Coffs Harbour, Darwin, Dubbo, Forster, Ginninderra, Hobart, Inverell, Lake Mac, Logan River, Maitland, Mt Penang, Narrabri, Newy, Orange, Parramatta, Port Macquarie, Rockhampton, Singleton, Stockton, Tamworth, Taree, The Beaches (5km on sand on New Year’s Day dodging beachgoers, waves, sandcastles, surf life savers and 400+ other runners), Tuggeranong and Wauchope.
It’s been a blast! I hope you can join me on 3rd February, wherever you are in the world.