Category Archives: Fitness

“my slow run pace” REALLY!!!

“My slow pace of a 7 min mile”

Who the hell are these freaking people kidding!

Okay, this is a little bit of a rant! As you all know I am pretty much into my endurance racing but what I am not into is a blog or Facebook post that seems to imply that if you are running 10 minute miles you are not a runner. I get that pace and feeling slow is all relative to the individual but to imply for all runners that a 7 minute mile is slow is just well BULLSHIT!

Pictures of tiny little young runners that might not be elite level but they are still well and truly in the ‘faster’ crew! Saying they are slow because they ran a half marathon in 1.5 hours! Jog on!!!

So what is my truth! I am a 11.25 to 09:20 minute a mile runner! Yep I can fluctuate a lot during my running. I generally run half marathons in just over 2 hours but guess what – IT DOESN’T BLOODY MATTER WHAT SPEED YOU DO!

Sure, I would actually like to run quicker and when I was younger I did! But I am now 39 and I am training for a 100km ultra-marathon. And cause I am freaking crazy it is an up and down crazy ultra-marathon… some days I do wonder why I can be normal and just find a nice small 10km… who the hell I am I kidding I had ‘sprinting’ a 10km. I honestly would rather run for 4 hours at a steady pace than try to run 10km under 1 hour.

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So here is my message to you! If you run, you are a runner! If you ride a bike, you are a cyclist! If you swim laps, you are a swimmer! And if you do IRONMANs or ultra-marathons like me, well you are crazy!! Kidding, well maybe not but you are an athlete! You are all athletes.

Shaming people who are doing “their” best by implying that your run is slow is not healthy. We should be supporting anyone that wants to get fit or to that matter anyone that wants to have fun and move their bodies!

So to the 22 year old that is whinging because she is running a slow 7 minute mile – enjoy your running, be grateful that you can run – many people don’t have the ability or the privilege to be able to run, try to beat yourself next time, smile because you are alive! Don’t whine that you are slow, celebrate because you are doing it!

This morning I ran for 1 hour and did 9.28km. In 89% humidity and 28 degrees Celsius; have I told you I hate humidity! By the time I got back to my hostel there wasn’t a inch of clothing that wasn’t wet. I crossed paths with other runners, walkers and tai chi groups. Each set of people smiled at me (through most of the runners looked like me dripping wet rats!) and even the street sweeps said good morning. I count this mornings run as a bloody good start to the day!

So if you are a slow runner, drop the word slow! You are a runner! Period!

Rant over! 😀

Blessed Be,
Robyn

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Week 6: Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

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Some weeks are a little harder than others! Despite some really good things happening last week including this:

IRONMAN Certified Coach - Robyn Caddell

Can you believe it? I am an IRONMAN Certified Coach! I am working on my first program for an amazingly talented athlete and look forward to seeing what she can do on her first IRONMAN 70.3.

But back to Blackall. I was extremely slow this week. Not one run felt in the zone. Thursdays double run didn’t happen. I made it back from yoga just before a massive downpour and the lightening just isn’t my thing to run in! By Saturday I woke up and felt like I could sleep for 3 weeks. I decided not to run and did my 1.30 run on Sunday afternoon as a walk.

So this is what the week ended up looking like.

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This week also needs to change because I am no longer going to Bangkok!

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I have decided to stay in Penang until the 31 May because productivity wise I am powering through my other course and goals I want to complete. I realise that to shake it up and move when I am this close to finishing is probably not a good idea and plus when I head to Myanmar and Laos I just want to be a ‘tourist’ and a not worry if I have to do a Skype call or get some research done.

I am going to do 4 yoga sessions a week. Two Yin Yoga and two Hatha. Yin is literally my favourite style of yoga because it complements my endurance training. Nothing like doing hip openers after a week of running to get the body in tune!

This weeks weather doesn’t look nice again LOL but this is Penang and it is hot, humid and stormy!

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I have also discovered that I am not tolerating certain foods. I no longer have good reactions to naan bread or too much Indian food. I am all good if I eat the Thali’s which have much more vegetables than sauce and rice instead of naan. Food don’t you know I love you why do you have to plague me with troubles??

I do feel very sorry for my coach with all my changes and weird shit. Oh I am off to this country, I want to include 4 sessions of yoga, and numerous other things I have put him through since he first started coaching me just over 19 months ago. He is currently training for IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns on the 12 Jun 16. So I am trying not to be too much of a pain in the arse! I promise Coach!! But I am excited to start being mentored by him in the future. Dan is a very good coach and I couldn’t imagine a better guy to learn from!

So I can’t tell you want the end of this week will look like but fingers crossed it is green and happy!

How do you deal with fatigue and not feeling like training?

Blessed Be,
Robyn xox

Week 5 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

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The start of Week 5. I am a bit flat coming into this week. I greatly missed my family over the week and also got very little sleep…. My previously peaceful hostel turned into a party hostel and I did not cope well!

Last night however it appeared to be back to normal. No noise after 11pm so I was able to fall asleep and get a decent night in.

So what happened last week.

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If you remember I was meant to do the 35 min run on Thursday but I ended up not getting it in. No excuses really but finally managed to get in it on Sunday morning. I really should take my camera out on some of my morning runs because the sun rising and the groups of elderly Chinese men and women doing Tai Chi was a magical sight.

I also stupidly arrived at yoga 30 mins late and was locked out of the practice. My own practice is never as intense. Becoming a qualified yoga teacher will assist in my own ability to put together a brilliant routine for myself – and others!!!!

This week may also get twisted around a bit.

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I have got to get in contact with the coach and sort a few things out! It is my last full week in Penang as well so I am mindful of the fact I really haven’t seen much of the place! I am going to go exploring on Saturday and Sunday. Hoping to get my yoga as well as a trip to one of the National Park’s in on Sunday.

I have also realised my obsession with Indian food must stop! It is way too heavy to be eating when training for an ultra marathon. I am very grateful that I have found The Leaf Healthy House because they have brilliant healthy and light meals all seem to follow Chinese Medicine principles. Each time I eat there I feel nourished and healthy. The Indian is making me feel bloated and heavy! Oh but I do love it!!! It might have to be a Sunday night treat as The Leaf Healthy House is closed on Sundays!

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The weather doesn’t look like it is going to be nice. Then again after watching a number of people from the squad I belong to back home race at the Port Macquarie IRONMAN over the weekend, well I have nothing to complain about! Watching them cross the finish also reminded me that 2017 is going to be a big IRONMAN year for me! I am tingling with excitement so nailing all these sessions and finishing 2016 with some massive results will mean 2017 is an amazing race year for me!

So back to work and training for me! What are your training plans for the week?

Blessed Be,
Robyn xox