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“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 3 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

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Week 2 is done and dusted and Week 3 is upon me.

So how was the past week. I failed to feel any love whatsoever with training this week which is ironic given I spent the week learning how to coach IRONMAN triathletes.

I did all my sessions except for the swim yet I hated almost ever bloody moment of it. It has been hot and humid and downright bloody horrible conditions to train in. Running on the roads/footpaths here is just horrendous!

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I miss my trails around Noosa National Park, the forestry around my parents old house and mostly I miss running with my Skinny Dog.

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Skinny didn’t always come running with me, she was 12 after all. But I loved taking her for little runs. I have felt very sad about her dying just before I left to come traveling and have even had a few nights where I just wanted to cry myself to sleep. Living in a dorm has made that one less likely. She was my best mate!

I did wonder this week if my emotional state and almost hatred of training had to do with anything else. Quite frankly it probably does. I have now been away from home 137 days or 4 months and 15 days. Not the longest I have been away for but still it is a long time.

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I miss my Mumma! I miss my family, I miss cups of tea on the back porch and I miss home… As I have chosen to be traveling and away from home I guess I need to feel the feelings and then get on with it!

So what does Week 3 have install for me:

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Can’t say I am excited about this week either but specificity is key (the coach loves that).

I do think the fact that I am missing crossfit and yoga are more the issues than just the running. I love the idea that I am going to be running 100km but it is through the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland and I am training in very different circumstance.

Okay okay I know I am whining and having a downright sob story but there is no use me coming on here and saying ‘yippy training is going bloody amazing’ when it is not. I am nothing if not authentic and I refuse to sugar coat that I am struggling to get up and train.

I do have some good news! I found a Yin Yoga studio not far from here… A much deeper internet search revealed a lot more yoga on Penang Island. Most of it is not accessible for the transport-less but Sunalini Yoga Studio is close by. So I will be hitting them up on Wednesday night!

So coach in all likelihood the chances of me swimming are slim, I will try and work on that! But I will get the rest done however messy it is.

Do you go through periods of the ‘I can’t be f**ked’ when your training? What do you do to overcome those feelings? I’d love to hear from you.

Tell then I am going to study, eat, train, sleep and repeat!

Blessed Be
Robyn xox

Week 2 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to ‘Ring the Bell’

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 10.17.38 pmLast week I decided to publicly commit to my training program and to update people on how each week went. So how did Week 1 go? See for yourself…

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As you can see the week started off swimmingly and then come Friday I was not feeling well at all.  During Friday and Sundays workouts I was not feeling at all well. Friday I sensed that I was beginning to get unwell…to make matters worse I didn’t fully listen to my body and mind and went out on Friday night.

It was my last night in Kuala Lumpur with my friends and I didn’t want to stay home but stupidly instead of coming home after dinner I stayed out. I was already feeling under the weather so staying out till 3am (I never do this!) was plainly stupid!

Live and learn!

Saturday was a travel day which means I had 3 hours sleep and crap food. Saturday night I didn’t sleep well and come Sunday’s run I was sitting in the gutter dizzy and thinking I might pass out. I returned to the hostel and slept again. I spent the rest of the day drinking water, eating much better food and resting. I did go for a little stroll around George Town but didn’t push myself at all.

So Week 2 is upon me and I am feeling much better. In fact I got 10 hours sleep last night. Not sure if that is over sleeping but it has worked for me cause I feel pumped and rejuvenated today.

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The swimming pool is proving difficult to find so that session may have to be later in the week. There is a pool but getting anyone to answer and give me a straight answer on timings is the difficult bit but I am still excited! Also tracking down yoga in town is proving a pain too. Two places used to have yoga but don’t anymore cause no-one wanted to do it… People no excuse!

Good news, I have started working at a co-working space in George Town, Penang therefore I am debating staying in Penang for month. So far, aside from the bloody humidity, it is proving cost effective and there are some great running trails (apparently) outside of town that I can explore on the weekend. For a month co-working space (desk and very fast internet is costing me $35.00 Australian! Pretty happy with that!

The weather forecast is not as happy!

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 10.58.12 amOh and the UV Index for the week is 11…. I didn’t even know the UV Index went to 11 for Pete’s sake! Hot, sweating and burning.. Ah got to love life.

What are your fitness goals this week?

Blessed Be
Robyn xox