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Week 11 – Operation Blackall 100 – Challenge to Ring the Bell

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 10.17.38 pmSo straight up, apologies for not posting weeks 9 and 10. No real reason why other than that I was just being flat out lazy! Well not quite true. While I won’t bother going back completely over what has happened, I certainly didn’t have a solid 2 weeks. I had a lot of my study to finish before I left Penang and also didn’t have a great end to my stay. I won’t go into detail on that matter but in the end I was very glad to be leaving.

My introvert side needed to be acknowledged and supported which meant I distanced myself from most people around me.

I arrived in Myanmar and hooked up with a great group of guys and ended up traveling most of the time with two guys. They were just what I needed to laugh and have a good time without worrying about anything. We tripped around on scooters, bikes, hiked steps and avoided monkeys while checking out the magical Myanmar sights. Though sadly I got a little sick while I was there. Between IG issues, a blocked tear duct (this hurts like bloody all hell) and constant headaches meant I wasn’t a happy runner.

The training mood changer happened after arriving in Bangkok! Yesterday was the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns. A number of my fellow Mavericks Alliance Athletes were racing. Including my Coach  Dan McTainsh  After watching him race, I knew it was time to get my blogging and butt back into gear.

So what does this week look like……

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LOL yep this week certainly fits with my lazy side!!!

Poor Coach was so focused on his race that he can be forgiven for not posting this weeks training program! Don’t worry I did let on that I didn’t have a program and it will be corrected when he surfaces again. So this morning I did 1 hour of yoga and my strength sets. Tonight, I catch the overnight train to Chiang Mai and then will be there for the remainder of the week and maybe half of next week. All depends on my Indian Visa and how quickly I get my research project completed.

I am hoping to find some trails either in Chiang Mai or Laos because once I get to India my running will take a back foot while I complete my Yoga Teacher Training.

So again apologies for the lack of updates and next Monday we will be fully back at it!

Did you do something epic on the weekend?

Blessed Be
Robyn xox

“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

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