Rebecca Runs: Got The Runs

I haven’t actually [got the runs]. What I had was a vision of myself doing something as ridiculous as completing the Toi’s Challenge – an 18km course across town, bush, beach and farmland. Perhaps it was a forgotten dream even, kindled when I finished a rather slow leg of the relay last year and saw all the other inspiring finishers.   Anyway, mostly I just like free stuff and I had a one-chance-only-offer to accept a free ticket from work that came with the conditions of training (should be helpful) and that I had to document the journey in an inspiring way.  So I took it and like most ideas that I have, it was exciting for a moment or so, but unlike other fleeting ideas of mine, this time I’m stuck. Committed. For the next three-and-a-half months anyway. Continue reading “Rebecca Runs: Got The Runs”

ULTRAHUMPS is back…

UltraHumps

Well I never actually went anywhere, but here is my story!

When I completed Ultraman Australia 2016 on the Sunshine Coast, I won the Military and Emergency Services Division Trophy.  Me being me, I knew I had to return in 2017 and defend my title. To me it wasn’t anything that should be simply handed over to the next winner without the current holder defending his title.  For those that don’t know, an Ultraman is a 3 day event covering 515 kilometres of swimming, cycling and running. Day One is a 10 km Ocean Swim followed by a 140 km Cycle.  Day Two is a 280 km Cycle and Day Three is a Double Marathon of 84+ km. Continue reading “ULTRAHUMPS is back…”

Lisa’s Journey, Week 12: Heads, shoulders, KNEES and toes…

I’m going to put myself out on a limb and say… most,  if not all people who run, will probably experience knee pain (of some description)…  It’s kinda unavoidable, given the knee joint is the largest in the body, doing a heck of a lot of work! I’ve been reading more about the ‘knee’, and was quite shocked at some of the facts. The scariest one for me personally, was that the load distributed over the kneecaps can be up to five times your body weight, especially while climbing up and down stairs… Continue reading “Lisa’s Journey, Week 12: Heads, shoulders, KNEES and toes…”

Lisa’s Journey, Week 11: Challenge Accepted!

Argh… Ok, so who’s sped up time?  It seems I just finish a blog and vow to have the next in on time and then it’s already Friday! Now it’s Saturday and I’m already late, but as my favourite saying goes, ‘if it wasn’t for the last minute, I’d get nothing done’!! So here’s how this week has played out.
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Lisa’s Journey, Week 10: Trust And To Believe In One’s Self…

You have to trust in the process and have the confidence that you can and will achieve your goals! This was too big of a heading, but this is what I have come to learn over that last couple of months. The great thing I’ve found with having a running coach is being able to put your trust in their hands, and know that their knowledge will help get you to where you need to be, and you don’t have to even think about it.  You  just have to stick to the plan! Continue reading “Lisa’s Journey, Week 10: Trust And To Believe In One’s Self…”

Lisa’s Journey Week 8: It’s the final meltdown…

Marlborough didn’t turn on the weather for our stay, but thankfully the sun did shine the day we left to come home. So Nanny and the kids headed to the beach and I caught up with Ray for a coffee. I decided to run in the sun before we headed home, simply because once home late it becomes a mission. Always good to just get it done, but it just felt hard. Continue reading “Lisa’s Journey Week 8: It’s the final meltdown…”

Lisa’s Journey Week 7: Footloose… I’ve sure kicked off those shoes!!

I’ve stared at this screen for sometime now, wondering what to write from the past week. I’ve really struggled, so I’m going to bore you with a few things that have happened over the last few days. Well today I missed my first run!  It feels like a big deal to me and I feel somewhat like a failure, as it taints my clean record. I don’t enjoy running as such, yet, or maybe I do? I can’t quite decide. I am always very pleased when I’m done, but I do not like missing a run, because I know that if I miss one, it’s all to easy to miss the next and so on. It wasn’t because I actually couldn’t be bothered either, but because of heavy rain. I toyed with the idea of still going out, but the rain didn’t ease or it seemed very illogical. Continue reading “Lisa’s Journey Week 7: Footloose… I’ve sure kicked off those shoes!!”

Lisa’s Journey Week 6: Roll, roll, roll your legs…

Foam rollers. They seem like a harmless pieces of equipment to help ease muscle tightness, but don’t be fooled! These things are nothing short of pure evil in disguise!! Over a year ago – that’s how long ago I brought mine. I popped it safely under the bed,and there it has stayed, until the start of last week. Continue reading “Lisa’s Journey Week 6: Roll, roll, roll your legs…”

Lisa’s Journey Week 5: Underneath it all, tights, bras, buffs and stuff…

Whale Run

I waited out the frost this morning like a whimp.  Too cold for me. As things started to thaw I headed off thinking I’d nailed it – a short run.  The sun was shining, my undies were sitting in the correct place, nothing was itching/rubbing/annoying me, life was good.

Then, I thought I might just hitch my tights a little.  Dumb, dumb move.  That tiny adjustment seemed to throw the whole show out of balance and suddenly I felt like I’d got my knickers in a knot… Urrggghh!!

I’m glad the watch reads your heart rate, as Ray might think I die every now and then, as everything suddenly ‘stops’) Never fear Coach, it’s just a ‘re-adjustment break’, and geez, a sight for any poor person who might witness me doing these adjustments while running.

Right – with all that said and done, on I go. And what a run!!! And nope not in a good way. My legs just felt like lead weights today, and I found it hard to pick them up and actually move them another step forward, which was SUPER frustrating.  My breathing today was fine, so much so I swore out loud, and it came out nice and clear unhindered by any shortness of breath!! Sometimes swearing out loud lets out the frustration and I feel better… and nope that wasn’t helping this morning either. But you have to take the good with bad I guess,.  I got home in one piece and my knee that’s been dicking me around the last few days, found the position it was happy in, and didn’t hurt while I ran. Yah! Continue reading “Lisa’s Journey Week 5: Underneath it all, tights, bras, buffs and stuff…”