Tuesday, April 16, 2013
I'm not moving to Wellington!
But this goofy guy
is moving to Auckland!
It has all been decided (not organised, he is a boy after all) that when I go to Wellington for a visit on Queens birthday weekend Luke will fly back with me. We will stay with my parents for a couple of weeks until we find somewhere to rent, and then we're out of there and into our own place!
Yes, this is moving fast. It scares me a little to be honest. But we think this is the best decision all around. Wish us luck!!
Sunday, April 14, 2013
My alarm went off at 7am this morning. On a Sunday. Luckily I'd gotten an early night, so I was up soon after to get my breakfast of marmite on white toast (the only thing that doesn't give me a cramp while running). I headed off around 8.15, but not before getting my pre race picture
The race started promptly at 8.45. I had my music and running app all queued up so I pressed the go button and started running. And I had a great run. I fell into a steady 6ish minute per km pace for the first 3km, and I kept up with a man and his 7 year old son. I figured if he could keep the pace on little legs then I could do. The second 3k my pace slowed a little, but I was still averaging just over 6 minutes a km, so I was happy. I hit the 5k mark at 30m3s, just shy of my 30 minute goal! Once I hit the last km I picked up the pace, and I kept telling myself that the faster I ran the faster it would all be over. I crossed the line and fell into an empty chair. I had given it everything I had out there, I needed to sit down!
Then I got someone to take my post race victory photo
While taking this photo my workmate spotted me... How embarrassing!
The results came in a few minutes ago, and here they are
Time - 36m49s (goal of 37 minutes)
Place - 28/47
Division - 2/6
I am so proud of myself! I met both of my goals (to run the whole thing and to finish in under 40 minutes) and I put everything I had into that race. I couldn't have run it better if I Bruno Mars (yummy yummy) was waiting at the finish line to give me a victory kiss!
Friday, April 12, 2013
I think the title says it all.
This morning I weighed 65.9kg, and tonight I deadlifted 67.5kg. Coz I could. I even did it 4 times, AND I have witnesses!
I was also that annoying advice person at the gym today. Well, I offered to help and it was accepted, I didn't just butt in. I was finishing up my squats (75kg, thank you very much) and had already done my chin ups when I saw a couple of young guys trying to do chin ups. They weren't quite able to so after a bit of ribbing ("come on, even I can do better than that!"), I offered to help. I told them they could say no if they wanted, but I was happy to show them how to use a band to make the chin up easier until they were ready for the real deal. They accepted and I had a chin up lesson with 3 guys. Then they were my deadlift witnesses. They were impressed :D As they should be, really.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I am FINALLY trained for a race. After entering things for motivation for years, and then bombing because the motivation wasn't enough, I finally went out for regular runs. Having a running buddy has really helped. I text him on Sunday and said, "Hands up who can be bothered this afternoon", and he replied, "Me. See you in 15 minutes". So I went for the run and I was a better person for it. It is nice having someone to keep me accountable, and to keep me running.
I'm also the fittest I've ever been. I'm doing weights 3 times a week, boxing twice a week AND running twice a week. Also, I am running faster and running is easier. I think there is actually something to this whole training thing; It seems to be working!
Today, to boost my confidence for Sunday, I completed a 5k run, and my only goal was to run the whole time. Not only did I run the whole time, but I took 45 seconds off my last 5k time AND reduced my average pace by 10 seconds per km AND I finished feeling strong.
I think I am going to be able to meet my goals this weekend, which are to run the whole time and finish is under 40 minutes.
Wish me luck and I'll be sure to post pictures on Sunday night!
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
So I was at the gym yesterday and was ready to do my squats when I saw that some lovely duck had left 80kg worth of weight on the squat bar AND had left it in the lower rung (were probably doing deadlifts?). So instead of just taking off what I needed to to get to the weight I wanted I had to unload all 80kg (4x20kg), move the bar, then load 60kg on. All before I could even get started. So I was doing my thing, taking the weights off, when an older man in his 60's came up and said, "Are you alright with those 20kg plates, miss?". How sweet and gentlemanly is that? I told him I was fine and it wasn't a problem, and then he told me that he was complaining to the manager because the girls shouldn't have to put away the weights, the boys should have offered to do it for me and, more importantly, people should put their weights away when they have finished! Now the feminist in me wanted to say that girls can take care of themselves, but I didn't say that. I could tell this guy was old school, and that he was genuinely concerned about what was happening. It was really very sweet.
And he did complain to management (the gym was in a shambles so it was good) and within minutes there was everyone who worked there in the gym tidying it up. We ended up having a chat after, and I told him that I just tell the messy boys to clean up if I see them leaving their weights away. After all, I give instructions to children as a living, and I have no problem with using the Miss Bubble voice in the gym if I need to!
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