Six weeks to go – Berlin marathon

And so ends what was a reasonably good week.

The running was so much better than it has been. Let’s hope it just keeps improving with Berlin just around the corner.

I spied some starfish in the bay on my long run today. I took a little time out to take a pic and enjoy the view of clear water and gentle waves. When you spend so much of your time during the week in the hustle and bustle of city life, I think it’s good to take a time out and enjoy some nature.

Dinner tonight was super yum! Homemade taco bowl for the win!!


Stats: 6 Mar – 12 Mar

There was running!

Overall, not much else to report for the week. But it’s progress, not perfection we’re looking for here. 

I took the walk/run approach with more walking than running, as you can see. Then, one nice solid kilometer and back to walk/run with a traffic light pause to wrap things up.

Was it a slow 5km? Sure. Did my dodgy hamstring and screwed up foot pull up ok. Yes! And that’s a win. 

Summer in the city

Hello neglected blog.

It’s been hot hot hot! Which has not left me feeling ready to run. My dodgy knee has been feeling improved but it’s taken until today to take it out for a test.

Because it’s summer and I’ve been sweating like nothing I can remember, it was shorts and singlet today. Not my current normal running outfit, for fear of blinding passers by with my oh so white legs but desperate times call for desperate measures.

The shorts were new from Lululemon and they certainly did the trick! Right length (not too short but not too long), didn’t ride up and POCKETS! You just can’t beat pockets.

And the best part of the run?

Was it the views?

Sunrise skies

They’re pretty good, but no.


It was the knee – no pain! It was so good to run and not even notice my knee!

Fingers crossed it’s the first of many more!

Anyone else think sunrise runs are the best?

NYC Marathon – 56 days to go

21K on the schedule for today.

The weather was much improved from yesterday with blue skies and no wind. Thank goodness!

I headed toward Brighton and started out pretty well. My legs, although still a bit sore, were feeling distinctly better. I ran strong for about 7K and then started running out of puff. I pushed through to half way (albeit a little slower) and then took a gel. Another couple of kms and the gel worked its magic.


A photo break of the Brighton Bathing Boxes and then home again, home again!

Run lowlight – massive shirt chafing! I won’t be making the mistake of that shirt for a long run again.

Run highlight – the Ravenna’s stood up really well. After a couple of false starts it looks like they’re broken in.

NYC Marathon – 58 days to go

The answer to yesterday’s question – a resounding NO!

Easy 6K on the books today but there was nothing easy about how my legs felt. My heart rate stayed down, so the run pace was fine. But my legs hurt the entire way. Boo hoo!

Highlight of this crappy run – I got a new Smashrun badge:


Stretching, foam rolling and some core work on the books for tonight I think.

What will my next Smashrun badge be?

NYC Marathon – 59 days to go

Easy 6K on the books today followed by strides.

Headed out a little later than planned. No matter how often I do it, I can’t seem to get the concept that it will take at least 20 minutes to get out the door once I deal with getting dressed, feeding the (fur) babies, finding a headband or hat etc.

Regardless, I made it out and it was just lovely today! It’s getting lighter earlier (until daylight savings starts at least), the temperature was comfortable, the birds were chirping away and there was a nice breeze. Admittedly, that breeze because somewhat more windy once I got out of my street and closer to the water. But it wasn’t too bad overall.

The first 3K was slow and clunky because, as predicted, my legs were sore today. Thankfully, they loosened up and the home 3K was much more comfortable. Now though, not so much.

Then to the carpark for strides. 20 seconds of fast running is so much fun. It’s not so long that I think I’m going to die but long enough that I really feel like I’m flying for a bit in there.

Will my legs feel better for tomorrow’s run?

NYC Marathon – 60 days to go

It’s getting real and I’m beginning to freak out. 60 days to go and I’ll be running the NYC Marathon.

Today is a rest day from running.

I went to the gym this morning and did a weights session; the first in a while. I’m pretty sure I’m going to feel Every. Single. Muscle. tomorrow. Note to self: do more strength training.

Additional note to self: Organise your eats. Gotta work on getting some better training fuelling going. Today’s lunch was a quick grab from the fridge and not what I thought it was. 😦

What should I pack for lunch tomorrow?