I’m back at work again after two glorious weeks off in the Wairarapa at the bottom of the North Island of New Zealand. I do have to apologise for the tardy postings while I was away, I had written the two articles that went out the other day and scheduled them to publish at intervals while I was away but something went wrong and for some reason they never published. To make it worse I then published them in the incorrect order – never mind, I’m sure the 15 of you who regularly read the blog can work it out.
The holiday was great – the weather was a bit windy at the beginning, but nothing a crayfish and some fish couldn’t help. We were pretty much completely alone in our little bach on the beach, with beautiful sea views and empty farmlands all around. I was excited to be somewhere different to go for a run and explore.
I managed to get 3 runs in a week as well as some hiking and kayaking – although the kayaking was in a sit on top fishing kayak, not a sea kayak or multi-sport boat. Still I figure that at this stage any paddling will help to build kayaking muscle and I needed something a bit more stable to drop the cray pot with and fish from.
Once the weather sorted itself out the days were hot and sunny with beautiful sunrises and cloud free skies, the temperature was hot and the best time for any exercise was either first thing in the morning or at Gin O’clock – needless to say I was running first thing in the morning. Behind our bach was a big hill which Chicken and I decided to climb on one of my rest days – we followed a ridge line up to the summit of the hill, a short 4k round trip, but the 250m elevation in the mid-morning sun made it a bit of a chore, not to mention that my 15yr old step-daughter is Waaaayyy fitter than I am. To add a little insult to injury, Buddy had decided to race us to the top and came directly up the front of the hill – a far steeper and direct route. We won, but only just.
As for fitting in training, well I had week 8 and 9 to complete which were to be 28 and 30 minutes of constant running, which to be honest I had already been doing the week before. So while I finished the podcast series I was already running for 30-40 minutes by the end of the holiday. The NHS Couch to 5k series has been really good for me, it forced me to pace myself as my fitness increased and made my progress much more linear than it had previously been and is a really great way to get yourself running.
The long lazy days were perfect for pushing out the length of my runs, with no real calls on my time and the ability to have an afternoon snooze, it just felt right to push my run duration out to 40 minutes. Needless to day the distances covered while on holiday are a bit longer than I’ve been doing in the past, but I’ve felt really good about the additional distance and my body seems to be ready to stretch the distances I’m running.
On Saturday I felt like I was ready for a new challenge and I decided to go on a longer run than I had done previously, so I readied myself for an hours run and decided on an appropriate course and set off. I was listening to an audiofuel podcast of 160bpm music and monitoring my heart rate as per the Maffetone method and busted out the 10k of my chosen route in a little over an hour, not bad considering my Round the Bridges 6.5k was 52 minutes.
- Tuesday – Run 6k
- Wednesday – Walk 4k
- Thursday – Run 5k
- Friday – Paddle 8k
- Saturday – Run 7k
- Tuesday – Run 7k
- Tuesday – Paddle 5.6k
- Wednesday – Paddle 6k
- Thursday – Run 6k
- Saturday – Run 10k