I was on the Big Island last week (aka mainland Tasmania), so had a change of scenery for my running.
Last Monday's run was from West Launceston to the Gorge. This pic gives a vague idea of the terrain I was running / walking through. Fortunately most of my running was downhill, but what goes down must come up. My calves took 4 days to recover, and I walked most of the uphill!
The water level at First Basin is fairly impressive at the moment! Not much more rain before the pool's under water instead of holding it.
The pool was also holding a half-drowned pademelon, which fortunately was close to the edge so I managed to haul it out. Poor little tacker was a bit chilled and shocked so I popped him in a sheltered spot near the bush. Not sure whether he survived the night, but a dead paddy in the bush is probably a bit less traumatising for the tourists than a dead paddy in the pool! The bloke running the chairlift said he'd let the council know about the latest swimming macropod. Seems like it might be a common thing. Anyway, it was a good distraction before the uphill run home.
I got the chance to attend the Launceston Parkrun on Saturday. This fantastic weekly free 5k event is organised by volunteers, and gave me a good opportunity to test out my training progress. My time of 28:48 was no PB but considering I ran/shuffled all but 100m I'm calling it a little personal win (honestly, my legs got bored and wanted to do something different for thirty seconds. Normally they get bored for longer than that). I was surprised with how good my breathing and heart rate felt - no last gasps even with my trademark final sprint. The last 5 weeks of training must be doing some good! It'll be interesting comparing this with my Flinders 5 time in 5 weeks.
Now I just need to work on Ignoring My Legs (big thanks to the anonymous parkrunner who talked me through the 4th km and handed out this sagely advice which kept me running. Parkrun seems to be like that - a big welcoming supportive group ready to encourage each other).
And finally: new shoes! Thanks to Mike from the Running Company in Launceston for the comprehensive gait analysis and great friendly service. These are so comfortable, and in my favourite colour! Don't think I'm running any faster just yet, but I don't think that's the shoes' fault. Can't wait to put them through their paces over the coming weeks. But it's certainly good to be home again.
I've been trundling my way through the C25K program, with varying levels of energy, over the last 4 weeks. I had a bit of a hiccup last week; couldn't seem to prioritise my training (a.k.a. life got in the way). But I realised that it's now only 6 weeks to the RunFest (gasp! really?), so have been working hard this week to follow the training regime.
I'm getting to know my running style now. I can feel which part of my foot hits the ground first (my normal bursts of gazelle-like springing: heel first; the shuffle I'm reduced to when running more than 100m: midfoot). I've taken notice of my breathing pattern, which seems to have been influenced by this article on breathing technique, because today, without even thinking, I realised I was following a 3:4 pattern (in for 3 steps, out for 4).
Today I was up in the centre of the island, in the middle of gorgeous rolling farmland. The weather was rather undecided, but I warmed up enough to cope with the cool breeze between the bursts of sunshine.
Half an hour of interval training, and only one car drove past. Gotta love the peace and serenity of training on Flinders :-)