It may have been a bit quiet here on the News front, but it's full steam ahead behind the scenes. The paperwork train has started, and all the important roles allocated to the usual suspects, and some unusual ones as well.
Leaving behind dodgy metaphors for a moment, the weather has been amazing for training here lately. Clear skies, no wind, 18 degrees... can't really ask for more in paradise. Unless we asked not to have to go to work on days like these :-)
But the main news items are that:
1. Steven Bradbury's flights to Flinders have been booked (yay!), and
2. the new timing system (the same as used by Parkruns worldwide) has been ordered and will be on the island ready for testing by us in July. We're hoping this will be the magic solution to our timing and recording dilemmas!
Only three and a half months to go now. We'll be posting suggestions for training over the coming weeks. But I'm going to keep taking advantage of this glorious Autumn "I'm pretending I'm Summer" weather.
One foot in front of the other; repeat.
- Mel :-)
We've had proper spring weather this week, and no mistake. This morning the senior netball was rained out, but juniors had a lovely time on the court. Today I went for a run and at one point had the sun on my back and rain in my face. On a good day the entrance to the Sports Club (the home of the Pasta Night and Flinders 5) looks like this. On a bad day I can't get a photo because my phone gets blown out of my hands, or the lens gets covered in rain. Not that I'm trying to put anyone off at all, of course.
When you're next in Whitemark, you should check out the window display in Bowman's (our local newsagent/haberdasher/department store). The current display is running-themed: need a new sports bra? running watch? jogging shorts? inspirational fitness mag? Bowman's has it all!
Next to these essential items are some photos of the 2008 Flinders 5. Take a look next time you're in town. Recognise any faces?
Thanks to Lois and Megan for helping to promote our event.
C25K: Week 8 dusted off
My final thought for the day is "Cripes, I've just finished Week 8 Day 3 of the Couch to 5k". That means the Running Festival is only a fortnight away. One more week and I'll be officially through the program. Two more weeks and I'll really test out how well the C25K worked for me.
I've been mixing up my training sessions over the last week or so - officially I'm supposed to be running non-stop for about 30min, but to keep myself motivated I've been adding some sprintervals. I tend to find the long steady shuffle quite tedious, so these short bursts of speed are perfect for increasing my fitness, stimulating my brain and ensuring I actually keep getting out there to train.
Two weeks to go... Will I keep running afterwards? I'm not sure. Which is an improvement on a month ago when my answer would have been "Nah, don't have time! This is a one off". The thing I'm finding most amazing is that I'm learning to ignore all the little excuses my brain puts out. I just put my running gear on and go. (Although I will admit that today I had kind of hoped I'd forgotten to pack my socks - no way was I going to run through town without my running socks.)
Two weeks to go... I think I'm ready. How about you?
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 :-)
Considering we're recommending it to all of you I thought I should take my own advice and start training. I'm going to document some of that journey here, and will either inspire someone else to start training or will make others feel better about their own fitness. You'll soon work out on which side of that line you stand...
I downloaded the Couch to 5k program, including the Podrunner audio files (I don't own a watch so rely on my mp3 player to tell me when to start and stop). (See our training page for some links)
My first session was on Monday, a gorgeous frosty morning. I'm not sure what I expected of myself, but I think I realised how little cardio fitness I currently have! I could probably walk the Pub2Pub tomorrow with no worries, but this Flinders 5 caper is going to take some work.
My saving grace is that the walk/run loop I have is a perfect length, reasonably flat, and rather scenic. The other bonus is that my only spectators are magpies, a sea eagle, and seven sheep. I need all the distraction I can get when running because usually my brain is too busy listening to my legs complaining. And complain they did: the beeps signalling the end of each run minute only just arrived in time.
Anyway, I managed to survive the Week 1 session without too much soreness, and even followed it up with a 3hr beach walk later in the day.
Ahh, surely this is paradise!