Challenge

Freeking out about fuel! Pimping the Beast!

Today I finished the last run required of me before I go into Long Run Saturday.

Tomorrow is also the 1st of August!

Tomorrow we start 31 Days strictly Paleo.

30 minutes ago, I was freeking out about what and how I am going to fuel for this run.

Last week, where I completed around 8k (not considered a ‘long run’ but in respect to my timing and pace, it kinda is, especially when you run that 8k on The Mount!) in the last 2 or so k I started to feel tired and drained.
I put half of this down to being unfit, and half of it down to not eating/drinking correctly before hand.

I know, I know, there are probably people out there saying this, that and the other about the fact I shouldn’t stress so much about it, but when you care so much about performing, it IS kind of a big deal.  I am a little bit of a perfectionist, and I want to get it right!

Anywho, googled a bit, read a bit and have come up with a bit of a plan to get things right.

Foods that have been recommended to me for pre-run include:

Low Fibre Fruits – banana, peaches, melon
Egg
Protein Powder
If you are in a pinch – Baby food, fruit kinds and animal product types.

So I will give it a jam.

I shouldn’t need any ‘during run’ fuel, and I only need water, no electrolyte bevey required.

I have roughly 9k on my agenda, but will skip running ‘Up’ the Mount this weekend.

Wish me luck for the next 31 days, sounds like there is a good group of people participating, so I am amped to ‘keep it real’ with them.

So…what are your August Plans?

Gonna try a Paleo month with me?

You should so totally try!

Running and running!

Jay 🙂

 

Will it fit!?!? Pimping the Beast!

So…

Let’s just forget what I said about ‘Weightloss’ last night, I need to stop being ‘comfy’!

Anywho,

Remember last time I was training for Ekiden? How I set a goal for myself to get into a Size 12 shirt?

Well shit, I did it again!

Except this time, I am committing to getting into a size 10 shirt!

I have maintained a size 12 since then…

Ekiden Shirt | On a Jam Hunt Blog

 

But I haven’t been a size 10 since well before I met my husband… like 5 or so years ago!

So its time to get serious about things, time to shred some body fat!

I don’t overly want to look like an idiot squirming into my shirt the next time I take one of these pics!  Piling on the PRESSURE!

But it is the kind of pressure I need, I have to stop being so comfortable and get aggressive!

So I have had Becks – the lovely lady that is coordinating our teams, to order me a size 10.  LOCKED IN!

Right, I better go work out!

And run a little,

Or a lot,

Run Some!

Jay 🙂

 

The time I sucked LESS!

Yup, I sucked less tonight at BootCamp.

How much less?  Let us see…

The feeling of needing to throw up Last week – 3, this week – 0

Wall sits maintained last week – 0 Out of 3, this week – 2 Out of 3

Breaking the Plank last week – A million times (I don’t think I even got it up…in a PLANK way!!), this week only twice!!

I managed to keep a decent speed with ok form during most of the UB Strength circuit.

So I would say that is Progress!

All for the greater good anyway,

Bring on Tarawera!

5k run tomorrow morning, gotta get loose!

Getting back into the swing of this blogging thing,

Happy Hump Day Y’all!

Jay 🙂

 

Team David Virtual 5k

Today I ran for something outside of myself.

In my little corner of the world, I headed out with the Twinlets in tow.  For this guy…

Meet David…

At age 13 David was diagnosed “borderline schizophrenic”, at that time minors couldn’t be labeled “schizophrenic”. Once he turned 18 that diagnosis was changed to “schizophrenia”. He has carried this “label” every since. Needless to say, he turned to food for comfort. His over-indulgence led to addiction which ultimately led to obesity.
With the mind of an 8 year old child, his ability to make what one might consider “rational” decisions is quite limited. Now don’t get me wrong, he has a brilliant mind, as most people with this type of disorder. However, as a 6 year old child needs direction, so does David at the age of 33 and always will.
When David takes his medication like he is directed, unless you know his story, you would never know he had such a diagnosis. He loves to study and tell others of God’s word. He has a very creative mind and like all of us, he yearns to just be accepted.
He has spent the majority of his life with a label and because of that, at times he feels of less value than someone who may seem to “have it all together”. David loves like his Creator, unconditionally. He could actually teach the “average” person a thing or two.

 

Today David and his mum participated in a 5k event.

Weeks ago, they had made a virtual 5k event via Facebook in support of David.  I immediately jumped at it, I love virtual challenges.  Somehow they always mean more than the ones you pay money for to do for yourself.  There is more of a community feel.

Now at first, this morning, I didn’t want to get out of bed.  In all honesty it felt like Winter had come early and all I wanted to do was curl up with a roaring fire in front of the T.V. with the children.

I looked at the forecast for today and it said that it was supposed to rain later in the day.  If I didn’t get out and do it now then I would have to miss out on the run all together.  Mr Jam_hunt is still not home from work yet and so It would be too cold later to go out running with the kids.

I peeled away my Jim Jams, and suited up in some compression longs, having them on instantly made me feel better about going out into the cool world.

I rugged up the kiddies, in ugh boots and woolly hats and we were off.

It seemed the world was a different temperature outside, it was actually warmer outside than it was inside!

Crossing the road and warming up through the park, I knew I had to start my Garmin early in order to get in a full 5k on my usual route.

Off we went, down the access way through some trail and on to the Estuary Walkway.

I stopped quite a few times for snack breaks, water breaks and photo opportunities.

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This would be one of the very few times that I had left to run in warmer weather before Winter hit.

The kiddies loved the cows and were fighting at their stroller straps to get free and frolic in the over grown grass just across the way.

We passed quite a few runners, walkers and dog-walkers.  Other mums with strollers, Fit men and women, the causal elderly couple and (what looked like) a ten year old little girl running, donning a Weetbix Triathlon t-shirt, AWESOME!

It seemed everyone else had the same idea.

We got up the mammoth Coach Drive/Grange Road hill and proceeded along the main road toward our home.  Stopping first at the park for a bit of a run around and some slide action.

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I had to run a few hundred meters more down the road to get in the full 5k, but we got there in the end and wrapped up what was a very enjoyable run.

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Thanks David for being the reason I got out and about today!

There are always going to be excuses and reasons for why we choose not to do the right thing for our body’s and mind.  They are always going to be things that make up the parts of your Journey.

Not one soul is made up of 100% Will Power, just as quickly as it comes, it goes again.  It is only in ourselves that we find the courage to go out there and get it done again.  It always helps when you have some one to inspire you, or something to aspire to.

Life is made up of a whole bunch of small successes, as long as you are always on your way toward where you want to be, then you have not failed.

 

Next run wont come till Thursday.  Mr Jam_hunt will be home then, and I am super excited about this!

Did you go out for a Sunday morning run today?

Did something inspire you to get movin’?

As always,

Still Running,

Jay 🙂

P.S.  Go over to David’s FB page Team David, give it a ‘Like’ and comment on how Choice he is!
P.P.S. I have not been completing my 30 Day Challenges, but I have some awesome news to share anyway on the 30th of the Month.  Excitement stations!!

My Sunday Church Service

The last time I actually went to a church service was probably in my late teens.

I am now 30!

I didn’t go to Church yesterday.

I ran long yesterday.

I would personally say it was as beneficial as any Church service.

Running long now means anything over 45 minutes.  My Half Marathon fitness is long gone, so I just do what I can manage.

An hour long was as much as I could manage.

I ran 8.2k Easy.

I have missed being able to just set out and watch the world wake up.  To be able to just head out the door and run half your town before breakfast.  To watch the sun peek out from hills and splay its awesomeness over land and water.
To breathe in air so fresh and cool.  To take which ever path you feel like.  To run the roads as if all pathways were merged into one and road rules do not apply.  To look up and see friendly faces raise a hand for a ‘you and I are so damn awesome’ wave/hi-5.

To be out in the world and not give a care to what you are wearing, where you have to be today, have I paid that bill on time?, the pile of washing that has been stacked ever so carefully as to not topple over, do I have enough gas in the car to get me from A to B?, how am I ever going to finish that assignment on time?, the Awkward dinner you have to attend with the boss and his wife, the never ending ‘to-do’ list!

The run can take you as far as you like both with thought and distance.  This hour that you spend, is entirely up to you.  However fast or steady, whether you sprint or wog.  No matter what you have weighing on your shoulders, this run right now is so far away from any of that that it feels like the only kind of freedom that is readily attainable at any given time.  The thing is you just have to find the time, or make the time.

I was so lucky to have woken up early enough (Daylight Savings End = extra hour) to be able to cruise through the streets and arrive at my Nirvana.

Memorial Park 06.04.2014

 

What ever happened before this run didn’t matter.  What ever happens after this run will not matter.  This blissful hour is exactly that, no need to over think it!

All this, plus my perfect Sunday Morning Easy Running Long Playlist makes for the best Sunday Morning ‘Un-Lie in’.

As for my 30 Day Challenge…

Today is the 7th day, and I am feeling it in full effect.  My legs are stronger, but gosh am I fatigued.  I have had to shorten my sets and break the reps up over the course of my day.  Running, The Shred and 30 Day Challenges require a bit of a balancing act to not cause injury.

This week – does not hold much in the way of distance, I’ll be flying solo with the twinlets again for a bit but that is ok, I am sure they are looking forward to some faster paced walk/runs in the stroller.

Still no events on the horizon until the second half of the year, super looking forward to those!

How did you spend your Sunday morning?

Any long runs/bikes/swims for you?

Did you take part in an “Un-Lie in” with me?

See you in a bit,

Jay 🙂

 

 

It was the worst run ever…

…but I loved every single second of it!

Its been over two weeks since I have been able to go for a decent run.  While it wasn’t quite decent, it was a run and it was awesome.

Awesome, but UGLY!

It has been over a month since my Half marathon and I have not maintained my mileage.  I have been nursing injury and battling with ways to fit in some fitness.

It is crushing how quickly your fitness goes.

I started out my run yesterday fluid and light.  It came like second nature, like I had picked up where I left off.

Except I hadn’t!

800 metres into the run and I was feeling sore in my chest, drained in my body, saliva welling in my mouth!

 

I was losing.

It wasn’t like I had set out fast, I knew I always made that rookie move so I made sure not to this time.

Didn’t help 😦

I walked it out a little, crossed the road, found a connecting street and moved off the main road so that I could spit away from the public eye.

Scratch that…I actually felt like I wanted to throw up!

Walked it out a little more and decided to give it another jam.

I ran another k or so and then had to walk again.

All in all, I Wogged a total of 3.6k.  It was an ugly 3.6k, but it was a wonderful 3.6k.

Why was it wonderful?

My entire adult life I have suffered from varying degree’s of depression and anxiety issues.  In recent times I have maintained some kind of level headed’ness.
When I first started to run, a mere year and a half ago, I found something that naturally lessened my stress and anxiety levels.  I developed a freedom about it, like as if I had finally hitched a ride after a million miles of walking.
Problems seemed to be nothing in comparison, anxiety almost became non-existant, I had meditation in my long run, being forced to be alone with my thoughts/with myself.

Well, 2 weeks of no physical activity certainly ran havoc with my emotions.  I felt like I was a mood swinging pregnant woman ready to blow at any minute!


There was anxiety because I had lost my long distance fitness, there was stress because I couldn’t even manage a short walk, there was frustration because the only way to lessen my weight was to limit calorie intake – and I LOVE FOOD!

So this shitty, uncoordinated, crappy run with all its hideous form and heaving saliva spitting turned out to be exactly what I needed.

I had caught my ride and I was back on my way.

If you are friends with me on MFP, you would know daily how I felt about not being able to run.  I think I moaned about it nearly every day! ha!  Poor people!  You guys and gals are awesome, thanks for your support!

So what now?

No plans for events in the near future, I hate the disappointment of not being able to keep to the training plan that it requires.  There is just no affordable, feasible way I can commit to a long distance event.

Instead, a change of focus!

A 30 Day Challenge with my MFP Buddies!

It is the first day of the Month, the first day of the Quarter, what better time to start!

30-day-push-up-challenge-chart 30-day-squat-challenge-chart 30-day-plank-challenge-chart

Anyway, feel free to Jam along, we are punching this 30 in the face, you should come get a’ punchin’ with us!

I have just busted out Day one, and also Day one with Jillian, She always kicks my butt with her Shred!

As for the running…

Short Runs for as long as I can manage while the hubby is home for the next week, then back to wog’s with the kids being careful to not over do it.  Not what I had planned, but we do what we can!

So let’s get to it!

Still Running,

and getting a little buff too,

Jay 🙂

P.S.  Have taken some Before’s and After’s – Pics and Measurements for show and tell once done 🙂

Ready. Set. ….

Race Kit

Kit sorted

Garmin Charged

Hydrated to heck

Playlist sussed

All Carbed up

Ready to Run!

Weather forecasted to be fine with chance of showers at midday.  Westerlies with a high of 21.

As good as it is gonna get I think.

Excited!

The most important thing in life is to be yourself, Unless you can be a Beast… Always be a Beast!

See you tomorrow at the finish line!

Jay 🙂

P.S. Pre-race Pics…

For those of us that can get away with a few brews the Night before Race morning…

Dads Pre-race Bevey

For those of us who can’t…

My Pre-race Bevey

The Bays we go round…
Poor phone pic, but you see that far bay right to the Left of the pic… I will be running round both and then halfway back.

Around the Bays

Can’t beat Wellington on a good day!

A week to go

So, I should have posted this on Sunday night.

Life has got in the way!

My last Long run was on Sunday – 90mins in which time I completed 13k over mostly flat terrain, similar to that of the actual Course… but apparently without all the wind.

Wellington is better known for Windy weather, not ideal!  It is also know for cooler weather, totally ideal!

So I don’t know exactly what to expect especially as it is still summer, Mother nature could turn anything on.
Forecast says rain and a high of 18degrees, epically ideal!
It also says Westerlies, which means that because the course is set around windey bays I get it from all angles and end with it potentially head on.

But a 10 day forecast doesn’t mean anything is set in stone, I will have to take it as it comes and hope that at the very least, I don’t get a head on wind on my last k’s before finishing!

What does that mean for me in this last week of my training?

More Taper.

For the moment I haven’t been too itchy footed as my husband arrived last Thursday, so we have been getting out of the house a lot to keep me from getting too bored.

I have a half hour Easy run tonight still to do, a 20 min Easy tomorrow, and a 10 min Easy on Saturday, day before event.

These little runs, though they are necessary, they are a bit annoying!

The thought of a Long Run has got me hooked!  So these small little one’s are like a tease!

I read through the last few sections of my Training Plan book about the Recovery Weeks.  It touched a little on ‘Phantom Pains’.

It seems ever since I began my taper, I have been experiencing these!

Small little niggles that have started to appear.

From what the book has explained, these ‘niggles’ have been around for some time, and because I have eased into ‘relax mode’  they are beginning to rear their ugly faces.

To that I say ‘BOO!’

So much so that I have been extra careful with my knees, hips and feet.

My husband will tell you all about it!  Obscenities yelled resembling something like this – “I just have to make it one more week, can you just be careful of my legs for this last bloody week!”

Poor guy!

It is just the ‘Taper’ in me I think hahaha!

Not too long to go now though, I better finish off that Playlist!

Very excited, not very nervous, totally amped to go!

Hopefully I get in a post before Sunday Race Day, but if I don’t feel free to wish me many bearable miles, don’t wish me luck, I don’t believe in it.  I’ll get to the end anyway.

Come at me 21.1!

I am ready to finish!

Jay 🙂

Run long and Taper…

I did it!

I made it to my Taper!

I ran my longest distance ever ever this morning!

How do I feel you may ask?

F*&%ing AWESOME!

This morning, I got my ass out of bed at a hideously early time of the morning to run for 2 hours straight.

And that I did!

I ran 2 hours and 2 minutes a distance of 17k.

In that run I achieved a PR for my 5k at 33mins, and a PR for my 10k at 1hr 8mins.

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I was glad to have covered a full 17k today, that leaves 4k of surprise time and effort.

As stupid as I felt, on completing my 17th k I smiled a ridiculously big smile all by myself in my little empty corner of the world.

Last weekend I ran for 1.5hours, and ended up with an almost strained hammy and glute.  This week I feel nothing but tired legs, no ouchy pain and overly tight muscles.

Ice Bath... The Ice never lasts long enough!! And now we feast!

Ice Bath… The Ice never lasts long enough!!
And now we feast!

The first half of the run seemed to fly by, like it was nothing.  A podcast on Chi running probably helped with keeping form in check, and then the next few k started to alert me to some muscle fatigue.  The last 2k was unreal.  My body couldn’t really make up its mind – every now and then I would get inklings of struggle, but then it would come right seconds later.  Mind transcendance really was a challenge at this point of the game.  My mind wanted to be present in my body, but I was doing my best to make it bugger off somewhere else.

And unlike last week where I felt terrible for the majority, the change in scenery and route meant that I watched the sunrise from 3 different angles as I effectively ran around almost half of my town.

My 2hr Run map, or what is left of it!

My 2hr Run map, or what is left of it!

I watched the world wake up this morning, and though I like to be selfish with my Ghost town Sunday mornings, I enjoyed seeing everything come to life as each kilometer crept up on me.  It really was something.

This brought week 12 to a close and I officially start my 2 weeks of Taper.

I missed 2 days of running this week, and I am glad I did.  Healing had been this weeks main focus.  Healing to get me to Sunday.  Smash out Sunday and then relax.  My plan worked and I am grateful that my ego didn’t get the better of me!

The next two weeks, as Taper suggests, are Recovery weeks.  I have a few short runs on Course Terrain and one last 1.5hour run next Sunday.

I feel ready, ready for that last 4k.  That is when everything is going to matter, that is when the true challenge of this thing is going to require everything I have.

I am excited, not so much nervous, more curious.  I have been grateful enough to not have race day nerves, I will be grateful again if I stick to my Race plan and not be all rookie and go out too fast too early.

So as I bring this post to a close, I want to mention the podcast that has seen me through every ‘long run’ I have had throughout the last 2-3months.  Running Long with Steve has been a lot of what has gotten me this far.  So in the words of the creator of Phedippidations

Run Long and Taper,

Jay 🙂

P.S. I turn 30 today – achieving 2 PR’s and a PB has been the best gift!  RUN! Just Run!

Check out that FROSTING!!!

Check out that FROSTING!!!

The longest argument ever!

Reist from – Run Hard Always Finish

It happened on my long run today.

I argued with myself for almost the entire 90 minutes!

I am coming back from a recovery week and god it felt like it!

There were quite a few times when I leveled out and felt comfortable, but the majority of the time it was damn hard work to keep my head in the game!

I was having a fight with myself, these are the things that ran through my mind…

“Pick up your feet you lazy bastard, you are stronger than this!”

“If you don’t make it, you will feel like shit!”

“Can I actually do this?  Will I make it on D Day”

“If only I had done this that and the other…”

“Urgh ‘Low Battery’ alert on Garmin”

“You have done it before, you can do it again!”

“There is chocolate milk at the end, run to the chocolate milk!”

“You are doing ok so far, just keep it up”

“Bleep Bleep, “Low Battery’, come on just another 30 minutes”

“Is this fizzy Nuun going to give me gas?”

“What are you like 2 years old? Chew the god damn Sports beans!”

“Drinking through this hydration pack straw isn’t that easy…”

“Wait, did my Garmin just die, Oh help me, it just died!”

“I’m doing ok, just get to the next street.  I’m at the next street, I am going to die!”

“Shit…. is that my glute?”

“Oh my god, my hammy”

And many more other good and bad things to entertain myself along the way.

But yes, right at the end, whilst hauling my ass up the last incline I felt a tightness in my glute, this ran down into my hammy.  I slowed my pace almost to a walk.  I mentally started kicking myself because of what could happen if I pulled either of these muscles just weeks out from race day.  I would soon be on my way to Sulk-ville.

After 11 hard weeks of getting myself to this point, its crucial for me to take care of myself and to also notice little niggles like today.

Tomorrow I go for the first of three massages I have booked myself in for.  All after the longest (non-stop) runs I have ever done in my life!  I hope this alleviates some of my worries with muscle niggles.

So I would have to say that today was a semi-success.  I got it done and kept up my goal pace.

I just have to wonder if it will be like this on race day – will I have to argue with myself the whole way?

Who knows, but as it stands I still have quite a fair amount of uncharted territory when it comes to distance.  I am about 7’ish k’s away from knowing what it feels like to be done!

As I enter into Week 12, where Business time means Business time, I think about trying my best to cover as much of that uncharted territory as I can.  This will be the last Build week before the event, it is the guts and the grunt of this thing!  I run for my longest amount of time, this time next week – 2 whole hours!

Otherwise, apart from all the mind games, and the wee niggles, I am happy with what I have done.  I have kept to the majority of the plan,and with every long run I have endured I find out something new about myself and my ability along the way.

Ever want to know or find out what you are made of?

Go on a long run!  You will find it there!

Feeling that high,

Feeling the hurt,

Feeling Relentless!

Jay 🙂

P.S. If you look just over to the side, just there >>>> you will see that I am just 22 days from Race Day. EEK!  Exciting, but Eeek more!