Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Twenty Days to Christmas!!

Okay, I have been unwell. It's gone on for nearly two weeks now but as it is affecting my energy and running speed I have finally succumbed and visited the doctor. As a consequence I've been on fluids only and been off work for a couple of days. Hopefully I'll gain some energy when I can start eating again tomorrow. I am currently starving and have very little energy. However I will now recap my week to the best of my memory! I couldn't even manage yoga tonight which is a shame as I know it was a restorative session.

Monday 4 December (the last time I trained)
6.15am - Gym - Weights and Machines
Working on Back, shoulders, chest, biceps, triceps, abs and the leg press

5.30pm - Parliament House Group
As speedygeoff has another appointment Trevor took the session tonight. We ran our warm up loop of Parliament House then did the main session as follows:

Run fast for 350m (undulating)
Slow run for the same distance

The aim was to repeat the above ten times. However Maureen, Ewen and I managed eight times (ie 16 x 350m loops) which was quite enough.

Warm down loop back to start.

Total Distance: 11:41km
Calories burned: 680

I found the session long and hard and I even felt quite sick. This made me realise I am not performing as I should and ensured I made that doctor's appointment at last. I am not supposed to run for about a week but I'm hoping I'll be able to run the hills on Saturday once I start eating again.

Saturday 2 December - Hill Run - 7am
We start our run at 7am now that Summer is here, the idea being to finish before it becomes too hot. Today there were about 8 of us to start but most turned at the 6km mark. I ran on for another 1.5km with Debbie and there we decided to turn and run back the same way for a change. It was still an undulating course but I was happy to run parts of it downhill for a change. Debbie is another interesting lady who had back surgery a few years ago and was told she should never run again. She has returned to running and is as fast as ever. She has run marathons in just over 3 hours and is an amazing lady. Some runners do have such inspirational lives. I enjoyed the off-road run, the surface, the hills and the interesting company.

Total distance: 15km
Time taken: 1hour 32mins
Average pace per km: 6:09
Fastest km: 5:11
Calories burned: 942

Thursday 30 November - short run
As I was unable to run at the track tonight because of a work function (dammit) I decided to run in the morning instead. The intention was to run really early and a decent distance but unfortunately my stomach did not allow me out the door until just after 6am and as a consequence I only had time to run the Kaleen block.

Distance: 6km
Time taken: 34:53
Calories burned: 340
Average pace per km: 5:55


  1. Dont ya hate it when work functions get in the way of your training? LOL

    Take good care of yourself Strewth. You have a huge training program - combined with the craziness this time of year - is sure to take its toll. Hope you feel back to 100% very soon !

  2. Take care, and get over this Bug soon.

  3. Oh no! I hope it's nothing serious Strewth.

    What am I going to do for coffee on Saturday morning? :(

    Get well soon.

  4. I hope you're feeling well real soon, Strewth; taking it easy for a few extra days is time well spent....just do it!

  5. Just checking to see if you're feeling any better, Strewth.

    Hey, it's nearly Christmas & you have to be well by then! I hope you & all your family have a very happy Christmas. Look forward to meeting up again early 2007!

  6. Get well soon Strewth!

    sorry to hear that you are so poorly, and now I am really worried that you have not posted since.

    Let me know if there is anything that I can do. :)

  7. As always a strong and consistent rountine Strewth.

    That is the base to build from.

    Good work.