Thursday, February 01, 2007

Thursday Track Session and Something New!

Tonight I managed to arrive at the AIS Track with ten minutes to spare before the 3000m race at 6pm and didn't bump into a pole on the way out of the carpark!! A quick couple of laps to warm-up before the event and off I chugged - chug being the operative word! Obviously what goes on in your personal life can affect the way you run (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it)!! Although the temperature was considerably cooler than it has been for some weeks it still felt pretty hot at 6pm on the track with the sun still streaming down. I felt slow and blobby but I made it with a very close finish to Marg at the end.

Distance: 3000m
Time taken: 15:11 (definitely NOT a pb - how about a pw!)

Having completed the 3km run for some bizarre reason I was persuaded to take part in the 3000m WALK at 6.30pm. Now this is something entirely new for me and it's always good to give new things a go. What after all was there to lose?

Event: 3000m walk
Time taken: 22:20 (interesting!)

Now that was fun! It was very non-threatening and I really enjoyed it. Everyone was encouraging and giving me hints as to how to power walk. I didn't wear a number so that I wasn't judged but I could get used to this. I felt on a high at the end and although different muscles are definitely used when walking fast (for me) I would be happy to give it another go next week. I don't think I'll ever be able to race walk properly though - the shins feel it!!


  1. The way I see it, Strewthy, you actually did 6 km's out there at the track last night in about 37 minutes. That's not too slothy. Most people on this planent can't even think that far! I don't think I could do a 3k walk as its seems too far!

    I am sorry I wasn't at the track to cheer you on because you would have deserved that. Just being out there and giving it a go says alot about you.

  2. I have recently come to realise that we don't understand how much our personal life can affect our training. I always used to think that I could separate one from the other but now I'm not so sure. I guess any mental energy that you use in difficult personal circumstances has to come from somewhere....

    Take care of yourself - looking forward to seeing you next weekend!

  3. You power walk at the best of times...I'll never keep up with you now! Well done on having a go!

  4. It's amazing you're getting out there with all that's been happening.

    I know... you're practising for the walk up to the Pluviometer in 2008!

    The sore shins is a sign you were doing something right. The shin muscles in runners are under-developed. After a few weeks of walking, you'll be fine :)

  5. That's really interesting, Strewth! I'd never think of doing a 'walk' race....maybe I should give it a go.

    Will be in Canberra for Thursday 15th. Are you free for a meal Wednesday night as last time?

  6. Interesting time, but the next time wear a bib, so you will be able to have good chances!