A Gold Coast long run

Time for a running update and I’m happy to report that things are chugging along nicely! Since being part of the shin splint study I’ve had no lower leg pain but have cut down on my runs, limiting it to 3 a week, and not on consecutive days. I was really struggling though with what to do on my non-running days and not having the motivation to do anything significant.

So, for the first time in years, I joined a gym! It’s close by, 24 hours, has a free crèche & classes, and I got a super sign-up deal…and I absolutely love it! It’s so great to mix things up a bit and be working some muscles that have been a bit neglected in my running.

I had a great parkrun yesterday at Sandgate, aiming for about 24 minutes, but coming in at 23:30. Finally feeling like I’m back in reach of my PB of 22:24 again!
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After a long run from Woody Point to Brighton last week that was meant to be 16km but ended up being 18km, my planned 20km this morning turned into 23km!

Let me explain…Dean & I had a conference on the Gold Coast (child-free), but instead of a rare sleep-in, we opted for an early wake-up and long run.  It was lovely to be in a different waterfront location & had some stunning views to help us along. We were feeling great as we approached the 10km mark, so Dean suggested that if I was going to do 20km anyway, I might as well up it to a half marathon (21.1km). I turned around at 11km to allow for a couple of dead ends we’d gone down on the way.

Surfers Paradise in the distance

Surfers Paradise in the distance

It was great to run together, something that’s pretty rare at the moment. There were so many people out & about – I was really impressed! We also did part of the course from last year’s marathon, which brought back some great memories!

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We’d run the first 11km at about 5:30 mins/km – the same pace as I did for last week’s 18km. But at this point we split up – me heading back home & Dean going on for another 5km before turning around. But once I was on my own, my pace dropped a fair bit. I just felt like enjoying my surroundings a bit more & taking it fairly slow on a rare day when I wasn’t rushing to get home to the kids! My overall pace ended up at 6:00 mins/km.

I took a wrong turn somewhere in a nature reserve, which took me uphill on a trail, until I realized I was going in the wrong direction! This ended up adding about another 1km, hence the 23km total 🙂  Dean finished up with 32km, which was his plan – he’s so on track for his Brisbane Marathon!

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This is my view a lot of the time when we’re running together 🙂

 

All in all, I was super happy with my run – I’m well ahead now in my half marathon schedule & know I have the distance covered easily, but really need to work on pace. I feel that the gym is helping me a lot with overall strength & core, but I’d still like to be a few kilos lighter to really help my cause!

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In other news, Miss 4 has been asking to do parkrun & is doing some “training” runs to help her prepare! She’s still a fair way off being able to do 5km but hey – one step at a time!

Here’s to another great week of running!

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