Poppet, Bunny and I ran the Canberra Times 10km yesterday, along with Rach and Ben, and Law Man.
The best thing about Canberra is that for any big event, you’re guaranteed to bump into people you know.
I was extra excited, and had my clothes ready the night before.
Everything was going perfectly, until I started running! Lead legs, anyone? I knew that Friday’s long session was going to haunt me, but I was in denial!
I have no complaints though – I pushed hard, and it was a great track – big open roads had been closed off, and there was plenty of room to push past all those frustratingly slow people who congregate at the front (if that’s you, I am judging you – more so if you have a dog, and a stupid orange t-shirt, and are walking. I hate you).
The tiny hill we hit just before the finish line nearly killed me, and when an older man cut ahead of me to high five some children in the crowd, I not so quietly swore.
What a sweet old man – if that was you, I am forever sorry for telling you to f-ing move. At that point, I was no longer responsible for anything my body or brain was doing.
In the end, my time was 50:29. I’ll take that!
It’s a little better than my last race time, and this course was much more difficult.
Poppet and Bunny are my house-mates, so we headed home to collapse as soon as we could.
Did you notice the fish behind Bunny? I spent the afternoon watching them flirt with each other (the fish, not Bunny with the fish). Bunny loves fish, and he finally bought a tank. Apparently these fish mate really easily, so we’re hoping for some mini(er?) fish ASAP.
Lucy, who is a legend, came to take me out for the afternoon, for some much needed non-work/non-running/non-crazy time.
She also buttered me up with some home-made peanut butter chocolate granola.
After lunch, we hit the Bus Depot markets. You know those things in your home town that all the tourists like but you’ve never bothered to do?
The Bus Depot Markets are exactly like that. I loved them!
We spent the afternoon sampling every goody we could get our hands on.
I’m definitely able to fit a lot more food in as my mileage creeps up. And on the topic of mileage, I’m working really hard to make sure my body is strong enough to support me as I run.
I told you last week that I had bought a pack of personal training sessions at the gym.
Dave totally surprised me. I was expecting a few basic moves to mix up my weights routine. What I got was a great lesson is myofascial slings.
That’s what I said. Especially when he told me that I had to take my shoes off and rub my feet.
I won’t go into too much brutal detail – mostly because I don’t assume I’m an expert after my 20 minute run down!
The idea is that they run across the body. As a runner, I was advised to work on my anterior (front) and posterior (back) slings, using the cable machine to lunge and twist.
From what I could gather (and please, if you know better, do comment and tell us more!), this has become popular with elite athletes, and is a great way to strengthen and activate your body in a more holistic way. As you do when you run.
An added bonus – people give you the ‘look’ when they see you pulling cables archer style.
My boss gave me lunch and spent the afternoon teaching me a whole lot of invaluable skills – just because he wanted to help me improve my business skills.
I love how an act of kindness like that can make someone’s day!
What new fitness related tips or tricks have you learnt lately?
How did you spend the weekend?
Has someone done something kind for you recently?