First week back at work after the holidays has been HECTIC! In fact this week will also be incredibly busy as I have a huge pile of internal assessment to mark and have moderated for my students so I do apologise for my lack of blogging my nights are being taken up marking.
I’m still on cloud 9 with regards to getting an entry into the New York Marathon, I have been reading a book: A Race Like No Other (Liz Robbins) and today I managed to hire a DVD: Spirt of the Marathon but I don’t think I will get a chance to watch it til next weekend. But my big step forward is I contacted a lady who I was hopping was training for the Auckland Marathon (an annual run here in NZ, late October) to see if I could do some long 30+ Km training runs with her, she is not running that race this year but she put me in contact with a running group which goes out each Sunday morning and trains for these types of events. So today I got up early put my gear on, had a coffee and headed down to the meeting point. I was a little apprehensive…. what if they run really fast? What if I slow them down? What if nobody is there? the Rotorua marathon was yesterday and I doubt they would meet to train the day after a marathon. What if???? What if???? What if????
Well I need not have worried. As it turns out, a lot of the runners did run the Rotorua marathon yesterday so there were not a lot of runners meeting today. Also I was under the impression the meeting time was 7:45 and that they run at 8am sharp. Well that is the case as of next week, today they actually met at 6:45am and ran out at 7am. Fortunately two gentlemen also had the time wrong and turned up to run at 8am. I was very close to leaving as I did not fancy running with two blokes who looked liked gazelles but they reassured me that they were not going to run fast as they have a race next weekend so were heading out to do about 13km at an easy pace. So I trotted off thinking I have nothing to lose and I don’t mind if they ditch me if I can’t keep up with their “easy pace”. Turns out I found their pace very comfortable and we ran and chatted and had a great time.
Unfortunately next weekend we (hubby, Millie and I) are heading to our bach to do a weekend of gardening and general tidying up so I won’t be able to run with them next weekend but I’m really looking forward to joining them on a regular basis. It is going to make those long training runs a whole lot more enjoyable. I found today that I was not so focused on running while with company instead we nattered a little and the time went quite fast. I have done so much of my milage solo, either thinking about “stuff” or listening to podcasts/music some of those runs seem to drag on even though Millie is good company and the podcasts can be quite interesting. I’ll still be running solo (with Millie) in the mornings, but I think I am really going to enjoy the social aspect of these Sunday runs.
Foodwise – well I was doing really well…. this weekend I had a couple of things I probably shouldn’t have had. For example last night I cooked a chicken roast and I had a roast potato and a glass of wine. I figured that I would “run that off” on Sunday morning. I also don’t think a roast potato once in a blue moon is something to lose any sleep over. The glass of wine, I haven’t been drinking at all and while I don’t intend to drink regularly I’m not going to lose sleep over a glass of wine every now and then.
Weight-wise it was dropping ever so slowly but I suspect tomorrow it will pop up with the wine consumption but that is OK…. it will go back down. It’s a lifestyle not a short term thing!