Monday, August 16, 2010


I've been forced off-line temporarily because of equipment malfunction. Last week my computer gave off four weird beeps and died. And I've been so busy with work and MARATHON TRAINING that I haven't had a chance to get it to the computer doctor or the computer mortuary.So I'm typing this on Luke's computer. Surrounded by Luke's mess (although his bed is now made - had to do something while the computer was starting up)

Week 1 of serious marathon training is done. I'm not sure if I'm liking it yet. Not sure if I should be feeling so tired. Not sure if I'll see this through to the end. I'm just not sure about a lot of things.

Last week I ran more than I've ever run in my life - a whole 65k! Last Saturday I ran my longest ever run of 28k! There's a lot of firsts happening here. I actually coped with the 28k pretty well. I kept my pace restrained and checked my heart rate regularly. I was a little over it all by 25k but plugged on. The physical repercussions were a tight soleus and a bit of nasty bra chaffing (that I didn't know had happened till I hit the shower) and just general fatigue. No blisters!I did end up nauseated for the rest of the day so this week I'm going to throw down an extra gel mid-run to try to prevent my blood sugar bottoming out.

Yesterday I had to do a 16k run and that went well but by the end of the day I'd had it! A long run coupled with a full day standing up working made me a tired bunny. And then today I had speed. I was a bit scared about how my body would cope being pushed while still fatigued but the session went remarkably well. 6 X 1k reps - my fastest 4:34 and my slowest 4:37.

The whole marathon thing is freaking me out a little. I keep vacillating - I can do it! Can't possibly do it and I'm going to pull out! I have to keep telling myself to take it one run at a time and see how it goes. There's going to be a lot of self-talk happening between here and Melbourne.

And on a professional note - I've been asked to make some Rhythmic leotards for the up-coming Commonwealth Games. I'm thrilled to have been asked and for my work to be shown in such a public arena.


  1. You can do it and the rhythmic leotards sound just awesome!

  2. Very cool about the running AND the rythmic leotards :)

  3. Of course you can do it...but it sounds like you don't just want to do want to rock it! :)

    What are Rhythmic leotards? How cool that you're going to get such great exposure for your work!

  4. And all that uncertainty...that's a sure sign you're in marathon training to me!

  5. congrats on your professional accomplishment, as well as your running firsts! You CAN do it, I'm sure!

  6. Just relax and take the long runs real easy. Only distance matters, not time. You can definitely do this. Drink lots of water and make sure you eat enough. You’ll get used to the longer distances very quickly. Yeah for the rhythmic leotards, awesome!

  7. How exciting, all those firsts! Worry and indecision are sure signs that your marathon training is going well. :-)

  8. I've missed your posts! Happy you are back!

    YOU are going to rock it!

  9. Congrats on the mileage milestones! You are doing great.

  10. You can do it! Congrats on your long run of 28 km. :) Have a nice training again Char!

  11. You can do it! You have the right spirit to finish a very good marathon. However I see that you are following a competitive program with a very high mileage by the first week. Sorry but I don't know what the rhytmic leotards are (I am italian and my english is poor).

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