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Week 30 - 7 weeks to go
Monday, 19 September 2011 11:04

Monday 19th September 2011 - I woke up feeling tired but fine - the legs are feeling good, but my middle back is feeling quite stiff.  Gym session this afternoon - put almost all the weights up a bit.

Tuesday - I was feeling good at work, but once I went for my run this afternoon, I felt tired.  Heavy, slow legs.  I wondered where the tyre was that I was obviously dragging behind me - so, so tired and heavy.  The program said 14.5 km at 10km pace plus 40 secs = 5.10 pace.  I headed out to do that, but by half way, with abdominal cramping (and thanks to Kym for being home for a rescue toilet stop!!), and a nasty blister on the arch of my left foot - I have no idea what I was doing differently to be getting a blister in shoes that are around 6 weeks old - with a funny gait then developing as I tried to wriggle off the hot spot ... I called it and finished at 11 km.  

I then had the Enjo fundraiser in the evening - 12 people came along to hear Sonya talk about the products, answer questions and these folks combined with the half dozen orders I had collected and the half dozen Sonya had collected resulted in $300 cash and $500 in free product for me to sell over the next few weeks (fabulous bamboo tea towels will be available in a couple of weeks!) all going to the Jodi Lee Foundation.  A busy day.

Wednesday - gym session, very early.  All the weights up again.  

And another findraiser tonight - a Scouts session at Team Trampoline, once again expertly run by Brian.  He does such a fantastic job, and this group of 11 and 12 year olds had a great time with some circus skills and trampolining.  I made some honey crackles and chocolate crackles which were well received, and another $260 was raised for bowel cancer awareness!

Thursday  - Another run - this time the 'sprint' session of 1km, 2km, 1km, 1km with 400m in between each one.  I spent about 10 minutes programming the workout into my fancy watch, but once I was ready to start (and at the river, off th emain roads and the need to watch for traffic), for some reason, the watch went completely on the fritz.  It kept telling me I was running too fast (2.38 split!!), and then when the first km was done and I had rounded a bend so was going the other way, it had me running at 12 minute pace.  Thank goodness for my built in redundancy and having MapMyRun also going at the same time.  I was able to complete the session using that, and once I reset my watch, it seeme dto work fine, but I couldn't be bothered stopping and trying to work out how to reprogramme the session for just the remaining 2x 1km I had left.  So, I have not some much fancy data, but I did the session.  No speed records were set, but it was a good solid HR session, which is what really counts.

Friday - I have woken with the most horrific rotated rib up the top of the left side, that has steadily worsened throughout the day.  A stretch out on a ball wasn't really helping, but some treatment did help and lots of ice.

Saturday - 21 km run.  A bit wierd up on the pioneer women's trail with a guy that kept appearing ahead of me on the switching back path - he was obviously going straight up where I was going on the trail, but by the third time he was stethching and cooling down in front of me, I decided it was best to get off the hill and back where other people were around, so my plan for the run didn't happen.  Fortunately, I am not going to run out of roads in a hurry, so I was able to still work out my distance.  Much uphill to start with, on the trail, and now a really red blister in the arch of my left foot to show for it.

Sunday - weights session.  I was pretty sore afterwards - quads, calves, and was lying on the couch in the evening wondering why I was so tired,  Then I remembered - 75 km running in a week, 2 fundraisers, cooking and preparation for the fundraisers plus work plus family time.  I'm tired.  Starting to look forward to that taper in a month or so :)



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The Cancer Council came out this week and announced that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, and that alcohol should be considered to be as carcinogenic as smoking and asbestos are.  As well as being highly associated with throat and mouth cancers, it is now found to correlate highly with breast and bowel cancers.  Perhaps it should not be so surprising that a substance that can so alter mood and ability, even at very mild levels should turn out to be in fact, not good for us.

This story, an editorial from the British Journal of Sports Medicine earlier this year has some amazing targets - it ties in with our look at sitting and health, and is about developing healthcare systems that support exercise - recognise it as being as vital a measure of our health as is blood sugar levels or blood pressure.  It recommends 150 minutes of physical activity per week for adults as a minimum.  30 mins on 5 days.  For children, it is 420 mins / week - 60 minutes every day.  How close are you?

This is another article on inactivity / obesity and health from Sports Medicine Australia, highlighting the link between an inactive childhood and a lifetime of battling depression.  It is food for thought (!) these days where there seems to be much paranoia about safety of children away from their parents watchful eyes, and therefore a tendency to want to keep them closely under watch instead of encouraging more activity and indeed risk taking behaviours.  The ability to judge situations for risk and to be able to take appropriate risks builds self esteem and resilience.  Not much to do with bowel cancer awareness, but close to my heart as well.

Another article on sitting

This one is in really simple terms - if you walk 30 mins (as recommended) and sleep 8 hours, most of us still have 15.5 hours per day not moving.  You cannot sit all day behind a screen, then drive your car and sit and watch tv with out it being bad for you.  A good read.