“Run the Rock” Results

 It’s been a while since you guys have seen a fitness update and monthly running challenge; 8 months actually.  The last running challenge I did was in March and I didn’t even post my results.  I don’t have them anymore so I can’t tell you what they were.  I haven’t even posted my results for the Cancer Council Run the Rock fun run, back in April.  Let’s start with that shall we?

 As you can read in my previous post, I am nursing a suspected ACL tear. (It’s not fun, at all. What is more frustrating is my ability to do almost everything normally but still being no clearer on an actual factual diagnosis.)  This incident happened on Friday the 12th April.  My running event was on the Saturday 27th April.  There was no chance that I was running the 19km race anymore.  The physio had already ruled that out.  He had given me some hope that I’d be able to run in the 10km race though! *YAY*  I went and saw him a week later and he told me it was my call on the event but if it was him, he wouldn’t even participate anymore.  Well, I couldn’t do that.   People had sponsored me to run in the event so I had to partake, even if I crawled across the finish line.  I made the best decision I could and organized to run/walk in the 5km event.  If my knee gave way, at least I could hobble across the line.

 A few days before the event, this arrived!  An official Cancer Council running shirt.  I wasn’t going to wear it at the event as I would get too hot but I wanted one to show that I supported the cause.  You could also buy Run the Rock tees as well, which I ordered and picked up on the day.   I wanted a memory of my first official fun run (pity it wasn’t what I planned, but hey, I did it!).

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Event day comes around and there are people everywhere. I got there just before my official event (19km) was about to start so I could tell them that I needed to change events.  This meant I was an hour early but that didn’t matter.  I watched the kids 2km fun run around the race track and made sure my knee was supported as it could be.  I was getting nervous because I didn’t know how my knee would hold up.  The announcement was made a sea of people flooded the starting area.  It was a tad chilly but I knew within a few minutes of running I would be warm.  In these few moments, I realised I’d cleaned up my phone and I had no music whatsoever on my phone.  BLANK. GONE! I didn’t panic but I knew I needed something playing in my ears to get me in the right frame of mine.  I live streamed through the Music Hub app on my Samsung S3 and we were in business.  I’d worry about my downloads when I’d finished.

 Blood pumped hard when the starting gun went and it took a while for the people in front of me to move.  I found my way to the fence where there was a clear run.  I shot through and off I went.  The first 2 kms were good.  I had a good pace and I was happy with the way things were panning out, I was making good time.  Just before the 3km mark, I spotted a bloke, looking exhausted and he’d just started walking.  As I passed him, I tapped his shoulder, smiled and said, C’mon mate, you can do it.’  With that, he started running again.  We were all in this together.   Between 3km-4km there was a section of asphalt that spanned around 300M.  Injury free, I shouldn’t really be running on it because it’s really harsh on my joints; so running on it then (with what I know now is a ACL tear) was not really a good idea either.  I made about 100M of it and my knee started to hurt.  I had walked almost the rest of it when I felt a tap on my shoulder.  That same guy I’d inspired smiled at me this time and said C’mon, it’s not far now!’.  With that, I was back on the grass and almost at the 4km mark.  I switched back into my groove and found  the rhythm of my run.  The last kilometre was filled with people cheering on the runners and I knew this was my break to try make a good time.  I spotted a girl in front of me and said, catch her.  I did.  Repeat.  Kids were stretching their hands out, waiting for high fives and laughing.  Why not I said.  For about 100M I high-fived as many kids as I could.  It was amazing.  No one from my family could make the race, so seeing there smiling faces was almost as good.  With about 300M to go until the finish line, I picked my pace and just focused on the end,  I could see the time and I knew it was going to be close to a PB.  It was quite there but it was a decent effort with an injured leg.  I pushed my body over the line and it was over.  I’d done it and I was so proud of myself.  Water, electrolytes and carbs were handed out at the finish line,

 I had timed it on my phone but I knew it would be a few seconds out.  I’d have to wait for my official time.

 ***DRUM ROLL PLEASE***

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 I had finished in the top 20 of my age group which was an excellent result for me.  The goal now is to get fit and healthy again for this year’s event and hopefully I can try running the 19km race again.

  I’m trying really hard to get back into it but the unknown diagnosis on my knee is keeping me a little disheartened.  I have tried to go back to football a few times but there is no improvement in my knee.  I need to block out the thoughts of hurting it badly every time I run.  Running in a straight, forward movement shouldn’t have any issues.  It’s keeping motivated to go every day, that is my issue.

 My goal this year is to work as hard as I can on getting my fitness back and power through my physio once I have my operation.  I want to get back to competitive sport; whether that is football, hockey or more running events. I have also taken up another endeavor which will be included in another post! (Finding all sorts of things to post about now! Hopefully I can keep it up!)

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Just keep swimming motivated, that’s what I have to keep telling my brain and my heart will do the rest.

 C. x

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March Challenge Update

This is the first time in 5 months that I haven’t set myself a distance goal for running. Back when I set this goal, at the beginning of March, I was convinced it would be a pretty realistic challenge.

Oh, was I wrong!

We are currently at day 20 of March and for the whole month I have ran a total of 30.19 over 3 days. This is a terrible effort and not the training I need to be doing for my Run the Rock event. (Click here for more info on that event and here to donate.)

The challenge set was to run 2 out of the 3 days between Friday and Sunday. The last 2 weekends have been busy for me and I haven’t had a chance to run. I ran on the Labour Day holiday and I ran yesterday because I didn’t feel up to going to boxing. For the next 5 weeks I have decided that I am going to give boxing away for one day a week, to give me a chance to clock up some km’s for this run. I have also decided to try running half an hour in the morning before work, most likely on my treadmill. I need to get my legs used to running every day again and at the moment, training twice a week and running once, isn’t enough.

I’ve also been struggling with my healthy eating and I may have put a few kilograms back on. *sad face* However, if I try and speak to people about the disappointment of gaining those kilograms back, they all look at me and say, “Candice, you are fine. You don’t need to loose any weight. Don’t forget that muscle weighs more than fat.” If only they saw what I see every day and feel what I’m feeling, then they would understand. I feel yuck within myself that I don’t weigh what I used to but I LOVE FOOD way too much. Why is it that most things that are ever so yummy are always THAT bad for you? I am trying to get back on track and some days are difficult but I am hoping with trying to run again almost every day, those few kilograms will drop off again.

I can be pretty determined when I need to be so I am hoping that, that determination kicks in soon and I will be back to my lowest weight I have been since November/December. Ever since Christmas, I have been plateauing and I am pretty disappointed in myself. With Easter around the corner, I am going to be very cautious and make sure I don’t eat too much chocolate. (As for me buying Chocolate for others, this will happen. 😉 If I am going to stuff my face and be a little fatty, then everyone else can do it with me :P)

C. x

Make-it-happen

P.s. It’s not too bad, all my clothes still fit, so I don’t need to buy new ones. 😉

March Challenge

So, I am at tee minus 53 days until my big run for the Cancer Council. (Need more information on that event or want to sponsor me? Click here!) I have run a few long runs lately (about 12km) but nothing close to the 19km I need to run on that day. I should probably get on running in the evening so it cools down as I go, rather then run in the morning and it warms up as I go.

Let’s get on to the monthly running challenge, shall we? As you all should be aware by now, I am training for football and boxing twice a week. Monday/Wednesday are for football and Tuesday/Thursday are for boxing. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for running now does it? I’m not going to stop running but I have slightly amended the challenge to compensate for this lack of time.

This month I am not setting a distance on which I need to cover. My goal is just to run 2 out of the 3 days I have free, no set distance required. Of course, in my head I am going to try and run as far as I can, in order to train for the Run the Rock event in April but if I don’t feel up to running 10km plus, I’m not going to.

The first 3 days got off to an average start because I missed a run on Friday, I ran 8.36km on Saturday and I had a practise match on Sunday; making the grand total for this month so far 8.36km!

It will get better and I will have one run this month that is at least the length of Run the Rock. (19km!!)

What challenges have you set yourself for this month?

C. x

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