Shitti to saafu

In Japanese, that’s how you’d say the City to Surf and just between you and me, I think that’s an accurate description of the race 😉

I got my completion certificate the other day:

You’ll notice my official time was 1hr 18min 37 secs.

That’s a pace of about 6min 30secs per kilometre – not exactly olympic pace, but I’d secretly decided before the race that I wouldn’t slash my wrists if I did it in under 1hr 20min so I didn’t feel the need to break out the knives.

The next race I’ll be doing is the Rottnest Island Marathon & Fun Run. As well as the marathon there is a 10km circuit around the island that starts 10:30am on Sunday 25th October. The entry cut off for $5 off the entry fee is 5pm on Friday 17th September so I’ll probably take my finger out of my ass and do my application at 4:55pm.

I’m a bit worried about the late starting time as it will mean finishing at the hottest part of the day in late October. I’m also worried about losing my breakfast on the ferry over as I get horribly, horribly sea-sick on boats of any description.

I’m aiming for a time of under 60mins and to that effect I’ve been doing the Freeway to 10k series from podrunner intervals. I’ve been really focusing on pace for the past couple of weeks and it’s been tough. I’m doing about 4 runs a week and keeping my rest days between runs as I’m really feeling the effects of the increased pace, a.k.a my quads and groin are on fire (and not in a sexy way). I’m also looking at doing some cross-training on my rest days as I’ve recently learned that ‘cross-training’ is just a fancy way of saying ‘doing some different exercise’. Now that it’s getting warmer, some swimming is starting to look good and I may do some walking or riding my stationary bike when I can’t be bothered to go to the pool.

On Sunday, M and I scoured the neighbourhood for pallets to add to our dwindling firewood supply and after we’d loaded up the ute, I decided to run back home. I always enjoy exercise so much more when I have a “purpose” so running home is perfect and it would have been even more perfect if I hadn’t gotten lost on the way home…lol. How embarassing…But in my defence, this area is a mass of cul-de-sacs and no-through-roads and if you take a wrong turn you’re seriously fucked. I did get back home eventually…

It was actually a good run though as I listened to Week 3 Day 3 of the podcast that is structured with 6 x 5min fast intervals with 90sec slow recovery intervals in between. At the moment I need the recovery periods to get my breath back.

I’ll be doing Week 3 Day 1 tomorrow ( 6 x 6min fast with 60sec recoveries) after I get home from work.

7 thoughts on “Shitti to saafu”

  1. i wanted to ask you how you know how far to run when you’re pounding the pavements? I usually run at the gym on the good ol’ treadie and run till i’m done or whatever. When i’m in the city during the week I sometimes street-run, but am never really sure how far to go so I can still get home without dying!!! This feels like it should have an obvious answer but indulge me, pleeeeeeease 😉

    p.s. i tried just turning round and running back again, but that is soooooo boring. i think i need to somehow measure out a loop…

  2. I never turn around and run back again – trackbacks make me want to slit my wrists 🙂

    You have a few choices for measuring distance:
    a) buy yourself a running computer with GPS function
    b) get a 3D pedometer that measures steps and calibrate it for your running stride (regular pedometers can’t handle the ‘jumpiness’ of running)
    c) map your course on mapmywalk.com

    I have a 3D pedometer and I check my courses on mapmywalk. But as far as C25k was concerned, I originally did it by times and not distances.

    One big problem I have now is running out of streets! Lol. I spend lots of time on google maps plotting courses and finding new places to run. I always need new scenes or I get bored.

    Oh and I’m not a paid member of mapmywalk or anything, I just use their free mapping tool (checking the elevation is good too for hill training)

    On your treadie do you use incline?

    *edited to add lots of things*

  3. I must confess I haven’t been using incline *blushes* but am about to start, as I’ve reached my 30 mins straight running now. will def check out mapmywalk! thanks for the tip 🙂

  4. No need to blush and congrats on 30mins straight running!

    I was just going to say that running outside and running on treadie is quite different and if you do some practise with incline (5-10%) before going outside you’ll have less chance of dying before you get back 🙂

    I like running straight after work as it doesn’t give you chance to chill out like you do when you go home and then go for a run. It’s so hard to get motivated! I just keep telling myself that I can have more food if I go…lol.

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