Auckland Domain, early morning
View of Rangitoto from One Tree Hill
The lovely peeps I got to run with - Richard, Martin, Deb and Dan
31km, in under three hours no less! (Actual run time - I paused for all the stops)
But I still had another week of school holidays ahead of me, which potentially meant more missed training opportunities. What to do? Monday was a rest day because seriously OMG 31km, and Tuesday I finally got around to setting up the bike trainer again so did half an hour of relatively vigorous cycling. And Wednesday? Well, Wednesday saw me doing 10km on my brand-spanking new treadmill!!! The guy who delivered it was kind enough to set it up for me so it was all ready to go.
One can only assume my whinging became annoying enough that it warranted a significant purchase... In case you were wondering, I have since moved it because I quickly realised running while staring at a white wall is incredibly boring.
Thursday morning was a super early start - at 5am Martin and I embarked on a 22km run through a bunch of Auckland suburbs.
5am and ready to roll!
I took this photo at about 6am, a little over halfway through the run:
About ten minutes later I tripped on some uneven paving. Determined not to injure my legs, I managed to do a bit of a sideways dive roll manoeuvre. My hands hit the concrete, but I landed on the grass verge on my shoulder and did a complete roll to end up on my butt, yelling "I rolled!". I was rather pleased with myself :) Apparently it looked pretty stylish too, lol! It wasn't until the next day that I felt any effects - my shoulder is a little sore, but there's no bruising so I guess its not too bad. Weird running injuries - I haz them ;) The views on the run were pretty good, although as always, the pictures don't really show it:
Hello sunrise, nice to see you.
Friday was another 10km on the treadmill, this time while watching a Harry Potter movie with the kids. Much more interesting than a blank wall ;)
Yep, that treadmill is pretty darned handy... there's no excuse to skip marathon training any more! If I can't make it out the door, I can still get a run in. Hurrah! Less than three months to go now, so training is in full swing. Game on! Gosh, that marathon is creeping up fast... The combination of the looming marathon and the 50 Days of Winter Running challenge has really made an impact on my weekly mileage. I've enjoyed participating in the challenge, and seeing how others have been progressing as well. It definitely kept me motivated! And in case you were wondering, the challenge is also the reason for the run-selfies lately. Y'know, in case I didn't manage to get a good pic of the scenery... Don't worry, I spared you from most of them ;) Tomorrow marks the end of the 50 days, and it will be finished off in style with a 15.5km gnarly trail run in Dome Valley. Looks like the weather will be cold and wet too. Fitting I guess, for a winter running challenge...
Along with the increase in mileage comes the increase in appetite. Ever heard of the term 'rungry'? Here, let me help you out a little:
Nailed it! Hahahaha!!
After that minor fail, I managed to salvage my breakfast by making pancakes with the remaining batter:
Much better :)
I stumbled across a new product in the supermarket the other day, and after a quick perusal of the ingredients list, happily added it to the shopping basket:
Dairy and egg free, yay!
You must go out and buy this bread and try it. Yuuuuuuuuuum!!! Nobody else here is eating it so the whole loaf is mine! And I've nearly finished it already... The slices are super thick, and its great toasted with jam, or cashew butter, or just dairy free margarine. Again, not really eating it for breakfast... Unless breakfast is now an all-day thing ;)
Okay, this post is getting super long, so I'm going to finish up here. Next post - Dome Valley race recap. Post after that - knitting! Yep, still knitting, just not as much. I've got a few finished projects to tell you about, so I'll see you again soon :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!