Sunday, March 22, 2015

Hello! Long time no see!

I drafted this while lying on the bed, in the middle of a Persian food coma, and the dog decided that it was the best time to commandeer my legs. I hadn't taken her for a walk, and I wasn't planning to, so I let her be and drafted this post from the tablet that was within reach.

Soon after my last post, I had an extended Sjogren's flare where all I really wanted to do was sleep. Mileage went down, as did my capacity to stare at computer screens all day. I did manage to get quite a bit of parkrun tourism done during that period, so I have a number of reviews to add to the blog: Albury Wodonga, Balyang Sanctuary, Shepparton, Point Cook and Toolern Creek. I meant to go to Inverloch too but I was so exhausted that I stayed in bed instead. No shortage of content to write about, just energy - once I sit down in front of the computer and get a good amount of PhD stuff done, I have had enough of the computer screen and don't want to look at it any longer.

I am also still not over the hamstring niggle, but have managed to clock 25:37, 25:34 and 25:32 at the last three parkrun events I have attended (all relatively flat -  Shepparton, Point Cook and Toolern Creek). I'm not feeling fit by any means but am enjoying my consistency over 5k. Although with Puffing Billy in 6 weeks, I am a bit worried about how much I'll be able to push it. I should be able to do better than last year, when my average pace was 6:10/km. The first descent down to the overpass almost makes my hamstring hurt just by thinking about it! Along with pace, my long run has also suffered as a result of the niggle. I struggled through 13k (and 100m elevation) earlier today, but I'm hoping to build on that over the next 5 weekends! 

I'm planning on heading to Pakenham parkrun this weekend - I volunteered there at their Inaugural, but am yet to run the course. It is another flat course, so am hoping to get another mid-25 minute run in - or a little quicker if the hamstring can handle it!