Monday, 7 November 2016

Pile on the Miles 2016: Week I

We're a week into November and although I kicked off Pile on the Miles with a cold, I still did okay.  Here's a reminder of the goals I set for November:

1.  Run four times a week (i.e. be consistent in my training); and
2.  Gradually (and injury-free!) build my longer runs up to 12 km as a base for half-marathon training, which starts in December.

And here's how I did:

Monday       ---> The most glorious beach run ever!  A sunny day, six solo kilometres, and a quick, knee-deep dip in the ocean afterwards.  I know I say this about almost every second run, but this one truly was perfect.  



Tuesday       ---> Rest day.  I woke up to a sore throat...  Ugh.  New continent, new germs - who knew?  Foam rolled to ease the frustration.    
  
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday  ---> I checked, re-checked and checked again whether my cold/flu symptoms were above or below the neck.  (Here's why.)  In the end, common sense prevailed (while my heart and legs yelled "noooooooo!") and I took three additional (unplanned, this time) rest days.  Kindergarten germs suck

Saturday     ---> parkrun!  I woke up feeling so much better, and clocked Kiwi parkrun No. 4 in a time of 25:22.  It was a perfect, sunny day despite the weatherman predicting doom and gloom - an amazing run!

I walked the 2.2 km to and from parkrun too, taking my distance for the day up to 9.4 km. 


[Photo by Jeff Stark.]

Sunday       ---> Wow, what a windy day!  We eeked out four family kays after a day of exploring and although the run wasn't really one for the books, our excursion definitely was: We stumbled across the Porirua parkrun starting line!  We'll be back...    


Porirua parkrun!
   
So that's three out of four runs for the week, plus a longer run/walk on Saturday.  Nothing to get too excited about, but it is what it is.  Fired up [and healthy !!] and ready for Week II!

Happy Monday, everyone!

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I'm also linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap today.  Thanks so much for hosting, ladies!




18 comments:

  1. Shame about your cold hitting just as you start you challenge! But good that you were better for parkrun on Saturday. The beach run looks fabulous.

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    1. My thoughts exactly, Nicola: I'd rather sit out a few mid-week runs than miss out on parkrun, ha! I'm hooked :) .

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  2. Sorry about your sudden cold...but that's reality, isn't it? It sounds like your actual runs went, though ;-)

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    1. Ugh, I honestly think that kindergarten germs are running moms' No. 1 obstacle in terms of consistent training. But such is life, right? But, as you say, at least I had some glorious runs as well!

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  3. Yay for ending the week healthy! I got a cold last week too. When the "easy" yoga class felt hard enough, I knew I was right not to run. They've started to have park runs around here - so cool!

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    1. Have you done a parkrun yet? They're highly addictive!

      Hope you're feeling better too. x

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  4. Well it looks like your week ended much better! Karien, I'm so glad you joined us for the weekly wrap! We have a great group of ladies! I hope you meet your goals for this week! Have a great one!

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    1. Thanks so much, Tricia - it's my first time linking up with you and HoHo and I've already met so many wonderful ladies! I will definitely join in again!

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  5. Well done - you did not really let that cold slow you down too much.

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    1. Thankfully it wasn't a long, drawn-out one, Cat. Not being able to run drives me up the walls! ;)

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  6. Hope you are over your cold soon! The beach looks like a beautiful and peaceful place to get to run.

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    1. Thanks, Christy!

      I just can't get enough of running along that beach :) . It's often rainy and windy there, but on perfect days like Monday there's absolutely no better place to run :) .

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  7. Don't you just hate when you set new goals and life get in the way??? I too am just beginning to build back some mileage after an injury for a half coming up in January. Here's hoping the ankle will cooperate and hoping you feel better soon! Beautiful scenery for your runs, by the way!

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    1. Thanks so much, Teresa! Ugh, it's SO frustrating - I LOATHE kindergarten germs, ha!

      Hope your ankle behaves and that your half in January is a huge success!

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  8. Welcome to the Weekly Wrap, Karien! I loathe getting a sore throat! All that "try not to swallow but end up swallowing more" nonsense. Congrats on a great parkrun. It would be nice to have those around here! Thanks for linking! I hope to see you back again next week.

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    1. Thanks so much, Hoho! I've only linked up once, and have already "met" so many incredible women! See you again next week :) .

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  9. Great picture of you Karien - and I'm envious of your Parkrun time..

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    1. Thanks so much, Gordon! Hehe, it took me four weeks of trying to finally get below 26 again...!

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