Joondalup 1/2 Marathon

Home again after finishing the Joondalup 1/2 Marathon with my lovely friends! It was a chilly but beautiful morning and I was feeling pretty good. So good that I went out way too hard in the start doing just over 5 mins/km which is a bit fast for me…. I think my garmin showed 53 minutes at 10km and then I had another 11k to run. I kept the pace fairly well until the 17km mark when I could feel that I was slowing down.. the price you pay when you go out too fast in the beginning of the race..! The last km I was doing alright and I realised that I could run in under 1.55 so hey, why not go for it!! Finished at 1.54 which is 11 minutes faster than last year so happy with that! :D

I have a sore hip and ankle but it’s to be expected as I’m at the peak on my marathon training. I am currently running around 70km/week + cross training and weights. that is more training than I have ever done in my life so really trying to avoid getting injured by doing all the right things such as sport massage, ice, compression pants, foam rolling, vitamins etc. Last Sunday was my first 32km run and I have another 32km run coming up next weekend. That is the longest I will run before the Perth Marathon on the 16th June. Then I just have to trust that the training will ‘carry’ me over the last 10km!

Mike completed a very hilly and challenging 80km bike ride in Kalamunda this morning and I am very proud of him!!

We are both training hard for these races/rides to raise money to help our daughter Cayla and her friends with cerebral palsy. Actions such as walking and running can be very difficult for some children with cerebral palsy hence the importance of accessing specialised equipment early on in life. Mike and I CAN both walk and run so we want to use that ability to do something good for these kids! You can too! Please support us and donate to Cayla’s Hero Page! http://www.everydayhero.com.au/cayla__beach

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Donations!

A big THANKS to our first supporters in Cayla’s Wheelie Big Challenge!! We love you! :)
100% of the funds goes towards helping Cayla and other kids with cerebral palsy.

Michael and I are both having two days of rest before “Joondalup Half Marathon” and “Kalamunda Bike Ride” this Sunday morning. I had a very painful but needed sports massage this morning and feeling good. Mike has turned into some crazy shopaholic after he’s discovered a very cheap outlet for bike clothes in China…!

If you would like to support this worthy cause please hop online and make a fast and secure donation. Don’t forget to leave a word of encouragement – we will need it!! :D

http://www.everydayhero.com.au/cayla__beach

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Half Marathon – Joondalup Lake

I did it! Yesterday I ran 21km and I have my sore legs and stiff walk to proof it! I also received a medal at the finish which I wasn’t aware of and of course very proud of! It’s slowly starting to sink in that I actually finished my goal of running a half marathon, especially since I started my ‘couch to 10k’ app on my Iphone only seven months ago!

The last couple of months have been great and I have to say that somehow I’m happy that I couldn’t go to my usual classes at the gym due to Cayla’s therapy appointments and picked up running instead. Running is such a great way of getting fit and strong plus that I really enjoy it. I was pretty nervous about the race/run yesterday but it was great to wake up to a nice and sunny autumn day here in Perth. It was pretty chilly when I met up with my running buddy Kath at Joondalup Lake at 7am but slowly started to warm up to a pleasant 20 degrees or so. 

The first stretch of the track was great and pretty flat on a nice path along the lake itself. Shame that I managed to get a stitch at the start which didn’t give in until 5-6 kms…! I was feeling particularly good around the 10km mark and both Kath and I had a gel at about 12km. Then we ran at least 6-7km along a very straight road that seemed to go on forever…! It felt great to pass the 15km mark , we stopped talking at about 17km and I felt alright up until 19km or so… after that my calves were hurting a bit and all I could think was – how bloody long is 2k really…!?! Then finally we could see the end where there were people cheering and clapping, and among them Mike, the kids and Mike’s mum and dad! :) It was such a great feeling running up to the finish line and receive a medal. Yay for us! :)

I did everything to recover well yesterday but was still feeling pretty knackered and had a headache. But after consuming a banana, a muesli bar, lunch, water, chocolate milk, sports drink and neurofen I felt better! Mike’s mum came over in the afternoon with a big tub of ‘Endura’ and a package of Epsom salts – thank you very much! I woke up stiff as anything and couldn’t walk very well this morning… We had a physio and a speech appointment for Cayla today and after that I took her for a walk to feed some ducks and hopefully the walk will loosen up my leg muscles… I am to ‘scared’ to do the whole ice bath thingy so will try a warm bath with some Epsom Salt tonight instead. Anyway, I’m already thinking about what 1/2 marathon race I want to do next… But this week I will take it easy and think more about what we need  to pack for our trip to Sweden as we are leaving this SUNDAY! Woohoo!

Running App Completed!

Another 12 weeks have passed and I have finished my 1/2 marathon training app! Woohoo! I can’t believe that I couldn’t hardly run 5k a few months ago and now an 8-10k run is an ‘easy’ midweek run! I LOVE meeting up with my two running buddies Chatarina and Kath on Saturday mornings for a long run with coffees afterwards. These girls have been running for many years with both 1/2 marathons and marathons under their belts. Kath is doing the 1/2 marathon with me which is awesome! It’s also great that two of my other friends Helen and Erika have picked up running and are currently training for the HBF 14k race end of May – Go Girls!!
All my training sessions have been logged at Training Peaks over the last 84 days and I have done over 54 hours of exercise and completed nearly 350km in distance. In five weeks time I’ll be running my first ever 1/2 marathon, I am very excited and can’t wait!
A week after that the Beach Family is leaving for a 7 week trip to Sweden and England – YAY! 
  

Saturday mornings in beautiful Kings Park