There is no C2B training this weekend at Flinders. There is the Fitzy’s 5 run….BUT, as fate would have it, the boys have received a birthday invite for Sunday morning, so I’ve decided to save the $25ish for the Fitzy’s 5 and instead do Parkrun on Saturday.
I’m nervous and determined to finish in under 40mins. Don’t want to be last.
So, good lunchtime conditions today to test 5km.
I didn’t push too hard and believe I can go better. But it was a good indication.
I am reminded most times I go out for a run or walk (in daylight) that I live in a beautiful city!
I am also reminded by Adelaide City Council that it must be rose pruning time. Hmmm, one of my rose bushes has just given me a stunning gold rose. Do I really have to prune it???
Got to South Terrace too!! Whoo hoo. Next milestone….(this direction) is to make sure I hit the Fullarton/Greenhill corner. But first, I’m keen to do a Torens / Botanic Gardens run.
Anyone else a bit slack in matching socks, or it it just me? I will disclaimer that you can’t tell when my sneakers are on.
Struggled a bit today. Must be the hump…..half way through the 12 week training to 12km…..
We were again doing interval training….this time only 2mins of running – at a faster pace if possible, followed by 1min recover. Lots of times. 15+. I can’t recall and I lost count.
Maybe that’s why I found it a bit harder….
When the laps finally finished, and in the 2 mins prior to the 800m cool down jog, I was able to check my phone (pause / unpause RunKeeper) and saw this picture:
“first cuddles” since the op. Big milestone.
Made that final 800m the easiest I’ve done to date. Go Levi!
…..yes they do! Regardless of speed. I decree it so. All kms on the legs…..and even rest days should include some activity (and occasionally ice-cream):
So, today, we took the kids to Belair Adventure Playground, but parked on the outside and walked in (free too, doing it this way). About half way along the normal road within the Belair National Park, we took a “shortcut” (read – this path looks more interesting than the bitumen, lets go this way and hope we eventually end up at the playground)….turns out it really WAS a little shortcut. Less traffic too.
AND, we found a termite hill – fascinating stuff!
Went for a run along Minnow Creek this afternoon……WITH MY 5.5YR OLD!
He so earnestly wanted to come and I was happy even if I got 3km in, especially as it was getting close to dark…..and figured, WHY NOT?
He loved Loved LOved LOVed LOVEd LOVED it…..and ran the entire way (and then some as he’d occasionally run ahead with his arms above his head as if he were breaking the ribbon winning a marathon).
Yes, my 5 year old did 4kms.
There was a bizarre out of body moment at around the 2km mark where we were jogging together chatting (yes, CHATTING! whilst jogging! who knew I could do that?!?! amazing what our kids teach us) where I forsaw a future of taking a run with my boy….and could envisage him at 17 having a run with his old mum.
Yes, these pics are fuzzy (I was running!), but you can see the joy on his face – loved it! I must look into “proper” shoes for him if this will become a regular thing.
Interestingly, got my fastest 3-5km time with a pace of 8:38. Shortest run in 10 days and love that my fitness is increasing. (re-note ~ jogged and chatted).
Levi had his surgery Monday. It was a long surgery. It was a very long day. It was a very tense day. It was a very scary day. It was a very emotional day.
The surgeon was (excited to do the op – hasn’t done one for 5 years…..surgeons are a breed of their own…..this is not a bad thing, just so different) happy with the way the surgery went….first hurdle down.
Levi’s chest was kept open to monitor. External pacemaker for a few days. Loads of morphine.
Tuesday was another frightening day. The words “it’s touch and go at the moment” are 7 words no parent should ever have to hear or say.
Wednesday….my grandma passed away peacefully in the morning. She’d been unwell for a while and in the past week had spent some time with each of us. She had seen a photo of Levi. She was ready to go and stop fighting her body. Within the same hour, Levi had his pacemaker turned off and his strong heart kicked in to do all the work on its own.
Thursday…..Levi’s temperature cooling mat was taken away, his catheter taken away and pacemaker taken away. His chest was closed in another big surgery and his ventilation was being turned down. Some mls of his mammas milk through a tube today.
Friday….ventilator turned off tonight with a little oxygen still to clear some fluid on his lungs.
It’s been a difficult week. Levi is a true warrior and has been doing amazingly well. Grandma has left us and is now with Grandad again.
Was keen to know my 5km timing….would like to do a ParkRun and don’t wish to embarrass myself. The 5km the other night in shocking winds and darkness wasn’t the best test.
Took to Belair National Park……stunning and quiet in the late afternoon on a weekday.
Stayed to the flattest part – which still isn’t flat….and instead of retracing my steps along the main road, thought I’d change it up a bit and after 2.5km head back on a slight inwards path.
Prettier still – found a 2nd lake I didn’t know existed!!! The sun was getting low and the colours were stunning. Air crisp and clean.
…and did my own version of Tough Mudder – 1 day post loads of rain and there were some puddles and plenty of mud that couldn’t be avoided. Worth it though, so peaceful.
The actual 5kms – timing still wasn’t under 40mins, BUT it was a bit slopier, slipperier and photo worthy (read quick stops to focus) than I’d anticipated, so I’m happy with this breakdown:
petrified shit scared worried for my nephew….. and useless helpless empathetic for my brother and sister-in-law.
And guilty for feeling worried and empathetic as it would only be a tiny portion of the emotions that they’d be having in Melbourne.
Also feeling sad as my grandma is in her final days…..she did get to see a photo of Levi and know that he was born safely.
So, after visiting the hospital to see grandma today (she didn’t know I was there – knocked out on pain meds a blessing for her)….thought I’d do my usual therapy to relieve stress.
I shopped (Bunnings & Harbourtown)……
I cooked (carmelised onion, sweet potato & fetta tart)……
Neither made me feel any better.