6 Days to Go

RunKeeper Live

I’ve finally worked out how to do this.  If you want to follow my race on Sunday, here is how to do it.

Firstly, people who have a RunKeeper account will be able to see much more detail and an automatically refreshing map of my position.  If you don’t have a RunKeeper account, you will see a static page that you will have to refresh to see changes in my position.

RunKeeper is free.  I love it for tracking everything in one place.  You should get it!

When I start running, RunKeeper will post a link on my FaceBook page.  Clicking that, will take you to my RunKeeper page where you will be able to see the race by clicking on the live fee link on the left.  I have three more training runs this week and I’m going to test the live feature by broadcasting each of those.  Fingers crossed, it works!

13 Days to Go

I’m bored of my playlist for running.  I’ve been listening to basically the same 1000 songs for the last 14 weeks of my training plan.  Now it is time to get some new tunes to inspire me to the end.

So I’m looking for good running songs and I want your best picks.  They need to be uptempo and I like it when they have some loose connection to running to help inspire me.  That connection can be very vague.  Here are a couple of songs I like to run to already so you can get an idea of what I’m looking for.

Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine 
Great lyrics to run to – “Run fast for your mother or fast for your father.  Run for your children or your sisters or your brother. etc”

Breathe by The Prodigy
Reminds me of something I need to do whilst running!

Here it Goes Again by OK Go
Entire video is shot on a series of treadmills.

So I think you get the idea.  Now I want your suggestions for your favourite running songs.  You can enter them on the google doc underneath by clicking on this link.


Thanks for your help!  🙂


14 Days to Go

Training is beginning to get in the way of my social life!  Last week I only ran once.  I was away skiing in Niseko for five days and missed my weekly long run and a short run.  I also over indulged a bit whilst I was away so for the first week since the Christmas break, I put on weight.

The ski break actually began with a very shaky start as I discovered on the first day skiing, that my trusty hip flask which I keep in my ski jacket pocket for a quick confidence booster during the chair lift ride, had sprung a leak and needed to be retired.  Luckily, I found a replacement at a store in town and although it has a less-than-classic design, it does have a more generous capacity so it all balances out.  I nearly lost it though when going through security at the airport because I had forgotten that it was in my backpack.  Luckily security was satisfied with me sculling the contents at the check point and didn’t confiscate it!  I’ve never felt more confident on boarding a plane.

Turns out skiing doesn't replace training runs.

Turns out skiing doesn’t replace training runs.

We got back last Tuesday night (another missed run) and I decided that from Wednesday on I would be serious with the training, even to the point of giving up alcohol until the race.  This plan collapsed entirely the very next day when that evening at Sushi Club, the waitress was so shocked with my refusal of my usual hot sake, that she served me a bottle anyway.  Since I had had the one, I didn’t see much point in not having a second, so I did.

When I got home later that evening, I checked my SmartCoach for the run for the next day only to discover that I was supposed to have run that day too.  So on my first day of serious training, I failed in every way possible!

Thursday I ran.  I was unable to complete the run however and had to finish a kilometre short of my goal distance for the day.  The last couple of k’s were really hard and I ended up basically hobbling!  This shocked me a bit because I had been finding the runs challenging but manageable and I had done this distance before.  So again, I refocused and decided to get serious with my training again.

My next run was just 5 km and scheduled for Friday but it snowed all day so I couldn’t run.  I was going to do it yesterday but after falling off my bike when riding to the shops because of all the snow, slush and ice on the roads and footpaths, I decided against it.  Today I finally ran.  I did my weekly long run and although I was quite tired at the end and my feet were soaked because I couldn’t avoid all of the snow melt, I did manage to finish the full 18 kilometres.  I was quite pleased with myself until I checked my SmartCoach and discovered I was supposed to run 19 kilometres.

Still not serious.