I thought this was a running blog?



After the Melbourne marathon last year I took a step back from training and running. It was never a conscious decision, I didn’t feel burnt out. But it was definitely welcome and needed. Between moving house, Christmas and my trip to the states I didn’t get back into a fitness routine until the end of January. I don’t regret not running but next time I think I will make more of an effort to stay fit whether with swimming or biking.

Anyway, I am back running a few days a week and loving it. With no race in sight, I am remembering why I love just running and how good it makes me feel. No spreadsheets, time goals, paces or distances. Just turn up to training and run whatever everyone else is doing.

I am going to take a step back from marathons this year, just giving my head a break from it. I am sad not to be training and focusing on another PR. But I am really enjoying running as a hobby. Maybe next year I will do another marathon. Saturday morning runs are great now……I just run with whoever is there and when they pick up the pace for their respective programs, I wave bye and see them at the end for coffee. I do about 18km on a Saturday morning, which if you aren’t a runner sounds far but compared to what I used to do and the pace I run it, is not. I promise. J

I am thinking of focusing on 5kms but they scare the living beejasus out of me! I hear people say “run until your eyes bleed” and it sounds so much harder than the long slow plod for the marathon. Any advice on how to make the transition to shorter faster running? I have never raced a 5km or 10km and a bit nervous! Perth has quite a few of these races so I can try a few.

We moved into a new suburb in Perth at Christmas and I saw on FB today they are forming a soccer club and are in need of players. In a rush of blood I emailed the organiser and offered my services. I used to play a lot of soccer as a kid so hopefully I won’t disgrace myself! Finally, I am going to add some swimming into the mix. I had entered an adventure triathlon race  – the X Adventure race in Dunsborough – on Saturday week as a team with 2 pals – I was the runner. Unfortunately my 2 teammates can’t make it so we had to pull out. It’s down south and a gang of us are camping – it’s about 3. hrs south of Perth. I hate missing out so decided to enter the short (beginner course) myself so I have 2 weeks to train for it!

I went for a swim In Cottesloe  on Monday and I just loved it. I forgot how much I love to swim…..thanks Mum for that gift! I did an ocean swim with Jason on Wednesday morning and thankfully didn’t panic. A few people had warned me that I might so that was a relief. I may be last but I won’t freak out. J

I wish I had more time to train for it, but it is what it is! My course is a 700m ocean swim, a 6km beach and trail run and a 11.km mountain bike ride. The swim will be fine, I will be slow but there is nothing I can do about that now.

The run leg will be fun as there are rocks etc involved – the race describes it as a “1km run along the beach before things get more technical with a 1.5km rock hopping section through to a fun and friendly water jump at Castle Rock. After a quick swim you turn and head for home with a gravel walking trail with some hills and on into T2”. I have no idea what my pace will be as the first 3km is a bit of an unknown, but that’s good as I can forget about times and just enjoy it.

The bike route is single track so will be fun to ride and there is nothing too technical. I used to do more mt biking so am pretty confident I will be ok.

My goals are

  • Don’t panic in swim
  • Don’t get annoyed if you are last out of the water (I will struggle with this one!)
  • Don’t focus on time on rocks, just focus on not falling and stay steady
  • Pray I don’t get a puncture in the woods – I know in theory how to fix one but will fall to pieces under pressure!
  • Have fun!

So this week and next I want to fit in some more swims and get out on the mountain bike with Franman. Any tips for the bike and swim would be much appreciated!

Finally, big up to my sister and stepmother who took part in a duathlon last weekend in Ireland. Cliodhna came third female overall! And Rachel knocked 6 mins off her 5km time (she just started running) and came 5th cyclist overall! I have big shoes to fill.


Have a good one,

Gill J


2 thoughts on “I thought this was a running blog?

  1. I can report that Gillian indeed did not panic and did very well in the swim. We’ll simply ignore the “I can’t do this” and “I’m to young to die” screams that came from her general direction on each breath she took. I would however next time advise against wearing armbands and screaming/waving for help from the lifeguards every 50metres as technically some people may view this as panicing.

    Seriously though, well done on the swim and a great blog. 😉

    • Haha! Thanks jason. Fran told me later he warned you as we left to ‘mind me’…….

      You’ll have to be there on the day holding the armbands if that is ok?

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