I hit a bat (small flying mammal type) whilst running this evening. Then I was chased by a tiny yappy dog. Whilst summoning the energy to out-sprint it, the dog retreated obviously fearing superior competition. Then there were toads in the road, which my lumbering footfalls scared away. 7 easy miles done.
Dogs - aren't they the animals that are kept behind fences and gates in your yard to eat intruders? I wouldn't want one of those viscous things getting out
Think I got a WAVA in one parkrun of something in the 20's when my son refused to ride his bike and pushed it round the whole course. Otherwise my marathon would be my best WAVA. Personally I think there should be WAVA by weight category like boxing - then I'd sound a lot better.
8k tempo run last night with Bert's Brick club. Started too quickly again and came home in 36min (top 5 and 1st heavyweight). The course is very complex through a housing area and thankfully I could follow another runner otherwise I would have been lost. 5mile recovery this morning and a little sore after the weekend's half - progress not perfection.
Lowrez - biokinetics seems (I say seems as I have only superficial understanding) focus on preventative analysis and conditioning of the body to either correct specific deficiencies or weakness or for general conditioning. Compare that with a physio who will be curative of injury and then try to correct the underlying condition.
So firstly 20 minutes of conversation about history and a good look at the shoes, then static analysis of posture and flexibility/mobility. Finally a dynamic view of walking and then running. The analysis takes about an hour and the level of detail observed are amazing and things I've never noticed, e.g. my right calf is slightly bigger than the left. Then go away whilst a programme is formulated. Come back for an hours introduction to the programme (stretches and specific targeted strengthening). All for 260R or around 14Pounds.
I managed to bag a silver medal yesterday. It was at the Bert's Brick half in Potchefstroom where the first 100 finisher took one home. It not really notable though as it was a small provincial race of a few hundred. I finished in 1:40:51 with tones of Comrades 2013 - hot despite the 6:30 start and a wicked head wind on the way home. At least it was flat. I did have the option to pick up a brick at the brick factory at halfway and carry it running for 10.55km to win a 6-pack of beer, but that would have been pointless as I am a non-drinker these days.
I hope everyone's training is progressing as they would like. I'm going as I intend and want to do 180 miles this month on the flat. Getting used to the climate around here is taking some doing and I run either very early or very late. Also I am at 'altitude', although fairly low at around 1550m, which gives 82% of the effective oxygen at sea-level. I've been up to 20 miles and also doing regular tempo runs now.
Weekly I'm starting to do one long run, one medium-long run, one tempo and other easy running. My pace is picking up as when I returned to running I was very slow. I'm also seeing a biokinetisist who has already made a difference in managing my eternal periostitis that kept me out for so long.
That's quite a list of event forming. I will add some in due course, but things are great here - you can enter a marathon on the morning of the race - so it can depend on how I feel in the week as to what I can do at the weekend.