Sunday, November 22, 2015

Moving forward

We are making some progress with Kikka, but it isn't always easy. She didn't get to parkrun last week and was without any good reason for not being there. She still isn't at the 'newly formed habit' phase, so it takes a much bigger effort. However, after another pep talk she made the effort to get to parkrun on Saturday, with faithful Yogi Bear by her side. Lou and Gregg also joined us to form Team Kikka for the morning. I am leading the 'Kikka challenge' due to her defaulting last week. However, this time around it was a draw, with Kikka making it to about the 3.5km mark around the same time as my jog back (with Lou) to run with her to the finish. We all made an improvement on our recent performances, with Lou really smashing her Gindy PB to finish in 19:03, oh so close to a sub 19. I managed a sub 24 - 23:43 and Kikka finished in 42:17 a 1:38 improvement on her run 2 weeks ago. Gregg is not a runner, but still managed a respectable 46:22 for his first ever 'park walk'. Kikka now has the challenge to get up a bit earlier next week so she can make it in time for Gunners parkrun.
Team Kikka and the faithful Yogi Bear
No sign of my purple patch yet, but things are moving in the right direction. Lou is in her own purple patch setting PBs in the Mt Ainslie run up, the Black Mountain run up, Gindy parkrun, as well as some pretty impressive running in the Triple Tri. I have managed a couple of 1km interval sessions in the last couple of weeks, trying to improve fitness and pace. The positive is that there have been no neural/muscle problems. Long runs are pretty slow and hills are harder work at the moment. But distance is back up to 19km, so hopefully pace and hills will improve with better fitness. Here's hoping Kikka easily cracks the 42:00 at Gunners next week.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Motivating Kikka

It's proving to be a slow painful comeback from the yellow patch. A good thing there is the distraction of 'motivating Kikka'. Back in 2013, Kikka started running and was part of my GCC team. She was awesome and made tremendous progress, including losing something like 30kg and improving her 5K time by 16 minutes! Unfortunately at the end of 2013 her wheels fell off and she was away for an extended period. Over the next 18 months she made the odd appearance at parkrun, but then it all stopped. Finally she is back and we are trying to get her focused and motivated. It is very hard as she has regained all the weight she lost and this is hard on her knees and back. So it is one step at a time. So far I have joined her for 2 parkruns at Gindy with her trusty furry friend 'Yogi Bear'. I power walked with her for the first one. We took it easy so she didn't end up super sore and disheartened. For her second one back she managed to power walk/jog and cut a couple of minutes off her previous time, yay! I ran and then jogged back to meet her and encourage her to the finish. She has been set the goal to be ahead of where I met her (at about the 3.5km mark) next time she does parkrun. She didn't make it to parkrun today due to other commitments and a sore knee. Phew, as my performance was shocking today and she would have likely won the challenge! I'm struggling at the moment (but no neural/muscle problems), I hope things get better soon!
Kikka and Yogi Bear
Fingers crossed we can keep Kikka motivated!