Friday, 10 October 2014

Melbourne Marathon Weekend

 It's marathon weekend here in Melbourne!  The Melbourne Marathon Festival is the event that all Victorians who are at all interesting in long distance running try to get to, as well as a decent turn out of interstate and international runners.  And we are pretty proud - the 2013 event was the largest marathon in Australian history!

Good luck to everyone who is running on Sunday - in whichever event you chose, and whether it's your first or your 100th race.  You've trained hard and made it this far - get out there, enjoy the day, and celebrate your success!

Sadly, I won't be running this time around.  I had registered for the half marathon, but about a month ago I realised that it was virtually going to be impossible to run it whilst trying to get my knee back in working order.  So I made the decision to withdraw from this event, so I could focus on recovering from my injury and doing all the right things for the long term - rather than trying to meet a short term goal.  I want to be running for many more years to come!

I ran in the half marathon last year, and it was actually the race where I got my current half marathon PB!
2013 MM Half finishing straight - Almost there ...

By the way, I am in awe of people who manage to achieve a half decent race photo.  This is probably the best one I've ever had, mostly because I have my eyes open, and I don't look like I'm about to die.  Maybe my next race photo goal can be to have a facial expression that is somewhere in the realm of a smile.  But I'm not holding my breath.

I will be trying to get to the Race Expo at some point over the weekend.  I love the atmosphere of races.  Runners really are a great, supportive bunch!  Plus, I get to go a little crazy with all the running paraphernalia around.

Even though I'm not running a half marathon this weekend, I have been making some running progress.  This morning my workout included a 15 minute jog on the treadmill.  And I enjoyed every minute of it!  I have to say that not being able to run has really made me appreciate what running brings to my life, and I really do miss it.

My morning workout was pretty standard and is outlined below.


  • 10 minutes on the stationary bike, pretty easy pace
  • 15 minutes on the elliptical trainer, easy and consistent
  • 15 minutes on the treadmill, at 6 min/km pace (my jogging pace)


Weights - Workout B of Stage 1 of the NROLFW program

  • 3 x 10 reps of deadlifts - 40kg
  • Superset 1:
    • 3 x 10 reps of dumbbell shoulder presses - 9kg dumbbells
    • 3 x 10 reps of lat pull downs - 47 pounds (I'm assuming pounds!)
  • Superset 2:
    • 3 x 10 reps of lunges (each leg) - 2 x 12kg kettlebells
    • 3 x 12 reps of swissball crunches - 20kg plate

This is the second time I've done this workout with these weights, and I think next time I'll be increasing the weight when I decrease the reps.

I'm not 100% sure I'm doing the swissball crunches correctly, because I really don't feel them much in my abs (a little, just not a lot).  Do you have any tips on how to make your swissball crunch more effective?

Then I got to drive back home from the gym and saw this sunrise (much more impressive in person - trying to take a camera phone photo while driving doesn't result in the best picture quality).  Totally worth the early morning start!

Happy Friday, and enjoy your weekend!

What was your workout today?  Are you running a race this weekend?

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