Return of the Comeback (Run Auckland Race 1)

1:05:36. Wow.  

For someone out of action for more than three years (and 15-20lbs. heavier), the Run Auckland series 1 Waiatarua Wetland Reserve 10K wasn’t such a bad effort. I was expecting a 1:10 (or worse, a DNF).

Oh, have you seen Runpix.net? It’s the coolest running on-line tool. Thanks to a chip, you can find out how you stack up against the competition.

Waiatarua Reserve 10K

Waiatarua Reserve 10K

I must insist that race results, no matter what he says, it is not based on shoe performance (A Kinsei would NOT make any difference!). The course has two 5K laps, and the arrow point to where we were when the winner crossed the line. If you are wondering how slow we were, we were at our second lap (lets give him a little credit for trying).
How he stacked up

How he stacked up

He would like you to ignore all the graphics except the first one. Look at how many passed him…

Finish line

Finish line

   … and all the yellow dots. New Zealanders in general have amazing fitness. Don’t be surprised if someone twice your girth, man or woman, passes you just like that.

split time

split time

And yes, our race pic above courtesy of runpix. The shoe is better looking than the man, which is why his mug was covered by the “average mile” sign.

Te Atatu local traffic light

Te Atatu local traffic light

Although I strained my right calf and may be resting a couple of days, it was a fantastic race overall. Looking forward to improving our time at the Te Atatu leg.

If the traffic light is an indication of the course, we better do some major hill workouts soon.

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Senior Run

We registered at the Run Auckland Remuera 10K race last night, and check this out.

"Sr???"

Nilagay sya sa senior group, hahahaha!

He insists he’s not that old, even though I point out that Usain Bolt is 22, and Lebron James is 25. 

“Lance Armstrong is 36 years old, and he might win another TDF!”

That’s what you call fighting spirit (Go Lolo!).

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Mapmyrun.com

Since we walk to and from work, we usually run home (might as well).  Today we took the road route inside One Tree Hill (3.23Mi), going around the park and across the sheep and cow paddock.

onetreehillroad

I hope mapmyrun.com fixes the problem about posting maps. I had to screen capture this one to put it in.

View Interactive Map on MapMyRun.com 

I’ll be posting more of my routes soon.

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Sunday Run (One Tree Hill Trail)

This is my regular Sunday morning route and I live just 5 minutes away from the trail head. Cornwall Park features rolling hills and pastures, and excellent farm and bird life. Just watch out for the cows and poo splatter.

Cornwall Park Trail

Cornwall Park Trail

View Interactive Map on MapMyRun.com 

from cornwallpark.co.nz

from cornwallpark.co.nz

from  singhray.blogspot.com

from singhray.blogspot.com

He felt very strong today, and just glad he’s past the re-training injuries (dodgy knee ligaments, first the left, then the right, then strained his left right calf going downhill. Poor guy). I could have run up One Tree Hill but fearing a re injury, we took the scenic, easier route. 

At 34, gone are the days when you could just go on and on and on.  Now you have to listen to your body, allow time to heal and be patient.

Today his body seems to be saying “More Bengay please.”

bengay

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Starting Line (HSBC Round The Bays)

Hello. I’d like to introduce myself.

Mizuno.

8.4KM, Vector Arena to St. Helliers, March 15, 2009

8.4KM, Vector Arena to St. Helliers, March 15, 2009

 

race route

race route

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That’s us at the HSBC Round The Bays in Auckland, New Zealand. 8.4KM @ 62.36. Not my true time kasi you can hardly run until about 15 minutes past the start line (took another 15 to get to the start line). Reminds me of my ROTC days and Alay Lakad

This is our first real attempt to get back a PR of 54 minutes @ a 10K pace since gaining 15lbs. (ok 20) and moving to New Zealand two years ago. 

 

No.

A little to the right. The extremely good looking one (his words, not mine).

round-d-bays2

This is a running blog and welcome to my world (as told through my shoe).

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