Stairs Smarten Me Up This Week

Running Journey to Northface 50.

1 week down, 191 days to go!

This week has been a variety of training sessions including swimming, sprint training (200’s) and stairs through a bush trail! I’ve decided that swimming is a welcome break from running, except when your pesky other half (who hasn’t trained in months) comes along and beats you on the laps! Not that I am competitive, much!

I was smartened up nice and quick during a stair session this week. For the Sydney people you may be familiar with the “Honeymoon Track” in the Royal National Park (someone was clearly being funny when they labelled these stairs). It’s basically a 1km steep set of stairs, tough on the way down, nasty on the backside and calves on the way up!

On my second lap a wallaby jumped out and I lost my composure, tripping over my own feet and landing on the only small stretch of galvanized steel there was. GO ME!! Never mind the fear of bushfires, the Australian wildlife can be far more dangerous. (My friends thought this extremely hilarious, I’m still waiting to see the humour)Honeymoon Track After the tears and nauseous feeling passed, I carried on to complete the third lap…possibly not my most intelligent move.

Needless to say this put me out for the weekend, only managing to do a slow 12kms before the knee started aching and calves were screaming at me.

A battle scar for the first week and a whole heap smarter, i.e. pick up your feet when running through bush and the foam roller WILL become my best friend. Most likely valuable lessons to learn early up, considering the entire North Face 50 is up and down bush!

This coming week looks interesting with two training sessions most days. Bruised knee (and pride) or not, bring it on!!

Amanda Clout

Amanda Clout

Personal Trainer at Health Kick Fitness
My qualifications: Master Trainer in Fitness (cert IV), Thump Boxing Instructor, Group Fitness Instructor, Les Mills Body Attack Instructor. Current First Aid and CPR.

Achievements: 3 Half Marathons - Blackmores and Sydney Morning Herald. Entry into ANB Fitness Model 2012.
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