It hurts now but one day it'll be your warm up

“It hurts now but one day it will be your warm-up.” Anon.

Blog by Jamie Broom

2018 was my inaugural year with Rejoov, and even though I’ve run races before, it was the first year when I grew to thoroughly relish my running. The gratification after a tough session on Paddo Hill, the community spirit of a Parkrun, or the mindfulness of a long Sunday effort have become perennial parts of my week.

I was delighted to make a shift from running a half marathon in the 5min/kms to well into the 4min/kms. 2018 taught me that I could convert those runs that hurt into my warm-up pace!

After taking an extended holiday through March, I embarked upon 2019’s running ambitions which included transforming the 2018 ‘hurts’ pace into a 2019 warm-up pace. The May line-up included a pass at a 5k, 10k and 21k.

My first focus was the Rejoov track 5k time trial. With only around 5 weeks from my holiday, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to better my 19:11 5k track debut in February. Arriving at ES Marks with the lights shining down like a Broadway theatre stage, there was a great Rejoov-hosted contingent ready to give it all for twelve and a half loops. My track experience is limited but Greta’s instruction of “90 seconds a lap” seemed simple enough. First lap. 83 seconds. Oops. Second lap. 83 seconds. Oops. I’ve gone too quick. Third lap. 89 seconds. Ok, I’m getting the hang of this. And for the following laps I managed to keep it steady at just under 90 seconds until the final straight where the magnetic force of the finish line gave me one big final pull. 18:34! A PB by 37 seconds!

Next up was the Sydney:10. Last year I managed 44:53 at the Sydney:10 and then went on to a 43:05 PB at the Sydney Harbour 10k. However, based on the recent 5k experience, I was aspiring for a sub-40 time.

My race effort started the night before with a good deal of self-control at the work end of year party! Race morning was perfect with the elegant blue Sydney autumn sky overhead. My plan was to go out at just under 4min/km and see if I could persist. As I made my way along Olympic Boulevard at the 2-3km mark I was feeling strong and spotting many other Rejoovers. The second lap began with the slight slope down from the stadium and being well on course in 18:53 at half way. I generally prefer out and back courses versus laps but I was feeling ready to attack the last few kms. At around 8-9km I saw Greta on course and was given a shout of encouragement to push for the end as we reversed back up the slight slope. A final, painful lap around the track and I crossed in 38:36. A 4:29 PB. I’d clearly made it look easy at the end as Chris’s post-race comment of “you looked like you were running with an injury on the final straight” shows! Note to self: save a bit more for the end next time.

The final part of my PB hat-trick attempt was the SMH half-marathon. In 2018 I managed a 98:05 time. This year my ambitious aim was sub-90. As luck would have it, we were blessed with another perfect blue Sydney morning. Fresh from Saturday’s news of the astonishing Rejoov UTA performances, I felt inspired. The 6:45am start made pre-race fuelling tricky and a 3:45am alarm the necessary investment for what was hopefully to come. As the excitement bubbled away in the start pen, and the legendary race announcer reminded everybody of his long-standing race record (again), I was visualising my race and the hills to come. We set off on Macquarie Street with the pack gliding down like a school of fish before the turn at Circular Quay where the first of around 15 hills began.

As we wiggled through the CBD, arced around Darling Harbour, and undulated in Pyrmont, I was sticking with the 85 min pacing group. I didn’t think it possible that I’d finish in this kind of time but I felt comfortable enough being pulled around with this pack so just held on. A wave from Grant and Michael just before 12km and I was still feeling ready for what was to come. As we were delivered back into the CBD by the Western Distributor, I started feeling the onset of a dreaded stomach cramp. I’d not had this for many months but it has ruined a couple of prior races. I tried some big breaths and after a few hundred metres it disappeared, just in time for the ascent to the Sydney Observatory. Phew! Why the cruel race planners ever thought it a good idea to take the participants from sea level to one of the highest points in Sydney around two-thirds into the run I’ll never know! However, it’s also the hill I’ve used with work colleagues (including one half of Team Zammie) many times. So I powered on up and picked 3 different runners to chase down until the top. After the oddly quiet journey over Circular Quay, I turned onto Macquarie Street again. In a moment of de ja vu I saw Greta on course and near the end, just like in the Sydney:10. Another big shout of encouragement and it was time for the smarting slingshot around Mrs Macquarie’s Chair before running only a few metres into Hyde Park and over the line. 87:36. A 21k PB by 3:36 and 10:29 quicker than last year. That’ll do.

So May went pretty well as far as converting running times which used to hurt into warm-up times. However, this is hopefully just the start as I aim to push on towards a 21k in the 3 min/kms (and I’m not getting ahead of myself, 3:59 will do!), get a sub-18min 5k and conquer the missing marathon distance at Sydney Blackmore in September. From Greta setting my program to the whole crew supporting all the way, running with Rejoov continues to be fulfilling and fun. For anyone who dislikes running and thinks it hurts, I will now be telling them to never give up and it may hurt now but one day it will be your warm-up.

Thanks,

Jamie Broom

Jamie 38.36 PB by 4.29 mins since last year, Sydney 10k 2019. Training paying off!!

Jamie 38.36 PB by 4.29 mins since last year, Sydney 10k 2019. Training paying off!!

Jamie (pb 87.36, 10.29mins quicker than last year) from far right with Neil, Steve, Greta & Hamish. smh half marathon 2019

Jamie (pb 87.36, 10.29mins quicker than last year) from far right with Neil, Steve, Greta & Hamish. smh half marathon 2019

Sydney 10k 2019 the gang!!

Sydney 10k 2019 the gang!!

Debut UTA 22 Blue Mountains

Debut UTA 22 Blue Mountains 17th May 2019

by Cathy Rowney, Zebra rejoover

“I had trained for this trail run throughout the summer months and had also completed the Alpine Ascent Mount Kozciosko 25km trail run in March 2019. But nothing prepared me for how the UTA run panned out.

I had completed the course in training through rain and storms and had been eaten alive by leeches, firstly with the lovely Lisa Mintz. We drove home with our heels bleeding all the way. Second attempt was with Susan, Fran and Aoife on a very warm January day, although I nearly passed out on the Furber stairs in the heat. Third attempt, the unstoppable Fran took us up to the mountains on Easter Good Friday. Susan, Polina, Fran and myself made a very jolly team . The Furber stairs were closed for repairs so we had to climb up the Giant staircase, whoa , so hard! Never heard so many expletives from the Doctor (Susan). We did a great time though, under 3.15 and felt much more prepared for the big day in May.

Fast forward to day before , came down with non stop tummy problems, yes, the runs in a not so glamorous fashion. I was dehydrated and hungry as nothing stayed in long enough. I was lucky to stay with my cousins in Springwood who looked after me with some homemade chicken soup. My cousin Bruce is an old hand at Ultra Trails and had completed the 100 and 50kms a few times. I woke bright and early , tummy held on with some medication assistance. No breakfast though.

Arrived at Scenic World and met up with awesome running buddies Polina and Susan. Dave Stewart was supportive as always, volunteering that day as he was doing the 50km following day. Met up with Nadine (Nads) later at start line down at Wentworth Falls. The bus trip was fun and I sat next to a legend called Frank, who was turning 80 in August. He was taking it easier this year, but normally does the 100km. he told me his wife had a heart attack last year at the foot of the Furber Stairs, which was very encouraging.

So, we were off and running, flying down Kedumba! I did my fastest 5km ever and the quads didn't thank me later. Was running well and managed 16kms under 2 hours, hills and all. Thought all was well till a few more uphills and the legs were so fatigued. Got to the foot of the Furber stairs at time of 2.50, was stoked , then I started up the stairs. All energy went, I was nauseated, blacking out and felt quite unwell. I had beautiful support from fellow runners, they were amazing. I just had to keep stopping. I felt quite beaten and broken when I watched Frank sail past me without a strained breath, his wiry little legs had him flying up those stairs without a glance back. Way to go Frank!!! (I looked up his time later, under 3 hours).

Anyway, I made it to the top in 3.23, passed out at the finish line, helped on to the stretcher by our super hero Dave Stewart. I stopped the Garmin, was calling out "Don't tell Greta" and "do I still have my medal and finishers hat?" Susan, husband Julian, Polina and Nads were all with me in the medical tent and I was cleared quickly, the gatorade worked wonders.

Thank you to all my beautiful Rejoov buddies who put up with me. Thank you to coach Greta who forgave me after I was adamant in completing the SMH half marathon 2 days later.

Here’s to the 50km UTA next year”.

Congratulations Cathy debut UTA 22k 2019

Congratulations Cathy debut UTA 22k 2019

Training Zebra buddies

Training Zebra buddies

Aoife Dave & Zac

Aoife Dave & Zac

Cathy Rowney smh half marathon 2 days post uta 22, supporting Running for premature babies with fundraising & 3 fingers salute across the finish line.  The smh half wasn’t on cathy’s program but it was very important to her. she survived breast cancer and has a determined attitude.  rejoov wishes cathy many happy & safe running experiences to come.

Cathy Rowney smh half marathon 2 days post uta 22, supporting Running for premature babies with fundraising & 3 fingers salute across the finish line.

The smh half wasn’t on cathy’s program but it was very important to her. she survived breast cancer and has a determined attitude.

rejoov wishes cathy many happy & safe running experiences to come.


Swim Run Australia 2019 wrap up

Getting the swimrun bug

By Lisa Sherman

In late April 2018, my husband Grant and I headed down to Woollahra Sailing Club to cheer on coach Greta and a couple of friends who were taking part in Swimrun Australia. We were in awe of these teams of two that were swimming and running around 17+ kms from the sailing club up through Vaucluse, Watson’s Bay, and Camp Cove before turning around at South Head and doing it all back again. Whatever you were wearing you had to swim in and run in (shoes, wetsuits, pull buoys etc) and we just thought there was no way we would be able to take on a challenge like that…

Fast forward to early October 2018 on our last day at the Rejoov Clare Valley camp, and along with Greta, I found myself frantically trying to register for this years event as it sells out quickly. The 2019 event sold out within five hours but we were able to secure our spot. Great - we were registered, but now we had to work out how we were going to actually do this! I’ve been a swimmer for awhile, using it as great cross training or when recovering from an injury, and had recently overcome my fear of swimming in open water, so I wasn’t too daunted by the swimming but Grant wasn’t into swimming - this was going to be a challenge for us, especially the constant transitioning from running to swimming to running and so on.

But like all challenges, if you have a plan you can make it work. We got to know the course over the summer months, spending our Saturday’s doing swimrun sessions around Vaucluse, Watson’s Bay and Camp Cove, similar to the event course. We trialled different options for carrying pull buoys or having them on a belt and worked out the best shoes to run and swim in. We sorted out our nutrition and what’s best to carry when you are going in and out of the water and did a couple of smaller events including 3 Bays Challenge with a big gang of fellow Rejoovers in mid November 2018 and then a SwimRun Splash event in Wollongong in early March. Grant got over his dislike of getting in the pool and upped his swim mileage, mainly in the harbour around Shark Bay, Nelson’s Park - but than, how can you not love swimming when you have the gorgeous Sydney Harbour as your backdrop?

As the event drew closer, it was great to find out there were going to be some other Rejoov teams taking on the Swimrun challenge - Michael and Nadine, Fran and Cathy, Claire and Susan, and of course coach Greta trying the mixed teams with young speedster Jack McPhee. Some of us trained together which was awesome and that’s one of the best things about event’s like these and being part of a fantastic group like Rejoov - it’s the people you get to meet, train with and help each other to achieve these goals we set for ourselves.

This year’s SwimRun event was held on 27 April 2019 and what a cracker of a day! The buzz before the event was evident and the time flew by, before we knew it we were off, racing over sand and into the water. The first ‘swim’ ended up mainly being a “dolpining” wade as the tide was so low but this is what makes Swimrun so enjoyable - you really don’t know what the course will be like as it’s so dependent on conditions. The banter on the course was great, and being a team event (teams of two and you must stay within 10m of each other at all times), there was always someone to chat with. With so many transitions in/out of the water (there are 27 transitions for this event in total), the time flies with swumrun - before you know it you’re at the half way turning point, a run for the same length of time never seems to go as quick LOL.

A massive high during the event was seeing so many fellow Rejoovers out cheering us on - Emma and Mila at Nelson Park, Saorla at Watson’s Bay, coach Chris at various points - there really is nothing like having people on the course cheering you on. And they took some cracking photos too which is always good!

Lisa and Grant stoked with their debut 2hrs 18mins!!

Lisa and Grant stoked with their debut 2hrs 18mins!!

Rejoov teams nervous before the start!!

Rejoov teams nervous before the start!!

Mixed teams 1st and 2nd battling it out from the get go

Mixed teams 1st and 2nd battling it out from the get go