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Running outside again for the first time after having my baby – harder than I thought

18 Oct

It’s been a few months now since I got back into running after having my son and in that time generally all of my running has been inside on a treadmill because I haven’t been able to run with the Baby Jogger because baby M was still in his capsule. Well he is finally out and I decided to try and run outside for the first time last week – boy it was a shock to the system. I had forgotten how different running outside is to running inside. I was spoiled on the treadmill thinking I was really getting back to good speeds again.

We went to New Farm Park which is really nice and has the Brisbane River running alongside it and is actually where one of the Brisbane Park Run’s takes place on a Saturday. My husband took Max and walked whilst I figured I would run strongly and feel like a proper runner again…. well i ran around the corner and then my heart felt like it was going to fly up from my lungs and I had to walk!

I felt somewhat deflated at the fact I was so looking forward to running outside and I wasn’t able to continuously and had to walk! I know how the poor tortoise felt now when racing the hare although the tortoise won in the end right! So I figure I will get there – it just takes time like everything else!

New Farm Park by the river

New farm park by the river is a great setting for a nice run. It’s also where one of Brisbane’s park Runs takes place on a Saturday Morning.

I’ve had a few people ask me how I got back into running after having my baby, I’m no expert but I thought I would share what I did as a few tips – see below:

Getting back into Running after having a baby

1. Take it slowly

Don’t think that after just having a baby you’ll be running marathons the following week. I had originally planned to run the Marathon du Medoc in France in September after having my baby in April. I realise now that it would have been too soon and the body needs to heal and harden up. A lot of the body is still soft and not prepared for the effects that running has on the body so I waited to run until 12 weeks. I think that may even have been a bit soon but it comes down to you, your doctor and being sensible.

2. Walk before you run 

I started initially before running again just walking on the treadmill and outside. I took the treadmill speed up a bit as well after a while so I was walking quite briskly and also took the elevation up to push myself harder. Then from there when I was told I was allowed to start running I would run for say 30 seconds and then walk for a minute or two to get used to it. It was a shock to the system to begin with. There are some great walk/run programs you can follow such as this one from Runners World.

3. Measure for motivation

I am very driven by seeing some sort of result and I found it hard trying to get back into running with my belly jiggling and feeling exhausted so I started to log all my sessions on the treadmill at the gym and then use my Garmin outside to measure and I did see improvements which helped motivate and keep me going when I felt like I was getting nowhere. There are some great gadgets out there now that don’t cost the earth even down to using your mobile phone and the apps on there like Strava completely free of charge (there is a paid version as well where you get more stats).  Also I have never been one for the scales but if you are then you could measure yourself at the start of going back to training to monitor improvements but I think it’s important to remember especially if you are breastfeeding that the body has and is still undergoing lots of changes and so exercising too much and limiting your food at this after having a baby is a no no.

4. Enjoy the freedom!

If you find that you are not enjoying the training etc and it is causing you more stress – at this stage of not long having a baby take a breather! I loved getting back into exercise, no longer feeling sick from morning sickness – it gave me great release. Putting baby M into the gym creche gave me a chance to exercise and have a coffee uninterrupted too and it made me a better mum I’m sure just having that break! I also walked with friends with baby M who were really supportive. We’d have a coffee at the gym and then go for a walk and it really made me feel a bit more normal again!

Anyway It’s a beautiful sunny day so I am going to now take advantage of that and that my husband is home and go for a solo run outside :-) Happy running :-)

Please note I am writing from experience and I am not a qualified fitness professional or nutritionist so always check with your GP and qualified fitness/nutrition professionals before embarking on any change to exercise/eating. 

Training when sick?

20 Jul

I’ve been offline for the last week or so as both my husband, baby M and I all got sick and it’s been a nightmare. Luckily I wasn’t too bad so it meant I could keep going for everyone but meant I was really tired and visits to the gym went out the window.

I know a good number of people that come rain or shine and sick or not they still train.

Do you train when sick?cold

As soon as I feel unwell I cut right back on training especially cardio and when in a gym environment I am a strong believer that I shouldn’t go as I could pass whatever it is I have onto other people and that’s not fair not to mention I could make myself even worse.

As a runner I really do take it seriously when sick as I have been in a number of races over the last 11 years where people have lined up on the start line and someone has died! A lot of the time it has been an experienced runner who had a virus and didn’t realise they had a virus and thought it was just a cold and pushed it with a fatal result.

Here are a few tips to consider when feeling under the weather and wondering whether to train *

1. Feeling warm?

If you have a high temperature then that can be a good indication that you should take things easy or lay off training completely. Get yourself along to the doctor rather than the gym!

2. Slow down

Feeling slightly under the weather but still want to train – just slow down – instead of those sprints maybe consider an elevated walk, weights or a slow jog and see how it goes. Struggling when slowing down then it’s definitely time to to go to the doctor and stop training.

3. Know your body 

You know yourself better than anyone and if you really do not feel right then simply don’t train. It’s not worth it in the long run you will make things worse and end up unable to train for a lot longer than if you had rested when not feeling well at the start.

Further reading

Womens Health & Fitness published a great article about training when sick you might find interesting too.

*please note these are just my opinions and I am not a qualified doctor/trainer etc so always consult your doctor/physician when starting exercise or feeling unwell or if you have questions regarding your exercise.

A slight curve ball to training….

2 Nov

I haven’t posted on here for a while due to a number of reasons but the main one is I have been trying to think about the best way to continue my blog which is meant to be about running when I am basically not running right now and won’t be for a while.

I’m having a baby!

It’s been a mixed emotional time of – awesome I am having a baby and oh no! I can’t train as I would want and my belly is big and who could forget morning or should I say all day sickness!

I decided to continue with my blog throughout my pregnancy but I understand if those of you hard core runners that are not the slightest bit interested in people that don’t run switch off for a while. I still have some product reviews stacked up to share as well as sharing my journey of being pregnant and the next phase of getting fit and back into running again so it’d be great to have you along for the ride but understand if all things babies bore you :-)

I’ve been doing baby yoga which is great fun (more on that soon) and walking a lot but other than that I’ve been told I am not allowed to do any major cardio for the entirety of my pregnancy *yawn* but it’s all in the name of a good cause :-)


My plan is to have baby and then my great friend and PT is going to whip me back into shape ready to run a marathon in 2015. Not sure which one at the moment as New York is $3500 as an Aussie just for the flight and race place so Los Angeles is looking more promising.

Anyway that’s me for today but hope your training is going well and you put in a few km for me!

Training and Schedules – do you use one?

9 Aug
Hope your training is going well. There are a few races coming up that I have friends training for such as the Sydney City to Surf (I am hoping to do this next year), The Sunshine Coast running festival and if you are really crazy then Tough Mudder is next weekend. I have a few friends doing it and didn’t have the inclination to do myself and get electric shocked on the way round!
Anyway, today’s post is around racing and scheduling.
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Image courtesy of digitalart http://www.freedigitalphotos.net

Do you have a schedule you work to when you have a race scheduled? 

When I have had a race in the diary I usually work to a schedule 8-10 weeks before and try and stick to it to the letter depending on what I want to achieve i.e. a specific time, distance that I haven’t done for a while.

Schedules are great to give you motivation too. I don’t know about you but I am a list person and I like to tick things off – so the idea of ticking off a training session each day and counting down is very exciting for me (nerdy yes I know) as well as helping me meet my goals with specific training sessions i.e. hills, speed, distance etc to ensure I am strong enough for the race.

I received a training question last week from someone and I thought it might be useful to other people to share and it’s kind of around the idea of a schedule and planning hence it’s in this post.


I’m putting a team together for the Lorne Adventure Race this December and I’m
going to do the Trail run part of the 50 km endurance race.
My question is; I run three 9 km runs a week and one 18 km every
fortnight or at least a 14 each fortnight, my runs are coastal, sand, hills ,logs , beach and road, how should I change my runs to get better
distance? Slower the first half? More interval training? Time of day?
My week consists of Pilates, yoga and PT sessions but nobody is a
distance runner so some advice would be great, the Lorne race needs to be
a fast 15 km. 
As I am not a qualified coach and didn’t want to give incorrect information I asked my UK friend and coach Roger Alsop who is is an accomplished International athlete with over 20 years experience of running  to  answer the question on my behalf.
My reply was: 
Sorry for taking a while to get back to you. I decided to ask my
friend/coach to help me with this question as I didn¹t want to give you
incorrect advice.
Roger knows his stuff and is top for his age for 5k in the UK. He helped
me with some of my races.
Anyway please see his response below (we are going on the fact that no exact distance was given and that a fast 15km was required):
The answer would be to mix up the training. 2 interval sessions a week, 1 short reps
with short recoveries e.g. 20 x 1 min and one long reps with longer
recoveries e.g. 5 x 5 mins with 3 min recoveries. The long run could be
time based, e.g. 2 hours at an enjoyable pace ( need to build up to it,
assuming that’s not how long he takes for 18k). That’s a very general
response to the question. When I do schedules for someone I find out as
much as possible to fit their needs, an indicator of their half marathon
time and 10k times would be useful as 15k is about 9 miles, but it is

 Here are some good generic schedules if you are looking for a starting point but I would always advise seeing a qualified coach who can create a tailored schedule for you and your training as the generic schedules may not be suitable for everyone:

The Girl That Runs previous post on training schedules (it’s a bit old – from 2011 but the information will still help)
Hope this helps. Have a great day running :-) It’s such a beautiful day out there :-)

Welcome to the world of Ultra Running

13 Jul

Imagine the sense of exhilaration you’ll experience at the end of race that’s even longer than a standard marathon. Intrigued? Welcome to the world of ‘ultra running’.

I have a few friends that are ultra runners and I have often had people ask me what’s involved and what it’s all about so today’s post should help answer a few of those questions.

If you’ve never heard of ‘ultra running’ before, the term basically covers all types of competitive running longer than the 42 kilometres of a typical marathon. They can also take place on any surface – including roads, dirt tracks and mountain trails.

In Australia, the UK and US, 50 mile (80km+)  routes are becoming increasingly popular, as are trails that take in rough terrain and woodland to really push runners to their physical limits.

While in many respects this could be considered the next step up from a marathon, taking up ultra running doesn’t necessarily require you to double your training schedule. Speaking to Men’s Health magazine, record breaking ultra runner William Sichel said it’s not necessarily increasing your training that’s crucial to succeeding in ultra running; rather it’s about adapting your running style, by incorporating walking breaks.

If anything, the only difference you’ll notice between traditional marathon running and ultra running is the speed at which you wear your running shoes out! It goes without saying that the more kilometres your rack up, the quicker you’ll need to replace your footwear.  Stringer Sports is a favourite Australian source for running shoes at the moment – in a lot of the stores they are too expensive and I end up having to order from the US but their prices are reasonable. And, for any UK readers, take a look at the selection of running shoes from Millet Sports and opt for a design that incorporates gel and foam into the design for optimum comfort when you’re covering long distances.

Ultra running shoes

Even though your training schedule won’t need to be expanded, you’ll notice that ultra running takes more of a toll on your body and recovery time is longer. If you’re feeling the strain of your exertion and you’re struggling to recover after a spot of ultra running, check out these top recovery tips from Runners World.

Ultra-running is about discovering your bodies limits; and pushing past them to achieve and endure more. If you’re an experienced and accomplished marathon runner, why not take the next step with ultra running and put your body to the test?

Interested in racing in Australia? See a list of Ultra races here.

I am not sure I am ready to yet but who know’s one day…….

Have a great weekend and happy running :-)

Secret running :-)

9 Jul

How is your training going?

I haven’t posted in a while as has life has been so chaotic with work. My working days have been spreading into time when I should still be in bed and long into the night. It’s all good but it’s meant that I haven’t been able to train too much.

Run Stop Shop

The weekend just gone was the Gold Coast Marathon, Half Marathon etc and I knew a lot of people who ran it including a number of friends that ran their first ever marathons. They had a tough day as it was quite warm and it’s hard when you have been training in the cold and then suddenly you get a much warmer day for the race. I have had that happen a few times and it’s hard work. But they did really well and finished which is awesome.

I was quite hyped up after reading about lots of different peoples experiences on Saturday and Sunday so was a bit naughty as I am not meant to be pushing myself too much at the moment and I went for a secret run! I probably pushed myself too hard and it hurt but oh boy did it feel good to be out running and feeling that great sense of working hard :-) Can’t wait until I can start my proper training again and my friend and I were just discussing today our plans to lead up to the New York Marathon on 2015. I am so excited I can’t wait to start building back up to those long long runs.

In the meantime I am taking it a bit easier, doing lots of toning to keep everything trim and enjoying the rest before the hard work begins again :-)

On another note if you have been reading for a little while you’ll remember that Run Stop Shop was looking to name the top running blog in Australia from their point of view. Thanks to those of you that voted I came 4th :-) I didn’t even expect to get ranked so it was a nice surprise and encouraging.

Have a great day and happy running :-)


Orange’d out!

21 Jun

Wow it’s been a busy week or so. I was planning to write a bit more than I have in the last couple of weeks but time has not been on my side.

I did manage to complete the 10 days of the #goOrange challenge but I forgot to take a photo of the last Orange day – oops! See photo – I wasn’t that adventurous but I tried!

I’m a little bit orange’d out though to be honest. It was a fun challenge but I think I will have a break from them for a little while.


Hope your training week has been good. I did a PT session with my lovely friend earlier in the week and she smashed my arms! I am still aching now and struggling even to lift my hand bag – how much of a sook am I!! It’s amazing how a few kettle bell sessions and push ups can hurt!

Anyway thinking of all of you training and racing this weekend. My friends are riding the Brisbane to Gold Coast 100k bike ride – I wish them the best of luck and am actually thankful on this occasion I won’t be riding as it’s cold brrrr!

Happy Running :-)


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