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Not so great week that ended well!

13 Dec

This week has been a good and bad week. At the beginning of the week I was still struggling with my running. I talked about it in my last post and have deduced it is the time of the year. I have been feeling like my times have not been improving even though I have been training a fair amount. You wouldn’t believe I ran a marathon 4/5 months ago when I struggle with 5k at times now.

I cried a bit this week because I was convinced I was going nowhere and just felt deflated. I am always quite hard on myself my husband tells me and this week was no exception. I just felt I was trying hard but yet going for a run felt so difficult. Then it hit me yet again – it’s SUMMER!

Every year here in Queensland I struggle. I just forget! The humidity and the heat kicks in and it often feels like you’re running in treacle and going nowhere. Take the ParkRun I did a couple of weeks ago with my friend where I had to walk as it was too hot.

As mentioned in my last blog post when I was back home on my trip to the UK I did a Parkrun there and loved it because I was much more accustomed to the 11 degrees over the 30 degrees here!

Berrimba ParkRun

My husband told me to stop punishing myself. So I decided to run a ParkRun this weekend again with my friend. Much to my delight it was a much cooler day, in fact it was raining. I wasn’t sure whether to run as I am not a huge advocate of running whilst it is raining in case of injury or illness but I went.

By the time I turned up it was just spitting rain so perfect running conditions.

appreciate the slow runs

I didn’t really push it as much as I could have. I just thought I’d try and run reasonably comfortably and enjoy the run. It got a bit difficult about 4k in but I pushed on and when I crossed the finish line the girl timing said I was the first female over the line! My time was quite slow compared to a lot of the girls that normally run (and there were only 118 competitors ) at just over 26 mins but it was the boost I needed. I also came first in my age category 🙂

Berrinba PR 12 Dec 15

For the rest of the day I felt a definite spring in my step and I felt renewed in my running efforts. I know I will never be a ‘quick’ runner but doing my best and believing in myself is what I need to do more rather than looking around at other people’s times and comparisons to me.

We all need to give ourselves a break sometimes. We put so much pressure on doing things we enjoy often to the point it doesn’t become fun anymore – sometimes we need those slower runs and not so great runs to appreciate the good runs and to see how far we have come 😀

Forget the time 

I’ve also decided to make a conscious effort to try and not concentrate on times. It’s hard as a lot of runners tend to focus on time as to how well they are doing. Of course it’s a great indicator but us amateur runners that have faced lots of challenges and times when we have been unable to run I figure now the fact that I can run right now is a complete bonus and who gives a toss about the time!

Anyway that’s my ramble over for this post but I just wanted to share my topsy turvy week and encourage anyone else out there that is feeling not so great to keep running and appreciating that you can.




What are your 2015 running goals?

30 Dec

About this time of year every year I start to reflect on the year that has been and what I’d like to try and achieve in the next 12 months of my running. This year has been an interesting one since I had my little boy part way through the year but it has been a great year.

I’m back into running and am slowly getting my fitness back. I’m very much a goal driven person and in a previous post a week or two ago I had made my mind up not to run a marathon in the imminent future as I really wasn’t motivated, then I had a conversation with one of my friends and with a few people and I’ve pretty much changed my mind yet again! For anyone that knows me that won’t come as much of a surprise!

I originally wanted to do the NY Marathon next year as it’s a ‘special birthday’ for me but whilst it is an iconic race that I will run at some point  –  having a new baby has proved  difficult logistically and too expensive to enter right now with a European trip next year too (unfortunately I won’t have time to fit a race in whilst there) – but I have decided I am going to run a marathon next year but in Australia. Not sure which one yet but I need something to focus on. I’m quite pumped to do it. I know it won’t be a fast race just a plod but I can’t wait!

I got in touch with my runner friend in the UK and after raising his eyebrows he has done a month by month schedule that I will be following to get me back on track. January will be a challenge as it will be warm and the most running I have done in a while but I just can’t wait!

So my goals for 2015 are:What are your 2015 running goals - the girl that runs

1. To run my 5th marathon – I’m not worrying about time I just want to enjoy it with my lovely friend by my side

2. To not be grumpy whilst doing said marathon training since my husband says I always get grumpy when training the longer distance 🙂

3. To potentially get back on my road bike – I haven’t since I gave birth and it’s about time – but all depends on how my wrists fare as they are still not too great.

4. To carry on enjoying my running and to hopefully continue to run injury free

That’s it.  Do you have any exciting goals for 2015? I’d love to hear what they are…

One step forward – two steps backward….. getting back into running

12 Aug

Hope you are having a good week of training! It’s been beautiful here in Brisbane with gorgeous blue skies everyday. I’ve been taking full advantage getting out and about with baby M. I’ve slowly been getting back into my running which has been great, baby is 15 weeks now so I feel like I’m good to go and managed 5k yesterday walking/running at a very super slow time of 40 mins!! but I’m getting there.

I have a new hindrance now it seems. From lifting baby M in and out of his capsule, in and out of the car and his stroller I have damaged my wrists to the point it hurts all the time when I lift him now 😦  My back is also hurting from lifting him the wrong way so I went to see a physio and she said no strenuous exercise, no weights, no nothing! I said to her in a (Im sure) whining voice – so “no running?” and she said yes for one week….

The physio told me to sleep in a wrist brace (see inset) and I actually woke up in the middle of the night in agony so removed it. Called them the next day and they told me I have to see an Occupational Therapist…wrist

I was a little bit naughty yesterday as I did run but I made a pact with myself if I had any pain (which I didn’t) that i would stop. So it’s back to the physio and an occupational therapist on Friday to see what can be done and in the meantime resting my wrists the best I can and doing my physio exercises! I never realised having babies was so hazardous!

I’m loving being back at the gym and running though. I remember when I was pregnant I kept saying to myself it wouldn’t be long and I would be back running in no time and here I am – yay. I bought new trainers (Kayano 19s on special) and I’m set to go.

Anyway have a great week and happy running !

What a weekend of challenges!

18 Aug


Wow what a weekend it has been although mine has not been as strenuous as some. My beautiful South African friend finished a 168km run over 5 days around the Mont Blanc area and some of my friends completed Tough Mudder as I mentioned in my last post.

It’s so awesome to have challenges and goals to work towards to keep motivation in training.

My training is a lot less energetic than running 168k and Tough Mudder at the moment but  sometimes timing is everything!  I’m on the waiting list for NYC 2015 marathon and that’s my goal as I have mentioned lots in previous posts – sorry 🙂

My weekend has been a bit more relaxed this weekend with a trip to Underwater World with my cousin who is over from the uk and my husband – and then a walk at Springbrook National Park 🙂

Have a great weekend 🙂

What are your running goals in the next year or so? I’ve finally decided mine!

21 Jul

I’ve been thinking about what I’d like to achieve with my running for a while now, and lots of people around me have been achieving theirs such as running their first marathon or running a personal best, and I really started to wonder whether I had any goals in mind or was I just going to be content with just running and that’s it.

One of my friends told me she has entered the New York Marathon for next year and it got me thinking, could/would I run another marathon and then I started to think, well it would have to be a good one to make me run that distance again…

So I may regret putting this in writing but I have decided that I am giving myself two challenges in the next few

City to Surf

Logo taken from the City to Surf website

years to achieve and that is to run the Sydney City to Surf  14k race next year and then the New York Marathon a year or so afterwards.  The main difference between those races I plan to do and those I have run is I am not going to worry too much about times. I know that the City to Surf is a very tough course especially with Heartbreak Hill which for those of you that haven’t heard of it is a killer hill enroute in the race.

So in-between those two challenges I will be running other smaller races but it seems every time I have entered a race in the last year I have gotten sick so I have not decided which I will do yet….

New York City Marathon

Logo taken from NY Marathon website

My husband thinks i am mad and keeps reminding me of how I felt when I finished my last full marathon in 2006 but I reckon I have got one left in me – just one, right!

So have you set yourself any major running challenges? If so I’d love to hear what they are. Is anyone planning on doing the City to Surf next year? If so I’ll see you there 🙂


It’s that time again: does the fan go on or off at the gym!

28 May

I love my gym. It gives me great pleasure to train there except when it’s boiling hot as there is no air conditioning, just fans, and when it is winter in Brisbane and it’s cold.

Oscillating Fan

I train my butt off at the gym especially on the treadmill when I don’t want to run outside, but the issue I face and the girls that I train with is often when we are running inside in winter and we are working hard and sweating, we put the fan on much to the annoyance of the people that think going to the gym involves sitting on a bike and reading a magazine and not raising much of a sweat hence they don’t really warm up and give death stares when anyone goes near the fans.

I had one of those moments the other day as I was running for the first time in a couple of weeks after being sick and went to put the fan on to discover it wasn’t working. I went to one of the guys on the desk who came over and said someone had had it switched off at the mains, he then switched it on for me and the guy in question didn’t look too happy and said I shouldn’t work so hard – in a nice way of course.

I am finding I now have an aversion to the fan. Everytime I think about switching it on I look over at who else is training and whether they are training hard, if so I will go and switch it on, but if not I just suck it up as I don’t like to upset people and I end up finishing my training early because I am too warm. Am I being crazy? I mean when I sweat I get really hot – and there are only so many clothes I can remove without getting in trouble!

Maybe I should stick to training outside!

Mother’s Day 4k race a week today !

6 May

It’s been another good week of training and I am feeling reasonably good. I have upped my weights work and am running a fair bit as well as my mixed cardio. It suddenly dawned on me today that this time next week I will have run the Mothers Day race in Brisbane.

I entered the 4k this year instead of the 8k as I have been concentrating on short distance, and this will be only my second race this year as I have been shying away from them a bit.

I found last year when I was racing fairly regularly that I got myself in such a panic and got so nervous before the race that it wasn’t worth the stress quite frankly. I don’t know why I got so nervous its not like I was likely to win! The only person I compete against is myself at the end of the day as we are all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and experience when it comes to running. So I decided to go back to basics and run because I enjoyed it and to not put any pressure on, but I decided the Mothers Day race would be a good one to run to gauge how my training has been going.

So another week of training, maybe not quite as hard but looking forward to it.

Happy running and happy long weekend if you have one this week.