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Caught in a predicament as race started…

27 Jan

Did I get your attention with that headline?

It was quite funny looking back now, but at the time I was stressed!

The last week has been great and on Friday I popped up to the coast to see family and decided it would be good to run a ParkRun up there as well – not noting the weather forecast! So I settled for the Noosa ParkRun. It sounded perfect and the route looked great.

Caught on the loo! 

Noosa Park Run January 2016

Not a huge fan of this photo – running photos always make me look chunky!

On the Saturday morning I jumped in my car on what I can only describe as a boiling hot morning at just before 6.30am and figured I had plenty of time to get to the start and go to the toilet and prepare for the race. What I didn’t allow for was the slow drivers on one long one laned road into Noosa!

By the time I arrived I had a couple of minutes to spare and simply had to go to the toilet. I asked a runner where the toilets were and dashed off – I swear I have never peed as quickly as I did. I raced back outside of the toilet only to discover that the run had started!

I had a nasty hill to sprint up to get to the start and must have looked like a wild woman sprinting up the hill and puffing and panting. Someone shouted out I was 26 seconds behind so I was determined to push as hard as I could to get to where I was comfortable in the race and then slow down to a slower more durable pace.

By the time I was a kilometre in – the humidity hit me as well as that sprint to the start and I was shattered. I ended up doing an ok time and was very glad to finish as it was so sticky! The group was quite small and everyone seemed to know one another so I didn’t hang around afterwards and I drove back to where I was staying and my lovely husband had breakfast waiting for me 🙂

Sizzling heat and snakes 

running in the countryside

It was lovely running in the countryside – on a cooler day I would have appreciated it even more but it was so hot!

The next day I intended to run 10k in the morning,  and again it was hot and sticky. I hadn’t had a great nights sleep, and I hadn’t eaten great food the night before or taken on much water so it was a battle all the way round.

I took it easy and eased into the run and took in the beautiful scenery around me. I was jolted out of my daydream when I spotted three snakes consecutively. I am pretty sure two out of the three were dead – I did think the third was dead and took a photo but my husband isn’t sure whether it was dead or not – I’m glad I had convinced myself they were dead as I jumped out of my skin anyway when I saw them and may have screamed my head off also if it had moved!

It always reminds me of the first time I came to Australia and my husband was playing around with me I think when we went for a walk in the rainforest and he told me to watch my feet all the time if I heard rustling as it might be snakes…. I don’t think I have recovered!


So what do you reckon? Dead or alive? My husband thinks it is alive… I am very glad I didn’t hang around to find out. I think it is only a tree snake but even so it is a SNAKE!

Anyway I ended up managing 7.5k instead of 10k but it was so sticky I just couldn’t handle the heat. I was annoyed as later on it started to rain and it was much cooler but it was just one of those things. Maybe I need to toughen up more!

So that was my weekend. I don’t think it was 100% successful running wise as I didn’t run as much as I would have liked but I’m thankful that I am able to run again. My hip is coming good and I am feeling stronger.

Anyway I hope you are managing to run lots and still enjoying it like I am 😀 Have a great week….until next time!

On another note I was emailed by a company that has compiled a list of 100 blogs for fitness inspiration and I was 32nd 🙂 You can see the list here and might find some other blogs that tickle your fancy too 🙂


A week of lots more running and finally some good news!

19 Jan

When I look back over the last week I can say it was a great week on many levels.

Hip hip hooray!

In a previous post I talked about how frustrated I was at sitting on the bench. I am pleased to say my hip is finally coming good and I ran 11k on Saturday, 4k on Sunday and 12k today and had no major pain. I went to see my physio, Casey  yesterday and he said things are looking good and I am good to run more and train for my half marathon – but not to push it.

The first thing I did was to email Roger my running coach who is starting to crank things up a bit ready for March – so today I ran 12k. It was a slow 12k as it was very warm and hilly – it was meant to be 13k but it was just too warm for me but I was still happy with that.

I met Pete!

meeting Pete

Pete Evans was lovely. Very chilled out and happy to have a photo taken. We talked about recipes and transformations – glad I popped into the Paleo Cafe that day!

I tend to follow a fairly low carb regime with my eating. I know that’s pretty nuts for a runner but it has been great for getting me in shape again and I generally feel healthier not having bread etc in my diet. Obviously when races come around then I do incorporate some grain and increase my carbs such as sweet potatoes into my diet. But anyway I am not paleo but I do agree with some of their eating principles so I have a few Pete Evans cookbooks on my shelf, and by a complete chance I happened to be in Hawthorne and remembered that Pete was going to be at the Bulimia Paleo Cafe half an hour later so I hightailed it to the Cafe and got to say hello, and have my photo taken with him – highlight of my day on Friday :-D.

Volunteering at ParkRun 

volunteering at park run

Volunteer pacers at the Southbank ParkRun – I am on the one on the left holding my balloon. I didn’t realise when I let it go that I was whacking the guy in the black in the face oops!!

I run with Intraining on a Thursday night as part of their Wife Night group 🙂 and Ingraining appealed for volunteers for the Southbank ParkRun and I decided I would volunteer as a pacer and go with the slowest pace so I knew I wouldn’t push my hip. My friends and I ran 6k beforehand so I got a quicker run in and I ended up having to sprint back to where the ParkRun started to get back in time.

It was actually great fun. I have to say though I had no idea how hard it is to pace a run. I was to run the 5km in 35 minutes and it was hard. I kept glancing down at my watch ever conscious that I had to try and be on time as people were sticking with me to do their best time or for some support and I had never looked at pacing that way.

I met some lovely people and encouraged them along, I screeched ‘1km left -7 mins left to run – you can do it!’ at one group of girls and it was great to be able to run and encourage people at the same time (hopefully that came across as encouraging lol). So I think it is definitely something I will do again. Not all of the ParkRuns have pacers so I guess it will be the larger ones which I have tended to avoid!

So all in all I have had a great 7 days which is a vast improvement on the week before! I’ve entered the International Women’s Day 5k with my friend too which I am looking forward to 😀 so here’s hoping things keep on improving!

Have a great day 🙂 and Happy Running 🙂

My first “ParkRun Australia’ Race

21 Jan

My friend in the UK told me about the ParkRun‘s and that they had now started in Australia.

According to its website Parkrun started in 2004 in Bushy Park, Teddington, UK (love that place – I used to run there myself) and it was a 5k timed event and the only one of its kind on a free and weekly basis.

It’s a great concept where runners sign up once on the website and can then run at any event in their country and they are free. Results are posted, prizes are given out and weekly newsletters are sent out. Brilliant idea.

If you are a runner reading this, I don’t know about you but races entries can seriously add up over time, so I liked the idea of running this as it was free.

So I entered yesterday and got my own bar code that I printed off and took with me and this morning I went along to New Farm Park in Brisbane ready to race at 7am.

I was amazed at how many people were there (a hundred or so) and they all looked very fit so I was a bit daunted but my wonderful friend Nadia who I had brought along assured me it would be ok.

The race was very well organised and someone gave us (the newbies) a talk before the event just to run through runners etiquette which I liked as it reminded me of when I ran in the UK, some of the races and some of the runners I have come across here in Brisbane haven’t always been that hospitable so this was a good start.

The problem for me was it was 7am and already hot. Only having been back from the UK a week I had a feeling I might suffer.

So we started the race. My Garmin as predicted played up on me but I managed to get the timer working and I was off. Nadia shot off into the distance but I got my head down and started pounding the pavement. The route was along the river in New Farm, nice on the way up but hell on the way back as there was no shade and the sun was hotter.

So I settled into the race, my music playing and pushing as much as I could. I felt pretty good and do you know something, those really fit looking people that made me doubt my confidence, I was surprised but I was able to pass a lot of them.

On the way back to the finish I started to struggle as the heat was almost unbearable for me but I kept pushing as much as I could and managed a consistent 5.00-5.17 min per km pace which for me not having trained much in the last 4/5 weeks and in the heat was not bad. Today’s race was not about timing for me but for confidence and a benchmark to improve on so I was happy.

After I crossed the finish line I queued up to hand in my barcode and token to have my time recorded, grabbed some water and a piece of water melon and Nadia and I went for a well earned coffee.

I’ll definitely do the ParkRun again but perhaps once it gets a bit cooler.