Friday, December 9, 2016

Love the Skin you're in

I'm pretty sure most of you would agree that as women, we are our own worse critic's.  I ran my final event for the year last Sunday & it took a while for me to decide whether or not to purchase any of the formal event pictures.  I am usually very supportive of other women/people & try to promote positive body imagery, yet when I saw the pictures the first thing I saw were negatives.

Instead of seeing air, OMG I GOT AIR!!! Or the smile on my face, all I saw was hips/thighs, the bit of a belly roll that has crept on of late & less firm arms than they were.  I really had to give myself a bit of a talking to: seriously - those hips & thighs have run 3 marathons.  Yes 3.  What bloody svelte model has run 3 marathons?? And if you do know of any, please don't tell me LOL.  Yes, I know I am pretty lean anyway, but I've been leaner, fitter & faster.

I am not barbie.  I don't want to be plastic.  I want to be real, authentic & I do want to love the skin I'm in.  Sure, I'd like to have my flatter belly back & my arms a little more toned & my hips/thighs a little smaller, but you know what; I could if I wanted to.  I could train 10 times harder than I do now, I could not each chocolate every day.  I could not drink wine, eat pizza etc etc.  But I also want to live & enjoy my life.

So.  Get on board people.  It's time to stop being so critical of yourself.  Sure, being a healthy weight is something we should all strive towards, but we also need to love ourselves no matter what & enjoy the life we have been given.  

Peace, Love & Dune Buggies my friends!!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Running

I decided to run 10kms last night as I'd missed the first run of the week due to Melbourne's current inclement weather.  Lately every run has been hard work.  I went out slow & my average pace was 5.55 mins per km but I did my first negative split in forever (that means I ran faster in the 2nd half than the first).  Lately I've been going out too fast despite being mindful of not doing that & fading in the second half.  

My mind was clear, my legs felt OK (not great, but OK will do for now) & the other thing was I didn't need to stop at the drinking fountains.  Lately I've been hanging out for every single one - the first one isn't even 1km in, the second at 4kms, the 3rd at 5kms (on this distance); I stop on the way back at them too.  When I first started running I used to run 21.1kms without any drink stops.  I have no explanation for that as I'm still eating & drinking the same amount as I have been for the past couple of years.  Well, maybe a little more chocolate & a little more wine on occasion LOL.

I spent a lot of my run thinking more about the bucket list & a few other drama's that are going on around me, but I also focused on how the wind felt on my face; the smell of the ocean; the beauty of the waves rolling into the beach; the 14 kite surfers at the beach.  I even got wet feet twice crossing the little ford - normally I'd have turned around & run back the way I came, but I really wanted to keep going in the direction I had chosen - it didn't look that deep, but was deep enough to soak my sneakers.  They were dry by the time I returned, but this time I just ran & splashed through with a smile on my face much to the amusement of the cyclist coming the other way.  I was a wilderness explorer!!!!  Something has shifted.  I hope this brings more good things & better & happier running!!!!

I'm standing on the footpath, but this is where the ford floods & my feet got wet!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Bucket List

I created a new page today.  Head on over & have a look.  There is a bit of a post about it there.  I plan on updating it now & again.  What's on your bucket list?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Melbourne (half) Marathon Recap

I ran my first half marathon since July's Gold Coast Half, 3 weeks ago at the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival.  

This was the first time I'd done the event with friends running too - last year I was in a wedding so didn't run at all & the year before it was my first attempt at the Marathon distance.  I'm not up for 2 marathons in a year (may never achieve it) & have been resting my stubborn ITB in hope that it will settle down & less likely reoccur, hence the unusual (for me) long time between halfs!  

Our running family met outside the MCG at the crack of dawn as one of our group was doing the full marathon starting at 7am.  We amused ourselves taking pictures of ourselves with the Bill Ponsford Statute while bag drops were done & runners sent off.  

I couldn't believe my eyes when out of the crowd appeared Carol!  Of all those thousands of people, fate placed us in each others paths!  We do have a photo - but it's on Carols phone.  Oops.   While we were having a quick catch up, more of my running family arrived & I was instructed to download the Marathon App & plug in everyone's race numbers as I was to be first runner home. 

I really don't know why I didn't twig then, (as one of our family had pulled out of the 10km event citing she wasn't feeling it, plus she was supposed to have done the event with her daughter who wasn't well & couldn't run - but had decided to come along & support the rest of us, so was there, but not running so) why was I the one tracking everyone.  

I'm a bit slow at the best of times & it took a while & some prompting before the penny dropped: my friend M was indeed going to run, but her sister had talked her into upgrading & running/walking her first half marathon!!!!!!!  OMG!!!  It must have been quite amusing watching me catch on as the others (besides Carol) were all in the know bar our Marathon runner, who over took them on the course & found out mid run.  Wish I'd been able to see his face!

Anyhoo.  In all the excitement & laughing about what had transpired we were a little late getting to the starting chute.  I started at the back of the pack with the other 3 girls & before long we were off!  We wished each other luck & I took off ahead of them aiming for a 2 hour give or take finishing time.  It was quite warm & very windy.  I ditched my jumper (for charity) just before we started & was wishing I'd run in shorts by the end!  I made it to 15kms before my brain started to complain - or is that my body started to protest & my brain said - yeah - this is a bit hard, I think we should walk.

I told my brain to stop being ridiculous & that if we slowed down a little it would all be fine.  There were far fewer spectators on course this year than when I'd last run it so had less kids to high 5 & keep me distracted which was a little disappointing, however the weather gods weren't conducive to spectating.  

I realised that it wouldn't be long until the RMA cheer squad would appear & also Carol & co's cheer squad (dressed up as Frisian Cows!) wouldn't be far off either (I hoped).   I ran on keeping a keen eye out for them & eventually there they were - together I think!  Here I am in action high fiving one of the RMA cheer squad!  I think I was yelling out "more Warrnambool cows" to someone behind her, who may or may not have been part of Carol's cheer squad!!  LOL

Finally it was up & over the footbridge at Birrarung Marr towards the MCG hard left, under the bridge, around the outer along the road & into a tunnel to arrive onto the hallowed turf of the MCG!  So much fun running on the grass & then sprinting for the finish line!!!!  

I grabbed my medal & quickly picked up my bag as I had to race back to one of the girls car & pick up 3 more runners bags & get back into the ground to see them finish!  I was watching the App & still missed the 3 girls run onto the MCG.  They made great time & I didn't have to wait long.  

Here is M with her first half marathon completed!

All the half runners made it back in time to see the last member of our running family that day over the finishing line after PB'ing in his 3rd Marathon.  I am so thankful I now have a running family.  While you all run your own race, having the support of friends really means so much.  We all celebrate each others milestones & have a lot of fun along the way. 

 My time was 2 hours 3 minutes & 48 seconds which is not my fastest my any means but I was happy to have run it without any knee pain.  We all went our separate ways after the event with various commitments.  I met Plumbing Boy & his Mum for a well deserved celebratory brunch.  A wonderful day with wonderful people.  I truly am blessed.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Running Update

I'm still running; the niggles are declining & I've been working my way back up to the half marathon distance.

I've joined the ranks of sleeves - arm & calf

I also joined Park Run & have been once so far.....

I have my first ever running toe nail injury!!  It doesn't hurt & I only found it because the polish split across the nail & then lifted so I chopped the loose bit off.

Spring has sprung in Melbourne & the weather has been bloody inclement, but hopefully will warm up soon!

I may have had a recent birthday & may have rewarded myself with some new limited edition NY Marathon sneakers!  I may have also gone for a birthday run & run my fastest 1km for probably this year!

By the time this is posted I will have run my first half marathon since the beginning of July which finishes on the hallowed turf of the MCG.  Recap to follow!

Monday, October 17, 2016

22 Push up Wrap

I actually finished this challenge a month ago - I'm too busy to be across all social media at once, hence the delay here.

What did I learned about a push up challenge?

1. Push ups are hard to do
2. Correct technique makes them harder
3. Despite wanting to continue to do them & get better at them I haven't
4. The suicide rate amongst returned soldiers in the USA is terrible
5. By comparison Australia's statistics aren't great either - far more soldiers die by suicide than in active duty from either country.  I haven't researched the statistics in the oposing countries.
6. Regardless of your view on war or the military, returned soldiers need our help to integrate back into a life that extremely different from life in the military
7. There are many people outside the military who are confronted by traumatic situations every single day & doing the challenge & researching the topic(s) has reminded me of this
8. Nobody knows what another person has going on in their life & nobody knows the affect of a traumatic situation on them

Please be kind with your words always; engage with your fellow humans in meaningful ways; check in on your family, check in on your mates; don't be afraid to ask people if they are OK; don't be afraid to ask more than once.  If you are struggling emotionally or psychologically please talk to someone - a family member, a friend, a work colleague, a mentor, your doctor, a stranger (lifeline, beyond blue) - you are worthy of a happy life & life is too short to go it alone when there are people out there who want to help.

Lifeline 13 11 14
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

22 Push up challenge day 1

I've been participating in a 22 push up challenge per day for 22 days.  The challenge was started in America to bring awareness to the 22 veterans who commit suicide every single day in the states.  You can read more about the situation in America here.

In Australia, since 1999, 46 service men/women have been killed in operations while in service however 263 have been killed (that is known of) by suicide.

Mental health & suicide prevention are something I feel strongly about, hence participating in the challenge.  For those of you who aren't on facebook, I thought I'd share the challenge here as well.

Friday, August 26, 2016


Recently we were extremely fortunate to be taken away on an almost all expenses paid holiday to celebrate Plumbing Boy's best mates 50th birthday in a beautiful part of the Australia.  It was truly an amazing experience & I dare say a once in a life time kind of extravagance.

We stayed in a resort with champagne on arrival with this view from the reception/dining/bar area.  

We had our own individual pavilion....

Complete with plunge pool & more champagne or arrival to our room (it's barely visible in front of the TV - which we didn't turn on for the week we were there despite 200+ in house movies on offer).

With our own day bed in the shade, lounges in the sun & a view like this, I'm not sure why they even have TV's!!!

Even at night the view is quite spectacular; 

& I did take advantage of the bath tub most days enjoying a pre dinner drink watching the sunset before we were required at our friends for canapes.

Our friends (birthday) D & D stayed in what was called the beach house & it had it's own fully contained bungalow, where the other couple J & J stayed.  

It was same pavilion TayTay stayed in on her recent trip!!  My niece was so excited to learn this being a massive TayTay fan exclaiming that D & D are SOOOOO lucky!!!

We felt like we were on the set of Master Chef most days with amazing food at every meal; & a degustation dinner one night:

This was the before we started the degustation menu snack (above).

I forgot to take a picture of the 4th course (the red mullet) as we were distracted by this little guy (and of course we also had freshly baked bread as an a accompaniment!)

There was wine to go with every course, most of them I liked.

Then another plate just for the birthday boy

And just because we needed more food, something else sweet to eat & the cutest little after dinner drink that I have no idea what it was but was around a 30ml shot, fruity & sour & right up my alley after all that rich food!

We spent half our time lazing about swimming, reading & snoozing. PB & I did a few walks & runs on our own - the others were less interested in physical activity - I was actually referred to as "sporty spice" on check in to our own private concierge by the others LOL.

We went sailing one day around the Whitsunday's & stopped off at Whitehaven beach for a swim & some champagne; some of us did some stand up paddle boarding & I may have had a bit of a run too - how often does one have the opportunity to go for a run on Whitehaven beach (it's only accessible by sea or air - the island is uninhabited)!!!!

It was humpback whale migration season & daily we saw whales lazing about in the passage between Hamilton & Whitsunday Islands

The resort had its own day spa with daily yoga - managed to make it 2 mornings!

We hung out with local wildlife down at the marina & enjoyed the local sites (& beverages)

But by far the highlight of the trip for 4 of us was this:

PB & I + the birthday boy & his other mate went out to Hardy Reef (part of the the Great Barrier Reef) on 2 helicopters, landed on a pontoon, were transferred to reef world by boat & went snorkling for a couple of hours!!!!  

I'd never been in a chopper before (that was the excitement for me!!!) - they were 4 seaters so 2 of us in each chopper with a pilot.  Just WOW.  I have a couple of movies I'll try to upload at a later date.

It was the most amazing trip & we are truly thankful for the generosity of our friends for inviting us along.  

A few more snaps of the resort (some for you C!)...... 

We were sad we had to leave; but very happy to have had the experience!  And to be honest I think we were both quite happy to come home to our ordinary life although the view & the weather would have been nice to bring home.