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The Tan


I was very happy with my efforts yesterday as I achieved my goal of running for 45minute ūüėÄ ¬† I¬†wanted to run at around a 7 min per km pace and ended up doing 6.5km in total, so was really happy with that.¬† The great thing was when I finished run, which included Anderson Street hill towards¬†end, I felt as though I could have kept going¬†and that has done a lot for my confidence.¬† My next “long” run was suppose to be an increase of¬†5mins but I think I may increase by 10 min and aim for 8km in that time.¬† I think that should be alright in terms of treating this old body of mine¬†nice ūüôĄ ¬† ¬†If all goes to plan, I should be running around 1 hour 20-30 minutes two weeks before Run 4 Kids and then I can taper back the week before.

It was so nice to run down the Tan and I think this is one of the keys to great running, mixing it up if you can.  Now that the kids are almost back at school, I should be able to move away from so many boring street runs. 

Weighed myself this morning and almost had a coronary on the scales, I need to lose 4-6kgs¬†and I am damn well going to do it!!¬† I am going to give myself today and tomorrow to get organised, and not stress too much about it, but come Wednesday and it is D Day to start eating “properly” again.


Willy Beach and a Run

Hubby and I took the kids to Williamstown beach this afternoon and I decided because I have done so much with them during hols, I deserved to run down there ūüėČ ¬†It was really nice running along the foreshore¬†and although warm, 29-30 degrees, it was a real tranquil run.¬†¬†I ran my scheduled 30 minutes and then met up with the family on the beach for a game of beach cricket.¬† We only played for about 15 minutes because¬†our 4 year old spat the dummy and took off with the wickets, spoil sport!¬† The kids then went splashing and swimming for a bit and we then¬†built some sand castles.¬† A very fulfilling afternoon as well as productive for me ūüôā

I am going to have a crack at running for 45 minutes on Sunday and hopefully I will be able to last the distance.¬† My run felt so good today and I can feel my confidence returning once again.¬† Run 4 Kids is loomimg up so I feel as though I don’t have any room for missed runs now.¬† Should definitely not be a problem for me from February when kids are well and truly back into the swing of things ūüėÄ ¬†

The End is Near

Well I am afraid the flurry of activity is still going on in this household due to school holidays but the end is near!¬†¬†I found myself at Funfields today and we had a ball.¬† The highlight for me was the go-karts.¬† I have never been on them¬†before and because my son is only 9, I had to drive him, what a flipping hoot!!!¬† I think he was a little embarrassed by my behaviour as I kept squeeling¬†like a girl and laughing my head off ūüėÜ ¬† ¬†Have to say I am a little tired now and I happy to say the kids looked stuffed, hopefully an early night for the¬†two of them.


I have been able to get some consistant running in since last entry¬†but not much else I am afraid.¬†¬†I am up for a 45 minute run on Sunday and am hoping to do that down the Tan, not sure I will be able to “escape” but I am going to try my best ūüôĄ ¬†¬†I have changed my approach once again and have decided to build long run up on time.¬† ¬†

17 More Days

A quick blog for me today as I am getting organised for our stay at Phillip Island ūüėÄ ¬†We leave tomorrow with RJ and her boys¬†for a couple of days, yahooo!¬†

No running for me since Princes Park ūüė¶ ¬†It is just impossible to get on any sort of roll at the moment.¬† Although I am loving being in holiday mode, I don’t think I want to see this stomach of mind protruding 100 miles in front of me any more!!!¬† I have to get back into consistent exercise and better eating patterns.¬† 17 more days for school holidays to end, not that I am counting ūüėČ ¬†

I am secretly hoping I can run 5km today later on sometime¬†and then maybe if I twist RJ’s arm, I can get a run in at Phillip Island.¬† I have a sneaky feeling she is probably thinking about twisting mine so¬†she can get out as well.¬† Oh, the joys of motherhood!!¬†

My Old Friend


I met up with an old friend yesterday who I hadn’t seen in awhile…….Princes Park!!!¬† I had about 2 and half hours children free as hubby took the kids off to the arcade games.¬†¬†I had to make the very hard decision whether to do house work or run at PP, hhhmmmm, 0.5secs later I was dressed and in the car zooming to Princes Park ūüėÜ ¬†

I ran 5km and loved every minute of it ūüėÄ ¬†I have missed PP!¬† It was so nice to be running¬†and taking in my surroundings.¬† Everytime I ran along that shady Royal Parade section, the smell of the pine needles was beautiful.¬† Also being out with other runners¬†was good.¬† When I got home I¬†also took the opportunity to do weights and core exercises, and there¬†was even time for me to do a quick tidy up of house.¬† Very happy with that morning ūüôā ¬†¬†The plan for me today is to jump on the x-trainer and do 30 minutes.¬† Hopefully I will be able to slot that in somewhere.


Yes Andrew, that is $35 a session with three people in the group.¬† I did enquire a while back at another place and it was about the same.¬† I do have another couple of places to call so I will see how that shapes up.¬† RJ offered the suggestion of contacting Physios as she thinks some of them may run classes so I may investigate that avenue.¬†¬†I certainly won’t be paying $35 a class, that is just plain ludicrous!

Its going to be hot today and I think I might take the kids to the local pool and swim with every other kid in the neighbourhood.¬† I wish the kids could take a leaf out of my book and just enjoy lolling around watching dvd’s ūüėÜ

The Week that Was


Long time no blog!¬† I have been filling my days with a flurry of school holiday activities so haven’t really had the chance to blog my exercise.¬†¬†¬†¬†

We had a wonderful day down the Mornington Pininsula yesterday with RJ and family.¬† A very full day which included a barbeque, beach and dinner.¬†¬†We finally got home at 10.30pm and consequently am having a lazy day around the house today.¬† Have my 7 year nephew coming tomorrow to stay for a few days and I think we will hit the pictures and probably go to local pool as I think it will be heating up again over next few days.¬† Next week we are planning to go¬†to Phillip Island¬†and with a bit of luck we will be able to¬†book a couple of nights accomodation and stay.¬† If we can’t we will just go for a day trip.¬† It really is all about keeping these kids of ours occupied so they don’t drive us bananas ūüėÜ ¬†


Last week I don’t know how I have done it but I¬†managed to fit in all sceduled exercise all but one run. I have x-trained, done weights, core exercises and did two runs.¬† Pretty pleased with that effort and hopefully I will be able to do the same this week.¬† Might be a little trickier but I¬†will see how I go.¬† The biggest motivator for me is wanting to be strong for Run for Kids¬†14km at the end of March.¬†¬†Although I completed it and loved this run last year, I definitely don’t want to be running out of steam¬†in the last 2-3kms¬†again.¬†

I finally heard back from Sporting Spirit as I had emailed them regarding runs at Princess Park.¬† They currently have runs at 6am but of course that time is not suitable for me.¬† I emailed Brian asking him if there were any planned evening sessions and they plan to start some in¬†February.¬† I would love it, love it, love it if I could get down there¬†and do some runs casually with them.¬† They are earlier in the evening which is better for me so I am really going to try and to do this ūüôā

I also made an enquiry into doing some Group Pilates sessions, omg $35  a pop!!  As much as I want to do these, I am not sure I can justify that cost.  I will keep looking and see if I can find something a little cheaper. 

2008 – Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone!!¬† A day late but nevertheless it is now 2008.¬† We had a very pleasant, apart from the sweltering heat, sensible, kids do that to you,¬†News Years Eve at RJ’s house.¬† We arrived at 5.30pm and left after 1am.¬† We sat around sipping champagne and then later on had a great meal.¬† Played Singstar 8o’s¬†on the playstation and had an absolute hoot, I think the champagne had kicked in by then.¬†¬†The kids got sick of RJ and I hogging the microphones and competing against each other that we¬†actually found ourselves playing it by ourselves ūüė≥ ¬† Great night had by all and we¬†saw the¬†New Year in¬†loitering at the local park waiting for the backyard fireworks to go off and we were not disappointed.¬† By that stage I think anything would have impressed us ūüėÜ

Now, reflections on 2007, hhhmmm……¬† My¬†first goal was to run Run 4 the Kids which I did complete with niggles¬†and all.¬† Entered a few other runs which I honestly can’t be bother looking up but I¬†think I am relatively happy with my achievements as they were all 8km and 10km events, double the distance from the year before.¬†¬†I know there were a¬†few¬†runs that didn’t actually eventuate¬†due to car¬†and babysitting issues ūüė° ¬† I went of the rails following the death of my Dad in August.¬†¬†I still can’t fecking believe it and not a day¬†goes by that I don’t think about him ūüė¶ ¬† I did run the 10km MM thanks to Jaykay.¬† If I didn’t run with her that day, I probaly wouldn’t have rocked up at all, so thanks for that Jaykay ūüôā ¬† My last run for 2007 was the Spring into Shape 8km the week after and then that was that.¬† I sort of dilly daddled around¬†and lost my motivation.

I think 2008 should be a better year for me in terms of consistency in¬†my running¬†because pesky 4year old is off to kinder.¬† I have very mixed feelings about that.¬† On one hand I am extemely excited as I can have running time without hassle but I am so nervous about how he will go as he is a bit of a handful and also because of his speech issues.¬† I¬†also will be returning¬†to the workforce which¬†will be good but will also be¬†weird¬†as this is the longest I¬†haven’t worked, 4 years all up.¬† I sent of my registration papers¬†to the Nurses board just before Christmas so will sort out where and what to apply for once that is all done.¬†¬†¬†¬†

So what are my goals for 2008?¬† To stay injury free, build up core strength again which feels¬†totally non-existent at the moment, weight training twice a week, continue running 3 times a week and x-train.¬† I am also going to investigate some Pilate classes not attached to gym.¬† Of course I will try and build this into my family life and try and maintain¬†a happy medium, wish me luck on that one ūüėČ ¬† I am also going to lose 3-4kgs ūüėÜ

In terms of events, my two major runs will be Run for Kids again which I have started training for and I will do a Half Marathon.¬† More than likely it will be the Melbourne Marathon but nothing is set in stone.¬† I feel optimistic in actually making it to a¬†few more events as¬†we finally bit the bullet and I now have my own car ūüėÄ ¬† So the only issue I will have to contend with are my two lovable pesky¬†children ūüėÜ ¬† Hubby has said it won’t be a problem to drop them in at work with him if I have to and I have a sneaky feeling I will be taking him up on that offer ūüėČ ¬†

I just want to finish up and thank everyone for your comments over the past year and I have loved reading your blogs as well.¬†¬†Even though I can’t always comment due to the computer hogs in this family, I do keep my finger on the pulse and read them all.¬† I¬†find¬†reading them¬†really inspirational and often find you¬†give¬†me food for thought, along with the laughs that I often have.¬†¬†It has also been awesome meeting some of you guys and I hope to catch up again in 2008.¬† Good luck to you all in achieving your dreams and of course all your running goals ūüėÄ ¬† ¬†

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