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I’m back :-)

Well, kind of back.
I’m still keeping a low profile and only posting on two blogs, very occasionally on a third.
Given this is the original and more populated of them all I’m posting here to let you know I haven’t completely fallen off the earth.

Check out (and follow if want) the new posts on Café Run and Crazy Chick Running.

It’s all about motorbikes, food and running these days.

Jen ūüôā

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It’s all about being Thankful.

It’s been so damned busy around here and yet I have achieved absolutely nothing. Well, that may not be strictly true, but it feels that way.

I know of several people who do a gratitude list here on WordPress, and while I’ve tried, I just can’t get it together to do one on a regular basis.
And then there’s the facebook thing going round, 3 things for 5 days and tagging your friends.
Now I am certainly not ungrateful for what I have but was dreading the day someone might actually drag me into posting.
I get the whole reasoning behind it, and I will do it, but my way.

So here are some things I am thankful for.

  1. I am healthy, fit and happy.
  2. I have food to eat and a roof over my head.
  3. My kids still talk to me – teenagers and all.
  4. My family – wherever they may be – are all safe and happy.
  5. I lead a busy life – no time to worry about being bored.
  6. I have a job I love – while only working on a casual basis, I am happy it is there for me.
  7. I have a wonderful group of friends – it’s only taken me 30+ years to get there.
  8. I live in the best part of the world Рwe have nothing in the way of conflict.
  9. I live in great country that is far and wide, and absolutely amazing – every last bit of it (and I’ve seen a bit).
  10. I am able to persue any opportunities that come my way, without fear of retribution or otherwise.
  11. I feel safe.
  12. I am loved.
  13. I enjoy having friends all ¬†over the world – it is a wonderful thing to be able connect on a personal level (see things through others’ eyes, learn new stuff, see awesome pictures) ¬†and above all be able to visit them!
  14. I have trustworthy kids – the older two both have our credit card details for their Xbox live stuff, and they ask/let us know if they have to buy anything, which is not very often, but still.

As and extra:
I’m also happy to live in such a lovely area where even complete strangers feel comfortable paying you a compliment. And by complete stranger I mean a person I have seen in passing, on occasion, walking their dog, ¬†I do not know who he is, or where he’s from. ¬†This morning, as I’m jogging past he calls out and says “I’m impressed, you’re doing so well,it’s great to see” and then on my way back meeting him further down the road he says it again “good job, keep up the hard work”

Things like that certainly make you feel so much better, and it’s a little easier to push through the pain (at least til they can’t see you anymore).

Have a great week, and why not pay someone a compliment, it’ll make them smile and you can feel good too.
Jen

Running Fast. Running Free. – a poem.

Another poem I wrote at 16. The last section I changed from the original, the rest is the same.

Push-ups,
Sit-ups,
Sensible eating,
Living for the run.
It’s her life,
Her one love.
She runs the roads,
And the fields.
Up and down hills,
Through the mud,
Along the beach,
Across the streets
And through the village.
It doesn’t matter to her,
As long as she’s
Running fast, running free.

The 5k is easy,
The 10 is getting harder,
But then,
All her strength is
Put to the test.
Her life will end,
If this one’s lost.
She runs harder,
Pushing herself,
Thinking of home,
And the sea.
“At last” she cries
“Running fast, running free.”

The miles disappear,
As her feet pound the ground,
Forever moving, never still.
It’s in her blood,
A constant, she cannot stop.
Wild like a horse,
Flying like a bird.
Always on the move,
Running Fast.
Running Free.

Charging headlong into the week.
Jen ūüôā

Race day at last.

Pre race prep:  That would include eating well, minimal exercise and a good sleep the night before:
Ok, so the eating well.¬† Yeah, well enough.¬† Having the munchies this week¬†didn’t¬†help my¬†prep much.

The light exercise, I did¬†a light jog yesterday.¬† And as one fitness instructor said, I can’t get fitter for this race, so relax and enjoy it. Yeah right.

A good nights sleep…¬†Hahaha. Someone had to work til 10pm which means I’m not in bed til at least half past. Later if he has to count his till (register). Don’t forget it’s a half hour drive each way to his work.¬† And then rising at 6!¬† (I was¬†in lala land¬†by 11.30,¬†had an interrupted¬†sleep and was up at 10 to 6.)

I am nervous as you-know-what, even just¬†typing¬†this I feel queasy (there is another reason for that also).¬† ¬†I know nerves are good, but as I haven’t¬†done a race like this before. Ever. I am more than just a little nervous.
Wait til tomorrow morning. Eek stressing out to the max. Where’s that good nights sleep¬†¬† when I need it. ¬†I so wanna just crawl into bed now. (It’s currently COLD, WINDY, WET, ie: disgusting weather, and I have go out in it, ugh)
So tired, stressing and nervous, not sure it’s a good combo, but once I’m there and ready to go, it’ll be fine. Please tell me it’ll be fine.

Not sure what is happening after the race and walk, but right now I’m thinking¬†a shower and a nap.¬† Maybe I get the boys to make pancakes for lunch… Mmm¬†sounds good.¬† (Never mind pancakes, a toasted sandwich¬†and left over pizza tasted really goood!¬† Besides, I wanted lunch now, not in another hour, lol.)

Fingers crossed for half decent weather.

Race day:   Sunday morning I woke to beautiful sunny skies raring to go.

WT… What planet are you on?¬† ¬†No, I felt awful and the weather was still disgusting.¬† I really didn’t want to go and I didn’t want to wake the kids.

By the time we got to town, it was nice enough and there were plenty of people out and about.  One look at some of the competitors and I was wondering just what I had got myself into.

definitely not the best picture of me, and¬†freezing cold aside, I look half happy before the race… ¬†ūüôā

Collecting my number and timing chip was the easy part.  Then we had a brief aerobic warm up before assembling on the track.  There were a good 100 or so runners, many of them who do these things competitively.  Which showed when I was barely halfway round and they were finishing the race (28mins).
Once we set off, I was feeling decidedly unfit just getting out of the car park, but once I settled into my rhythm it was all good.
The hardest part was not the small but sharp downhill run to the 8k turn-around, but the trek back up the hill.  And this was done twice before heading into the stadium and finishing with a lap round the track again.  I was soo glad when I had finished that hill the second time.
Not knowing the exact distances, but checking the map,¬†I figure I only really walked¬†no more than 2k total.¬† And that was just on the uphill bit.¬† I pushed through, one¬†foot in front of the other….

Coming back onto the stadium track I thought I might have more left in my reserves, not so, but I did manage to overtake one lady on the last curve and¬†did a mini sprint for the last 50m… yay.¬† I’m pretty¬†sure I got in¬†within the hour, but if not, it wont be much past it.¬† Tuesdays paper will herald the results, and it will be interesting to see how many people there were and where I was in the field.¬† Not at all competitive.¬† (there is a 5k run in 3 weeks that I would like to do now, just have to figure out what hubby is up to that week).

So after starting the morning by gulping down a coffee, the 2 bananas and sports drink I had post race went down very well.
I am pretty happy with how I went considering 5 weeks ago I could hardly run 1k, running at least 6.5 is not bad.  Imagine my time if I do it next year, (which I have already said I want to) with all the training I can do.

Post race picture to come when I know my time and when my friend emails it to me.

Keep smiling ūüôā
Jennifer

Fun Run get fit time…

Three weeks ago I¬†made the call to do¬†the Mother’s Day Classic, the 8 km fun run.¬† Rather, I opened my big mouth and said “I’m doing the 8k run..” WT..??? Did I say that? Really.¬† Well,¬†there it is. Out.¬† Even when I was registering I could have made it the 4k run, but no, I had said 8 so the 8 it was.
I have a thing for running Рduring High school it was my thing.  Anything over 400m was my race, and the longer the better, although we only went to 1500m where I was.  That or the cross-country.  Granted I have not done much since High School.

Anyway, so there is just over two weeks left and how have I been going?
The first few times I realised just how unfit I am.
If you remember the post about the treadmill (here) then you may well be thinking that I am fit as a fiddle and can run for miles and miles.¬† Well after that post, life got in the way, friends came to visit, we went away, life got in the way again.. and I haven’t really been on the treadmill or anywhere else for that matter since.

My aim here was¬†to get a picture and make some smart remark about whipping me into shape and doing silly drawings to enhance it. Bah. That fell in a heap…

My first few runs were pretty pathetic but I have improved, not a great deal, but I’m definitely better.
I asked a couple of fitness gurus (one of them was Sarah of The Healthy Diva) to give me a few pointers on what is the best way to attack this challenge.

The results of that were pretty well the same – this is good – :
interval training – on a time or distance ratio,
combining both inside and outside work,
keep the body guessing (swap and change the routine and workouts)
as well as some strength exercises.
And always finish with stretches, which I do anyway.  Found out the hard way months ago, that not stretching after a 5k walk results in not being able to move the next day.

So with a 3k run yesterday done and hitting the gym tomorrow I think I might actually do this thing.
There are moments though where I have doubt on having bitten off too much, will I be able to do and not look like a twit.

what I'd like to look like when I run...

This brings me to another point we talked about, which was what I expected out of the run.

A: run more than I walk.
B: finish the race.
C: have no injuries before, during or after the race.
D: to be decided on the day… maybe I check my watch and try to beat a certain time, ‘race’ a few people to the finish line…. whatever I decide as things pan out.

My goal is to finish within an hour.¬† And given I have never done this before I am not sure about how realistic this is… but know it’s more than achievable, for someone like me.

My only hope is that with another 2+ weeks of training my body will remember what it used to do in High school and things will fall into place on the day.

and she does it!

What challenge like this have you done? Did it work out?

keep up the hard work ūüôā
jennifer

images courtesy of Google.