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2013

What has 2013 done for you? What have you achieved?

Perhaps it is a personal accomplishment.

Perhaps you won a race.

Perhaps you found the right pair of shoes for your feet.

Achievement doesn’t have to be winning first place in a race, or being better then anyone else.

It has to be something that has helped you move forward.

Perhaps you just started up running and can now run for 1minute without stopping, or maybe you discovered trail runs.

Whatever it was, you achieved it, and you wouldn’t have done it if you hadn’t pursued it.

No matter how small, or large, your achievement, you did well. So congratulations.

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Some of my small milestones for 2013

- increasing the frequency of my runs and distance

- remaining pretty much injury free and making sure I take time to recover when needed

- besting my time (by 15 seconds) at a run in Tasmania

Quiet Times

1237476_10152245313458102_1830203843_oI thought I should put something up here since it has been soooo quiet for a while now.

Where have I been? I have been busy with schooling the kids, working in our home based business and then on the weekends I have been playing at being a sports trainer for whoever will take me.

While I have been present at runs, I have been on the other side, helping to take care of the runners.

I have been a water pusher, blister girl, the one who gives you a dirty look when you scoff a red bull halfway through an ultra, and ice dispenser. I have taped, rubbed, applied pressure, cleaned up grazes, and in one case, got very little sleep over the course of a weekend. And I enjoyed it!

Seeing all the runners out there, seemingly having fun, being elated and allowably covered from head to toe in sweat. Doesn’t that sound like fun?

I have also seen the tears of relief and regret, joy and anguish. I have seen the pain of those with unplanned injuries, and then the increased pain of those who still run on those injuries.

Being a sports trainer was never something I imagined I would do, or be, but somehow I can see a future in it, especially in the trail running scene. I enjoy these, as the competitors are friendly, mostly happy and almost always ready to have a friendly chat. Sometimes they even send you a gift! (Thankyou!!!)

In admist these fun times, I have had some down time for a little bit of surgery (all better now), attended violin concerts (my kids were in them), seen specialists (for another child) and generally been very busy, but now I think it is time to get back to what I started and go through my list of products to be reviewed with a possible re-review.

Prams On The Go

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This is a wonderful concept practised on the Sunshine Coast. Not only is it a way for mums of young kids (and babies) to get out but also gives that something extra with the kids getting a chance to watch mum be active and have some fun.

Here is some of their info

Prams on the Go is for mums of all abilities wanting to keep fit, meet other mums and enjoy the outdoors with their little ones. It can be difficult finding child care when wanting to keep fit, so why not exercise with your child? It teaches them the importance of exercise and helps keep you energised and active in order to keep up with the demands of being a mum. Each session will begin with a warm up walk or run (your choice), and include interval running, circuit training and stretching.
Mudjimba and Alexandra Headlands have been chosen due their wide paths (a must with a group of prams), fenced children’s parks, access to toilets and cafes. We will do our circuits near a park to allow little ones to play whilst you are exercising.

Cost: $8 for a casual session or $70 for a 10-visit pass.

Current sessions are:

Mondays 5:15pm - Alex SLSC South Carpark - Bring the Pram along and join in with the Atlas Multisports Coaching run session. Corinne will be running with her pram and this session is catered for mums who would like to run and are possibly training for an upcoming race.

Thursday's 9:00am - Mudjimba Park - FREE run/walk session! This will be a running or walking group for mums who would like to get out there and exercise with other mums. Starts at 9:00am to allow for school drop off!
Prams on the Go will not be on in rainy weather. A post will be placed on our facebook page if it is cancelled.

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Glasshouse 100 Recap

297861_10151051439007951_18465299_nThis weekend just gone was the Glasshouse 100 trail run. Once again I didn’t compete but I helped out in varying positions. I helped set-up, pull-down, top up drinks, chauffeur, take down times, converse with the media and perform minor first aid. I went in as a sports trainer/first aid person so I was forever watching the people, scanning the crowds and talking to people. I loved it all!

I didn’t run the course but I heard stories and 99.999% of people were happy with the event, the only concerns being some of the motor cycle riders purposely directing some runners off course.

On the first aid side of things, I was surprised with how well people fared after the longer events, with most just being worn out physically and emotionally, and a few even looking like they could go another round if asked. There was a few who tripped and skinned their elbows, but once the blood and dirt was cleared away they were small and superficial and required no dressings. There were others who came in looking pale and a little distressed, one was even crying and in pain due to an ITB issue. Most had support crew around and they were happy to take charge of their athlete.

After most of the day at base and seeing runner after runner come through (those I knew and those I didn’t) it was off home to deal with family then back out for the night shift and a visit to checkpoint 10. This is where I saw more injuries and more exhaustion. For the short amount of time I was there, I saw 2 people pulled off the course, unable to continue (120km in, approx.), many others flying in and back out again and the support of many people in what seemed like the middle of no where.

After another short stint at home (so much more comfy then the car) I bundled up the kids and headed back up to base and put them to work in helping clean up and organise a few things. I checked on a few people, hunted out my missing blanket and removed a bee sting from my daughter’s thumb (she was trying to catch bees!).

It was a great weekend, and an inspiring one, so much happened and you really had to be there to see it unfold.

If you participated, rest up and I look forward to seeing you at another Glasshouse event next year.

No Pain No Gain

How many times have we heard this, or “Push through the pain” or “Pain is for losers”

How wrong are those slogans or sayings.

Thinking back to my experience of pain I would say that ‘pushing through the pain’ not only failed but it caused my running injury to be more serious then it should have been. My knee hurt but I could still run on it and I did. I kept going through that pain barrier until  my stride was comfortable with minimal discomfort in my knee. It wasn’t too long before I couldn’t walk properly and had to realise I couldn’t run until I was healed and healed properly.

I learnt a few things through this and they are:

  • pain is the body’s way of telling you there is something wrong
  • if you don’t listen to it you could make it worse
  • there are different types of pain (the muscles warming up, things breaking down even if it is slowly)
  • stretching and warming up are both important but in the right order
  • listen to your doctor/physio

Another thing hit home the other day also, and that was a disabled lady telling me how people say she has it easy being in a wheel chair all the time, when they have two good legs!

I have two good legs, and I need to look after them, and then they should take me far. I need to listen to it when they get sore, I need to assess and possibly stop. I had to do this yesterday. My right ITB started to twinge, in my buttock and then in my knee. Fortunately it was only 1km from the end and I was able to use a little pressure to help me get through that last 1km and then apply an icy cold bottle of water to it.

Today it feels fine but it is something I will be watching out for on future runs.

I will listen to my body and take it slow, maybe reassess my goals and give myself room to take it slowly (10km in 6mths).

Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run 2012

2012-06-22 Running Gear 012This year I took part of the Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run, with a bunch of great people.

For this race there were 3 different fields in which you could participate. There was the 10km run (which I did), the 3km run, and 3km family walk. Each distance was along the beautiful Sunshine Coast in the not too early morning sun.

The day was perfect, the breeze was refreshing and the atmosphere was alive and encouraging. We ran past picturesque cafes, ocean views, ANZAC memorabilia and through lush park land. There was plenty of toilets, the occasional water fountain and water stations at the 3km, 6km and 8.5km marks. The volunteers who manned the course were all friendly and had an encouraging word for those who ran by. They smiled and guided us well, though the signage (course markers) for the event were adequate and easy to read.

The only thing I could see as a bad mark for this run was the water at the water stops. It tasted heavily chlorinated and was almost too unpleasant to drink. I was glad to see the water fountains along the way as I was then able to fill up with more pleasant water. I would have liked to see some form of salt, or electrolyte towards the end of the course, even if it was just at the first aid tent. Something so simple as salt would have been a good addition especially for those who lost a lot through their sweat. ( I talked to few who expressed the same concern). Though there was a good selection of fruit available, all fresh and tasty, at the end, with a few food stalls set up also. I took in my missing salt via a bacon & egg burger.

After the run the atmosphere was still alive and encouraging as there was various different stalls advertising, and selling runner appropriate gear (Saucony’s for $50 a pair!), delicious food and a bus ride back to the beginning so we could collect our car.

For me the run brought back memories of when I had visited certain spots along the coast line, with family. Where we had built giant sandcastles, swam in the beach side pool, watched the kids play under the water fountains and explored the rock pools. 

It was those memories, and the beautiful scenery which kept me going, or in some cases, slowing down.

I think I shall do it again next year, with the hope of bettering my time (1:26:26) and see what they have done to make it even better.

Caloundra Foreshore Fun Run

Photo by Dreamcoat Photography

 

Running in the Cold

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Over the last week I have been talking to women (and some men if you count my hubby) about running in the cold weather. Now that winter has hit here in sunny, cloudy, Queensland, I thought it was time to look at what you would wear during those early morning runs. Or even those runs at a more reasonable time of the day.

Firstly, let’s get my hubby’s points out of the way. He, personally, won’t wear anymore than he has to, wearing only shorts and a singlet to run in. He is from New Zealand so for him this is warm. It is very rare for him to wear more then this at any time of the year.

Ok, now onto the mums I have spoken to.

No one seemed to like the cold, though they all seemed to have techniques of getting up and out there. One mother runs with her girls so she starts a little bit later when temperatures are a little more pleasant so excess running gear is kept to a minimum. Another runs in layers, and takes them off as she runs, while another heads out in a long sleeved top.

The big thing I have found out was that it takes commitment, possibly friends, a dog or kids to get you out there when it is chilly. It would be so easy to just stay in bed and snuggle down into the warm blankets and pretend you will do it later. Having those cooler weather running clothes also makes it that little bit easier to get out as you will be warm, and if they are made of technical fabric, then they will still do the job of your short sleeved tops.

The most important thing is to dress sensibly. For example, if you find cold fingers a problem, then wear a pair of gloves (I like my light weight cotton knit gloves).

For cold ears or to avoid loosing excess body heat then a beanie or head band may be necessary.

Cold toes? Then maybe a pair of thicker socks.

What you wear is up to you but dressing to the season and understanding that you will warm up and then have to carry shed clothing or have to find somewhere to stash it, if you do an out and back run, can be a little bit of a problem.

For me I prefer to run in long tights, my gloves and slightly heavier shirt then my summer shirts. Though, on those colder mornings, I will drag out my only long sleeved running shirt which has a soft brushed cotton feel on the inside. And afterwards, if I am not at home, I will throw on a jumper so that I don’t cool down too much (and have a hot chocolate or tea)

Tell me how you dress for those colder morning runs? Do you brave the cold or cover up a little more?

Cooks Tour

Cooks Tour run and organised by TRAQ

Today I didn’t run. Instead I observed, hassled and took an interest in people who looked a bit injured or unwell. I did my part at checkpoint 8 and then back at the pool (base) as a sports trainer (newby).

I saw those who had fallen and scraped up a knee, but the real injury being on the opposite foot.

I saw those who weren’t drinking enough and therefor the scales weighed too little. I told those people to either drink more electrolytes, or water, and for those who were spot on we joked and said well done.

I saw a lady with a sore ITB who had run 10km on it and was in tears at the finish line. I gave her some advice, an ice pack and told her husband to look after her. (and seek professional advice)

I rubbed calves, learnt the best way to lance blisters and settle upset stomachs.

I watched, I observed and I learnt how to hold my bladder for 5+ hours.

But this wasn’t all about me.

There were lots of people on this course and we had over 200 people go through checkpoint 8. There was also those volunteers manning the different checkpoints and many of those people had been up since the early hours of the morning. They set up, they cooked, they prepared and they minded. They shivered, they laughed and showed great sportsmanship. Without these people the run would not be possible.

The runners themselves (quite a few of them mums) were cheery and pleasant and generally uninjured. Some were slow, some were fast and those who ran with friends chatted and laughed lots. Some even chatted so much they missed their turn off point by 1km!

Overall it was a great day, well planned and thought out. It left me with the feeling of wanting to go back and do it all again. Most people had smiles on their faces and seemed to enjoy themselves.

Bring on Flinders Tour!

Narangba Valley Runners and Walkers

Narangba Valley Runners and WalkersA review

Not long ago a need was seen and identified. It was discussed and then acted upon. Narangba Valley has paths that follow a tree lined creek, where you can hear the birds singing and delight in dappled sunlight and bright native flowers.
A track was marked out along these paths, making sure to take in the beauty that was present in this area. It was a 5km loop with the potential to be extended to include longer distances.
The run itself attracts a variety of runners and walkers. Those who are slow, fast and in between. We run to the rising sun, the chill of the early morning quickly disappearing as our bodies warmed up with exercise. Then, at the end of the run, we keep our bodies warm with hot chocolates or coffee from the local coffee shop, who opened early to cater for our small social running group.
As a participant of the runs, both walking and jogging, I enjoyed it as everyone was still there at the end and there was no first or last place,  no losers or winners. It was exercise with a group along some lovely paths, and quiet roads. A bit of adult time, personal challenges and successes.
It was something for everyone.

So, come join us for an early Sunday morning run at 6.30am, meeting at the Narangba valley Woolworths. You don't need to live in the area to join in, you just need to turn up on time.

You can find the group also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/narangbavalleyrunnersandwalkers

Running In Other Peoples Shoes

Don't do it
Today I forgot my shoes for my walking date. I honestly didn't think we were even going out. My thongs weren't practical, and nor was barefoot. So I borrowed a pair of shoes, and clean socks. They were the right size and everything, except for the width across the toes. We did 3km in those shoes, only walking, and now I have blisters!
They weren't right for my feet and I could feel it. My knees hurt, my toes got blisters and they just weren't my shoes.
Maybe this has happened to you, maybe it hasn't. Regardless of whether it has or hasn't, I would recommend against trying it as it could cause all sorts of issues, more than what just happened to me. These shoes won't necessarily be the right sort for you, they might not have the right arch support, the right width (or even length), they will be worn according to the other person’s foot fall.

If you want to know what a certain pair of shoes are like, ask around and get differing opinions, go try on different shoes at the sport shoe shops (they can fit you correctly), spend some time researching.

Everyone’s feet are different, everyone has different needs and you shouldn’t really just wear anything or you could end up with an injury. Take care of your feet so that they can take care of you.