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Wild Horse Criterium

This year I didn’t get the chance to compete in this event (hopefully next year) but the owner of Pooch to 5k did and one of the competitors was nice enough to provide her with a race report.



“This was written by Melissa Kelly, after her first trail race with her dog.

When you think of Easter Sunday, you think of chocolate for breakfast and late sleep ins. This year, this was not to be for a large group of runners who had joined me in participating in the Wild Horse Criterium of 2012.”

Read more of this report here


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Hares and Hounds

It was a good day to be out and running through the Australian bush, along dirt trails. The day started with light cloud cover, giving false promises of a cool and even temperatured day. It wasn’t long upon arriving that the clouds decided to dissipate, and with that the humidity rose. It was still pleasant however, it just meant you sweated a little more.

Today I ran with my 4 girls, which was an interesting experience in itself. One was super eager to run and took off as soon as the gun went off. Fortunately the track was really well marked and there was no need for her to heed my instructions should she get lost. She did fine and apparently arrived in before the first 10k runner (we were doing the 5k). The others stayed with me on strict instructions not to get out of my sight. My eldest, who has had a break from running, struggled under the humidity, heat and hills. Possibly also the fact she didn’t eat breakfast beforehand either. She made it around and for that I am proud of her. My youngest two did well and quite often I would send them ahead to the ‘next white ribbon’ at which they would get a little break and sometimes a sip of water. The ribbons were about 50m apart.

All of my girls did well on this run, especially considering the level of training they have had recently, which hasn’t been a lot. I think it has also given them a taste for these types of races. We came dead last in the 5k but we completed it and the girls got extra claps from the spectators for completing it all.

Ask them what the best bit was, and they will surely say it was the bbq brunch and pool afterwards. Ask me, and I will say it was the atmosphere, especially since everyone was a winner and everyone was accounted for.

I must give a shout out to the organisers of this event – TRAQ – Not only are they friendly and helpful, their volunteers are the same, and when my 10yr old won a bottle of wine in the random draw prizes, they were only too happy to exchange it for a block of chocolate. So thanks heaps for a wonderful event Smile


Pictures to come once the photographer gets home from shooting it.


Happy New Year


Day 11

And day 12.

Well, I finished. I just took a much needed, and forced, break from it all and came back zumba-ing and walking/jogging. I finished!

By doing this forced exercise I came to realise that routine is important, I need to take breaks and not plan anything for some days a week. I also came to realise that I need to up my exercise level if I want to shake the fat and get back to where I was, able to run 9km non-stop. Well I was almost there, and I could definitely do 6km non-stop. Either way, I just want to get back what I lost, and I now have different ways to keep active when I can’t get out there.

I have called this last month my New Year’s resolution. I think I gave myself a head start into the New Year with this exercise and shall hopefully be able to continue into 2012 and past the first few months.

I have already signed up for my first trail run, with all 4 of my girls eagerly joining me.

So, how did you go over the festive season?

Stuffed Up

Oops! I missed day 11 and 12 in the 12 days of Christmas. I will make them up, soon, I promise.

But, we all make mistakes, set goals which are hard to achieve and feel like we have let ourselves down. We haven’t really, we have tried, we have persevered, and so what if we didn’t make the finish line, we still gave it a go where others wouldn’t have.

I do feel better for it, and I do realise that I can’t commit to every day of the week. I need those times when I can sleep in, relax or just not have to commit to something else (and that includes letting the kids play on the wii). If I do this again, I will try for every day, or at least most days, and if I miss a day here and there I won’t be too upset. I will be more lenient on myself and take into account how busy I can be sometimes and just the thought of fitting something in is too much. One thing that has happened due to the regular exercise is my increased metabolism, or at least that is what I am assuming it is as I now feel hungry between meals instead of eating a meal because it is that time of the day. I don’t have the junk food cravings I used to, and today I had to wear the belt with my jeans as it was getting a little loose. All pluses in my box.

So, get started now, don’t wait for the New Year, and don’t stress over missing the odd workout. Enjoy the journey and if you stop you can always start again.

9th & 10th Day



Slack…hmm, yes, a little in updating, but I didn’t slack off in completing my challenge

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… well today I went for my regular Wednesday walk with a friend. I imagine we did around 3km, talked, laughed and got a breath of fresh air(and some quiet as no kids joined us). It was a good end to the day.

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… he looked over my kids coaching plan and gave it the go ahead, so did the head coach and one of my friends. This was the second time I have coached the kids at running club and I was happy to send off one of the older girls to join the adults in their 1 mile predictor race. We did a warm up jog, some skipping (high knees and arms), a fun activity, push-ups for those who wouldn’t be quiet or listen, some repeats and lots of chatting. I just need to learn how to make it smoother and gain their attention more. I imagine I ran about 1km, but the kids probably did more.

On a different note, I did find out that the 12 days of Christmas did in fact refer to the 12 days after Christmas, and not before. And it had a lot to do with fertility also. Oh well…I only have 2 days left Smile

8th Day

20111221_mowingOn the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Hmm, well let’s see. I didn’t feel up to heading out for a run, it was a lazy comfortable day and the grass was getting long so I dragged out my newly fixed lawn mower and made the front yard look neat (as neat as you can without using the edge trimmer). This was my exercise for today, long straights, up and down the hill near the house and fancy manoeuvring around the manhole and various other things in the front yard. It may not be a lot of exercise but i was able to see what I had done and felt like I had achieved something. Sometimes you just need to see what you have achieved and sometimes you don’t get to see that straight away when you run. You may feel it though.

7th Day

20111219_hill repeatsOn the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… well I guess he gave me the garmin a while ago which beeps at me, but today I did hill repeats on a nice little hill I found at a park. It wasn’t very steep but it was enough for today and my limited time. I gave myself 30 seconds to get up, and 30 seconds to get back to where I started. I only had time to do 7 hill runs, plus a warm up and cool down. I am happy with it and may continue doing something similar as I go past this park regularly (and the kids like to play there also).

6th Day

imageWhere is the 5th day? Umm, well…

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…. well, I used the sewing machine he gave to me years ago. I sewed 5 things – 2 dresses for kids, 1 hoody and 2 pairs of curtains. No exercise for me this day, unless you count the brain exercise. But it is good to have some time off now and then and I always find there is at least one day a week when I just chill and don’t do too much (even trying to keep it clear of kids appointments)


On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….. the bike I rode today for 6km (I got it last Christmas). Today was our last club run of the year, followed by a small Christmas party (very casual wear since most people were sweaty from running). To get to the club run, I rode 3km there, and then did the 4km run (more a walk/jog for me), followed by a 3km ride home, and a shower and nap.