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Moving House

We are moving house, and shall be a little busy for a couple of weeks.

So, while I am away, feel free to peruse some of these links.

Run With Dogs

Pooch to 5K

Couch to 5K

Run Like A Mother


And while you are at it, you might like to sign up for an upcoming fun run (they are fun aren’t they)

Byron Fun Run

Dirt Fest


There is plenty of more good reading to be done via google (or whatever search engine you read), so if you come across some, please feel free to share the love and share with us.

Book Review : Run Like A Mother

run-like-a-motherWhat a good book to read. A must I would say for all mums on the run. I wouldn’t even go past saying that non-mums can read it too as there is a lot of useful information through out it. Not only does it offer a wealth of information it offers a great amount of support and motivation. It will get you moving.

It covers a broad amount of topics (from periods to negotiating the household, keeping your husband happy and providing a good role model for your kids), which you could almost be forgiven to thinking, that you were alone in. Not only does it affect you, but it affects others, and the reality of it is, that you don’t have to suffer on your own or be embarrassed.

There are many quotes through out the book, from other running mothers, which help add to the already present light heartedness of the book.

The only problem with this book is that it isn’t available in pdf format and most book shops won’t have it, but you can buy it from Booktopia. (whom I totally recommend)

So, get out there and read it, use it as inspiration and know you aren’t alone.

Sports Bras

2010-04-23 Running Gear 004-640Wearing a good, well fitting sports bra is a must when you run. It reduces the bounce and uncomfortableness of it.

This morning I went out for a 3km jog and quickly found that the old sports bra I found in the clean clothes pile was just not up to the job. It did not support me anymore, and I suspect it never really supported me at all. It was a cheap one I bought a few years back and wasn’t much more then a covering of non-stretch cotton with a little bit of mesh on the top. Around the same time as that one I bought 2, more expensive but properly fitted sports bras from an underwear shop and they are still among my favourites and still offer me comfort and support.

Since those early days I have seen the increase of sports bras in the department shops (K-Mart, Target, etc) and with this increase there has been an increase in quality. While you can still get the cheap and nasty ones which may do well for a run or two before the elastic stretches, you can now get the better quality ones at a reasonable price, in these shops. One of those can be seen to the left. This is a firm (read moulded) cup style with a racer back. Not only does this support it saves you from unnecessary embarrassment during or after a run. Due to the racer back design of this one it also encourages good posture. With this brand, it also has ratings according to the type of sports you would want to do while wearing one. This one was rated and recommended for joggers, cyclers and other similar intensity sports.

Not only can you buy the racer back style, you can also buy the ones which look like normal bras, the crop top type and even tops with built in support (though these are still best worn with a sports bra underneath as they don’t really offer support like you need). The choice in huge and now they even have colours other then white. So, when you are going out there to look for a suitable sports bra to start your adventures into the sporting world, try to choose something that has not only good support (jump up and down in the change room if you have to) but will last the distance, make sure you choose wisely because it is going to help make your next run a comfortable one.

Joining A Club

2010-03-13 CRR Mt Mee Fun Run 652Joining a running club can be scary for some, especially if they don’t fit the common picture of running figure. The figure I refer to is the long, lean legs, flat abs and quite commonly, small chest. I think this is a common misconception of what a runner actually is.

Runners come in all shapes and sizes from tall with legs a mile long, to short and dumpy. A runner is just simple, someone who runs. You don’t have to fit a certain mould to call yourself a runner, let alone join a club. All you need is determination and perseverance.Joining a club can be beneficial to your running life as the people there will be able to offer you hints and tips on how to better yourself, coaching in areas you need and, quite possibly, a running buddy.

At the club I am a part of, we have 3 coaches who do different things. There is a coach for the kids, a coach for the newbies to advanced, and a coach for the more advanced, long distance runners. Each club session they do different things which are aimed at improving and pushing you. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are at, or what shape you are, you are encouraged to just do your best, and not keep up. The best thing is, that no one is competing against anyone else and the only person you need to beat is yourself.

So, take the plunge and go and visit the club, try it out and see if you like it, it could be just what you need.

Image Source : Tim Miller

Why Do You Run

Why do you run? Or want to run?

I am looking for mums who would like to have their story told as inspiration to others. You may not think it is interesting but I am sure there are others out there who do.

What I am asking you to do is just answer a few simple questions.

Name/nickname :

Mum status : already a mum; mum-to-be; mother in planning; grandmother

Why do you run/want to run :

What is your greatest achievement :

Anything else you want to say :

Running Calendar

Just wanted to let everyone know that the calendar is now up and running.
It has been set up so that only the races can be viewed without logging in. These races are usually publicly available on various different websites anyhow and are big events.
Training runs are more personal and are only visible to those who are members of this site, and are logged in.

Matthew Flinders Run

This was another of the great runs put on by TRAQ (trail running association of QLD). The run we did this time was the 24km loop which was 6km then the 30km we did in May. The time we set for ourselves on this run was 4hrs, and we made close to the mark finishing in 4hrs 17min. I am happy with that time.

For the run itself, we chose the earlier start of 8am, so that we could make it back in time for lunch and wouldn’t spend all day out there. I am so glad we did.

The track itself held a wide variety of differing terrains. Some of those were rock covered in moss, sand, and normal dirt tracks. There were a few puddles around that we needed to go around, as well as a few fallen trees that needed climbing over/going around. There were long grasses almost obscuring the track from site and a steep hill section which I fondly call ‘the steps’, there were branches that whipped you as you ran past and deep crevasses in the ground. There was a lot to keep your mind occupied with.

We ran past mountains, macadamia farms, bee hives and were run past by other competitors. Almost everyone who went past would say hello, ask how we were going and were general pleasant to be around. Some even stopped for a chat.

Overall it was a great run, and I am happy with my time, and now it is time to put up my feet and rest them. Maybe after I find something to eat.

My Running History

2010-01-10 2010 Woodford Hares and Hounds 4512009-06-28 Spectrum Fun Run 218It all started early 2009, when a small seed was planted and then watered. And fertilized.

I started in on my first fun run in June 2009, with just a small run of 2km (Spectrum Fun Run). I was still disillusioned as to my abilities and capabilities as I had been a fit teen with a impressive set of abs, a brown belt in karate and able to run 5km in 33 minutes. The fitness soon disappeared as I spent the next 13 years having and raising children to the point where I was craving adult activities and wanting them to accommodate me. Well not really, but I was needing to do something for myself with other adults apart from sit around and chat (which I was relatively new to also, and I still enjoy doing with my friends).

Since the very first fun run, things just started moving on and up. I still huffed and puffed but I increased my distances with the next fun run happening to be 5km in the ‘Bridge to Brisbane’. I also started going to a running club near by. I was so nervous to join all of these buff, fit and attractive people in their sport of choice. I felt out of place and more conscious then I had previously. They had biceps, triceps, abs, calves, and good running strides. None of which I had, and am still working on.

Since those first 2 introductory fun runs, I have done a few more lengthier runs. A 6km Bribie Beach Bash (58 minutes), 10km Hares & Hounds run at Woodford (1hr 31 minutes), and an 8km Dirt Fest trail run (1hr 10 minutes). There have been lots of club runs happening, and time trials at club, none of which I come in any better then last, but you want to know the best thing. I don’t care that I come last, I care that I finish and know that I can improve, over time.

I have just started couch to 5km, properly, which I probably should have done months ago. On top of this I walk a hilly road once a week and am enjoying it (the views are amazing from the top).

My main motivator? Well, she is the mum who planted that seed early in 2009. Add on top of that wanting to be healthy and give the kids a good role model, I have come to a point where I can only go on and forward. The kids and husband have now joined me!

 2010-04-10 DirtFest 0722009-08-16 The Lakes College Fun Run 3702009-10-11 Bribie Bash Fun Run 280-1600