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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

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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.

4th Day of Christmas

image On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, well, we went for a bike ride over 4km, with 3 of the kids

The 12 Days of Christmas

imageIt is that time of year where there are parties, food, and alcohol galore. Sometimes there doesn’t feel like there is enough time in the day to even fit in a decent workout.

This month I challenged myself to move, workout, or sweat each day of the month. So far so good, apart from one Sunday when I just had time off.

So, for the 12 days leading up to Christmas I thought I would post up my daily movements, with the hope they might encourage others, or that others may post up their movements also.

(Yes I am a couple of days behind already in posting this, but I did start then)

 

Day 1

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, money to fix the lawn mower. (Which I used until the petrol ran out. I did 3/4 of the front yard)

 

Day 2

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a very early start (3.50am) and time to mow the back yard (and remaining front yard) till sweat dripped off of me

 

Day 3

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a kid who needs glasses, lots of paper work and time to Zumba (on the Wii; and maybe running club)

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Mums On The Run in Pictures

20111128_MOTheR220111128_MOTheRI asked my 12yr old (nearly 13 as she would remind me) daughter to draw a couple of pictures of mums on the run. This is what she came up with.

I could see these on a shirt somewhere

Poor Me

My knees hurt, I need to loose weight and I am tired.

I hate complaining, but we all do it, and sometimes it even stops us from getting out and running. I know it stops me and that is why I have given myself a challenge, well, more of a lifestyle change. I am giving myself until Christmas to change a few things, get ready for the new year and form some good habits.

There are stretches, and exercises, that I can do to strengthen my knees and legs. This should take away a lot of the knee pain.

There are diet habits which can be changed, and will be easy since we are in the time of the year when salads and fresh fruit are plentiful (and my garden is blooming), so loosing weight and still enjoying food shouldn’t be a problem. This will help all three complaints to disappear.

I have started planning a daily exercise regimen which will include a variety of exercises (strength, aerobic, stretches). I have made it easy to achieve and simple enough that my girls (7yrs through to 15yrs) should be able to replicate in their lives. It is only short so time shouldn’t be a problem, and it can always be expanded as I get fitter, stronger and healthier.

I want to be able to do more and not be held back by injuries, so I need to start now, not later. There will be no New Years resolutions from me. Next year is already starting for me and I am setting small, achievable goals which will hopefully rub off on the rest of the family also.

How do you get past the complaints?

Supporting the Team

Photo_ACEF4249-72B5-90F0-69D4-22E88DD0CC75The past two weekends I have supported teams out on the trail. First the Kokoda Challenge down the Gold Coast last weekend, and secondly the trail runners doing the Flinders Tour today.

Both are great events and are well run, though the Flinders Tour is a bit smaller then the Gold Coast event.

The Kokoda Challenge saw a team of 4 people (which I was crewing for) traverse over 96km in the Gold Coast Hinterland. it was wet, muddy and very, very slippery. While one team member did have to pull out due to injury, she still managed to complete a very impressive 64km. Unfortunately I missed the beginning which I was told, was pretty amazing. A large oval was filled to overflowing with competitors. The first checkpoint was almost as busy as it contained both competitors and their crew and their vehicles (along with the obligatory mud and drizzly rain). I came in when it was time to go and stake out the meeting point and await our time to visit the 2nd major checkpoint, Polly’s Kitchen.

The team still looked good, the mud wasn’t too bad (until it was time to leave) and the crew did the quickest unpack and setup on the whole trip (we ended up having a long wait though). This stop was pretty uneventful with everyone still laughing and looking well. No injuries at this stage either. After a quick feed, changing into night clothes, along with reflective gear and headlights (which did work) we sent them on, enjoyed a snack ourselves and packed up before heading off on a long trek to the next stop.

Numinbah Hall was a big one, as we got there early enough so that we could enjoy a break, some dinner and a quick snooze for those who had been up since 3.30am. This stop we waited until about 1am which was when the team came in. We were getting a little worried as the timeline they set themselves was starting to slip away. At this checkpoint we diverted them away from the roaring fires, wrapped them up in blankets and warm jackets, fed them piping hot food, that was sold on site, and filled them with coffee or hot tea. It was at this checkpoint we saw the weariness start to kick in. Mini power naps happened as I pulled off their mud encrusted shoes and socks. Kicking them out of camp at about 1.45am-2am we packed up again and headed to our next rest stop (rest was had).

Once the sun had risen it was off to the next stop to provide a quick refresher for the team (didn’t bother unpacking everything at this stage) before heading to the final major checkpoint, which included a snooze and a decent wait. The end was in site, the birds were chirping and the toilets were disgusting and out of toilet paper.

Once we got the team through this checkpoint, we parted ways and while the rest of the crew headed back to the finish line I headed on home. I had family to get back to and I didn’t get home until early evening, 5hrs past the expected finish time.

Despite my late start and early finish, I had a great time and would crew again, knowing more then I did at the beginning. It was interesting to watch the teams as they succeeded, fell apart and quit. So many overcome the obstacles put in front of them and won. This wasn’t a race about coming first (though the winning team came in, in just over 10hrs) but about pushing past barriers and about being a team. It was hard, and people got hurt and had to pull out, but they still won. They had the courage to start this at the beginning.

Well done to all who participated.

(P.S. The picture above was the only picture I could get before my phone battery decided to almost die on me, and, of course, I left my charger at home!)

Flinders Tour – Well, it was an excellent run and I had fun being able to help out at the checkpoints. Reading numbers, writing times and filling water bottles.

Can’t wait till the next event!