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I did it!!!!

This morning I ran 12.33 Kilometers and set myself a new Personal Distance Record πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I am so happy!!
I was really really nervous about this run because I didn’t know how I was going to do, or if I’d be able to finish, but I must say, I kicked this run’s BUTT!

I had a nice, slow time of 1 hour 24 minutes and 17 seconds. With more practice and training I plan to whittle that down to around 1 hour 10 minutes.Β I wasn’t aiming for a killer time today, I just wanted to maintain a steady pace and see what my body wanted and needed to do and I would speed up or slow down from there.

It was actually a fabulous run to be honest, I don’t know why, but the last three runs I’ve done have been sooo good! I just really enjoy them and I’m always grateful for every single step I get to take. Today was glorious, and regarding respiratory conditions, I could’ve kept going for another 5 or 6k’s, but the only thing stopping me was my sore, stiff legs. Towards the end they felt like they were fighting their way through quicksand.

Not to mention the pretty nasty knee pain I started to get 😦

I ran out of water around the ninth Kilometer which sucked. It meant that for three kilometers I had to suffer thirst and watch my performance suffer. Next time I’ll be more careful to fill my pack with a lot more water for long, hot runs like today’s.

I feel like I can conquer ANYTHING in running now! πŸ˜€ It’s awesome to think that I was just 2.77k’s off having run 15 Kilometers. 15 Kilometers have always seemed waaay scary and an unreachable goal. Two months ago, had you asked me if I thought I could run that, I would’ve laughed in your face, but NOW, I can’t wait to accomplish that goal!!! It’s so exciting!

I probably could’ve run 15K’s today if it weren’t for my sore quads.

I feel so good knowing that I made it πŸ˜€ No problems, AT all. It couldn’t have been a better run. I now look forward to all the long runs I have in the future!

12k’s makes 5k’s seem like a walk in the park hahaha.

Have a great day!


December 5, 2009 at 11:32 pm Leave a comment

12k run preparation.

Tomorrow I’m running 12 Kilometers. That will be a new Personal Distance Record, aka, The furtherest I have ever run in my ENTIRE LIFE.

I won’t lie, I’m absolutely terrified and doing all I can to avoid thoughts of: “I’m going to die, I’m going to die, I’m going to DIE”. But, it’s proving to be really hard. It’s funny because it’s only 2 k’s longer than my current PDR, but it still seems so incredibly daunting…

I’ve started preparing my gear:

I find that it helps me feel good about my run when I’m prepared for it. It’s almost comforting in a way.

Tomorrow I’ll also be taking my Hydration Pack with me. For runs 10k or longer I like to have water with me. Also I like to have some lollies or fruit for fuel if I get hungry, tissues for if my nose starts to run- which more often than not it does, my cellphone in case I need to contact someone for an emergency and my ID, just in case I need to be identified. It sounds like a lot to take for 12 kilometers, but I like to have it all.

Here’s two photos from AAAGGGEESSS ago when I first got my Hydration Pack, just so you can see what it looks like:

I don’t care if I don’t end up needing anything, I feel far more secure knowing that I’ll have everything I need.

Anyway, I’m keen for an early night tonight so I have enough energy. I actually feel like I’ll sleep pretty well tonight (touch wood). I have done for the last two nights. It makes such a huge difference!

Tomorrow morning, I’ll get up at 7 am and straight away I’ll make a Green Monster. I think they are FANTASTIC!! I’ve had one everyday for the last 3 days and I’ve PR’d TWICE! I’ve never had more energy πŸ˜€

I’ll put together my Hydration Pack + Contents whilst I drink it and then 20 minutes before I leave I’ll have some toast with peanut butter. Perrrfect pre-run fuel for me.

I should be carb-loading today, but I have a really small appetite today for some reason… I forced myself to eat a huge sandwich this afternoon with avocado, tomato, gherkin, cheese and moroccan seasoning for taste.

If it rains tomorrow I’ll take a ziploc bag for my ipod and I’ll wrap glad-wrap around my watch to keep it dry. I do not want any of my electronics drowning on this run.

I’m actually way more excited for this run than I was about last week’s 10k. I know I’ll feel so good afterwards, and once I get it out of the way in the morning, I can chillax for the rest of the day and then have a nap before Mum and Mark get home. They come back from their holiday tomorrow and we’re having a nice big family BBQ to welcome them. Dallas is coming over too πŸ˜€

I’m actually really really relieved to have the olds’ returning. It’s been pretty shite without them…

Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

I haven’t yet decided what music I’ll listen to tomorrow. I might just chuck on Guns N’ Roses and let a couple of their albums play. I did that the other day and it was a great idea. GNR make me so nostalgic and really take me back… Good memories of last summer and amazing times. Listening to them really help me zone out from the running and make time go so much faster.

Guns N’ Roses are my all time FAVOURITE band πŸ™‚ Here’s my favourite song:

Anyway, I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap on how my run went. No doubt I’ll be full of the joys about it (assuming all goes well) and super proud of myself… aswell as completely stuffed.

Have a great evening!


December 5, 2009 at 4:04 am Leave a comment

“Sunny” first day of Summer

Well, today’s December 1st, which means it’s the first day of Summer! Shall we see how summery the world is looking on this awesome day?

Ain’t that beautiful??

How seasonal! Not.

These were taken about ten minutes ago at 10.25am, lets hope the weather improves soon! It was ok on my run this morning, in fact the sun was beginning to poke through. I don’t know what happened between then and now..

I was supposed to go in to school this morning for Music revision, I chose not to. I’m not really that interested in the music exam to be honest, I don’t really care how I do. I’m not taking music next year and the subject is not going to help me achieve my goal of becoming a personal trainer, I have more important things to busy myself with than Music class. Also, the Biggest Loser was a good one today hahaha.

I discovered something a short time ago, and that is that the 5k route I’ve been running for the last year, is actually WAY LONGER THAN FIVE K’S!!!!! I was always wondering why I could never break the 30 minute mark, and now I know why! I might change my route so it’s a little bit shorter. I really wanna crack the 30 minute mark and get a new PR, which I WILL if I map out an actual 5k route lol.

All I want for christmas is you πŸ™‚

They’re so cute. I’d be content with getting nothing but kitty cuddles all day on Xmas πŸ™‚

Have a great day!


November 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

So. Much. RELIEF!

Yesterday was scary. I had my science exam in the morning which was TERRIFYING! Because I was totally unprepared and I hadn’t realized just how much was resting on that Biology exam until about three days before it. Prior to that, I had done ZERO hours of science revision.

I spent a good two hours studying for Biology on Sunday, and thank god above I did, because those two hours just saved my future career.

There was a lot of extra stuff to deal with once I got into the exam because I still didn’t have my Chem and Bio papers and once I sat down at my desk, was confused to see on physics staring back at me. I spoke to a supervisor at once and we spent the next 10/15minutes sorting it out. Ugh, so much drama for SCIENCE… hardly seems worth it. Apart from biology of course πŸ˜€

Once the exam began, I dove straight into Biology. I liked the strategy I used when answering questions, I immediately answered the ones I knew the answer to and then on the more difficult ones that I wasn’t so sure about, I basically just used COMMON SENSE to construct a feasible answer haha. And thankfully, I do believe that it worked! I felt like I did pretty damn well on Biology, given my extreme lack of knowledge on the subject.

I didn’t even attempt physics. I weighed up my options, first I read through the booklet and realized that out of the entire thing, there were only two questions I could answer correctly. The rest of it, I had no idea. I could either have answered just those two and failed for lack of correct answers, or I could not submit and have the paper just come up with “not assessed”, which to me sounds far better than “not achieved”.

I did Chemistry, only because of the huge lengths we had to go to just to GET the paper for me. I didn’t really want it, but they just assumed I did, so I figured I’d better sit it, just for all the trouble the damn thing caused.

I honestly can’t say how I thought I did. But somehow, I don’t believe it was too crash hot… haha.

I was just so relieved to get out of that exam, also because I FELT SO SICK! Argh, all morning I’d felt off colour and then in the exam aswell, my poor little tummy was just not a happy camper.

That teamed with the fact that after breakfast I was nil by mouth all day for my ultrasound.

GREAT! not.

Anyway, Once I got home from the exam I had a couple of hours to kill before the scan. But eventually at five to 1 we headed to the hospital.

The wait was long, but I didn’t mind too much. Except for the fact that when you have an ultrasound, they require you to have a full bladder because it pushes all your organs up so they can see things better… I had to drink 6 cups of water within the hour before my scan… ugh, as you can imagine, by time my appointment rolled around, I wasn’t overly comfortable haha.

It wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t press down on your bladder!!!!!! grrrrr.

It was funny coz it was just like on Juno (I’M NOT PREGNANT THOUGH, NOR DID I EXPECT I WAS PREGNANT! I had the scan to check for appendicitis or an Ovarian Cyst. NOTHING to do with Babies!) She squirted the goo on my tummy and it was blue and made funny fart noises haha.

It was pretty boring really. Just uncomfortable, kinda interesting seeing my spleen, my liver, my ovaries and my kidneys though.

After my ultrasound, I started to get a little nervous. No one was telling me anything and the nurse told me she had to go give my results to a radiologist and a doctor for their opinion. She didn’t even tell me what she was worried about.
Next thing I know another nurse brings out a doctors note to me which was all sealed so I couldn’t read it and she told me to go to ED and take that with me. I was kinda freaking out, expecting it to be something really really serious.

I got to ED, handed my note in and was told to wait. A nurse called me to come in and she took my blood pressure, then made me wait again.

No one had told me anything!! My mind was left to wander to the worst possible outcome. It sucked..

Finally, my doctor I’d seen last friday called me through and simply told me they’d ruled out anything serious and I’d just have to manage the pain. I was so relieved!!! And yet do not understand why they couldn’t have just told me it was nothing serious at the ultrasound to put my mind at rest??

They couldn’t explain what the pain was and just told me to keep an eye on it and come back if it gets worse or I start to get bad fevers or chills or whatever.

I think I’ll be fine and I feel so much better knowing it nothing serious!!

Anyway, in other news, Gaz emailed me my training schedule for the next for weeks. I’m super excited and today I’ll go for a 5K run, as per the training plan. I was so excited to read through and see that in two weeks I’ll be running 12 K’s, that’s further than I’ve ever run in my life! The longest has been 11K’s, so the idea of setting a new PDR is really really exciting πŸ˜€

He also sent some strength exercises.

I shall keep you updated on how that’s all going.

Have an awesome day!

November 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm Leave a comment

Toi’s Challenge recap.

Well, as the readers know, yesterday I took part in the Toi’s Challenge, 18.5 Kilometer bush walk as a walker.

That was the first time I’ve ever done it in my life and I set a new PDR (personal distance record) when I completed it. I was really proud of myself for having completed it with minimal training πŸ™‚

It took me and Mum 4 hours to do it. I decided to stick with her for the whole time and I was SO proud of her because she’s done NO training at all and still managed to kick butt and came in a mere 5 minutes after myself. She would’ve kept up with me but she got stuck behind this big group who were walking a step a MINUTE and looked like they were about to keel over :/

It was, without a doubt, the most painful four hours of my life, but the most beautiful. I saw some beautiful scenery that I didn’t even know existed in our small little town, and I also worked those Glut muscles! Β Which is what my trainer Gaz said is something I need to strengthen.

Here are some photos I got yesterday and a couple of videos.


That’s Mum getting us registered as walkers about half an hour before the race began.


My lucky number– 13. Won me a cute little spot prize which consisted of a small punnet of strawberries (which I devoured within 5 minutes of finishing the race), a box of lollies (which I tried to offload to Dallas coz they were yuck lol) and a walkers magazine.


The start and finish line. Looking very legit. I liked the big clock.

That’s a video of the race beginning as you can see. There were loads of people.

Throughout the walk, I stopped to take a photo of every single breathtaking view. Here’s pretty view number 1:


The entry to the beginning of the Toi’s track. We’d already been walking for half an hour just to get there:


Pretty View #2:



Pretty view #3:



Pretty view #4:


Here’s a video of a small part of the walk.

More scenery:



There’s loads more, but I won’t post them all, there’s too many! It was a truly beautiful walk though, and I’d recommend it to anybody. However, you do require a certain level of fitness for it to be enjoyable.

I’m really sore today, in my hips, butt and lower back. I don’t know why but I had killer back and hip pain yesterday.. made me a little worried :S

Anyway, I have a study group to go to in 40 minutes and I’m walking there, so I’ll take some photos and post them later πŸ™‚


November 15, 2009 at 10:22 pm 2 comments


Hey guys!

Well I’m completely thrashed because today I spent 4 hours hauling ass through Tois Challenge-– an 18.5K trail race… with minimal training.

I’m totally exhausted because it’s been one hell of a weekend. One extreme to the other– sitting on a motorbike for 7 seven hours, then walking non-stop up hills and stairs for 4 hours… I’m not going to post a recap now because, to be honest, I can’t be bothered. I plan to drink up to rehydrate and then I’m going to nap.

Everything hurts and I just want to sprawl on my bed and let my footsies have a rest.

I had an awesome time with Gaz yesterday, didn’t really get any photos, but I learnt heaps which I’ll fill you in on when the time is right.

For now, here’s two shots of me about a quarter of the way through the race:




November 15, 2009 at 1:53 am Leave a comment

My first race EVER, 10k recap!

Well today was a really really exciting day for me, because…. I took part in my FIRST EVER RACE!
It was also the BEST run I’ve ever had in my life and I was so happy and satisfied with my efforts at the end πŸ™‚

But let’s go back to the beginning…

I was really nervous when I woke up this morning at 7, but I just tried to mentally relax, I made a yum breakfast of Egg in the hole and toast with peanut butter and sliced strawberries. Was gooood.

We left at 8.30am and arrived about 15 minutes later. We registered ourselves and then the dog and then we waited around for a bit.

It was all new and exciting to me since I’ve never raced before. I stood around taking lots of photos πŸ™‚


Running conditions were absolutely PERRRFECT today. It wasn’t too hot and wasn’t too cold. It was a little bit cloudy which was good because it meant we didn’t have the sun beating down on us during our runs.

Last night I decided to run the 10k instead of the 5k as I had originally planned. I decided that I would because I know I’m capable, I’ve done it plenty of times before, 5k is too easy and I might as well make the most of the beautiful weather and awesome opportunity to race!

The race was along the beach, and I actually really enjoyed it. Though the scenery was mostly the same from 3k’s onwards, I found it really relaxing and I felt like I could really concentrate and focus.

Here’s me just before the race began.



It was sooo crowded at the start. People were backed up for ages. I kept thinking to myself “God, you’re planning to run a marathon in a year, imagine this amount of people times 100… damn…”



I was able to break the race up into separate distances which really helped time tick by and kept me motivated. Because the race was broken up into 3k, 5k and 10k, there were the 3 and 5k marks to turn around and go back to finish, and each time I reached one of these, I felt good knowing I only had X amount of K’s left.

They had a water station during this race which was AMAZING. Seriously, I never run with water, so being able to grab a cup and chug it back made such a huge difference. Truly. I have totally been underestimating the importance of staying hydrated whilst running. I’m not going to start thinking of ways I can carry water with me efficiently to help me go further and faster.

Mum caught a snap of me coming past after the 3k mark:


I had a great playlist going too. Spring and Summer are the seasons for Rock N’ Roll for me. It’s when I become truly reconnected with my Guns N’ Roses, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Slash’s Snakepit etc. So lately I’ve been running with what I’ve named my “Rock N Run” playlist. I had that blaring the whole way and it really helped me stay motivated. It also helped take my mind off the distance.

I felt great all throughout this run. No hip pain. No leg pain. I was well-hydrated and properly fueled. It was just a bloody decent run.

My feet got so wet though. Each time I had to run through a small body of water, my shoes would totally fill up and it would feel like I had weights attached to my ankles… damn.

I was so happy to reach the 10k turn point. It was easy from there. I totally picked up the pace and thrived on passing others and knowing I’d smashed my PR (personal record). I knocked a crazy FIFTEEN MINUTES off my usual PR!!! I finished in about 1hr, 5mins. I couldn’t believe it!!

I was about a kilometer from the finish line, and there was Mum with the camera πŸ™‚


Once I crossed the finish line, the volunteers handed me a cup of water and a huge banana, then I plonked myself on the ground in relief and stretched as best I could. I was exhausted because not only had I run faster with that distance than I ever have before, but it was on SAND. Sand sucks to run on when it’s soft. Thankfully, most of the way it was hard, but in the last little stretch it was soft which made it very difficult.

After stretching, I met up with Mum, Mark, Sam and the dog and we stuck around for the prizegiving.

Taking some nice lil’ photographs while we waited. We were waiting for two hours!


I love this one because the dog looks like he’s smiling πŸ˜€ Looks like he’s in absolute heaven.


As they drew the names for the spot prizes, which were actually really really good prizes, we grew more and more doubtful that we’d win anything. Then it got to the last prize, and the BIGGEST. It was a tent donated by Whakatane Outdoors that fits 7 people, the value of $750, they read out the name and who should win it? None other than OUR family! πŸ˜€ We were all happy campers, I’ll tell you that (lol, pun not intended).

It was an impressive thing too!

Here’s a photo when they were halfway through dismantling it for us to take home. I thought to take a picture just a little too late.


We headed on home, making a stop at Rebel Sport first so I could buy some sole inserts for my running shoes for better arch support, some running socks and a couple of other things Mum wanted. I saw a running skirt and almost went mental! I’ve read all about them on blogs and I want one so bad. I was really happy to see that Rebel Stock them πŸ™‚

They’re also hiring for Xmas at the moment, so I’m going to fix up my CV and apply πŸ™‚ Sounds like the most perfect part-time job for me.

Anyway, that’s all for now lovelies. Hope you enjoyed reading about my kick ass day!

I’ll leave you with some photos of beautiful Ohope just before we left the race site.




October 25, 2009 at 2:49 am 1 comment

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