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I did it!!!!

This morning I ran 12.33 Kilometers and set myself a new Personal Distance Record 😀 😀 😀 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. 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! 😀 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 😀 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 😀

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 😀

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 🙂 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 🙂

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

Have a great day!


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

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Hey there, my name's Jenny. I have a huge passion for cooking/baking, writing, yoga and photography. I love nature and my favourite thing to do is spend an entire day outside, breathing in crisp, fresh air. Even better if I have a pen and paper with me. I started out running in March 2009 but sustained an injury in October 2009 which has unfortunately prevented me from running. I've been experimenting with other kinds of exercise to find another one that clicks. Follow me on my journey to maintaining good health + surviving high school and pursuing a career in Journalism. I Hope you enjoy reading my blog!

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