Month: August 2013

WordPress Family Award

I have been nominated for the WordPress Family Award by David who writes the The Quinquagenarian Runner Blog.

Rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your WordPress experience and family.
  4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them.

I am really excited to receive such a nomination as I have been feeling super down over the last few weeks, most probably linked to my lack of running!!!
So just as I have shared with you my Up’s, I hope to share with you my downs, and how I refuse to let it eat at my progress.  I know how great it is to read encouraging blog posts and inspirational stories, but you don’t hear as much about the struggles, the too’ing and fro’ing and the distracting difficulties Runners/Weight-losers face, so I will talk more about mine in later posts.

This post is about celebrating my blog so far, but more importantly celebrating others and the impact their stories and comments have on me.  I follow quite a few blogs, so it was difficult for me to narrow it down to just 10!

My Family Members:

Run 5k a Day – This has to be the most inspiring, informative, entertaining blog for me.  Patrick Reed shares his Running experiences in words that read like poetry and stories that transport you to that exact moment in time.  His posts keep me knuckled tightly to my dreams of one day experiencing Ultra!  Patrick also speaks about his running streak “5k a Day” and inspiring others to also take on the commitment to run every day for the reminder of 2013.  You can read his tips here – 10 Tips to Inspire your Running Life.
You will often catch me talking about this blog in my own posts, that’s because I love it so much!!

La Petite Kiwi – A blog by one of my closest and longest friends talking about her experiences – most recently including her move to France with her husband Quentin and the many contrasts in culture between New Zealander’s and French people.  I love her honesty, a mind that she has no problem giving you a piece of, I have always know her to be the kind of person who will “Stand for something”.  And that she does! xo
Be sure to check out Sharelle’s Blog and her current french experiences!

Tri-ing My Thirties – Cindy’s blog is the Cat’s Pajama’s!  Recently completing her very first Triathlon, Cindy, very new to her 30’s tells us about her training plans and experiences working her way up to smashing her Tri and beyond!  I am months from turning 30, so in reading this blog I believe there is still potential in me yet to be realised, and that I too, will one day get to Tri-time!

Blessed with Thunderthighs – Now if you were to view the pics in this blog you would think to yourself… She does not have large thighs!!  She has a thigh gap!!  But if you read her story here you will see the struggles that come from being a self critic, and then her most recent posts of some wonderful races and stories of training.  Love this blog to pieces, and hope to one day be sharing race reports like hers!

The Quinquagenarian Runner – The reason I am making this post!  David, a man in his 50’s, with dreams to fulfill.  In just under 2 months he will have his completed his first Full Marathon, in less than 3 weeks he will smash out a Half Marathon.  After his Full I have no doubt that he will go on to train for other big events he has his eyes set on.  David shares with us his running progress through words and stats, I hope to one day be as awesome as him!
Check out his blog, and be sure to give a few likes and comments!

Jogging Dad – A dad on my side of the world, almost neighbours… don’t tell him I said that, kiwi’s and Aussies have got this ‘thing’ going on, ha!  Anywho, Jogging Dad and I share the same Need to run, from the insanity of Parenthood.  JD shares his honesty of his every day experiences, that get me both laughing and thinking about how similar some of my own experiences are.

UberBeastMode – I am only a recent follower or Colin’s Blog UberBeastMode, but there is no shortage of helpful info to be found here!  A parent himself, Colin has worked hard to become the beast he is and has commited to helping others through his writing.  “I want people to know they can do it and they need to stop selling themselves short all the time. That it’s never too late, and that they can make real positive changes” – Colin
Read his blog, become a beast!

Any Excuse to wear Trackpants – This is Liz.  She is a runner, and a Mama, and because she works from home she can wear Trackpants EVERYDAY!  Liz and I are Nike+ Running App friends, if you have this app, make sure to add us!  Her Mantra – “I just keep running, And I just keep running, Just keep running…”

Me @ 40 – “Me” is actually closer to 41 than he is 40, and in this time beginning at 40 he writes about his weightloss Journey sharing progress with pictures as he goes.  Recently having some great “wow” moments, go check out what he is up to, how he is doing it, because that right… He is doing it!  Taking part in life!  Inspirational!

Nil by Mouth – Sam, a fellow kiwi shares her heartwrenching “about” story – gaining the weight, losing the weight, gaining the weight, losing a loved one, making life choices to change.  Sam is shrinking, and she tells her tale with all the glitter she deserves!

Keep Bloggin!

Jay 🙂

My squiggly line

I am back on the “Loss’ville” train.  Got a wee bit more motivation going on at the moment, and am quite excited that I am only 13-14kg closer to being at my goal weight.
At the end of January I stopped going to WeightWatchers thinking that I would be fine to continue on my own using MyFitnessPal.  I had lost almost 15kg up to that point of my journey.  To date I have fluctuated up and down gaining 2-3kg and losing that same 2-3kg but never pushing down any lower than what I was at in Jan.

The last two weeks I have spent getting back down to that end of January weight and am ready to get serious all over again and start having a few more successes!  My Success line has been super super squiggly!!

Squiggly success
I have already made some good progress since the beginning of the Month.  A few buddies and I from the NZ MFP Facebook page have entered into a comp with ourselves to follow the 30 Day Squat, Crunches and Push-up’s challenges.  It is only Day 12 and I have already lost a combined total of 12cm’s from my Bust, Waist, Hips and Thighs!

It is so great to be working on it together, even at a distance.  We know that we are only accountable to ourselves, so if we are sneaky, we are only cheating ourselves.  I have found a bunch of really supportive friends with-in this group and I hope to celebrate many more successes with them.  It is all about getting active and getting healthy and more to the point – staying that way.

Right… update with The Ekiden Relay.

Can’t quite remember what I have said about it earlier on but I will give you full update on it now.
The Hi-Tec Inspired by Life Rotorua Ekiden Relay is a 42km route around Lake Rotorua, broken up into 6 small manageable chunks for groups of 3-6 to complete.  You can enter this as a Running or Walking team.
In our MFP FB group we have a team of each, 6 Runners and 6 Walkers.  Each leg of the race is a different distance ranging from 5-9km.
My distance is 7.9km, I am the 3rd Runner.
Also for my free t-shirt size, I put a size smaller, and I am doing my damnedest to be able to get into it and not look like a dick, so that is a wee bit more of a motivator.

Ekiden Race Map

I am super excited about this race, I will get to meet a lot of the super awesome people I have met through the FB group, finally put some names to faces and hopefully do our best to behave (In public, I guarantee nothing when we are not among the general public).
One of these super awesome people, namely Glenn Larsen – RiverCity Financial Services, is sponsoring some of the cost for accommodation, which we are super grateful for.  You can visit Glenn’s website here at
www.insure-me.co.nz.  If you are seeking some sound financial advice – Insurance, Home Loans, Finance, Budgeting etc. Glenn is your man!  Contact Glenn for your free Financial Consultation and Plan!

Glenn Larsen Insure me Logo
Glenn is also training for the Tarawera UltraMarathon next year!  He is such an inspiration to me, and I am sure to many others as well!

Aside from my new-found motivation with the challenges and Race in October, I realise that 12-13kg is a lot better than 30-35kg, which is what I started at.  I stopped looking at how far I had to go, and looked at how far I had already come.  I am 15kg lighter than I was post-babies, and my fitness is a shitload better.  I am not so tired and lethargic all the time, and I am more conscious of finding ways to be more active, and making better food choices.

I have had to do some re-evaluating when it comes to my fitness/race goals, but I am still going forward and still exceeding my own expectations all of the time.  I have stopped being sad about not being able to partake in events that I had planned for myself, and have instead re-focused on what I can do and what can be achieved within circumstances that I am in now!

Aside from trying to get a good time for my 7.9km leg of the Relay race, I am trying to better my 5k times – achieve a better 5k race pace.  I don’t have much choice but to run with my children a lot of the time, but I have made some huge improvements on that side of things.  My beginning average was around 55 minutes to complete the 5km loop that involved a hill with a 140ft increase in elevation over a 200 meter space.  I can now do this loop in 40-45 minutes, with an increase load of roughly 10-12kg!!
So I have found ways of keeping up a decent fitness level, not an ideal one, but one nonetheless!

I still have plans of doing the 15km trail run in late November with my dad.  We have never run together before, in fact I used to think he was a little bit crazy to run as much as he does.  Now I understand how crazy he is, and realise that in a Runners World, it is actual quite normal! ha!
My mum has also got back into running, which I am also super excited about.  She says to me that she can now do up to 4km, with her bung knees and often says that its not quite running.  I have told her it doesn’t matter if its 1km or 100km, she laces up, she kicks up into a jog, therefore she is a runner.  I suppose once upon a time I was that exact same person, I now know better.  Not to mention one of my sisters has lost upwards of 30kg and is now training to become a Personal Trainer.  It is a good time to be alive, I am super glad we are all living active lifestyles!

Anywho, today… rest day, turned into a 10km brisk walk, hope I sleep well enough to have fresh legs for a fast run tomorrow.

Re-finding my Beast, hope you are all on the Beast game too!

Jay 🙂

Friday Night Takeaways

No, I am not having takeaways for dinner.  Even though the end of Dry July has come and gone, I am still maintaining my no takeaways streak.

The ‘Friday Night Takeaways’ is just me wrapping up in a nice wee WordPress bundle a meaningful piece of information/encounter/experience that I have come across during my week of running.  I thought I would share with you, my followers, my ‘ah ha’ moments and anything else I really had a meaningful takeaway from that may help me enhance or improve my running and on some occasions my personal life.

My first Friday Night Takeaway comes from a couple of podcast stations that I am subscribed too, both of which had some striking meaning for me, and I know would have the same for you if you went on over and took a look/listen.

My Friday run lasted a little over an hour, and in that time I listened to these two podcast’s:

AnotherMotherRunner Podcast Episode – Recommended Reading: Sporty Books for Summer

Mentioned in this podcast is certainly a few books that I have added to my Pinterest “Must Read” board.
One in particular the book ‘Devoted’ – The story about Team Hoyt, a Father-son duo that live by the Mission Statement “yes you can”.

Devoted – Dick Hoyt and Don Yaeger

A piece from the Team Hoyt Website –

“In the spring of 1977, Rick told his father that he wanted to participate in a 5-mile benefit run for a Lacrosse player who had been paralyzed in an accident. Far from being a long-distance runner, Dick agreed to push Rick in his wheelchair and they finished all 5 miles, coming in next to last. That night, Rick told his father, “Dad, when I’m running, it feels like I’m not handicapped.”

The book goes on to tell the story of their father-son relationship and their journey through events (of which they have together completed over 1000 of them) that would forge and create an unbreakable bond between them.

This inspirational story that has long now been well publicised over the television and the web’osphere left a sore spot in my heart which I know would do for you too, simply because the strength of a man, and more over, the strength of his heart.  Makes me think that while I am complaining over here about having to push a 20kg+ load of children on a 5k run in my late 20’s, Dick is over there in his now 70’s pushing Rick his 50yr old son in marathons, triathlons ect.  I really have nothing to complain about!

My takeaway from their story being that your body and mind are capable of great things and that there are really not too many excuses (if any) as to why each ordinary individual cannot achieve incredibly great things.  When times are tough and you start thinking those negative thoughts as to why you think you can’t get to where you are going, remind yourself that with enough work and tactful effort, dreams don’t have to stay dreams and in fact can become your reality!

RunRunLive Podcast Episode 3-266 Iram Leon lives life

In this RunRunLive Podcast Chris talks about “We are all gonna die, but that doesn’t mean we can’t live”

Get more fulfillment out of things you are already doing and do more fulfilling things.  Live as if you don’t have much time left!

In this episode we meet Iram Leon author of the blog Picking up a Hitchhiker, who was diagnosed with Brain Cancer in November 2010.  He talks about finding normality in Running, some of his achievements and running with his daughter.  Iram’s condition means that he wont survive the cancer, but this hasn’t stopped him running.

-“You keep going until you can’t”.

Read more about Iram’s story over at his blog of which he describes as “An Incredibly Raw and Uncensored Blog of how a Guy copes and hopes with brain cancer and life changes”

This section of the podcast really hit a nerve with me.  My takeaway from this story is to do what you can in the time that you have.  No matter how long that may be.

Since becoming a stay at home mum last October, I have had plenty of time to reflect on what it is that makes me happy, and what I can do with my life to add to my happiness.
Being in the fortunate position of having the ability to choose what I do with the rest of my life, without the pressure of doing a job for the sake of a much needed paycheck to pay the bills, I have time to actually choose something that will be good for my soul and not just my bank account.
Doing more of the things that matter and are more fulfilling and less of the things that add little/no value to my life.

For a while now I have realised that running adds value to my life, and while it is not something I could do for a living, it is definitely something I do for living.

Living with an accurate defined sense of mortality, understanding how real and truthful life is and somehow on top of impending difficulty, managing to find it in themselves to do what they love anyway.  Without excuse, because they can!

… These are the Friday Night takeaways I am talking about!

Jay 🙂

A change of plans.

I haven’t blogged here in a while, in fact a whole month has gone by since my last post.
It is not because I have lost interest in running or weight loss, I had simply not had anything super interesting to write about.
Until now.

A change in circumstances for my family and I have meant that I have had to back off on the use of care for my children so that I may go out regularly to run.  The moment that I came to this realisation, that I wont be able to run regularly and at most only once a week, I was crushed!  It actually felt like my heart was breaking!  In fact last week, I actually thought I was going crazy, left alone with my thoughts (which is normal for a runner) but my feet and legs weren’t moving!!!

Unhappy Deal

I feel like I am literally clinging on to my fitness, so much so that I have even been on a run with my children in Stroller again.  They are so heavy to push!!!  The whole 5k that I can manage to push them for is a struggle!  I feel pretty choice after it, but it is not ideal for building mileage for long runs.  Long runs are just a dream for me for the moment. *saddyface*

And so I have cancelled my plan of racing the 10k in Whangamata this month, I can’t go run it and be happy with a half arsed effort because of a half arsed training schedule. I would be disappointed in my time if I were to go out and just ‘hope for the best’.  To me it would just feel like I was yet again being pushed into that ugly void where running does not exist!
I am also humming and hah’ing about whether or not to enter the 12km City to Surf in September.

The constant change in circumstances means that from week to week, month to month, I have no idea of where we stand.  If I had regular running, I would be able to cope with the madness, 1-2 runs a week doesn’t quite hit the spot!

I have committed to an event in October.  I will be running a leg in a relay run made up of people in the Facebook Group ‘NewZealand My Fitness Pal Buddies’.  My leg of the race is 7.8k, which is a manageable distance for me to train and do well at given the amount of time that I do have to hit the pavement.  I am happy about this, to have at least one thing of certainty in such an uncertain world!

This post is a change from my usual upbeat “punch today in the face” attitude type posts, but that is because it is a tough time in my household.
In place of weeks packed with plans of sweaty exertion are plans packed with playgroup play-dates and toddler morning tea dilemmas, which are just as gripping…like actually!!  Challenges…just on a different playing field, ha!  You can read about those over on my ‘Stay at home mama’ page – You don’t read that in a book – What goes on in my house!

Anywho, rain this weekend, not likely to get in another run, but we will see.

The hubby will be able to help with minding the children during my runs next week, SUPER excited about this!  Like a kid waiting for Christmas, that is how excited I am!!

Things have slowed, but I have definitely not quit!

Some quit due to slow progress, never grasping the fact that slow progress...is progress.

Moving on…

Jay 🙂