2016

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Recap

2016 seemed to be pretty uneventful, till you go into your stats and see exactly how far you have come.

According to the Garmin, most steps in a week was actually last week…121,719. This was achieved easily as I was on Annual Leave (for the first time in a year). Strava, which is linked to the TomTom, had me at 31.3K for the week and Boxing Day gave me the most steps for a day, with a total of 25,427. My best month was March, which saw me complete “A Mile A Day” or #MAD as we like to call it. And my longest run, so far, was the 17K Bellarine Rail Trail, but it only logged a total of 16.8k.

In 2015, I ran a total of 189.65K. In 2016, I more than doubled that amount to 429.83K. If I use this data for next year, I have to run at least 13k a week.

2016 was the year I turned 50 and brought me my Australian Citizenship.

2017

Now to look forward to what I would like to achieve this year…

I will use the Run/Walk method and complete a 13.1mile distance, however, I will not do this at a paid event.

I will also draw up a plan to incorporate 12 monthly challenges to help me be the best I can be. It will include my #MAD, cycling, swimming and maybe some selfies along the way.

With my change of diet, 2017 has kicked off on a positive foot & I need to carry on with these positive thoughts and actions…

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November Update

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Only 6 weeks till the end of 2016. 

This year has been very quiet it terms of racing and events, but I’ve  plodded on regardless. On occasion, I can manage to put a small 2.5k run in at lunchtime, which keeps me reasonably active during the working week. 

In the next six weeks, I plan to put in some extra mileage and get myself back in to 10k plus per week. The reason behind this is that I want to complete a Half Marathon distance before the end of the year.

It will not be at any running event as I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself, or an event team, to get it finished in a certain amount of time. 

I have also changed my way of eating, and now follow LCHF. So far this has helped me shed in excess of 6 kilo’s. It now means I use fat for fuel and NOT the carbs (especially not the pasta or bread type carb). The running seems a bit easier, but I find I am tiring quicker,  which is to be expected.

Summer is just around the corner, as is the Silly Season. Longer and warmer days with more time to pop in a few K’s out on the road. I’ll be back to my #MaD and hopefully my posts will be more regular.

Happy Running

anothermedallingmother

Bellarine Rail Trail run – race recap

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Gill’s recap of our run at the Bellarine..

macgirl running

One way of making sure I stick to my training plan is to enter events, particularly long ones. I’m not super motivated when it comes to lacing up the shoes and knocking out my long runs (even though I always love them once I get the first few kilometres done) so events really are the only way to keep me honest. My event of choice on the weekend was the Bellarine Rail Trail run.

Despite it being fairly close to home, I’ve never run along the rail trail so was looking forward to a bit of new scenery. My husband delivered me to the start line and I met up with friends who had caught the train up from Queenscliff. This is quite a small event (about 300 runners) and very low key, in stark contrast to the mega event of last weekend. Before I really had time to…

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Bellarine Rail Trail Run

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The longest run…so far

The weather forecast for today was for heavy rain. In the planning was at least two different outfits, depending on what it was like when we parked the car. The whole family was taking part in the 17k run from Drysdale to Queenscliff. When we arrived it was overcast, and out of the many runners, most just had on singlets and shorts. I stuck with what I was wearing (RunJunkEe Singlet and a Skirtsports Skort). I was also wearing my waterproof jacket and carrying with me my own nutrition and hydration.

There were two starts to our event today. One of 34k and one at 17K. The start of the 34k race was underway and we proceeded to the train to take us to our start 17k away. It was a long bumpy ride, but let us see the terrain we would be running on our way back. The train took approximately 45 minutes to get us to our destination where we met with more of our running buddies. It was a quick wait in line for the Portapotti, and then it was time to go.

I started the run with a friend and blogging buddy @macgirlrunning and we chatted about our recent activities and our running plans for the future. We stayed together for the first 6k and then she was off, leaving me in her dust…

I plodded along at a speed I’d practised in training and enjoyed every minute of the wonderful scenery. At one point, the cows were at the fence watching me. No signs of any other animals and, after a while, I was on my own with nobody else in sight. Every now and then, a 34k runner would pass me and cheer me on. The camaraderie among the runners was awesome in such a small field…I believe only about 300 total. Everyone who passed had words of encouragement, even the “you’re nearly there” was welcome. The trail was busy with dog walkers, cyclists and other runners not taking part in the event.

At the 11k mark I was alone, no-one in front and nothing behind me…I knew I could finish as I’d managed 14k a few weeks before and it wasn’t that bad..(!!) I had no idea where I was going, or what turn to take, and thankful that every now and again a Bellarine Rail Trail sign would pop up, and I knew I was heading in the right direction. Then, at the 15ish K mark, I spotted my hubby, who had finished and then come back out to see where I was. He then ran with me back to the finish line, which I was extremely happy to see.

I was also lucky enough to have a cheer squad there at the end. My son, my running buddy Gill, and a few people from our local running group. In total, it took me 2:38:25 to complete the (nearly) 17K and I was (just) NOT LAST…

This is one run I will definitely do again. A small, very well run event in beautiful scenery. Well done to all who took part & many thanks to the event team for a fabulous day.

NOW WHATS NEXT FOR anothermedallingmother

Watch this space…

HALF WAY

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Half Way……

We are now half way through the year, and it has been productive, even though I haven’t been here to share it with you….

March

took me to “A Mile Each Day”, a concept by the wonderful Tony Phillips. I completed at least a mile every day for 31 days and my love of running was born. I could see myself progressing in ways I never thought possible. My body could handle the distance and my mind agreed…easy, its only a mile…you’ll be done in half an hour…

April

as a family, we had signed up for the “Mothers Day Classic”, an annual event held in most towns around Australia, which, this year, so happened to fall on my 50th Birthday. My training started now, so, no more #MAD and back to running twice a week, on my days off. Daylight Saving had ended and it was dark at stupid o’clock, morning and evening. 

May

Mothers Day Classic and a weekend break to celebrate my 50th Birthday.  Awesome.  Then, a change of direction…Where to go from here?? I have no events planned for the rest of the year and NOTHING to aim for…

June

Distance, rather than time happened. I had decided to try to run further and get the mileage happening…3k, 4k, 5k…and beyond

July

It’s all happening now, things are starting to fall into place and my training is paying off… I managed to run 5k with no walk breaks, but still incorporate them into my longer runs. Jeff Galloway and his doable plans have opened up the life-changing experience of finishing a distance event to almost anyone and are designed to reduce aches, pains & injuries to almost zero. With this method in mind I have signed up for a 17k event mid-August, with my boys joining me, but leaving me behind…

THE STORY CONTINUES……

why I #loveparkrun

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I’m sharing this post, as I beleive that parkrun should be a part of everyone’s weekend, whether they are running or volunteering…. I know it takes up a lot of time and preparation for all the Event & Run Directors…keep up the good work guys…

macgirl running

There is nothing that makes you appreciate what you have more than the thought that it could be taken away. And this is what has happened this week to the parkrunners of Stoke Gifford in the UK. In a mind-numbingly silly decision, the local Council have decided to charge participants for using the park. Which is provided for the use of the local population. Of which, the local parkrunners are an important part. Silly.

I don’t want to talk about that particular Council and how narrow minded, short sighted and generally thoughtless they are. Instead, I want to tell you about exactly why I love parkrun and what it has meant to me.

I started running in 2009 – I really don’t remember why or what actually got me out the door. I’d lost a heap of weight and was looking for an exercise option to help keep…

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