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running to the corner August 15, 2010

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Today I ran 8kms in 47 minutes. Go me. My goal is to run 10kms in 60 minutes and then 50 minutes. Apparently this is what sorts out the runners from the joggers. Joggers I read, just jog about aimlessly.

I've been following this programme on a site called Time to Run. You can basically start from never having moved from the lounge and end up running sub 40 minute 10k's. And it all sort of happens so gradually that you don't even notice your pace or fitness getting better until you realise you can run 8 kms in 47 minutes.

There's a lot to think about when you're running. Head up, shoulders down, hands relaxed, hips forward, land on the ball of the foot.  I used to think so hard about it all that I'd almost fall over but now I just sort of let it happen. And anyway have you seen Paula Radcliffe run. She has the weirdest style with her head banging about all over the place yet she keeps winning marathons. I felt a bit like I was channeling her the other day.

I do my running on the treadmill because there's nowhere to run here. I've been around town looking but can't find a suitable track. This means I spend a lot of time watching music videos. Which has lead to me developing a strange crush on the lead singer of Gyroscope. I don't even know what his name is. But they have a new album out so I've seen a lot of them. And their music has a pretty good running pace.

For a while there I thought he might replace Tex in my affections.

But. Nah. Ain't gonna happen just yet.

Gotta love a man who can wear a pair of brown slacks

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going ga ga August 10, 2009

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Sometimes in the morning, when I look at the clock and see its 6.25am, I just want to turn over and say

Go away Lady Ga Ga

Because she's my alarm, and I know she'll be telling me about her poker face at 6.30.

But I don't. Instead I get up and have a glass of water, then a cup of coffee, then another glass of water, then I get on the treadmill and run 6.6kms. I'm pretty impressed with myself as well. Yesterday I put the speed up to 8.8kms per hour. Surprising how much faster that felt than the previous 8.5kms per hour.

But its been chilly in the morning here. – 3 somedays.

It was -3 on Sunday when we got up early to take the little getz for a drive. Here she is in her new hotness with mag wheels and tinted windows.


We were up early and off to see The Art of Dr Seuss Exhibition. I love Dr Seuss. The world would be a much better place if everone could find their inner Seuss. I wish I had a spare couple of thousand to buy one of his paintings. Or two. I'd love to have the Flower Fish, Martini Bird and Joyous Leaping of Uncanned Salmon in particular.

I'd liked to have lived in his mind for even a day or two.

I think its off to Sydney next and worth a visit if it comes near you. Free as well.

And we fit five of us in the getz. And it still pumped around. I can park in places I never would have considered before.

And nice to catch up with the kiddies and have breakfast with them as well.

Except that cranky one in the middle there who won't let you take her photo. Or talk to her. Or look at her. But thats ok, we're used to her now. And we've already had two of them and they do turn back into human beings one day.



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I’m puff puff puff puff puffing, I’m puffing a lot….. June 13, 2009

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I'm hot hot hot.

Just been for a run. I've been sitting shivering in this house for two days now and decided the only way I was going to warm up was to go for a run.

Yes,I have started running again. I was running before but then convinced myself that it was bad for me, Bad for my back, bad for my knees, bad for my enlarged heart that I've convinced myself I have.  I'm very good at making up excuses not to do things. Exercise type things mainly.

But I got over myself and told myself I was just being a big frilly blouse and to get on with it.

So I decided 5 kilometres is a good distance. And thirty minutes would be a good time to do it in. However this will be a gradual thing as the first time I did it (a running/walking combination) it took me 45 minutes. Then I got it down to 42 minutes then 40 minutes. So obviously the next days goal was 38 minutes.

But the next day I just didn't feel like it because, you know, my running pants were in the wash and I thought I was getting a cold and my back had a slight twinge and I had to go to the post office. Good reasons I thought.

But then I had some inspiration. Two inspirations. First off my daughters boyfriend had a shower in MY bathroom. And he left water all over the floor. So I was feeling some anger building that needed dealing with.

But what tipped me over the edge was my good friend Jem (you may know her, she hangs around vox). She's a skinny little whippet. And she stood at the bottom of my front steps that afternoon and said to me

I've found a new way to lose weight!!
You just wish it away. I wished it away and now my jeans fit again.

Now she knows I've been trying to lose this last 5 kilos that just doesn't want to leave me for ages and I briefly considered going down the steps and giving her a slap.

But I didn't, because she's my bestie.

What I did instead was go and lace up my running shoes and hit that treadmill. And every time I felt like walking for a bit longer I just imagined those words

I just wished it away, wished it away, wished it away, wished it away

And I did it. I did it in 38 minutes.

So I was pretty damned pleased with myself

Go me.

And thanks for the inspiration Jem. I'm going to get a texta and write that on the wall right in front of me.

We're meeting at the pub soon and I figure a 5km run is worth at least a bottle of wine. Bring on the pinot gringo.

lol, I hope I haven't really got an enlarged heart or it'll explode soon

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I’m puff puff puff puff puffing September 22, 2008

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I ran 5 kms this morning. And I'm pretty damn pleased about it. That was thirty minutes non stop running. Well jogging, not really what they call running. I didn't think I was going to make it. I got to 20 minutes and thought, I'll just go to 25 minutes and see how I feel, but when I got there I said, well I'll just go to 26 and after that its only 4 more minutes and if you don't do that you're a loser.

I started a programme eight weeks ago. You began by running for two minutes then walking 90 seconds and repeated that 8 times and did that three times the first week. As each week went on you ran more, walked less. Until today there was no walking.

I don't know why they say exercise is good for you. I felt exhausted afterwards and I'll probably need a lie down after lunch.

When I came inside Kimba said – Mum, I think you're going to have a heart attack. And I said – No, it'll be a stroke I think when it hapens. My face was a lovely shade of red. But that was because I'm still running in my winter gear with long socks. So I went and bought some running shorts but when I got them home I realised they had built in undies in them. Which seemed wrong. That means you can only wear them once before you have to wash them. Which doesn't work for me. Unless you wear undies under the built in undies. And that doesn't seem right. So they can go back and I'll get some 'normal' shorts.

So now I'll do that thirty minutes three times this week. Then I'll start speeding it up a bit. I'm going at 8.5kms/per hour at the moment and I want to be going 10kms per hour. Then I'll work up to 10kms distance.

It's very satisfying to set yourself a goal then do it. I'm livin' the nike dream.

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eye spy August 7, 2008

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I knew there was something wrong with my reading glasses. I had new lens put in them about six months ago and as soon as I got home and used them I thought, these don't feel right. So I took them back to the, very well known glasses shop, where I got them and said – these aren't right. He took them and had a look and said yes they are.

So I decided to go to a new optometerist in town for another opinion and I was right. She checked them out, checked my eyes out and said what the other guy had done was give me the same strength prescription lens in both eyes. But I have one eye worse than the other so I should have different strength lens each side.

I said well I guess that explains why when I read I find it easier if I cover one eye. Looking forward to getting them and seeing the difference.

In other news to hand I am on a running mission. I want to run 10kms. Or to be able to run 10kms. So I found a five or six week plan where you do a combined running/walking programme and gradually cut down the walking. Actually I'd be happy with 5kms. So you do it three days a week and yesterday I was trying to find all kinds of excuses as to why I couldn't do it. But then I thought of Poptart and Worker, with their injured feet, unable to run, and moaning about the fact that they can't run. So, sigh, I did it, just to keep the fire burning on their behalf. So girls it was only 4kms and some of it was walking – walking fast though. But I did it thinking of you.

My legs hurt like hell today. I can't even sit on the toilet without doing a funny hover and drop technique. I think thats more to do with the billy blanks bootcamp dvd I did the day before. Daz said he'd massage them for me but I couldn't even stand for him to touch them. They feel like someones taken to them with a baseball bat.

Back to it tomorrow.

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