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Run Down

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 05:26:20 +0000

I think I know why I am feeling run down and with a sore throat at the moment.

Not only am I home schooling 4 kids (teens to tweens) but I have an extra 90minutes a day doing specialist work with one, helping another with her traineeship studies, and then having to reply to people when they talk to me… This is without adding work into the mix.

This traineeship stuff isn’t easy to work out how to do and i think her boss has a bit more work to do then was originally planned for.

Next year the teens will have extra studies from their local (ish) Tafe. And if things go the way they are, my work will pick up and the only spare time I will have will be when I am hiding at my desk on a short lunch break.

Need to add to this my running. Gotta keep that up.

The new year looks to be a busy one, no slowing down but picking up pace.


Glasshouse 100 Recap

Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:05:19 +0000

(image) This weekend just gone was the Glasshouse 100 trail run. Once again I didn’t compete but I helped out in varying positions. I helped set-up, pull-down, top up drinks, chauffeur, take down times, converse with the media and perform minor first aid. I went in as a sports trainer/first aid person so I was forever watching the people, scanning the crowds and talking to people. I loved it all!

I didn’t run the course but I heard stories and 99.999% of people were happy with the event, the only concerns being some of the motor cycle riders purposely directing some runners off course.

On the first aid side of things, I was surprised with how well people fared after the longer events, with most just being worn out physically and emotionally, and a few even looking like they could go another round if asked. There was a few who tripped and skinned their elbows, but once the blood and dirt was cleared away they were small and superficial and required no dressings. There were others who came in looking pale and a little distressed, one was even crying and in pain due to an ITB issue. Most had support crew around and they were happy to take charge of their athlete.

After most of the day at base and seeing runner after runner come through (those I knew and those I didn’t) it was off home to deal with family then back out for the night shift and a visit to checkpoint 10. This is where I saw more injuries and more exhaustion. For the short amount of time I was there, I saw 2 people pulled off the course, unable to continue (120km in, approx.), many others flying in and back out again and the support of many people in what seemed like the middle of no where.

After another short stint at home (so much more comfy then the car) I bundled up the kids and headed back up to base and put them to work in helping clean up and organise a few things. I checked on a few people, hunted out my missing blanket and removed a bee sting from my daughter’s thumb (she was trying to catch bees!).

It was a great weekend, and an inspiring one, so much happened and you really had to be there to see it unfold.

If you participated, rest up and I look forward to seeing you at another Glasshouse event next year.

Down But Not Out

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 09:11:25 +0000

My computer has been down. It was working as slow as a snail and on the bad days I just wouldn’t bother to use it. It did create a lot of useful offline time though. But it hampered any work that needed doing.

Thanks to my skilled hubby, things are up and running better then before, which is just as well since my laptop loves the colour blue (blue screen of death!) and is currently out of service..

While I was out I sewed, I walked, I talked and I did stuff. Well, I normally do this stuff, but just a little bit more.

Technicolour Autumn Coat

Fri, 03 Feb 2012 04:51:23 +0000

(image) It is bright, it is colourful, it is technicolour and reversible. This is my latest creative piece and I think I need to do more creative and less practical and safe items. I want fun but a pair of khaki green shorts isn’t really fun, and is more practical then creative.

I went into spotlight a while ago and came across this bright stripy material on the specials table.(image) I just couldn’t walk past it as it was light and breezy, perfect for summer clothes. I wanted to make something with a hood to be worn in summer, or a pair of pants, or something that would scream out and gather attention (though most likely to be worn at home), but then I panicked a little and decided it needed toning down, something which was still bright and would bring joy but could also be plain.

I raided my stash and came up with some tan gaberdine material. It was perfect. I had bought it to make shorts for my husband many years ago but never done that. And when I ran out of material I was able to source more from spotlight.

(image) The pattern itself was a dress pattern I had bought many years previously. It was a wrap dress and the first, and only, time I had made it I was unhappy with how it turned out. It looked more like a bathrobe then a dress. So, I partnered it up with a hood, skipped any buttons, clips, etc and made it into a jacket. It is still not flattering but now it looks how I imagined and will fit me for quite a while.

I doubt I will use that pattern again. And, yay to creativity no matter how bright it is.

Hares and Hounds

Sun, 08 Jan 2012 06:29:59 +0000

It was a good day to be out and running through the Australian bush, along dirt trails. The day started with light cloud cover, giving false promises of a cool and even temperatured day. It wasn’t long upon arriving that the clouds decided to dissipate, and with that the humidity rose. It was still pleasant however, it just meant you sweated a little more.

Today I ran with my 4 girls, which was an interesting experience in itself. One was super eager to run and took off as soon as the gun went off. Fortunately the track was really well marked and there was no need for her to heed my instructions should she get lost. She did fine and apparently arrived in before the first 10k runner (we were doing the 5k). The others stayed with me on strict instructions not to get out of my sight. My eldest, who has had a break from running, struggled under the humidity, heat and hills. Possibly also the fact she didn’t eat breakfast beforehand either. She made it around and for that I am proud of her. My youngest two did well and quite often I would send them ahead to the ‘next white ribbon’ at which they would get a little break and sometimes a sip of water. The ribbons were about 50m apart.

All of my girls did well on this run, especially considering the level of training they have had recently, which hasn’t been a lot. I think it has also given them a taste for these types of races. We came dead last in the 5k but we completed it and the girls got extra claps from the spectators for completing it all.

Ask them what the best bit was, and they will surely say it was the bbq brunch and pool afterwards. Ask me, and I will say it was the atmosphere, especially since everyone was a winner and everyone was accounted for.

I must give a shout out to the organisers of this event – TRAQ – Not only are they friendly and helpful, their volunteers are the same, and when my 10yr old won a bottle of wine in the random draw prizes, they were only too happy to exchange it for a block of chocolate. So thanks heaps for a wonderful event (image)


Pictures to come once the photographer gets home from shooting it.


Sun, 01 Jan 2012 06:41:54 +0000

Happy New Year


Goodbye 2011

Sat, 31 Dec 2011 01:20:59 +0000

Goodbye to the old year and hello to the new year of 2012.

This past year has been one of ups and downs. Life has been a struggle but also a blessing.

This past year

- I saw my grandfather pass away

- financial struggles as we continue to learn to live on a salary (it was a blessing also as we could finally budget knowing what our income would be)

- I had to stop running due to an injury of overuse and bad shoe inserts

- conflict in our street, which now seems to be resolved

- weekends away with friends doing something I would never have done before

- a house move at the beginning of the year

- nutrition studies done and finished with the best possible score (99% on one and 100% on another). I now want to continue this line of study, though it will have to wait

- progress in my dyslexic daughters school work

- the offer of a traineeship for my eldest daughter

- and lots more.

I am glad the year happened as I feel that I have learned much from it. I feel that it has given me direction for next year, and the coming years. I feel that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, that I won’t always be stuck doing this, that I can achieve, but that life will still suck some times and pull me down, but I can get back up and keep going. I have friends, I have family, I have God, I have somewhere to live and food on the table.

An Interesting Week

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 10:49:04 +0000

It has been a week of ups and downs, exciting stuff and mundane stuff.

I have had the opportunity to spend some of it with some awesome kids (young and old), some awesome friends (young at heart) and my own awesome family.

Saturday saw my family descend upon another and for those few hours I got to walk in the shoes of a single mother of 8 kids. I now appreciate more how hard it is. I still had a good time though.


Church and a reassuring word for our pastor


We splashed about in a freshwater creek before heading out on a rewarding bread run (we got prawns and chatted with new friends)


A relaxing day at home


A full on day spent with friends, swimming lessons and family


Spent with my gorgeous and intelligent niece, and a walk around the large block (5km), in the rain, with my hubby. We talked!


The laptop had an accident but still works fortunately, then I had fun with a dear friend, no kids and a shopping centre

Tomorrow and Sunday

more friends, and gorgeous kids, and I am looking forward to it

Mums On The Run in Pictures

Fri, 02 Dec 2011 10:36:21 +0000

(image) (image) I asked my 12yr old (nearly 13 as she would remind me) daughter to draw a couple of pictures of mums on the run. This is what she came up with.

I could see these on a shirt somewhere

Poor Me

Thu, 24 Nov 2011 13:07:55 +0000

My knees hurt, I need to loose weight and I am tired.

I hate complaining, but we all do it, and sometimes it even stops us from getting out and running. I know it stops me and that is why I have given myself a challenge, well, more of a lifestyle change. I am giving myself until Christmas to change a few things, get ready for the new year and form some good habits.

There are stretches, and exercises, that I can do to strengthen my knees and legs. This should take away a lot of the knee pain.

There are diet habits which can be changed, and will be easy since we are in the time of the year when salads and fresh fruit are plentiful (and my garden is blooming), so loosing weight and still enjoying food shouldn’t be a problem. This will help all three complaints to disappear.

I have started planning a daily exercise regimen which will include a variety of exercises (strength, aerobic, stretches). I have made it easy to achieve and simple enough that my girls (7yrs through to 15yrs) should be able to replicate in their lives. It is only short so time shouldn’t be a problem, and it can always be expanded as I get fitter, stronger and healthier.

I want to be able to do more and not be held back by injuries, so I need to start now, not later. There will be no New Years resolutions from me. Next year is already starting for me and I am setting small, achievable goals which will hopefully rub off on the rest of the family also.

How do you get past the complaints?