2019 Goal: Run a half marathon

You know those all-time bucket list items that you constantly think “one day I’ll do it”? Not like my 52 list, which is an everyday kind of list with the odd big ticket item. The list of the big scary things that you hope one day that you will do but you’re not ever sure you’ll actually make the effort to do it. Running a half marathon was in that list for me.

In 2019 I will be running a half marathon.

Hooooooly shit.

The Race

I signed up for the Sunshine Coast half marathon for a couple of reasons. [...]  read more

Back running again

Before I fell pregnant I was running a lot. Like “every morning” a lot. We lived near the beach, so every morning I would walk 2 mins down to the beach then set off for a 30min run. I would use it to de-stress and clear my mind. It was my “go to” for feeling relaxed. I ran in different events throughout the year, never competitively (I wasn’t that great) but for fun.

Once I fell pregnant I couldn’t run any more. First it was the nausea, then it was the discomfort. I ended up giving it up. [...]  read more

Kayla Itsines review: Kelsey Wells SELF program for post-pregnancy women

During the course of my pregnancy I gained 35kg, adding the equivalent of nearly 50% of my body weight at the time. Part of this was due to the fact that I suddenly wasn’t able to eat salad or veggies – as soon as I fell pregnant they made me feel sick. The main reason, however, was due to my emotional eating while I tried to cope with the stress of work and wrapping my head around how much my life was about to change.

I never enjoyed the extra weight, and it took a huge toll on my self confidence. [...]  read more

I’m officially a beginner yogi (completing the beginner’s yoga course)

Yoga studio ios app

This year one of my “52 in 52” goals was to complete the Beginner Essentials course on an iPhone app I downloaded. I’ve spoken in the past about my hip issues, tight from sitting down at work for too long and overdoing it on the exercise front. My theory was that yoga would help me combat that.

It was so effective that my hip pain is completely gone.

The app that I use is “Yoga Studio“, and from it’s own page it comes pretty highly regarded:

⁃ Recommended by: Mac|Life, 148Apps, iMore, Gizmodo, Fox, MSN, The Guardian, Huffington Post, and many more
⁃ Featured by Apple in “New and Noteworthy”, “What’s Hot” and the “Get in Shape” Essential App Collection
⁃ Voted runner-up in “Best App Ever” Awards 2013 & 2012 (Fitness category) [...]  read more

Training journal: Week 5

A little bit delayed again, but here nonetheless. This week was a bit all over the shop. The mileage wasn’t very high, and there were two “rest” days for the week (although one was spent doing Renovations so it wasn’t exactly restful).

It’s nice to see my runs hitting near or over the 4km mark for the 30mins now. It’s exciting to see my fitness training improving. I also did some more strength training, and the first pool swim in a while!

Overall though, my body is feeling good, my knee feels strong, and there’s no pain in my hips. Things are tracking along nicely. [...]  read more