I just had to use this title again because I still can’t believe it…
As of yesterday, I now have a ONE YEAR OLD!!
Say whaaaaat! I know right, I still
look feel like I’m 19 and now I have a one year old! Where did this last eight years year go!
Not to make this the ‘crazy baby lady blog’ or anything like that, but I really just had to tell you all about the craziness that is my life right now, having a one year old and all (and put in some pictures so you can all see how cool he is). It really has been the greatest year of our lives and we wouldn’t have changed a thing!
Running on the other hand…
Eek! I have been sick for the last two weeks with some awesome things such as tonsillitis and strep throat… Gross! So have been totally whacked! I thought I was just a bit worn out and had overdone things somewhere along the lines only to be told I actually was a bit sick. My doctor knows me so well too when she says: ‘You need to take it easy, and by that I mean NO running’. Dang!
So the last week and a half have consisted of some lovely walks coupled with some lovely book reading and on demand TV watching. I have never been a day sleeper or lier downer but have surprisingly loved having a few of those the last couple of weeks.
This has also made me think twice about the half marathon I was going to be running in 2.5 weeks. I am very out of running fitness for it already, then with 1.5 weeks out of action I am thinking I will leave it and set my sights on another one in May so I can really do well at it.
This weekend I have a 9km race which I think I will still run as am already starting to feel heaps better thanks to good ol’ anti-biotics, however I don’t think I’ll be breaking any speed limits or anything. I will run and enjoy and probably get over taken by someone’s granny along the way.
I’m normally not one to take doctor’s orders either but am happy just relaxing and not running at the moment… Weird! Maybe I should go and see the doctor about that??
Anyone racing this weekend? What distance?
What’s the longest sickness or injury has every put you out of running/exercise for before?
Isn’t my child just the cutest one year old you’ve ever seen!?!
Runners Tell All is a monthly link up that my wonderful friend Amanda, over at The Lady Okie Blog, is hosting with a friend. It will run for the whole year and it is a monthly thing, on the 21st of each month. It’s going to be awesome and there are also going to be heaps of prizes up for grabs over the year, as well as the chance to get to read and know a whole lot of other running bloggers… I love it already!
So if you are keen to get involved, or just read other peoples’ running stories, then head over here and get amongst it!
This is the first month of it and here is the topic:
How and Why You Started Running in 250 words or less.
I love telling my running story, mainly because the short of it is that 5 years ago I could barely run 1km without having to stop and catch my breath, and now I am a marathon runner! And here’s the slightly longer of it…
I began running when we lived in Italy in 2008. My husband was a pro rugby player there and I was doing extramural study. That meant that I was often cooped up in our tiny apartment all day with my nose in the books, whilst Tim was out training for, and playing, rugby with a team.
I decided that I needed something to keep me sane (apart from just going to the gym every/every other day). I had a friend there that was a marathon runner and she mentioned that there was going to be a marathon (along with some shorter distances) in our town soon. After getting up my running on the treadmill to about 20 mins (and being darn proud of that), I decided I might just be able to tackle the 7km distance, and with a bit of arm twisting from my friend.
Come race day I was super nervous but also super excited. Little did I know that was the start of my life as a runner. I was super slow on the day but ran the whole way and that little 7km run led into soooo much more. Four months after that I ran my first half marathon and I haven’t looked back on running since.
Before my time in Italy I could barely run the 800m (half a mile) around my block at home without my husband having to piggy back me the rest of the way. Now I have 3 marathons, 8 half marathons, and many other shorter races under my belt with plenty more lined up for the future. Now I spend my time running and posting cheesy photos and quotes like these:
How did you get into running, what’s your ‘story’?
I think it is well and truly safe to say that I have over done my dash in these bad boys…
They have accompanied me on many a good time and a tough time. They have been there through thick and through thin, witnessed my ups and downs, my achievements and proud moments, and the not-so-proud moments too. The time we have spent together is priceless, however it’s time for me to move on. I am fickle, yes! I change shoes like the change in
seasons (OK, maybe not that often but it sounded very poetic in my head).
This is not just about me getting a new pair of shoes – I don’t get all poetic just whenever I need to buy new shoes, no! It is actually about me trying a new brand of shoe altogether. I have been wearing Asics for well over 5 years and when I decided I needed to get new shoes (late last year – yes it has taken me ages!), I realised Asics no longer made the shoe of theirs that I had been wearing. I had been thinking about playing the field for a while and this just confirmed for me that our relationship had gone stale. It was time to move on.
Some time or another ago (I know that doesn’t make much sense) I must have signed up to a Mizuno running email thingee and yesterday I got an email with a link to this in it: Mizuno Precision Fit Online.
It was brilliant. It’s pretty similar to what they do when you actually go into a shoe store and get your running style/foot type analysed. Except, you do it all from the comfort of your couch!
So after taking the precision fit test, I realised that I think I might actually like to give Mizuno shoes a go and try out one of the styles that the results from the test recommended for me. Now how do I pick which one I will go with out of the 3 different styles recommended? It’s a very scientific process this one, I go with the colour I like the best! Don’t say you didn’t realise I was that smart!?!
The best thing in selecting new running shoes is to go and get fitted by someone professionally. I actually found Precision fit online to be pretty accurate but if you are new to running shoes and you don’t trust the online tool, then definitely go to a sports shoe store and get checked out. Sometimes they like you to run barefoot across the room so
you look like a dork they can analyse your style, or they might get you to run on a treadmill. Picking shoes just because they look pretty is a great idea if you love injuries not really the best way to go about it, but once you know which shoes you need, then hopefully they come in a nice selection of colours for you. And if not, suck it up and wear the darn shoes! It beats any sort of injury you could get from wearing the wrong shoes.
That’s how I ended up with the lovely shoes pictured above… The only colour I could get – not my first choice that’s for sure! If I was going to pick shoes based on looks then it would probably be Nike, there are some super funky Nikes out there but Nike running shoes and I are just not meant to be!
What running shoes do you wear?
How do you pick your brand/shoe?
Ever been professionally fitted/tested?
Think running is ridiculous and running for 42.2kms (26.2 miles) is a cruel idea of punishment, or a joke? Think again my friend! Here’s a list of 10 reasons why people (and by people I mostly mean me) run marathons… Agree with any?
I run for feather boas?!?
1. To actually get your butt moving…
Ever been guilty of saying this:
‘I really need to start doing more exercise’.
Or making this New Year’s resolution:
‘This year I am going to exercise every day’, or ‘I will do more exercise this year’… And what happens? Nothing! You are too vague so it never happens. Running a marathon MAKES it happen! Set goals people and not lame NY resolutions!
2. To eat all you want and more without severe reasoning…
When you are at a dinner party and the ladies (and some guys) are all like ‘well I did go for a half hour walk this morning so I guess I have earned a piece of this cheesecake that is the size of my head’. Yip, you know fair and square you’ve earned yours!
3. For bragging rights…
That’s right, I RAN a marathon this weekend! How was your Grey’s Anatomy Marathon that you did on your couch??
4. To challenge yourself beyond what you thought you could ever achieve…
You may possibly not actually be able to believe you are capable of running a marathon until you do it… Or even after you do it!
5. The thrill of the chase
Running makes you become competitive, if not with other runners then definitely, in fact mostly, with yourself. You smirk and smile and count (in your head) when you pass people. You are forever after that PB (PR).
6. Because who isn’t impressed by someone who has (or does) run marathons – put THAT on your CV!
7. The bling – who doesn’t love a good race medal?
Something to show for all the hard earned $$ you forked out to run the thing in the first place! Saddest day of my life = running my second marathon and only finding out after crossing the finish line that they only do medals every 5th marathon… This was not one of those. I felt cheated!
This guy certainly loves a good medal!
8. If P-Diddy, Oprah and Will Ferrell can do it, then so can you…
Or more importantly, if I can run one then you definitely can!
9. Because who needs toenails anyway?
10. The classic ‘What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’.
So true! I am very happy to announce that a marathon has not killed me… Yet!
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and run a marathon!
As you all may know (but probably not care), it has been a while since I have posted, thus I have lost my blogging mojo a wee bit. Please bear with my while I try to get it back.
This year I am starting back at work again, working 2 days a week. Fletcher will be going into daycare (starting this week… Eek!) and before he starts we needed to have 3 visits. Today was the third one and I was to leave him there for an hour, without being there with me. This was the perfect opportunity for me to get in a run and not think of the fact that in T-3 days he will be starting at daycare like a big kid without me… Waaa! Oh and did I mention he will be 1 in 2 weeks… Say Whaaaaaat!
So I managed to get in 8 kms and felt great. I have a 9km race in 3 weeks time and would love to be able to do it in 45mins, but we’ll see. So today I started out nice and slow and managed to finish running at a 5min/km pace… If you don’t know, my legs are short… Like really short! Like half the length of Kate Moss’s… Probably. So running fast for me is hard work – Yes I blame it on my legs, it’s the best place to put the blame since they are the things carrying me when I run right?
Red Much? Hot day for an 8ker!
I have a confession to make too: I have been a terrible runner so far this year. 10kms is the furthest I have run and most of my runs have been lame. Maybe with my lost blogging mojo went my running mojo?? Anyway, I am getting back on track now with a 9km race in 3 weeks and a half marathon (hopefully) in 5 weeks… Eek! There is also a 5km summer series that starts this week, for 6 weeks, and I am hoping to get to a few of those and get a new 5k PB.. YEOW!
Coming up on the blog we will have a runners’ link up later this month, as well as the opportunity to win a race entry… Yay! Looking forward to it!
How has your running been so far this year?
Do you have any races coming up? If so, what are they?
What is your favourite distance to run?
Mine is definitely the half marathon distance, particularly when I have trained well.
It is official…
I have finally signed up to get my own website name and now I am here, using it… Woohoo!! About time! I hope you hadn’t given up on following me because now I am back it the game. I have lots of things in store for you here on the blog like a running link up, some more races coming up, and lots of hilarious posts as per usual… Or is it just me that thinks that? Anyway, please be sure to follow me here, at curiousrunner.com instead of my old site. And please also keep in mind that I will be finishing off some things on this new site over time so bear with my while you see new changes taking place.
Hope you have all been great, can’t wait to get blogging on my brand spankin’ new site!
Peace out ya’ll!
Over the last few weeks since my half marathon and marathon, I have really been taking it easy. I have been enjoying going for runs without any expectations on them. However, I have not been running anywhere near as much as I was when training and I definitely haven’t been pushing myself in my running.
This morning I got myself geared up, strapped my wee buddy in the buggy and headed out for a buggy run.
|There is actually a child in there, promise!
|My stunning scenery – the sea is back there somewhere.
It was 8.30am and cray-zizzle hot and I chose to do a 6km buggy run with mega hills. I felt every bit of it and ended up having to walk some of the hills, and even that almost caused me to pop a lung! I was so tired at the turnaround point that I had to make an excuse of stopping to take photos for my blog to give me a rest!
6 weeks ago I was running a marathon, now I’m popping a lung!
I was running a marathon, now I’m popping a lung! Whaaaaat!
If you have no idea what I am on about, watch this video… My fave part of the whole movie, I cried laughing!
Anyway. This got me thinking about losing running fitness. I was so surprised at how hard some of my longer runs have been feeling. I can’t believe that it has happened so fast too. Who would have thought that not running would cause you to lose running fitness?? If only you could stay as fit by sitting on the couch watching youtube videos all day!
So this brings me to some tips on maintaining running fitness:
1. If you can’t run to keep up your fitness due to a running injury, try a high intensity workout like a spin class, excellent for fitness maintenance and it is less impact on your body than running.
2. You don’t have to run for miles and miles like in marathon training but make sure you keep some hills in there and maybe even a few sprints every now and then to help keep speed, leg strength and fitness up.
3. Do some weight work to help you keep leg and core strength.
4. Change it up a bit by adding in some fun social sports to your workouts. I have been playing summer soccer and that is so much fun, and a killer workout with all the short sprints I do up and down the field (which is pretty much all I do out there).
5. If you have lost all motivation after a long time training for a big event then get a running buddy. This will help you get out there and it is a lot more fun running with someone else.
6. Don’t lose your routine. Make sure running, or whatever exercise you choose to do, stays as part of your daily routine.
And don’t be hard on yourself. Remember you have just done a huge event, or recovered from an injury or come back after some time off (whatever it may be), so things aren’t going to be the same as where you left them. You will have to work a bit to get it back but once you are into the swing of things you’ll be running as good as ever in no time.
Now time to follow my own advice!!
Just on another note (and because I know you think my baby is as awesome as I do), my baby has been practicing his ninja skills and seems to be getting them down to a fine art…
This is how I have found him sleeping twice in the last week. I have no idea how he gets himself upside down in his smaller-than-average cot but I sooo wish I could have seen the whole thing!
How long does it take you to lose your running fitness?
Any other tips on how to maintain it or get it back quickly?
Favourite time of year to run?
Here it is folks, I am finally getting into some nitty gritty topics on my blog.
So many people have asked me about how I have managed to be a runner and a new Mum, and in particular, training for a marathon (which I ran when my baby was 8 months old). When I think about it, yes, it is/was crazy. But it is totally doable if you really want to. I have also had many people asking me about breastfeeding and running and how I make it work. My boy is now 9.5 months old and still exclusively breastfed.
|After the marathon – he totally wants that medal!
Breastfeeding has had its up and downs, for sure. And planning runs around naps and feeds and babysitters is not always easy, but as I mentioned above, can be done.
When I first got back into running after having my baby, I was really worried about it affecting my milk supply. I was worried because my husband and I had both made the decision that our son comes first and if the running affects my milk (as I had heard that it could), then I would have to stop, or just scale it back – both thoughts which freaked me out… A lot! To not run would just be so hard but I had to do what was best for my son.
I made the decision that I was going to be able to continue breastfeeding while training for a marathon. I wanted to be a person who was opposite to popular belief and have running increase my milk supply. So I researched diets and got some advice as to what things could help. I took a couple of supplements such as brewer’s yeast and complan shakes, I expressed to keep up my supply, I got plenty of rest (it helped that my baby is an awesome sleeper) and decided that I would not try to cut my calories to loose weight. Plus, as a new Mum and a runner, you need all the energy you can get so cutting calories is just NOT an option there! I had a diet that was very high in protein, which is great for increasing milk supply (and actually just a really good diet that any runner/athlete should have), ate lots of legumes, eggs, beans, fruit and veges, nuts, yoghurt, and more.
My milk supply was awesome (and still is)! I would have a few days every now and then where I felt like it was getting low, but then it would always come right back up again. I actually think days like that are fairly normal for breastfeeding mothers, running or not. And do these thighs look like they have been deprived of anything???
I would plan my runs around Fletcher’s feeds. During the week I would feed him, play with him and then put him to bed and run on the treadmill while he was sleeping (or take him running in the buggy and he’d sleep in there). For my long weekend runs I would get up before him (this always seemed crazy to me, getting up BEFORE my baby), eat and get all ready so that I could just feed him and then head out the door. I would feed him when I got back and the timing would be perfect. Since he was about 4 months old he decided that he just did not really like the bottle (after being fine taking it for his first 4 months), which was another hurdle, but we have worked around that one to suit us all.
Don’t get me wrong, I have had moments where I just wish he was on a bottle, but being able to feed him for this long has been so great for all of us. I am hoping to start weaning him soon and I am soooo looking forward to that!
I think the most important thing about being active and a breastfeeding mother is that you take really good care of yourself, as well as your baby, and that you keep a positive mind about your milk supply and your ability to feed your baby. If you think your milk is running out, it most likely will, but if you think about having a truck load of milk, then you most likely will too!
I am not an expert on this topic at all, and everyone is different. Do seek professional advice if you are about to start running after having a baby, but don’t be deterred by people telling you it ‘can’t be done’, or ‘it’s not good for your milk’. It may not work for you, but be sure to make up your own mind about that one and go with what you feel is best for you and your family. You are doing a great job either way!
And one last pic of my baby that I am sure is going to be some sort of sports superstar by the way he is sucking on that medal…
|The taste of victory maybe?
Mums (moms) out there, did you exercise/run whilst breastfeeding? If so, any other advice you could add? How did you find it?
I am still here, in blog land!! And in real life!
It is that time of year where everyone and everything is getting cray cray busy, it’s getting sunnier and hotter and we all just want to be at the beach! With my last marathon only 1 month ago, and a half almost 3 weeks ago, I have been taking an unplanned break. A break from running and blogging. I am sorry if you feel deprived of my witty and exciting stories that I post on here, but there will
hopefully be plenty more where that came from in the coming months.
I have been enjoying taking walks and the odd run with the buggy, which I had forgotten just how hard that was! Yeesh! Time to stop feeding the baby!! (That was a joke, please don’t report me!). I have done a couple of pump classes which pretty much put me out of action for the better part of the week after but have loved it! We’ve also been dabbling in a bit of social summer soccer (football). Too much fun!
It has been great to let my body have a good, relaxed recovery and now I am looking ahead to some races I want to do in the new year… Exciting!
So what have I been up to, you
don’t ask? Well, here are some pictures to show you…
|Those beautiful eyes!
|An early family Christmas present – Stand up (or sit down with the baby) paddle board
|This guy keeps getting cuter and so much fun!
|A spot of golf with the wee chap
Yip, it’s fun times in our household at the moment. Fletch is more and more becoming so much fun. He loves the water and the outdoors (just like his Mama) and he is very sociable. Apparently it’s not cool to just hang with your Mum all day long?!
We’re looking forward to our first Christmas as a family of 3 and to what the new year has in store for us. I am also beginning to plan some races for next year and I am already excited about those!
What have you been up to lately?
Do you ever take breaks from running/sports/exercising?
What are you looking forward to the most over the holidays?
On Saturday I ran the Kerikeri Half marathon. I wasn’t sure
if I would survive to see the finish how I would go only 2 weeks after doing a full marathon and since my body had been on strike for two weeks, but I actually really enjoyed the race and am happy with how I went.
Because of the last two weeks, I decided that I wouldn’t have a time goal and that all I wanted to do was to finish it and enjoy it and not die. Check! I was also happy to be doing it with these wonderful ladies who were all running their first halves:
|At the start line. Super proud of these babes!
It was a crazy hot day and the first 7kms were pretty much one long gradual up hill… Yay! I didn’t want to crash and burn on the hills so decided to start out nice and slow and then if I felt ok after the hills, pick up the pace a little.
I started out behind the two hour pacer and was following behind her until about 12kms where I caught up to her. At around 14kms I overtook her and felt like I was happy to pick up the pace some more. With about 500m to go I decided I was just going to nail it to the finish line. Ok, so by nail it I mean sprint and by sprint I mean run as fast as I could after 20kms of running already (which was probably pretty slow compared to some!). I also decided I would count (in my head of course, out loud would just be plain rude!) the amount of people I passed… The total was 14 people… BOOM! Haha.
|Sprinting towards the finish, not aware of the camera or I would have donned my best running pose instead of looking a tad special.
I got to use my Garmin which was the best part of the whole race. It helped me with my pacing and then the best part was hooking it up to Garmin Connect after the event to see all of my stats and details of the race. My average pace was 5:36mins/km. My final finishing time was 1:58:29. Rather happy with that indeed.
This is a really great event to do. It’s a reasonably fast course as the last 14kms are pretty much flat or downhill with the odd small up hill in there. It is also a great day out. We stayed afterwards and had a picnic in the domain while waiting for the prizegiving where, true to form I did not win a thing, but it was a really lovely day out with the family and friends.
Loved running the race, and loved being able to celebrate with these superstars at the finish. A great day all round!
|This was us at the finish – bare feet never felt so good!