Running with the Black Cockatoos

Running track

You've heard of running with the bulls, well today I went running with the black cockatoos! In Australia black cockatoos indicate rain is on the way but there was hardly a cloud in the sky and it was a very warm 27 degrees celsius at 6pm. It felt so good to be back out there …

I DID it – my way!

Meeting up with Annie and Janette at Run Melbourne 2017

Run Melbourne 2017 Last week I wrote a post about my upcoming Run Melbourne 2017 event - I CAN do this - and I am pleased to say not only did I do it, I did really well! This is a quote from my post last week: I'm not fast, I'm not stylish, I tend to run …

I CAN do this!

Run for your life, forest running

  Running has been a part of my life for quite a while now.  I've written quite a few posts about it over the years and here comes another one!! I'm not fast, I'm not stylish, I tend to run a bit heavy, I'm sometimes happy when it's over and I'm no longer what you'd …

Remind me again why am I doing this?

Remind me again why I'm doing this?  Running I mean! I haven't written a post about just running since July last year but I have been running, on and off,  in the meantime.  The months after July were wet, miserable and cold.   I was also suffering from looking down the barrel of redundancy but …

Fallen

My walk today was more like an Olympic obstacle event.  I was entered into the steeplechase, hurdles, running and the walking events.  Not quite a pentathlon. We have had so much rain lately that everywhere I walked there were trees down across the tracks and muddy puddles to negotiate. I had to problem solve every few …

Run Melbourne 2016

Well I did it!  Despite my dire prediction in my Run Melbourne post a few weeks ago,  I actually ran in this 5km event!  I don't know how I did it but I ran, I walked, I felt good, I ran some more and I really enjoyed myself. I had hardly walked , let alone run, for …

Run Melbourne

The Run Melbourne event and I don’t have a good history.  I first entered the event in 2014 and was excited as I’d been in training for many months.  I raised funds beforehand for Parkinson's Disease as my father suffers from this insidious disease and was proud to help out in this way. Tragically my …

A long run

Green views in our backyard

Today I ran for 11.3kms!  How amazing is that?  If you've followed my running progress to date you'd know what a big deal this is for me! I've been following a training plan to improve my 5km running time and I'm determined to try to get below 30 minutes at some stage this year.  I've …

Lights, camera….but no action

No entry! Danger!! Authorised personnel only. So say the signs as I approach my usual tracks in the forest for my afternoon walk.  Change of plans with my safety as the main issue! I'm amazed at how much extra light there is already with just a day or two of harvesting action. The tree munchers must …

Battery levels low

Kangaroo

Battery levels low - mine and my accessories In an effort to maintain my svelte and youthful figure (who am I trying to kid?) I now get up at the crack of dawn most days to head out for a walk, a run or to ride my bike to the local gym for a training …

What’s that in your back pocket?

Happy New Year to you all!!  I hope it's a good one for you. I'm now back from my little break from blogging and have many stories to tell and adventures to share. I also have lots of reading to catch up on so bear with me! But first things first...I went for my first …

Starting again

Yay!!! I have been given the all clear by the physio and can now start running again. You may recall that I was doing well with my running until a calf injury stopped me literally in my tracks a few months ago.  I have done everything I can to rest and recuperate and I think …

Fridge anyone? 

A few years ago I was at a community meeting which was discussing the pros and cons of a rail trail in our area. We live in a beautiful part of the world and a rail trail would be an excellent way of bringing visitors to our little town, improving our economy,  helping to increase people's fitness …

This girl still can’t run!

A few short months ago I was running well - I was enjoying the fitness benefits, my body responded to the challenges I set it and the feeling of having the wind through my hair as I ran was intoxicating and liberating. I was running 5km a few times a week while trying to improve …

Every day is an adventure – 90/365

Every day is as an adventure in my world! How to get the day started on a cold frosty morning - go to the gym! It was 6.30am on Friday morning, the sun was just up, the temperature was only 1 degree with a light frost settling on the grass and the gym was obviously the place …

Running and blogging over the age of 50 – a rare combination?

Waving while running

I recently found this very interesting site, Run Young 50, which talks about women from all over the world, who are over 50 and who also blog about running. My blogging (and running) friend Annie at Unsporty Women Can Run was featured on this list and I am thrilled to say that I'm now featured on it as …

Feeling inspired and supported as a runner

Slow down, you move too fast!

I think that I have been in a running 'rut' for a little while now.  It's been cold, dark, miserable, I've been sick, I've been away on holidays - there's lots of reasons (excuses) why I haven't been getting out there and just doing it. I have been feeling a bit lonely too if I'm …

It’s all about the…numbers

I feel like numbers are taking over my world! 1. I've started going to the gym and have so many numbers to think about - I have to count the reps, remembering to breathe in and out at the right time, ensure the right weight is on the machine, firstly find the machine by its …

Run, Debbie, run….

Waving while running

Today is Mother's Day here in Australia and that means the annual Mother's Day Classic. This is an event for walkers, runners, families, friends and people of all ages to come together in support of Breast Cancer research. Events are held all over Australia and usually include the colour pink in some form. My daughter …

First (over a certain age) to cross the finishing line!

I can run and smile at the same time!

"Keep going.... you're the first older person to finish!" Sweet words to hear as I huffed and puffed my way towards the end of the 5km. Obviously meant to encourage me, these sweet words spurred me on to the finishing line with a bit more gusto! I don't consider myself old but when I looked around …