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 …

Momentarily caught napping 

I've been caught napping! I'm momentarily out of action here but if you look closely.... I'm still smiling 😊 What can I say - it was a particularly busy day, it was cold, the fire was on making the house cosy,  the beanbag was a comfy place to be in front of the fire and …

Update!! Selfie alert.

I took this photo of myself this morning just after I got out of bed, as one of my daughters had nominated me in the latest no makeup selfie challenge, which is currently doing the rounds of social media. I don't wear a lot of makeup anyway and I deliberately didn't do my hair this …

Raindrops keep falling on my head!

I seem to have a knack at the moment for making it rain just as I start my morning run. This morning it was very dark at 6am and overcast. Just as I was getting into my tempo run it started to rain and very heavy! The rain drops were hard and fast and I …

Super Saturday sunrise

This morning my 5km walk/run was more of a gentle meander due to my spectacular running partner - the sun rising over the ocean. It was too beautiful to run away from so I had to keep stopping to take photo after photo of the stunning red orb floating up through the sea mist. Sunrise …

Letter to myself – 12 wbt weekly challenge

The challenge for week 1 of this round of 12wbt is to write a letter to ourselves answering the following questions.  It's  a good exercise and I think I'm lucky as I've been blogging about my feelings throughout the first round and into my second round, so I  have an idea of what's been going on in my …

Starting the 10km program – Day 1

Today I started the 12wbt 10km running program. I'm not nearly as stressed as I was at the start of my Learn to Run program 12 or so weeks ago. I'm an old hand at this now!! I am following a similar meal plan to last round and now know all the tricks of customising …

Gunshot….the soundtrack to my morning run

I'm not joking! My neighbour was out shooting this morning while I was out running. I couldn't see him anywhere, I just kept hearing these random shots and hoped that he could see me.  In the end I used it as a training aid, every time I heard the shot I pretended it was the starting …

Body age as compared to real age

Just a quick note to say that I had a body evaluation done today and my 53 year old body is actually only 45 years old.  Gotta be happy with that 🙂 My visceral fat is well in the normal range and by losing a few more kilos I should reduce my % of body …

Walks

I mixed it up a bit on Friday by going for a walk (and a little run) after dinner, in the fading light of the day. It was very peaceful and I must say that I enjoyed the change. I also did a bit of canoeing today which was fun. I hadn't been feeling too motivated …

I missed my hills….did I really say that?

I started the first day of 2014 with a run in the forest for an hour or so this morning, up and down the hills of my familiar forest tracks.  It was a bit cooler than usual and so the flies weren't such a problem and the cicadas were a bit quieter too.  It felt …

5 good reasons to run early in the morning

Welcome to week 6! Monday mornings can be quite hard to get up & go running but I have managed to do it now for 6 weeks.  It's not pretty I can assure you!! This morning I realised that I actually love my 6.30am runs. Here are my top five reasons: 1. There are no …

Birthday girl

Debbie birthday

Today is my 53rd birthday! I can honestly say that I am probably in the best shape that I have been for many years.  I'm also more confident, happier with my body, I am fitter, healthier and feeling much more in control of my life. It has been quite a while since I posted in my blog …

The beginning…

Today was Day 1. Although the weeks of pre-season activities have helped get my head into the right mind set, it was still a big day. I had a huge weekend cycling with friends and on Saturday alone my heart rate monitor told me that I had burnt 1432 calories!!  We did ride for most of …