I always wanted to be one of those women who just put on their sneakers, tied their hair into a ponytail and ran. But I had NEVER run.

That all changed. I'm a runner now.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

She's the bossy one.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!

A woman at the 10k today told us that she was using us to get her to the finish line. 
She said if she could just keep up with us she knew she could get in done under an hour. 
She said she could hear us talking and told us that it was easy to see who the bossy one was. 


Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!

Bossy? Nah. Nicky just has this unfailing faith in my ability to cross the finish line in a good time. 

So when I start to struggle and slow... She's there pushing me along. 

"She's the bossy one" ... Gonna laugh about that for a while!!!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Run Rhino Run

My friend made a joke about me running the other day. 

Thundering along like a rhino. 

It's funny cos it's true. 

I'm not a lithe and light and toned and taught runner. 

I'm a rhino. 

So. If your excuse is that you're a rhino... Well that just isn't fair. 

The rest of us rhinos are running. 

So run rhino run. 

Monday, 4 August 2014

I'm average.

Why do I run?

Because most of life I've felt average, and that's because I was average.
Actually, I am average.

Not the worst.
Not the best.

But always, in my averageness, I've dreamed big dreams and I've wished for marvellous things.

When I cross the finish line, I'm not average.  I'm soaring above averageness.

So I run to ditch the heavy weight of average.  The weight that I drag around with me every day.

Because average people don't train and run half marathons.

And I've done 6 of them.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Give yourself some credit. 

Remember when you ran for 1 whole kilometre?!!! Without stopping?!!!

Remember your first 5k? I do. I had to have a 2 hour sleep and take two aspirins!

Remember the first time you went for your first 60 minute run?!!!
You ran for A WHOLE HOUR!!!!

We forget. Those distances and times were a big deal. 

They still are. 

Just running is a big deal. 

Give yourself some credit.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The drive home from Nicky's is bliss. 
It's 20 minutes of bliss. 
My legs are tired and seize up a bit from the run. 
I start to get cold and a bit shivery. 
It's quiet. No one is asking anything of me. 
A goofy smile widens as that chuffed with the run feeling sets in. 
It is bliss. 
And that's why I run. 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

We need all the help we can get. 

My friend Steve gave me the best advice last week. 
It was run day and I was kicking up a stink about having to run. 
He said... "Don't think, I have to run today. Think about the route you're going run. Concentrate on that". 
It worked. 
I found myself running the route in my mind and itching to get my shoes on. 

The "to run or not" battle is constant. This little bit of advice could be that one weapon you need. 

Onward. Put your shoes on and run. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

I'll tell you something for nothing. 

Got home from an icy cold hill run. Man it was cold. Most people chose not to run tonight. And fair enough. But. Not us. We ran. And added on an extra loop. It was bitterly cold. 


Got home. Devoured dinner then sunk into a steaming hot bath. 

It's not even 7 o'clock and I'm in my pjs about to make a cup of tea and read my book. 

It's hard to beat this feeling. 

Yes ... I know. You don't have to run to enjoy all that. 

Well... This is what I'm going to tell you for nothing. 

Because we ran ... All that, the dinner and the bath, and the pjs and the book, isn't just enjoyable.  It is through the roof, off the charts, out of this world, utterly and completely sublime. 

Life should feel sublime. Not just mildly enjoyable. 

Run. Eat. Bathe.