One year ago on the weekend while running Manly Dam, I was competing in Perth at the Australian University Games for UNSW. Naturally, much FOMO was had this weekend as the team embarked on their trip without me for the first time in four years. @unswtkd, there'll always be a place for you in my heart 💛 Just don't ask me to kick like this now! 🇰🇷 #byebyeflexibility#unswtkd
#transformationtuesday my progression as a half marathoner! 🏃🏽♀️
I can't believe I can even say that! This year I had no intentions of running a half marathon, let alone TWO in 3 months! And to go sub 2 on both- I couldn't feel prouder! But the icing on the cake is seeing the progress I'm making 💪🏼
On the left: @swanseahalfmarathon in June. A very flat course. I went out a bit too quick, mainly due to nerves, didn't fuel at all and drank nowhere near enough. I crumbled at mile 10 and those last 3 and a bit miles were some of the hardest I've ever run. The sense of accomplishment was immense but I knew I could smash that time 🏁
On the right @ealinghalfmarathon last weekend. Perfectly paced, my nutrition was spot on (@clifbar bloks are a winner for me) and my confidence was there I knew I could do it. The last 2km was a real slog, I found it hard to push on and I did lose some ground but oh my I held a steady 5.24mins per km split pretty much throughout. And that's despite the heat and the HILLS! Granted they weren't mountains but they proved a challenge and I faced them head on! 🏔
I wanted to see progress, but knew that the difference in elevation over the two courses meant this progress might not be measurable in minutes and seconds. But my word to take over a whole minute off my PB is a dream come true! ❤️
Both times I've had my half marathon motivator @bristolrunner with me, pushing me onto the end and believing in me when I didn't! And sharing the moment with my @asicsfrontrunner team mates is always special! Next time I'm going solo, having to trust all the expert pacing guidance from Aaron and trusting myself! 🏃🏽♀️
What's not changed? My absolute delight when I see the finish line! 🏅😂
G O O D B Y E • K E F A L O N I A
My holiday in Greece is over and I'm going home with 52 miles in the bank. I wasn't sure if or how much I would run whilst we were away so I'm more than happy with that mileage
It was great to explore the area we stayed in (mainly looking for new places to eat) and I was surprised that I wasn't the only runner at times
My favourite run required me to get up before dawn to do a long run to the next town. Running towards the sunrise was an incredible sight and something I'll remember for a long time
Phew. An 11 hour Monday at the office calls for another sunrise photo from my run last week. Yep, this is the same sunrise as the photo before this. The colors changed drastically in a very short amount of time.
3 afternoon miles with these maniacs! This past weekend was wet and cold, so we didn't give the dogs much exercise. Luckily I have lots of short runs this week! 🙌🙌 When I have had a good training cycle, I thoroughly enjoy my taper. My body is craving the rest and I'm good at keeping myself busy to get rid of the crazy. The part I do struggle with, though, is adjusting my nutrition and appetite to the decreased miles. These last 2 weeks I am cooking at home and filling my plate with fruits and veggies!
3 miles, 22:18, 7:24/mile
It was cold. It was windy. And there was a massive hill right smack dab in the middle of it. But the Great Bison Shuffle was a fun race! Didn't nab a pr, but was definitely cool to fraternize with alpacas post finish!
Now that I've realized how easy it is to lose weight when you have the right mindset, I could easily best myself up mentally for being overweight for over twenty years. Especially now I realize I really didn't have to be.
Instead I'm looking at this as a wonderful opportunity. I've always believed things happen for a reason. Especially over the past couple of years. The old saying "when life throws you lemons make lemonade" is so true.
Without going through everyrhing, steadily gaining weight, becoming diabetic and then ultimately my health journey, losing all that weight, getting off diabetes medication, becoming a runner. Without all that I wouldn't have such a powerful story to share. And I wouldn't have such a strong desire to inspire and help others who are going through What I went through. I have a purpose now, a mission to reach out and help people. Since I've been sharing my story all over social media I've lost count how many times I've been told I'm an inspiration. I'd never been called that in my life before I started my journey. And it IS a journey.
It's all down to mindset. Get that right and you can achieve anything your heart desires.
We were thinking about words and the power of words. How they impact on you, your motivation, your friends? Once is straight forward, words are powerful weapon to motivate runners to achieve much more than they think that they can!!
Today running quote: "Your words have power. Speak words that are kind, loving, positive, uplifting, encouraging, and life-giving."
Hi friends! I have decided to run the @runrocknroll Arizona Half Marathon this coming January in support of @stjude cancer research. Please donate any amount you can! I am going to begin gathering items to raffle off to all who donate at least $5. Link is in my bio.