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On the way

Yesterday was running club day.  I was a bit nervous to be honest because for the seniors it was a long one, 16km.  The furthest I had run was 13km, and that was doing 5:1 intervals (run:walk).  However I knew what I wanted to do.  I wanted to keep at pace.  My pace being 6.30 per km.  We all started off together as it was a sealed handicap.  While everyone raced off at the start I had a plan and that was to keep at pace.  Just because everyone else is going super fast doesn’t mean I should.  Slow and steady wins the race.
I forgot to reset my garmin after the kids had their run.  Both of them wanted to run, every time I asked Miles he was like ‘no i run’.  It was very cute, and I’m very proud of both of them.  And I’m so grateful for my friend Tom for helping me out and looking after them while I was off running.  Also another thank you to the other kids there keeping them entertained.

So I ran with my hydration pack.  I drank over a 1 litre on the course.  Sure it was a dead weight, but if I didn’t have it I would have been severely dehydrated by the end of the course. I could have taken my water bottle and left it at the halfway point but I figured I thought the hydration pack was a better idea.  I also surprised myself that I could actually run and take a sip of water with it.

At about the 2 km mark I nearly face planted myself. Tripped over a rock or a log that was buried into the track. Did the road runner thing with my arms, laughed at myself, you have to at these things. Didn’t injure myself, just dusted myself off and kept going.

By about the 3.5/4km mark I caught up with another runner. Phil. We were running at the same pace, so we kept at it all the way to the end. It was actually nice to chat to someone, also keeps you motivated, and to push yourself more. We did not see anyone else until about the 12-13 mark, and even then they were way off into the distance.  At the 13-14km mark we finally caught up with GaryS.  Gary is in his 70’s, and he was plodding along, but he was doing it, how awesome is that.  It was so good when we finally saw the 1km marker, it was also good to see the last 500m were all down hill.  It felt like the entire course was all uphill.
The other races all cheer you on at the end, it’s really motivational.


image by 37 south design

So it took me 101mins to do the 16km (1hr 41mins), but including the kids run it took me 17.5km in 1hr53mins.
So the fact that I did that shows that I am on track, and that I will be able to knock of two of my goals.  1 finish a half marathon & 2 run a half marathon.  At my calculations it will take me about 2hrs 15-20mins.  (According to the McMillian Running Calculator 2hr15m58s) which if I can do I will be very happy about.

So I’m on my way, I’m on my way to achieving a goal that a year ago I would have never have thought would have been possible. So if you believe in yourself, plan it out, then anything is possible.



Today while up the street and few people I know from mutual friends congratulated me on my running victory on the weekend, as they saw it in the paper (it was featured in the free weekly paper, and then again in the local paper).

You can see the article here 

It feels weird to get the recognition, but at the same time it’s nice to get it. It means all the hard work that I’m putting in, is paying off.

Fit Test Results & Comparison


In September 2011 I started insanity.  I only did 1 month of it though and went back to Turbofire.

This time however I have stuck with it.  Well doing it with running at least.

My fitness has improved tenfold from when I started. But I think I was kidding myself with some of my results.  I say this because today I did my fit test (i haven’t done it since April, so I thought I should do it).  My form was perfect, but I did not get the same results as I did last time.  This is why I say I think I was cheating, cheating with my form. Here are my results either way. I’ll let my results speak for themselves, please not that I haven’t including all my results from all my fit tests.



Date 26.9.2011 14.11.11 27.04.12 20.06.12
Item Amount Amount Amount Amount
Switch Kicks 53 62 65 55
Power Jacks 34 56 53 50
Power Knees 76 97 100 101
Power Jumps 25 48 43 50
Globe Jumps 7 10 10 10
Suicide Jumps 11 15 18 18
Push up Jacks 13 22 22 24
Low Plank Obliques 37 63 64 65

How I measure up

When I 1st started my weight loss journey nearly a year a go I was unhappy and fat.  I was 78kg.

Today I am 65.9kg.  I have not seen a number in the 65’s since I was in high school.  Which is over 15 years ago!

Here are my stats from August 2011

waist – (1″ above belly button) 98cm
waist – (at belly button) 101
hips – 108cm
bust – 101cm
left arm – 35cm
right arm – 35cm
left thigh – 58cm
right thigh – 59cm
And from today
waist -74
waist – (at belly button) 88
hips – 97cm
bust – 92.5cm
left arm – 31cm
right arm – 31cm
left thigh – 51cm
right thigh – 51cm
So it just goes to show that with TIME you can change.  I have changed mentally, emotionally and of course physically.
My goal is to totally rock a bikini come summer time.

An Achievement

How things change in a year. If a year ago you would me I would be a runner, I properly would have laughed in your face. Never would I have expected how my life has changed in just a year. See it comes down to time again.

I use to always look at runners, and thought ‘wow I wish I could run’, but every time I tried I HATED it.  I hated everything about it.  My lungs felt like they were going to burst, my shins killed me and I just did not like it at all.  One thing for sure is running really tests your fitness.  You might think you are fit, but unless you run, you ain’t fit.  Running just helps you in all other aspects of fitness.  It really is fantastic for endurance.

A year ago I decided I wanted to try to run.  So I started off small, 3km.  That was tough.  Invested in the nike+, attached that too my shoe to find out how I was progressing.  It’s not a bad device when it’s calibrated, when it’s not, it’s accuracy is way off. I then slowly built myself up to 5km.  However I didn’t really schedule a lot of running days.  Considering when I started my fitness journey it was winter.  (A bit of rain doesn’t phase me now). As I got fitter, running did get easier.  However my passion for running only changed this year.
When I started to like running it was the end of seasons for the SAAC (this was back in Oct 2011).    So I asked for my name to be put on the list for next year (2012). The season didn’t start up again until April this year (2012). However thanks to entering run for the kids, and actually finishing it I got the running bug.  My first race with the club was 5km handicap.  I ran it in 28.55mins with a handicap of 6mins, my time ended up being 34.55mins.
One thing I like about the handicap is that they try to time it so everyone finished at the same time. And there is nothing like someone on your heals to make you go faster.

I haven’t been able to come to every race. Family commitments and other events have caused me only to get to about 5-6 races. However I love how it’s a really family friendly environment.  Kayla has done 2 races now with the club and Miles 1.  They do the sub juniors, so they aren’t running huge distances, ranges from 1km to 2km.  Kayla runs faster than some adults, she does so well, so super proud of her achievements.

Well yesterday (16th June), was the Gary Rice Handicap. I was given a handicap of approx 7mins. I’m not too sure how they work out the handicaps.  But that’s the time I was given so I just went with it. There were 2 other runners ahead of me, acutally 3, but 1 was a junior and she wasn’t running the 6.5km she was doing less.  I did run with her for a little bit, she did really well too.
I didn’t catch up to Mrs L until my 2nd lap.  I could see her at the end of my 1st lap, but took a while for me to catch up to her.  Once I passed her, I could see Mr G.  Took ne about 500m to overtake him. Once I got to the last leg of the run (it was 6.5km) I went for it, I could actually see the other runners behind be by then, even though they were are least 200m away.  Just the thought of someone overtaking you at the last bit really motivates you to go faster.  The last part was up a hill.  Now this hill wasn’t steep but it was gradual, and I was working hard.  But I did it!  I came in at 35.26mins SAAC Gary Rice 6.5km Handicap by matilda_i at Garmin Connect – Details. It was my fast time for this distance.  My average pace is about 5.40, and I was running a lot faster than that.  I actually didn’t realise that I had come in first until Mrs S came in.  She was the 3rd runner in, and it wasn’t until she said “omg I forgot about you’, that made me realise that I actually did come 1st.

Coming in first is a good feeling.  Makes me realise that all the hard work that I’m putting in is actually paying off.  I don’t expect to win again any time soon, but it’s nice to be acknowledge for my achievements.  And the bottle of wine and gift voucher, well they are a bonus!

I will post the link to the article when it’s up on the website.  I also plan on keeping the paper, and framing my achievement.

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People are always complaining about time.

Mostly it’s “I never have enough time”. Which in my opinion (imo) is crap. We all have 24 hours in a day or 1440 minutes.

Notice how busy people always tend to get things done. I mean the saying goes “want something done, give it to a busy person”. And it’s true (unfortunately). People waste too much time on things that are unimportant. Why? Well it’s different for everyone. For some people they just don’t know what is important to them, or they do, but don’t know how to tackle it. If it is important to you, then you find a way.

Time is a lot of things to different people.  Some wish they had more of it, some wish they have less of it.

Time has a way of creeping up on us.  It also has a way of being incredible slow, especially when you want it to hurry up.

Time heals. We have all heard that one before, but it really does.  It can heal us physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Time Changes us in so many different ways, and not just in the age sense it helps up to grow up.  Some people never grow up, they never learn, and they will never change.

I know personally for me the sense of time has changed. I appreciate time a lot more.  We should be lucky that we have time on our side, as growing old is a privilege denied to many. So let time be on your side, no against you, work with it, and it will work with you.

The Definition of Time if you care to read it that is:

time (tm)



a. A nonspatial continuum in which events occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.
b. An interval separating two points on this continuum; a duration: a long time since the last war; passed the time reading.
c. A number, as of years, days, or minutes, representing such an interval: ran the course in a time just under four minutes.
d. A similar number representing a specific point on this continuum, reckoned in hours and minutes: checked her watch and recorded the time, 6:17 a.m.
e. A system by which such intervals are measured or such numbers are reckoned: solar time.

a. An interval, especially a span of years, marked by similar events, conditions, or phenomena; an era. Often used in the plural: hard times; a time of troubles.
b. times The present with respect to prevailing conditions and trends: You must change with the times.
3. A suitable or opportune moment or season: a time for taking stock of one’s life.

a. Periods or a period designated for a given activity: harvest time; time for bed.
b. Periods or a period necessary or available for a given activity: I have no time for golf.
c. A period at one’s disposal: Do you have time for a chat?
5. An appointed or fated moment, especially of death or giving birth: He died before his time. Her time is near.

a. One of several instances: knocked three times; addressed Congress for the last time before retirement.
b. times Used to indicate the number of instances by which something is multiplied or divided: This tree is three times taller than that one. My library is many times smaller than hers.

a. One’s lifetime.
b. One’s period of greatest activity or engagement.
c. A person’s experience during a specific period or on a certain occasion: had a good time at the party.

a. A period of military service.
b. A period of apprenticeship.
c. Informal A prison sentence.

a. The customary period of work: hired for full time.
b. The period spent working.
c. The hourly pay rate: earned double time on Sundays.
10. The period during which a radio or television program or commercial is broadcast: “There’s television time to buy” (Brad Goldstein).
11. The rate of speed of a measured activity: marching in double time.
12. Music

a. The meter of a musical pattern: three-quarter time.
b. The rate of speed at which a piece of music is played; the tempo.
13. Chiefly British The hour at which a pub closes.
14. Sports A time-out.

1. Of, relating to, or measuring time.
2. Constructed so as to operate at a particular moment: a time release.
3. Payable on a future date or dates.
4. Of or relating to installment buying: time payments.
The point to this post? No clue, sometimes I’m just random. But I should mention that I started writing this post 4 days ago, only just got to finish it now