Today is a strange day. There have been some moments of good news within it already, which makes the day kind of bittersweet, as I would love to share these moments with you, as ever, but I can't. Today marks 5 years since you left this world as we knew you. I like to think you're still around and can see what we're doing though, wherever you are. You were really such an amazing, special guy, and I'm not biased surely, being your daughter (but on that note: I'm so bloody proud and so lucky to be your daughter). The best father, friend, and husband there could be, I'm sure of it. Every time I run, I think of you, and after every race I ache to be able to share and recap the experience with you. If it weren't for you I am sure I wouldn't even be a runner, amongst other things. You are a massive inspiration to me Dad, and I hope I make you proud. I know you must be extremely proud of the things Mum, Rob, Dund and Dylan are doing in their lives. So, short and sweet and probably quite corny, but hey: I am thinking of you and I so wish you were here. Until we meet again Dad, sending all my love xxx
Folks, time to tell me what you REALLY think! If I asked you the following one question, what would you tell me:
"What would make working with a nutritionist irresistible?"
I really want to know your thoughts! You can tell me the first thing that springs to your mind, or many things. I.e. shorter consultations / easy to follow plans / no mention of kale / info to be emailed / sessions to be held at the beach - ANYTHING you think would make working with a nutritionist irresistible to YOU.
Please do me a favour: friends, family, readers, current clients, past clients, lovers, haters and random passer-bys: either leave me a short comment on this blog post or send me a super quick email to: email@example.com
I will be giving out a random, awesome prize to one of you beautiful question-answerers!!! More details in next week's post.....
For now, this is exactly what I think of you:
I'm excited. Excited af. There, I said it. Close friends of mine will know of (and maybe find tiring at times?) my general lack of filter or ability to keep much to myself, so why should this be any different? Truthfully, I am excited for a number of reasons (awesome runs of late, being a mature-aged full-time new student again, having a few new ventures in the pipeline, and ultimately being back in an amazing city with some much loved people, to name just a few) but the reason for my stated excitement here: I am relaunching my Eat To Win program! On 1st April! Yep, it's no joke. Come April Fool's day I will be setting out on that 30 day reboot nutrition program: for runners / for non-runners: all are welcome! This time with a difference: if you are local in Newcastle, Australia and you want to take part: you can join the local, face-to-face group too! Plus the standard FB online group. This means MORE motivation, MORE support, and MORE fun (and I daresay more cheesy and awful jokes from me in person, but you've been forewarned). The details of the weekly meet-up I will post in the group nearer the time (but it will more than likely be at a yet-to-be-disclosed Carrington location) but for now, if you're curious, mark down 1st April as the date when you will commit to treating yourself to your best health yet! We will be focusing on getting back to basics, and of eating REAL food for REAL results: no gimmicks, no bullsh*t, and NO fads or starving yourself. For more details, have a look-see here; no time like the present to sign up and take control of your health and body: http://lousweight.com.au/main/page_eat_to_win_challenge.html
But yes, the running has been immense lately! Definitely back on track: last week featured a mixture of intervals, a regular/cruisy run, some hill repeats, a trail run (soooo good!) and a long run around town. Yes, the usual strength-training was had, as well as some NEW cross-training: in the form of riding a pedicab around town on Saturday night!! This was so much fun. Very hard work at times (think of it as a 6-7 hour RPM or spin class!) but so worth it for the enjoyment factor and of meeting so many fun and friendly Novocastrians out and about too. Quite novel for me to be out that late (i.e. after 9pm, lol) these days too, but goes to show: we CAN do anything we set our minds to. Watch this space, and watch the streets for the pedicabs too, if you're local! Come for a ride with me and help me 'train'.
So, onwards with UTA training for May. Having run only a couple of trail runs lately, I am aware that I definitely need to up my game in this area. But as always: progress, not perfection, and one step at a time.
In other news: the amazing Lyn (my mum!) will be touching down to these shores in just a couple of weeks time! Can't. Wait. I wish they would hurry up and invent muuuuch quicker plane travel already. England seems so far away at times. Roll on April 1st for a few excellent reasons then!!
This past week saw way less running (and training in general) than usual. I (shockingly) had a full three rest days where I didn't move much at all (due to a mixture of too much study and work to get done plus various ongoing health concerns, boo...). So, I would have thought when I finally got out there for my longer Sunday run of the week that my legs would be feeling fresh. But: not the case. Did it matter? Nope. Despite my easily-fatigued legs, it was just oh-so-f*#ken fantastic to be out running off-tarmac again: despite the tough gradient. The weather was perfect: slightly cooler than recently, and the rain, although drizzled at first, cleared for a spectacular morning. No better way to start the day than an awesome trail run with an awesome group! (NB: steeper gradient - not shown here!)
Earlier in the week I had one other mid-week (slow, cruisey, solo run), a strength / weight training session, and I finally made it back to Wootervals: where a drenching good time was had by all, doing hill repeats from Bar Beach carpark, in near torrential conditions. This was some soaking wet fun! I actually love a hill session, although would rarely do one solo. Gotta love a running group or few...:
So, quite a low-kilometre week for me this week. Will need to up my training (and specifically head to the trails a lot more) over the next couple of months. UTA in May is really not that far away!! Excited and nervous simultaneously. All of the feels.... But: small steps, like anything, and progress not perfection. When I'm achey af like I am today after the run yesterday, I need to remind myself to take it easier (remembering that old adage that rest days are just as important as running/training days). Hmm, easier said than done when there is another fun Wootervals session on again today, with the addition of the Magic Mile race beforehand....
Enjoy your week everyone, and a huge shout out to one particular amazing runner who has just moved from Sydney to Gold Coast and is all set to run her debut half marathon: the Brisbane Twilight Half in just over a week's time. I'm so excited for you!!!! You're going to do brilliantly!! Sorry I can't be there but I will be thinking of you and cheering you on from here in Newcastle!!! Go smash it and have fun, Beautiful!! :) ;) xx