Half Marathon #3 - Great Forest Events at Waitarere

14 April, 2018.  

The day was here. My first half marathon in two years.  The half marathon I wasn't sure I would run again after 'that hip injury' in 2016.  It took a long time to physically recover from that injury but a lot longer after that to mentally recover.  The fear of re-injury, to the same level, or worse, was real.  

It was a chilly morning - there was snow on the nearby ranges after the storm that week - but it was dry and fairly still. Perfect running conditions.

I arrived around 8.15am for a 9am race start, which gave me plenty of time to get myself organised, a porta-loo break (or two) and a bag drop of food and warm clothes for afterwards at the tent.

Kevin found me in the starting area and pulled me closer to the front.  He was only one of a few I'd shared my sub-2 goal with.  He intended to do the same, and had some advice for me.  "You gotta come up closer to the front," he'd said in our chats over Instagram the week beforehand.  "Let…

I'm an athlete and so are you...

What is an athlete?

Several definitions can be found online:

- a person who is trained or skilled in exercies, sports, or games requiring physical strength (Merriam-Webster)

- A person who is proficient in sports and other forms of physical exercise (Oxford)

- An athlete is a person who does a sport, especially athletics, or track and field events (Collins)

- A person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength (

The common words?  Person, trained/proficient/does and exercise/sport.

I want to suggest that anyone who actively trains for their sport, by setting themselves goals and puts the hard work in to achieve those goals, is an athlete.  You may not be a professional or elite athlete; you may never win a race in your life.  But if you run regularly, compete in crossfit, triathlon, anything that requires dedication and training, that makes you an athlete, just like me.

💖 K8

This year's birthday challenge

For my birthday the last few years (except for 2017 when I was injured) I've set myself a running challenge to celebrate another year old.  Basically, any excuse to do a new adventure and challenge myself really!  In previous years it's been running the length of the river track in Palmerston North (it was the first time I had done it, and the first time I'd run 10km after the birth of my third son), and running the Gorge for the first time.

This year I had the Paekakariki Escarpment track in mind.  The last few times we've driven to Wellington along the Kapiti Coast, I've pointed out the trail to my husband.  It's a track cut into the hillside between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay.  I'd seen photos on Facebook and Instagram from others who'd done the track, and was keen to give it a go for myself!

Imagine my luck to be invived along with Gerry and Wouna to do the track on the day before my birthday! I was in!  I invited Kel along too, thankfully she was ke…

The big 'A'


It's talked about a lot on social media these days.  It's fantastic really.  I believe that the stigma that surrounds anxiety disorders, and in fact other mental health issues, is lessening and people are beginning to understand that its okay to ask for help.  We, as a society, are recognising that we don't have to be perfect, we don't have to be ON all the time and have it all together.  

I've felt prompted this afternoon to share about my own experience with Generalised Anxiety Disorder over the past ten years, and the impact it has on my life today.

First of all, a bit of background.  When I was 14, I started experiencing scary heart palpitations.  They would happen with no warning, make me feel like my heart was beating out of my chest (too fast to count).  There was no rhyme or reason to what set them off.  They always self-reverted and after a bit of a rest, I was good to go again.

I was diagnosed with Supra-Ventricular Tacchycardia -(SVT)  a benign (a…

For the love of parkrun

I've been involved with parkrun for just a few months (not including the months beforehand whilst setting it up) and I'm already a convert.  I thought I'd share a bit about my experience and what it is I love about parkrun.
Firstly, (in case you're not familiar with parkrun), here's a quick overview how it works: People sign up on the website and get their own personal barcode.  (this is free, and they only need to do it once).They then turn up just before 8am on any Saturday they like with their barcode, and line up with the others to start.Upon finishing, their time is recorded on the stopwatch (with a lap number) and they receive a finish token with their place number on it.The finish token and personal barcode are then scanned in together by a volunteer.The results processor then uploads data from both the stopwatches and barcode scanners and the software lines up the time and position (from the stopwatch) with position and parkrunner (from the barcode scanner)Ea…

My words for 2018

New Year's Resolutions.  I used to do them.  They were usually "Lose weight"; "Eat better", and/or "Exercise more".  I didn't stick to them. 

I'd read last year about some people selecting just one word, a word of intention, that would guide them through any decisions or actions for that year.  The word is kind of like a prompt to check that your actions (or intended actions) line up with your values and goals for the year.

I thought I'd give this a go for 2018.  Well, I couldn't choose just one, so I went with three:  JOY, PURPOSE, COURAGE.

An emotion, delight, a state of happiness, a source or course of delight.  Also: rejoice - to give joy to or to feel joy or great delight.

Joy is more than happiness: it is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope.  I will choose joy every day, in every situation.
the reason for which something is done or created or for which something ex…

2017 - a year of dreams

It was about this time, a year ago, as 2017 was about to begin, that I started speaking out loud what it is I want to 'do'.

I left the workforce when my eldest son was born, eight years ago, and haven't been back.  I have a Bachelor in Engineering (Environmental Engineering) that took me four years and earned me first class honours (with scholarship).  I worked as a consulting engineer for precisely 4.5 years, just a little bit longer than I studied, then I became 'Mum'.
I'm now a proud stay-at-home Mum of three boys.  My youngest is three and has started kindy, three days a week.  It is now I am beginning to catch glimpses of 'freedom' that is when all my children are at school, and questioning 'what is next?'.
Since I started running, and found out the physical, mental and emotional benefits that came along with it, I knew I wanted to share this with other people.  Especially mothers.  I know first-hand how all-encompassing motherhood can be.  Ho…