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Work… LIFE in general kept me busy enough that I couldn’t find the time to blog. Therefore, on this page I am blogging my journey from Round 3 & 4 of the SE Qld Trail Running Series. Enjoy & I hope this motivates you in someway to get outside & be frickin’ AWESOME!!
Round 3 @ Pomona – Sunday 12 November 2017 7.1km / 13.2km
This weekend turned into a ‘running’ holiday for our family. Being set in the Noosa Hinterland the drive to the race on that Sunday morning was going to be a minimum 2 hours. With the Noosa region sitting so close to Stuart and mine’s hearts we decided to take the kids up and share this magical place with them too. I booked a beautiful farm on over 200 acres of land, for the weekend. The farm had 56 cows, a bull and hundreds of kangaroos…. On the Saturday before the race we swam, built sandcastles and lunched at Noosa main beach. Heading back to the farm for a swim in the pool and watch the sun go down over the mountain ranges, we truly love this place. On the farm the kids got to name all the cows, play with frogs, scream at spiders, have a practice drive in the car and smile at the millions of stars as we gazed into the sky at night. To top it all off NO TV and very little phone reception, was a great surprise, a blessing in disguise….
The sun came up as quickly as it set that Saturday night. The noise of the nature, all the bugs and my excitement for the next day created for a lighter than average sleep than normal. On waking Will had decided he was ready, he wanted to do the short course, 7.1 km of trails…. I couldn’t have been happier. He inspires me in so many ways that little man. We were at the start within half an hour. I had still been battling the end of this nagging flu, and went for a run to clear my throat and nose. I came back and Will was a little nervous, unsure of what he had signed himself up for I’m sure. At these races, people are keen, fit and muscly – I always get a little intimated at the impressive calf muscles on show. Any who I took him over and introduced him to Kiz, a friend of mine, she was doing the short course to. Gave the little guy some water, then headed to the start. Stuart went and refilled my little water bottle, its only 300ml with HYDRATION, YUK!! I didn’t know until about 5km’s in. I started off good. I really enjoyed this start, I felt comfortable, confident and I couldn’t stop smiling, knowing Will was behind me somewhere letting lose on the trails too!
The course was fun and hilly, very bush style, with light dirt. The heat was dry and hot, no breeze. All I felt like while I was running was WATER! But all I had was this very sweet sports hydration, that was getting stuck in the back of my throat, argh!! Thanks Stu, I was thinking… hmmm next race I need more water and I will take my camelback.
The race was good over all, not as pretty as Numinbah though.
At around the 10km mark I realized my little man WILL wouldn’t be waiting to run the last 1km with me as he normally does as he will be shattered, aww this thought carried me through, I couldn’t believe he had signed up. Every hill I climbed I thought of him and his little legs scaling up over the rocks, and how it must be so difficult looking up at a hill when your that small. He scaled mountains that day, not hills… As I approached the last climb my legs were shot, and as I think every time…. ‘I really need to do more core and weights.’, I pushed my legs up and over to the top, I could see the finish line and there he was standing next to Stu and Lila… he made it!! He was shouting go AMBER, and managed to hobble out to high five me and give me a big sweating hug!! ROUND 3 = DONE
WHAT A DAY – WHAT AN AWESOME WEEKEND
I FEEL SO BLESSED AND GRATEFUL ♥
Will came 4th in under 19’s and 20th overall in the short course – LEGEND
Ps. He couldn’t walk for 3 days and stairs were hilarious, he won’t be forgetting his first trail anytime soon.
Round 4 @ Bayview – Sunday 26 November 2017 – 7.2km / 10.5km
Where is Bayview? Redlands…. And this is definitely one location I’ll be returning to. For the last run of the year with ‘Those Guys’ it was one to remember! This run was solo for me and Stu had to take the little ones down to Burleigh for Nippers.
Parking was out on Days road and with a 1.2km walk into the registration area. Shortly after parking I saw Pete, whom I had met in round 2 after my fall when he helped pace me. He was volunteering on parking duties but introduced me to Pablo, and we walked the dirt road to the event. After registering, I turned around and saw Kiz, as usual with her wide brimmed smile looking super fit. She was doing the short course, I walked over and she introduced me to Bec. A brief talk about work and life, then the three of us did a soft 1 km warm up. Back at registration they were just firing up the disclaimer and instructions for the courses – funny as always! Those guys know how to rack up a few laughs at 6am on a Sunday morning. Bec and I were both doing the long course and both in wave one. We made our way over to the start, I said Hi to a few familiar faces, and then beep… the buzzer had gone off, we were running. At first I thought yeah I can keep up with Bec – she had told me that she hadn’t done to much running on the trails mainly with her bub pushing a pram, this was the first one in the series for her. But boy this girl could charge, all that pram training must have made her feel super light today. I struggled along in her dust for awhile. I couldn’t manage to get my breathing right and was wheezing every breathe. Almost everyone that over took me or I ran up next to asked, if I was OK. I felt like I was pushing hard and red lining but I couldn’t move my legs any faster. My breathe was all over the place. Anxiety had kicked in, I was in my head and negative talking ‘you can’t run’, ‘your no good at this sport’, ‘why are you doing this to yourself’, I tried to control my breathing and I couldn’t. Thank god I took my camelback, sipping freely as I tried to spin the legs.
Realizing, I had been in my head the first 3 km’s and not looking around at the vistas and scenery. As I thought this, I looked up and saw a bunch of kangaroos bouncing past, beautiful canopies of bush creating natural tunnels and rays of light darting through the gaps. AMAZING. Starting to come back to the present. I started to reflect on my WHY. My goals, my family, my friends and my health. It was truly amazingly to be outside in this gorgeous conservation and playing on the trails with an inspirational community of people.
Just now catching up to a man trailing along, I had no intention of over taking him, and my breathing still wheezing, my lungs felt small. Maybe I wasn’t entirely over this flu that I had been battling for the last 3 weeks. He yelled back to me ‘Are you ok?’, I said ‘yep don’t worry about me, I’m just going to hang back here, struggling to get my breathing right, that’s all. Feeling anxious!’, he replied ‘Do you want me to stop with you? Do you need some water?’, I said ‘Nar, I’ll just tail behind you if that’s ok’…. And a friendship had formed!
I thought gosh, I love this community, he was willing to give up his race and time split to help me out. He hadn’t even turned around; we didn’t even know each other. As we ran we chatted a little, when we could, this helped me get out of my mind and the negative self talk. I managed to gain control of my breathing, my anxiety had passed and there was 3 km’s left to go. The final climb just kept going, and going, jumping over rocks and tree roots, picking up speed and slowing down to pass people, we kept good pace on the single lane mountain bike trails. But as usual I started to think, dam this…. I really need to do more core and strength work, ha-ha my legs were burning!
My new trail buddies name that I later found out to be was Ross. Ross would let out a yell, ARGH! When the climbs would get steep and tough. I loved this, this sense of release. I tried it a few times and had a giggle to myself. On the home stretch Ross said to me ‘Can you sprint?’, I laughed and muttered ‘err I can try’…AS he took off, he shouted back, ‘Come on then, let’s catch this guy in front’. We did and finished strong.
Woohoo! Wow ROUND 4 = DONE
Ross and I had a chat and worked out we actually had seen each other a few times down at movie world on set of Aquaman!! Can you believe it. As you get older you realize how small this world is. So Ross built Jason Momoa’s rock climbing holds in the gym at work. I truly believe the world brings you people at certain times for certain reasons. My new year’s resolutions for next year are going to involve exploring this rock climbing world that keeps presenting itself to me. ♥
If you want to join in, have some new experiences, meet new friends, get inspired to dedicate and commit yourself to training. Then give me a call or send me an email, come and join me for some “Good Ol’ Dirty Fun”,