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Woo! My second City2Surf!

by Fiona on August 12, 2012 · 3 comments




Another fun City 2 Surf completed! In very similar time to last year too :D :D Woo!

Mum and Jen walked it with the kids in UNDER 3 hours! woo!

(all very tired on the train ride home!)


@runningonline Workout #1
(Crib notes for the session)

Did my first session of my Up & Running course this evening. And interesting combination which saw me relieve the skipping along the foreshore was over and I could just go back to running ;)

workout #1

Covered 8km using a combination of walking, running, jogging and skipping. Was fun, but will head out a little earlier next time, ended up walking home in the dark! I’ll also wear my newer shoes, not my worn out sad old shoes. They’re okay for walking, but NOT for the running. Felt the impact on my left foot while skipping along!

arm band

Oh and I have to say my new phone arm band (scored off ebay for $8 including postage) is awesome. Even has a sneaky little key pocket. Score!


(ps, my hair is getting really long!)


Planning out my week

by Fiona on June 17, 2012 · 5 comments

How is this not a plan? I have a few trips to the Central Coast and Sydney for appointments, Lady Gaga, and the Good Food and Wine Show… and maybe even seeing Ms Glowless to boot :) Do some running and bootcamp in there, then fly to Hobart for the Speech Pathology Australia conference, armed with gloves, hats and scarves, and running shoes, to find my speechie mojo and to see the lovely Foale ladies :)

Poker Face
Karaoke – Poker Face :)


My someday has come

by Fiona on June 16, 2012 · 2 comments

seven days

Ow ow ow. So sore in the quads and abs and SOMEWHERE in my arms from my first Bootcamp session yesterday morning!

Yes. So I’ve started Bootcamp at the same time I’m starting the Up and Running 10k program. Progress, they say.

Looks like my running gear is coming to Hobart next week and Canberra the week after. It’s gonna be cold!

Bring on 30.

(I also started my Speech Pathology blog this week. Finally. It’s currently getting some of my relevant posts here republished over there but new content will be upon us soon!)


Getting Up and Running!

by Fiona on June 7, 2012 · 2 comments

Wow! I won a 10k training course with Up and Running from Shauna @ Dietgirl… just the kick this girl needs to get back to her running that she’s been putting off for so long!

MS Fun Run Canberra

Yes, I can already run 10k (above is a pic from the MS fun run in sub zero temperatures in Canberra last year!), but this is a chance to get my time down (aiming for under an hour) and to psyche myself into tackling a half-marathon! (and get me on track for the City2Surf in August)

Totally will be posting about this here, but if you want to join me in the 10k course, it starts on June 14, with the 5k version starting Monday 11th June. Head over to Up and Running to find out more about the program.


I'm training with Up & Running Outrun the zombies with Up & Running

Bring it!

(says a snotty, #caffeinefreephona. 23 days to go!)


Back to the Gym

by Fiona on August 16, 2011 · 4 comments

Got back to the gym today, joined one down the street, close to work and home. Had to work out those sore sore legs from the weekend.

city 2 surf results
Official results

Got allocated some more clients today, now I really feel like I’m getting into things :) Still got HEAPS of orientation and learning to do, but I feel kinda like I’m about to be useful soon ;)


HUGE weekend. Rish arrived midnight Friday, we went to Newcastle Saturday, and while we were on the F3, I got a text from my brother in law to say they were at the hospital because my niece was on her way!! :)


I got dropped off at my parents place, and got to muck around with my nephew for a few hours :)

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We wore funnels as hats, tinman style


Had rides in the washing basket.


Did some gardening


Including a little repotting.



Had a tea party with the empty mugs


Build a tower and didn’t break anything


Then it was time to head to the hospital with my parents and meet little Ezri Rae…

Born 1:20pm, August 13, 52cm, 7lb 3.

New Niece - Ezri Rae

A serious little thing, Ezri is like Ezra, and means “helper”.

New Niece - Ezri Rae

Perfect timing, two days before due date. All are going well, but tired, I’m told.

New Niece - Ezri Rae

After time spent with family, and a later than realised dinner with Rish’s side, we got back to Sydney after midnight… with the alarm set for the big race… City 2 Surf!

City2Surf 2011

What a day! I arrived at the starting point just after my group (blue) started… not to worry it took 10 mins to get to the start anyway!

City2Surf 2011

What awesome atmosphere. I may have been running alone, but I never really was!

City2Surf 2011

Things got tough at the end of hearbreak hill, had to walk for a bit, but then finished strong, and got in around my estimated time – by my time I was in in 1 hour 47 minutes. Only an hour more than the winner ;)

City2Surf 2011

I’m hurting now!!!!! :D

Thankyou THANKYOU thankyou for all of you who sponsored me! I have raised $660 for the Steve Waugh Foundation to help awesome kids with rare diseases who might otherwise have nowhere else to go for funding support. Thank you for your support.

Bring on 2012!! :D


$500 for Kids with rare diseases

August 10, 2011

So, I’ve raised $500 through my City2Surf fundraising for the Steve Waugh Foundation Thank you to all who have sponsored. Can I reach $600 by Sunday? All donations are welcome. $2 and over are tax deductable!!!

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Besting Myself (aka Yeah! I ran 10.75km!)

June 18, 2011

Today was spent drinking coffee, writing out some answers to expected interview questions. I bought a new dress, a cute one from Review that was heavily discounted. And I ran. 10.75 km worth. The furthest I’ve ever run. And it was dark and cold at the end. But it was fun and good and made […]

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City2Surf 2011 – Supporting the Steve Waugh Foundation and kids with Rare Diseases

June 8, 2011

So, I went and did it. I entered the City2Surf. 14km. I won’t die doing it, but I’ll have fun trying! I decided, after browsing around at the charities available (including bible groups and missionaries… ) I settled on the Steve Waugh Foundation: The Steve Waugh Foundation is committed to a coordinated approach to the […]

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MS Fun Run 10km (at minus one degree)

June 5, 2011

Cannot see across Lake Burley Griffin! COLD start to the day with the a 10km fun run to raise money for MS Australia. I got around the 10.42km in 1:12:19 (96th of 110 on chip time haha, I’m awesome!) and raised $110. I think you can still contribute if you like the cause and my […]

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Mother’s Day Classic Fun Run 2011 – My first 10k!

May 8, 2011

OMG, I did it. I finished to 10k at the Mother’s Day Classic in 1:08:12. And with energy to spare, as Rish finished ahead of me, then started yelling at me to get a move on, and I got the giggles ;) What a gorgeous (though COLD!!!!! lost my fingers) morning! I was certainly not […]

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Mothers Day Classic – One Week to Go

May 1, 2011

Okay. In ONE WEEK, I will be running around Lake Burley Griffin. Hopefully not dying. I’ve been “training” – ie running and doing other stuff. You can see the recent runs over at my Runkeeper profile. I figure that hills are good training for the flats, right? :p How can you help? Sponsor me? (to […]

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Mother’s Day Classic – 3 weeks to go

April 17, 2011

So, Apparently I’m running my first 10km race in 3 weeks. That seems a long way to me. I’ve done th 5k the past couple of years, with varying levels of “OMGI’MGONNADIE!>!?!?” expressed throughout. But 10km? Sponsor me? It’s for a good cause. And might just be the motivation I need at the 7km point […]

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The Running Bug

April 7, 2011

So, the plan is to slowly increase my running time and distances until I can do 10km. Hopefully BEFORE May 8… This means some early mornings now that there’s not really light after work! Early cold mornings where I debate whether to wear long pants or shorts, jumper or not, putting contacts in early because […]

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