September 2019 - Month 8 training
Month 8 was goodbye winter, hello spring. Started month with a great weekend run camp in the Blue Mountains with RUN Squad. Mark even had fun, track and trail Running, Swimming, Rolling, Eating, Drinking with an awesome group. Love weekends exercising, another one I had a 10km club champs ski race with Sydney Harbour Surf Club followed by a 3hour hike with Primal Adventures. Blessed to be able to this so close to home, both starting in my favourite Bay, Rose Bay.
Despite being spring I have had coldest and wettest runs. Sadly farmers didn't get this rain. Doing Bondi Maroubra coastal walk run, return road, I stopped for coffee at The Pool Café, Maroubra Beach, my fingers were so cold iPhone pay didn't work, lucky I had some cash. I love our coastal walks/runs/plods. Swim, paddle buddy Nina joined me on Maroubra to La Perouse walk, uber back. Couple of days later thanks to E I managed my longest run/plod 30km Bondi to Long Bay return.
I count my blessings each day that I am able to do all this. Blessed to have been able to increase my running from ONE whole kilometre Xmas 2018 to this month September 2019 with my longest plod of THIRTY km.
This baby is under cooked rather than overcooked, wise words from Spot. Thanks again to Spot of Bondi Fit Training for my training peaks program that keeps me honest with my Garmin connection to it. Just 2 weeks before I depart. EEK!!!
Next blog will be from Nepal.
Bring on Annapurna. Namaste.
August 2019 - Month 7 training - Festival of Rozanne Continues
Month 7 has been an amazing month still celebrating reaching 60. Turning 60 is definitely a reason to celebrate. With the festival of Rozanne I celebrated with friends and family doing paddles/runs/walks/breakfasts/lunches/dinners/coffees/drinks all around my favourite training spots in Sydney. Blessed to be able to do all this. Blessed to have been able to increase my running from ONE whole kilometre Xmas 2018 to this month August 2019 with my longest plod of TWENTY FIVE km.
Mark and I did another lovely walk with Primal Adventures around La Perouse Coast line.
City to Surf (C2S) weekend was a busy one with not the best weather and a Spit to Zoo paddle (S2Z) race. Success is not a good teacher, failure makes you humble - Shah Rukh Khan. At S2Z paddle I wasn't a DNS but I was a DNF. I started but decided to not finish. I gave it a go but little lady is too light for strong gusting winds with lots of waves and wind chop. World class paddlers found conditions were challenging in this race. It was humbling to watch finishers coming in. Still Lady Luck got lucky draw and won a few caps and won a $50 voucher. I ran 10km S2C as a warm up before 14km C2S that I was supposed to walk with Cheeky Charlie from Achilles. I should have known better, he decided to run from start to finish. So it was the blind leading the sighted. Thanks to Achilles, Anne and Charlie, it was a fun morning, I couldn't have done 24km run on my own. Great massage from Em from Coogee Physio at Running for Premature Babies tent at finish of C2S.
A few days later I got another 24km run under the belt, Bondi to Opera house return. Blessed to live here. With the increased running my ankle started playing up, but thanks to Lisa Tomlinson at Bondi Physiotherapy and Paul Bowles at The Foot Spot for sorting this out by adjusting my orthotics. Later in the month I got to do my longest run 25km along our beautiful coastline from Bondi to Malabar return when 100% rain was predicted.
Thanks to Spot Anderson of Bondi Fit Training for my training peaks program that keeps me honest with my Garmin connection to it.
Only 7 weeks till the Annupurna marathon, an absolutely brutal event, in the Himalayas. The 42.2km race up 3800m high, then down, unstable, steep surfaces, through bitter cold temperatures and challenging altitudes. I must be crazy embarking on this crazy challenge. Reminder, as if the challenge of the race is not enough, I will be competing in it with a previous injury that tore my hamstring off the bone. An injury so painful I couldn’t run for 12 years. Thanks to Aaron Richardson of Functional Surf Movement & Holistic Health who has worked with me to the point where I am now. The motivation for this incredible challenge is to raise money and awareness for a fantastic cause Running for Premature Babies, a foundation supporting premature babies and their families.
Inspiring to attend women's adventure film tour. A woman I will think of when it gets tough on Annapurna is Kira Brazinski who was born with a rare defect. Ever since she could walk from the age of 1, she has used a prosthetic leg. She summited Grand Teton, the tallest peak in Grand Teton National Park at 4,199 metres. Her amazing journey is documented beautifully in 'A Grand Journey'.
To say goodbye to winter and hello to spring Mark and I attended an amazing run camp in the Blue Mountains. I will tell you more about it in September post.
Just over a month before I depart. EEK!!!
Bring on Annapurna. Namaste.
July 2019 - Month 6 training - 60th birthday
Month 6 has been an amazing month celebrating living, loving, laughing and reaching 60. I am still paddling, running, walking but need to do some swimming for better breathing, now that stitches are well healed. Even though this year I am in the 60's category for PaddleNSW 2019 Harbour Series, it was combined with the 50's and I was still able to win the the Long Course Surf Ski 50+ Woman.
Month started with celebration in Fiji for 5 days with 5 ladies celebrating our 60th birthdays. It was hard to train on an island that took 20 minutes to walk around, but we had a great time. I have increased the running to do 20km along our beautiful coastline from Bondi to Maroubra return with some runs being easier than others. Thanks to Spot from http://www.bondifit.com.au/ for keeping me honest by tracking me on training peaks. I also need to thank Aaron at https://www.levityhealth.com.au/aaron-richardson.html for helping me strengthen weaknesses in my body.
Including Mark in my outings we did another beautiful hike with Helen from https://www.primaladventures.com.au/ around La Perouse in the Kamay National Park. Helen is taking us to Annapurna. I am getting like Imelda Marcos, I got some lovely trail running shoes, the ones I had were heavier hiking shoes. 3 months to go, like a pregnancy, 9 months preparation.
Bring on Annapurna. Namaste.
June 2019 - Month 5 Training
Month 5 has been a month showing me that I will have to overcome setbacks by turning them into comebacks. I am still swimming, paddling, running, walking come rain, hail or sunshine.
What do you do when you don't race on weekend after UTA11? You support swimmers doing The South Head Roughwater Swim 10km swim from North Bondi to Watson’s Bay on kayak. While paddling we could appreciate the sandstone cliffs and lighthouses.
We had a great night at "Momo" restaurant eating momos catching up with the Running for Premature Babies team that we are heading to Nepal with. We are a great team with Craig Challen, Australian of the year joining us. Momo's is a type of dumpling popular in Nepal, very yummy.
I did another beautiful hike with Helen from Primal Adventures around Sydney Harbour National Park (Mosman) some on track some off thru bush. At the end of our hike we spent half an hour scrambling through the undergrowth. Fun DAY!!! Next a fun adventure, on just about full moon NIGHT, trail running at Manly Dam. We felt safe in our fearless, calm, leader's capable hands when near the end of Manly Dam Trail we got to a locked gate. Of course Helen found a way to get around it. I'm able to get Mark involved in doing some walks with me. We had a brilliant morning in the Central Coast doing 5 Lands Walk, highly recommended. So well organised. Connecting people to people and people to place...
Then the next day at the end of my daylight sunny flat run in Terrigal I had an accident with a metal bench while watching kids playing, I ran straight into tge bench. I got 6 stitches on left knee and 1 on right shin and antibiotics to prevent infection. I am very lucky, it could have been worse. I haven't been able to run but I have done some flat walking. I will overcome this setback by turning it into a comeback. Stitches out today just in time to celebrate in Fiji with 5 ladies celebrating our 60th birthdays.
Bring on Annapurna. Namaste.
May 2019 - Month 4 Training
Month 4 has been quite a month. I have still kept up the occasional swim or paddle which has been a good recovery to the legs. I did my annual swim in Byron. After my regular swim of the Bay with lovely Byron locals and visitors Mark and I did Minyon Falls walk through beautiful rainforests from the top of the waterfall to the base and back. Tough clamber over rocks but worth it for amazing view. This mumma is now a runna again. Again with Mark we ran the Mothers Day Classic 8km in Sydney. PB's since starting to run again after 12 years. I reached the pinnacle this month by doing the UTA11 an Ultra Trail 11km in Blue Mountains. Thrilled to have finished my first UTA11 in under 3 hours 2:59:36. Great fellow athletes, volunteers and organisers. Only 4413 stairs to climb (and descend), I am renaming Furber Steps which was nearly 1000 steps for the last 1km. Bring on Annapurna. Namaste.
April 2019 - Month 3 Training
Month 3 has been getting easier to train. I have had the good fortune of reconnecting with a friend with whom I ran my first marathon with more than 20 years ago. We have been running together once a week. Running with friends and groups makes a run so much easier. March had 2 record days for Running For Premmie Babies, one of the wettest and one of the coldest. The wet one started with me running around the puddles but by the end running thru the puddles like a kid enjoying the splashing around. I have now increased running to 11.2km. I also got to hear Legend Lorraine Moller, winner of Boston Marathon in the 80's and NZ Olympian Medalist talk. I learnt a few things, one thing you never run too slow, no miles are junk - she encourages some slow long runs. I also saw an amazing inspiring movie "My Hero My Brother" about Down Syndrome young adults doing a hike in the Indian Himalayas with their siblings. So honest, moving, inspiring and beautiful scenery too. Today Mark and I did another beautiful 3 hour trek from Coogee through some beautiful parts of the Eastern Beaches with Primal Adventures. My flights are booked to Nepal so no looking back. "Running for Premature Babies" members going to Nepal. Thanks to the lovely people that have donated or are going to donate or who are there to support me on my journey. Namaste.
March 2019 - Month 2 Training
Month 2 has been a bit difficult to train with the summer heat of Sydney, many days above 30 degrees. Despite this I did manage to increase the running on my 7km walk/runs. I had the help of my daughter doing some runs with me during her visit here.
Today my partner Mark and I did a beautiful 3 hour trek at Garigal National Park, Middle Harbour with Primal Adventures who will be taking us to Annapurna. It was great to be back in the bush and meet some more "Running for Premature Babies" members going to Nepal.
Still a long way to go. Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast. - William Shakespeare
January 2019 - Month 1 training
Why Annapurna Marathon? I don't run!!! I saw a post on Running for Premature Babies Facebook to do Annapurna Marathon with them. I swim with Sophie and she has inspired me to help her cause and start running again. I am an ex ultra-marathon runner but gave up running 12 years ago after detaching my hamstring thru a water-skiing accident. It was too painful to run again so I continued with my swimming, trekking and kayaking. I fell in love with Nepal after doing Everest Base Camp trek as part of a team guiding 2 blind friends, so I am very excited to return to Nepal. Just a couple of days after going to the information night on December 18 2018 about the marathon, I put on my running shoes that have only been used for walking and ran ONE whole kilometre. Slowly I have increased the distance and I am now up to 7km walking/running very slowly. My deposit has been paid, my fundraising page has been set up so no looking back now. Namaste.
Help us give premature babies a better chance of survival
Namaste. Yes, I'm doing another crazy endurance event for my 60th birthday. I'm taking on the Annapurna Marathon in Nepal with Running for Premature Babies. I'm taking the opportunity to raise money for a special cause. I met Sophie Smith thru swimming and learnt about her story and what she went through losing her premature triplets...and then her husband Ash to cancer. Her strength and determination are beyond inspiring and her journey to raise funds for much needed premmie incubation units, through running. Sophie is NSW Australian 2019 Local Hero. She has inspired me to help her cause, and to start running again 12 years after giving it up after detaching my hamstring.
By supporting me as I run/trek the Annapurna Marathon 42km at 3750m altitude on 26 October 2019, you'll be raising funds to buy life-saving equipment to give critically ill and premature babies a better chance of survival. No amount is too little, so thank you in advance:-)
Thank you to my Sponsors
Nicole And Kevin Jacobson
Mark & Val Davis
Team Farrow Mia Guy The Girls
Ev & Ian
Kerri & Mike
Val And Ado
Lesley & Stewart