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
Kerri & Mike
Lesley & Stewart