Ash North

Take on your own challenge

Running - What I've learnt

Running is nothing more than a series of arguments between the part of your brain that wants to stop and the part that wants to keep going. Anonymous.

I think this quote will ring true with anyone who has ever run, no matter the distance. For me, embarking on a journey to complete 30 marathons over a year (and a bit) means I am getting very familiar with both those little voices inside my head. But just as you can train muscles, so too can you train the part of your brain that wants to go on. You get stronger physically and even more so mentally. 

Those first few runs were hard, setting out not knowing how far I would run and after a couple of kms I could feel the lack of training, exercise and healthy diet taking its toll. As the weeks went on though I started managing to run 5kms without walking and then after a month of training I ran a half marathon without needing to walk. I was so proud of myself and entering the stadium to the cheer of my family and friends was such a rewarding moment. 

However, I soon learnt (3 days later to be exact) that going too hard too soon can be detrimental to ones progress. I had injured my foot which meant training nearly ceased and for the next 3 races I did very little training inbetween. The little voice that is now pretty damn strong helped me get through the events despite not being anywhere near physically ready. 

The other big learning - you need a great team for rehab and I am very lucky to have found a wonderful physio, podiatrist and massage therapist who have help me recover so well from that injury. Honestly, when I decided to run thirty for 30, I didnt factor in the cost of this help. It is so needed though and I urge anyone looking at takling distance races to factor this in to the equation!

The other big thing you need are a great pair of shoes! This might take a but of time to work out what is best for you, but once you know.. you know! Thank you so much to the team at The Athlete's Foot Robina for helping me find the perfect pair of Mizuno shoes!

Getting back into training and incorporating cross training is going to be imperative to my success with completing the next 26 races! I feel as though I am constantly fighting some sort of cold, but hopefully my body eventually adjusts to the extra training and I can focus on not just finishing the races, but running them faster. 

For now though, I am looking forward to getting through races 5 & 6 over the next week and then getting into a solid training routine. 

Thank you to those of you supporting me on this journey. Running for such a incredible cause makes this all worthwhile!

 

Thirty for 30

This year I turn 30! To celebrate this milestone, I want to do something memorable, something that will make a difference. 

As some of you may know my son Liam (now 4) was born prematurely at 34 weeks. He was one of the lucky ones who didn't have to stay in NICU for too long and didn't have major ongoing complications. 

In our few weeks at the hospital I saw lots of tiny babies fighting for life. I saw lifesaving equipment in action. I also came across the Running for Premature Babies Group. These little babies fighting for life had been given a better chance of survival thanks to the equipment donated by RFPB. 

I met Sophie Smith (founder of RFPB) and worked with her in 2017, the year after she lost her husband Ash, 10 years on from losing her triplet sons Henry, Evan and Jasper. Her strength and determination to create a better chance for premature babies is remarkable and helped inspire me to take on this challenge. 

My initial plan was to run in one marathon, but decided that wasn’t good enough. To truly challenge myself, and to hopefully inspire others to donate, I have decided to embark on ‘Thirty for 30’. 30 marathons (half and full) in the year that I turn 30 to raise $30,000.

Balancing training, working full time, and having two kids at home will not be easy, but I am determined to achieve my goal of completing these runs, and hitting my fundraising target.

Logistically it may be hard to find 30 official races to compete in, but I will make up the difference with unofficial runs.

To date I have completed 5 of 30 runs, and I’m ready for number 6.

Any Gold Coast runners who want to join me on training runs or events, I would love the company! I’ll also be competing in races across the country, so please reach out if you have a race in your city, and if I can make it, I’d love to join you!

So what will the $30,000 target go towards? This money will buy a new Isolate 8000 cot which provides a stable, cocoon-like environment for the baby and ensures that the Thermo-Neutral Zone is maintained! The machine has a huge range of features and benefits, but all you really need to know is that it could help save a baby’s life. That is where your money is going!

Thanks for your support and donations.

Ash

Thank you to my Sponsors

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National Media

Sending our support to you, Ash. Such a great cause, you're amazing. We look forward to hearing all about your marathon journey! From all the team at National Media.

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Mom And Bruce

Happy 30th Birthday Ash. We’re so proud of you

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Adam, Liam And Frankie

We are all very proud of you, and will be cheering for every step! Go Mummy

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Gizelle Plummer

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Ash Watson

You will always be one of the most impressive, inspiring, strong and tenacious people that I have ever met. I’m so happy to be able to support this incredible cause and the challenge you have set yourself.

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Luke Brill

Happy to triple if adam does one (walk or run)

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Michael Neilson

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James, Emma & Cooper

Awseome effort Ash. We wish you all the best. Good luck :)

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Collin Tew

Go Ash! Obviously it’s a cause very close to our hearts too so we’ll be cheering you all the way. The Tews xx

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Jp

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Greg Watson (lauren’s Dad)

I think you are doing a wonderful thing Ash,it’s great you have a new running mate (any chance Adam can help you out or is he busy looking after the kids?)

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Granny And Poppy North

You've blessed us with two beautiful grandchildren. So proud of you xx

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Heidi Guenther

Nothing surprises me with you.. no doubt you will smash it x

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Nicole & Steve Biason

Your an amazing human!

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Craig Ahrens

Well done tiger 🐅 x

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Anne Pocock

Happy birthday Ash From Anne and Chris

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The Rices

Great work Ash from the Rices!

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Sarah Turner

You are amazing Ash! So proud of you xx

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Brad & Sheri Langton

Good luck Ash! You're more ambitious than most!

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John Liversage

Great cause Ash, and a lofty goal for you to strive for! Stay well in your quest, and I'll donate an extra $20- for each one you complete!

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Zane Knight

WOW!! Inspirational

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Simon And Claire Walker

Great cause, great challenge! Best wishes from Bruce and Glynnis best neighbours!

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Ash, Mat & Madison

Killing it Ash, you should be so proud!

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Lauren Barett

You go girlfriend. I will never forget our special time watching over Liam in the hospital wishing, hoping & praying that he would be ok. Giving back is the best thing you can do.

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Amy Brinckley

What a great way to give back to a great cause! Awesome Ash, I have no doubt that you will smash out these marathons! Love, The Brinckley’s x

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Gizelle Plummer

Go Ash! What a wonderful little man Liam has turned into.

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Angelica Montemayor

YOU’RE ALMOST UP TO $10,000 !!!!! GO MUMMA!!!

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Kate Mcmunnigall

Keep going, Ash! You’re incredible!

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Sophia Robeau

So proud of you, well done setting yourself such a challenge for such a good cause. Lots of love Sophia and Frankie

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Kate Mcmunnigall

What a woman!

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Glynnis Eason

Huge task for a great cause! Our little Liam is a wonderful little guy, absolutely thriving. Well done for taking it on Ash. Great to give back and help others in the same situation as you were in.

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Bruce

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Mark Taylor

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Bo Tam (5237)

Ash I am so impressed and in awe of this challenge you are embarking on. I had to re-read your posts to make sure I fully understood what you've signed up for lol. Thirty for 30 - what a goal - you go girl! Cheering you on from the side lines :-)

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Aleks Baruksopulo

GO ASH!!! You are an inspiration!!

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Mom And Bruce

So proud of you Ash. Just had to get you over the $7000 to reach your goal of $1000 per run.

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Taryn Raley

You’re an absolute inspiration Ash. I love reading your blogs and this journey you’re on.

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Jenny Ramsay

Best of luck with the rest Ash . What an initiative. Well done!

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Tracy Driver

So much wow factor Ash, respect!!!

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Jelly Montemayor

You’re such an amazing human being Ash 😍

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Tracy Driver

You motivate me Ash, keep going strong!

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Ian And Jess And Dylan And Ethan And Reed

Love what you’re doing!

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Leanne Farrugia

We are so proud of you Ash! Leanne & David

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John Liversage

You really can do this Ash (not sure why I ever doubted it!!) - great work!

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Kate Williams

Well done Ash! What an inspiration you are!

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Reyne Mihan

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Andrew

Go you!

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Vanessa Wiesenthal

Happy to support you Ash on such a worthy cause, you're a beautifully spirited soul! Best wishes for continued success. V

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Clay & Sam

We think you’re amazing Ash! Keep up the great work for this worthwhile cause. Love Clay, Sam, Cody & Jake 😘

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Masonn Barrett

Thanks for looking after me. #teamash

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Brooke Jennings

Ash you are amazing and such an inspiration!! Good on you, so proud!!

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Elyse

You are incredible. All the best beautiful lady. Xx

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Wendye Harnwell

Congratulations - good luck with your fundraising Ashleigh. ❤️Such a worthwhile cause ❤️

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Elise Bartlett

You’re an inspiration Ash xx

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Daniel Lee

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Kristy T

You are an inspiration! Keep up the amazing work 👏

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Elise

Your passion to give back to this foundation and continuing to raise awareness is incredible. Wishing you all the encouragement in the world to succeed throughout this challenge.

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Fez Reporter

Go you gorgeous girl!!

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Joanne Rutherford

Well Done Ash, amazing committment!!

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Kay Adye

Brilliant achievement Ash, and for a very worthy cause, we are very proud of you xx

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Christine Ashdown

Lots of love to you. Hope all goes well with your worthy challenge. Take care xx

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Charlene Cassie

You’re amazing Ash!!! So inspiring!

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Alex Varnish

Amazing Ash

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Leonie And Gary Heading

Good work Ash doing it for a good cause well done!! Enjoy the run

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Angie Cawse

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASH! Well done - what a worthy cause! All the best for the races ahead. Keep going strong.

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Phillipa Meade

You absolute superstar, I'm so in awe & you're keeping me motivated from the other side of the world!

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Sophia R

Happy Birthday Ash! Keep up the great work!

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Jess Caine

This is great! Well done Ash! Pud and Yaz

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Charlie Guthrie

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Penelope, Suz & Moose

So proud of u Ash ❤️ Ur amazing ❤️❤️

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Sam, Ben & William

You're an absolute legend Ash! We're all so proud of you x

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Josh Dorday

Go Ash! Awesome effort for a great cause!

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Samara And Neshen

So proud of you and your amazing efforts! Love watching your journey and think what you are doing is phenomenal!

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Stacey Mccraw

This is amazing Ash! Your strength is inspirational. Good on you for seeing it through xx

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John Liversage

You're an inspiration Ash, well done!

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Louise Brettell Polis

Well done Ash! Super Mum and Women!

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Beth Macdonald

As a nurse working in the NICU I couldn’t love the reason behind this anymore! All the best with your marathons

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Sabina Roberts

Amazing dedication and effort Ash, I hope the runs are getting easier. Good luck for the remaining runs.

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Janine Liversage

10 out of 10 effort for 10 runs, you bloody legend

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John Liversage

Keep up the great work Ash, you're a hero!

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John Liversage

Keep up the hard journey Ash - 10% of the way there already!

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Donny Rule

Klappit Ash, just klappit!!

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John Liversage

I've learn that when you put your mind to something you are one uber-determined young lady! Well done & keep up your herculean effort !!!

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John Liversage

Great job again Ash, keep up the great work for this special cause

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Janine Liversage

Legs 11!! Go you good thing

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Janine Liversage

Absolute boss lady. Well done!! Xx

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Kj Harvey

Great job Ash! Very inspiring x

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John Liversage

Great going Ash - don't melt away in that heat though (& trust you are slip-slop-slapping!)

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Janine Liversage

Go rock sister!

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Nini

6 down!! Can’t wait to run #7 with you. Love you xxx

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Janine

You are superwoman. Love you

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Janine

Go sister! You are a superstar. $30 donation for run 1, and every run after that! You’ve got this. Love you

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Janine Liversage

Lucky 13! Nearly half way!!! Love you

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John Liversage

a step (or more like 20000 steps) closer Ash!

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Nini

2 down!! Congrats sister. You are such a superstar. xxx

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Janine Liversage

Such an incredible journey you are on! Love you

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Janine

Happy Birthday you bloody legend

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John Liversage

Great going Ash - your a super-star mum, daughter, person, runner......, well, just a super Super Star!

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Janine

Superwoman sister xx

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Janine

3 down! Doing so well sister. So proud of you XX

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Anonymous

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Amy Abela

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Bentleigh Gibson

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Shannon Terry

You go, girl!! May your legs carry you as far as your heart (and willpower) desires :) Woohoo to the big 3-0.

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Jane Ward

Well done Ash - you are amazing raising money for such an important cause 🥇

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Liana Johnson

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John Liversage

well done Ash, you're just a star, juggling work, being a great mum & now pounding the streets to help others. Amazing!

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Satoshi Ashida

Go Ash!!!

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Erin Oudshoorn

Good luck!