and all it actually needed was a switch to be thrown

and all it actually needed was a switch to be thrown

a switch. that’s the best way I can describe it. deep inside, only accessible after completing a series of challenges, like some kind of real life adventure game. answer some riddles correctly, arrange certain objects in the required order and a switch appears. then enter the command – “turn on switch” the system responds; “furnace […]

welcome to the grind

welcome to the grind

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=so0qslHYJpw&w=560&rel=0] a version of the video above was posted on the nmmfg facebook page recently – that version featured swimmers. I went looking for it this morning and found this, more running-appropriate version. I’m not sure about setting my alarm for 6am though – I’m usually in the office, or almost at the office by […]

a completely fantabulous couple of days

a completely fantabulous couple of days

  yesterday was truly awesome. I did day 12 of the plank challenge (1 min 30 seconds) and then went for an early long run – 8km. it was supposed to be a long slow run, but I pushed it a little. for a reason. i’ll reveal all in a moment. but I did 8.02km […]

dark night of the soul

dark night of the soul

“so why do you think you let yourself be overweight and unfit for so many years?” it was a simple question, asked without malice, only genuine interest. I honestly didn’t know how to answer it. I was ready to point out how I justified things all these years, how my self-image wasn’t as bad as […]

a day for lots of thinking it seems

a day for lots of thinking it seems

3:15am or thereabouts, that’s when my day started. 1 minute plank hold (day 10 of 30) then a nice 6.6km run, in the cold, in the dark, just me and my thoughts. there’s a few things swirling around my mind currently, one of which is whether to do a blog post about the rest of […]

and now I feel like a pregnant walrus

and now I feel like a pregnant walrus

one of the occupational hazards of working in an office environment, especially in the public sector, is the morning tea. invariably a collection of party pies, sausage rolls, chips, dip, sugary cakes, chocolate biscuits and anything else that contains zero nutritional benefit. funnily enough, it was one of the first hurdles I had to get […]

glad it was gym day

glad it was gym day

in perth terms, it was real brass monkey weather this morning. 1 degree celsius. when you consider that our summer temperatures hover in the late 30s, it’s cold. there was even a light frost on the ground! so in some ways I was glad it as a gym day, though in reality I would have […]

in a world of painful happiness

in a world of painful happiness

arms, legs, chest, head, eyeballs. they all ached when I woke at 3 this morning. they still ache now come to think of it, and it’s almost 11 hours later… it’s a good ache though, the ache of the morning-after-the-gym-workout-before. and yesterday’s was the most intense session for a long while. the aching stopped for […]

Nicole Fels – Running Girl

Nicole Fels – Running Girl

Spend any amount of time with the Facebook Running Community and you will see one name crop up, guaranteed! Renowned for an unmistakable smile, positive outlook and brightly coloured socks, needs absolutely no further introduction other than to say… I am absolutely stoked to bring you the one and only… Running GIRL! Now before we […]

gettin’ serious – day one

gettin’ serious – day one

it’s beenĀ 4 months since I hit the gym so hard. I know this because I copied this morning’s routine from a page on which I’d written “march 12th 2013”. shortly after that, I switched my training to focus completely on the beginner’s marathon schedule. I needed to build the kilometres, I needed to get that […]