Monday, 25 November 2013


Some runners cross train when they can't run.  Biking, swimming, core workouts, whatever.  Or they rest fully and eat less to compensate for the reduction in daily calories burned.  Me?  I sit on my ass and eat ALL THE JUNK FOOD.  If it contains copious amounts of nutritionally deficient simple carbs it must end up in my stomach.  Recently my diet has consisted of salads, grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and soy.  This past week was breads and sugars.  Apparently I lack willpower when it comes to crappy foods.

Yes, this is actually how my brain works.  Feel sorry for me.  Most of the crappy food in the house is for the kids (did I tell you how awesome I am at parenting?)  So by my reasoning eating healthier would be a lot easier if I lived alone.  Probably.  Of course, I could just be a little more disciplined, but we all know how well that's worked in the past ;)

What does one do to counter this current eating frenzy and relieve some of the pent-up energy?  One signs up for more off-road events!  I am now officially a participant in next year's Coastal Challenge.  I have signed up for the 17km event, because the 6km  and 11km sounded a little too easy, and the 22km and 33km sounded too hard.  I can swim but I'm not a strong swimmer, and the idea of trying to cross a river with a potentially strong current didn't appeal.  The 17km event is a nice 'in-between'.  If it goes well, maybe I'll attempt the 22km the following year.  After lots of swimming practice perhaps.

I've compiled quite a list of events for 2014 already!  Although I've only signed up for three so far - the others aren't open for registration yet.  Except Tough Mudder.  I'm still thinking about that one.  I'm 99.9% sure I'm going to register for it, but I want a band of crazies to do it with me.  Sign ups are now open for the band of crazies :)

As for this year, there's just one event left on the calendar - this weekend's half marathon night time walk.  I'm really looking forward to it!  My bff arrives at the airport early Friday evening.  We have our fairy wings, ruffly skirts and feather boas all ready, with an arsenal of glow sticks and bracelets.  I have hydration packs and trail mix, head lamps and anti-chafe.  I think we're good.  She's freaking out a little at the whole concept of walking that far, but I know she'll be just fine.  The atmosphere and the camaraderie will carry her around the course, and you can even stop for a cup of tea at the 13km mark.  We're totally going to be doing that.  A spot of tea always brightens the mood :)  And I am pleased to say that I reached the donation target of $150, then passed it by another $110.  Thank you friends and family!!!  Y'all are awesome ^_^

This weekend is also my baby's 9th birthday.  Here he is the morning after his brother's birthday sleepover (which explains the mess he is surrounded by - boys are not tidy creatures) - he's impersonating a slug and playing XBox.  There's a controller in there somewhere:

Damn, that kid is cute.

Right, time for study and a spot of lunch.  I think I'll have the salad...

PS: I found a recipe for vegan lasagna that tastes amazing, and (dare I say it) better than the original.  I made a half batch which turned out to be a good idea, because I ate that half batch in two days...  I've always been a sucker for lasagna.  I topped mine with vegan parmesan.  Yum!!


  1. Vegan parmesan... WTF!??!? I'm sorry lady but that is just NOT right (coming from someone who lived in Parma for almost 2 years)! :)
    I love that you say your boy is cute and he's almost 9, I wondered if I would ever stop saying that about Fletch but apparently I won't x

    1. Hey, don't blame me, I didn't name it! But I get where you're coming from. I don't know how they can get away with calling things parmesan, ricotta etc when it bears no resemblance to the original product, doesn't come from the region, and doesn't contain a single drop of dairy. They should have rules, like sparkling wine having to be called sparkling wine because it doesn't come from Champagne in France. I guess it's the only way of describing what it is supposed to replace without confusing people... I don't know. Perhaps parmesan-style garnish...? Like the whole fake meat thing, it's a little weird. But I'll still eat it ;)

  2. You still haven't told us what you've injured - details please! Whatever it is I hope it's improving.
    I love the Coastal Challenge and it is a must-do on my calendar, not sure if I'll step up to the 17km or stick with the 11km. The Starwalk sounds like a lot of fun!

    1. Oops, blogging cross-over... Do the 17km!! Go on, it'll be awesome :) You've already done the 11km. And think, you're running 26km in the Tussock Traverse, a 17km beach run will be a walk in the park! ;)

  3. Substitute bread for Whittakers chocolate and that's me! Have fun at the Starwalk this weekend!