Health & Fitness

Rebooting our running journey

Blackmores Running Festival

We did the family run over the Harbour Bridge back in 2013 – we ran and my aunt kindly walked with Sean in the stroller. This was approximately two years ago!

Shift forward two years and we’ve definitely piled some of the weight back on just through general everyday life.

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85 *fistpump*

It’s currently week 6 of the current round of 12wbt, and the last few weeks have been up and down. Being a full time Mum again, birthdays and celebrations generally, numerous house guests etc… It’s been near impossible to stay on track.

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A walk in the rain

Early on Sunday morning, I decided to take Sean for a walk despite how overcast it looked outside. Whilst we’re doing 12WBT, finding time for the exercise quotient when juggling work and a baby can be very hard, so I try and incorporate things with Sean as much as I can. Walking is one of these.

Whilst I was pregnant, I did a lot of research on different prams. We wanted something that was easy to handle and could go anywhere, which is important for me as with the cycling injury from 2010, I can no longer support more than 2-3kg with my left arm. My sister has a Mountain Buggy Urban Elite and Adam got an opportunity to try that out with Zara when we were at Sea World after our wedding last year, needless to say he was impressed and so we got a second hand Urban. The great thing about the MB’s, you can literally take them anywhere and it handles effortlessly, even if there is a large load of child and bits and pieces on board. I have found whatever I’ve got slung off and on the pram and in the storage area underneath doesn’t seem to matter when pushing – win!

Anyhow, enough about my pram 😉

Riverwood Wetlands

I headed up to the Wetlands in Riverwood, it’s a gorgeous park with a lovely big path that loops right around some gardens, play/picnic areas and a huge lake. There were plenty of other people out and about doing tai chi, running, exercises and the like. Of course it started to spit right before I got to the park but I’d gone out prepared and simply slipped the storm cover on as well as a rain jacket for myself and we kept going.

Sean was particularly excited by the ducks and about 20 pigeons that were perched along one of the fences around the lake. We did a loop and then decided to head home as the rain was getting a little heavier, I had originally planned to give him his breakfast there but we’ll do that another day.

Record of the walk

In the end, we had done 2.6km over 40 minutes in the rain… Not bad! 🙂

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Cooks River Walk

Yesterday morning, with the temperature already at a warm 30°C, we set out to Steel Park in Sydney’s inner west. Upon arrival, we settled Sean into the mountain buggy and secured the sun cover. Upon covering ourselves liberally in sunscreen and meeting up with the Inner West 1WBT group, we were off!

Cooks River Route

Today’s walk took us along the Cooks River from Marrickville, towards Canterbury before turning back. Roughly 7-8km all told, it incorporated a shared pedestrian and cycling walkway, on-road and dirt track. Our MB handled all terrains beautifully… Whilst the mercury soared to 37°C, the effort required of us to push Sean along was almost non-existent.

Whilst we walked and chatted with the lovely ladies in our group, Sean happily slept and chatted to himself at different intervals, happy just to watch the world go by… After approximately 1.5 hours of walking, we arrived back at Steel Park, tired and sweaty in the summer heat. Sean meanwhile was cool as a cucumber, babies really do have it all 😉

Nearly 8km and 875 calories burnt, definitely a successful morning out!


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Waiting rooms

This morning I had to head to St. George Hospital’s outpatient clinic for a followup consult on my gall bladder surgery.

I ended up dropping Sean off with Mum, seeing as he’s been pretty out of sorts the past few days, there was no reason to have him there and it could potentially have been hours of waiting, plus who knows what he could of picked up. And I was right in doing so! There were over 30 elderly patients as well as plenty of others of varying ages, a lot were coughing and all in different stages of recovery from things. Basically a disease factory for a small person, I utterly detest large waiting rooms!!

I almost panicked when I saw that my appointment time was merely a check-in time. There was a sign stating waiting times of 2 hours, eep! Thankfully I was seen within a few minutes!!!

The surgeon was most happy with my recovery and advised me to avoid fatty and spicy foods which isn’t a problem. My 4 different wounds where they went in will take a bit longer to heal and will be tender for another month or so easily, so I have to be careful carrying my little Sean-monster around in the baby bjorn for long periods. Otherwise I’m good!

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