The accumulated running joy of 2017? It’s bigger than Point to Pinnacle! More massive than a marathon! Vaster than an ultra.
- January: Cadbury Half Marathon, George Town Super Sprint Triathlon, Usain Bolt trip to Melbourne, Albert parkrun in Melbourne.
- February: Beauty Point Super Sprint Triathon.
- March: Coles Bay Half Ironman – runner in a team, Tassie Trail Fest Half Marathon in Derby, Devonport Super Sprint Triathon.
- April: 🙂
- May: Great Ocean Road Marathon.
- June: Launceston 10.
- July: Run Melbourne Half Marathon.
- August: LRC Scottsdale to Bridport Half Marathon, Adelaide Marathon.
- September: Ross Half Marathon.
- October: Run & Walk For Your Heart 5km, Auckland Marathon, Lake Taupo parkrun in NZ.
- November: 🙂
- December: Bruny Island Ultra Marathon.
Happy events punctuated by parkruns and the Launceston Running Club program.
Let’s not forget some wonderful training runs with The Running Group, regular Friday runs with Louie and sometimes with Pauly too and some Saturday long runs with Janette.
2017? A year of goals accomplished. I couldn’t utter the words Bruny Island Ultra until November. Getting to Bruny was my focus but it was day by day, run by run, one step at a time and a let’s see how we go thing. AND we did it! I won’t forget those happy tears at 42kms when I realised I would finish the whole 64kms. I won’t forget those happy encouraging smiles and laughs of my two beautiful sole sisters as we shared our joy. There was no question that they could do it and they could’ve gone so much faster but they ran with me and got me to the finish line.
2017 in other areas of life: downs and ups
Pauly and I extensively renovated a rental property that started in April and was supposed to take six to eight weeks. Thanks to a shortage of trades people this was blown out to five months. But the happy result is the property sold quickly. Renovating while training for long distance runs has to be one of the silliest things we’ve done yet. But if we wait for the optimal time we’d never get any running done.
Things on the farm? They are the same. We are in Year Three of limbo. And yes, we are over it but we are content and keep doing our best with what we have and know.
Pauly had an extended 60th birthday celebration culminating with a gathering on the farm. Planning the 60th always involved a large shindig on the farm but in the times leading up to this milestone birthday we thought we’d be long gone; the gathering was sweet not only for the birthday but a celebration of still being here.
Blondie daughter #1’s boyfriend became Future Son-in-law #1 when he proposed on top of Marion’s Lookout at Cradle Mountain. Special times.
People close to us lost people close to them and together we grieved.
In September we lost the second of our much loved ancient pussy cats. After much deliberation two little kittens came to join us but were struck down with a mystery virus and our hearts were broken all over again.
The goal to run a marathon in each Australian state and both islands of New Zealand is happening.
Tasmania: Ross and Cadbury
Victoria: Melbourne and Great Ocean Road
Queensland: Gold Coast
South Australia: Adelaide
NZ North Island: Auckland
- To do:
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory
NZ South Island
2017 has seen Janette run her third marathon, Louie her ninth and me my eighth with Louie running her second ultra and Janette and I our first. Pauly? Ummm think it’s about 13 marathons and three ultras. His plan is to do as many long distance events until he simply can’t tie up his shoe laces and even then I’m sure I’ll be tying them and he’ll shuffle out of the old folks home to do a speedy distance with me huffing and puffing behind.
2018 comes into view
There are plans forming and planes booked. We are off to Western Australia for Perth Marathon. Pauly and I are off to the South Island for the Motatapu Off-Road Marathon. We’ll all be at Cadbury for the half and we’re all going to Run Melbourne.
Pauly and I would LOVE to get to The Great PukeokaHu man v Horse race again! We’re going to try!
I have my heart set on running Sydney Marathon.
And let’s not forget triathlon. Triathlon training was shelved as we concentrated on training for the ultra, I’d like to do at least one super sprint in February.
November 2018 will see us celebrating the wedding of Blondie daughter #1 and Future Son-in-law #1. Then it’s down to Bruny Island Ultra again where Pauly will be running solo and having a bit of a crack at a faster time. I shall be behind the wheel of the Quacker-Mobile as supporter.
~ Point to Pinnacle 2013 – we ran up Mt Wellington ~
~ that Holy Grail of running events ~
~ 21.4kms from sea level to 1270m of elevation ~
And that Dear Reader brings me to one last thing.
This is the last regular post of Unsporty Women Can Run for now. This year has been exhausting on many levels, not so much running, that’s been the joy that keeps me sane, it’s the other stuff in life that has sucked me dry. I need a rest.
Thank you to everyone who has read, liked, commented and encouraged from both near and far. This blog was started because I had no one to celebrate and share the new found joy of running with. Now just over five years later the running tribe who welcomed me like a long lost family member is huge. To the lovely Quackers who have graciously allowed me to share parts of their running journeys and especially to Pauly thank you for your love and friendship. I never would’ve been able to achieve so much if it wasn’t for all of you and as I’m told regularly it’s my contagious enthusiasm that has lead to some taking on challenges that were before unthought-of. To the Canadian Cheer Leaders, those lovely British Roses and the Australian cheerers – thank you will never be enough. Thank you to those runners who have introduced themselves to me at events (that has always been special beyond words Are you the Unsporty Woman? I’ve been asked. Yes I am, I’ve replied. I read your blog, they tell me ❤ ). It’s always interesting to look at the reader stats for this blog. Around certain events the stats go through the roof. Some events I’ve written about haven’t had much information about them published. Particularly this has been the case with Point to Pinnacle, Man v Horse and the Bruny Island Ultra. I’m happy to think that my writing and happy snaps have assisted others to not only give the event a go but to find out and be prepared. I will never forget meeting a young chap from Canada who told me that he ran the Point to Pinnacle because of this blog. I am so happy to think I’ve helped others see that these endurance events can be done by ordinary, every day runners like me.
Thank you to the wider blogging community too. Through the written word as we share our thoughts and experiences we find we are all just human; our goals and dreams have common themes.
From letter box to marathon via a mountain and onto an ultra. Truly Dear Reader, if running is something you would like to do please remember me. The girl most unlikely to achieve as a runner has achieved. Not because she is fast or has good endurance but because she kept trying and never gave up. If I can become a runner anyone can.
Keep dreaming, believing and planning.
Happy New Year, may all your 2018 dreams come true. I wish you health, happiness and enough.
I’ll be back to tell you about events and special moments, but for now regular blogging is taking a rest.
For the last time for a while, Happy running 🙂