About

A happy, encouraging blog that aims to tell my story and encourage others to have a go at being active.

Having hated running and never understanding the impossible joining of the words fun and run, I’m now a convert to running.  It has taken a couple of years and while my story is not unique, it’s my story and I’m extremely pleased with how far I have come with running and fitness.  It all started with a Wii Fit, the Global Corporate Challenge and a desire to run with my husband Paul who is a pretty good runner.  Now running is a challenge, fun, treatment for stress and a way of life.

In November 2013 I achieved my Holy Grail of running events, the Point to Pinnacle in Hobart, Tasmania Australia.  This is known as the world’s toughest half marathon; 21.4km from sea level to the top of Mt Wellington at 1270m – Mt Wellington is known as Kunanyi  by the Tasmanian Indigenous people.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could ever make it to the top.  Again in 2014 I ran the event and this time without any walking (in 2013 I had walk breaks from the 16th km onwards, but in 2014 I ran all the way).

In January 2015 I became a marathoner and then ran my second one in October 2015.  I have big dreams to run more marathons and an ultra in the coming years.

If I can become a runner anyone can.  Take it slowly, join a running group, go to parkrun if there is one near you.  Running has given me a whole new dimension to life that I didn’t know was there – I love it! And it’s available for everyone to try, no qualifications needed.

Happy running 🙂

PS  I’m not a personal trainer or running expert.  Please have a chat with your medical practitioner before taking up any new exercise program or change in your diet.  Products mentioned on my blog are things that I have personally bought and used; I recommend doing your own research and shopping around to see if they are right for you 🙂

58 thoughts on “About

  1. This is really motivating! I have always told myself that I hated running, but a week ago I decided to give it a go again. I have been out on 3 runs so far and for some reason I actually enjoy it this time:)

  2. Hi! Thanks for following my blog. I used to think I simply couldn’t run. When I was younger I would run for 15 minutes tops, couldn’t do any more than that. But last year, after I passed an exam that I thought was impossible (biochemistry!!), I thought to myself ” well you see, nothing is impossible “. So I gave running a go again and in no time I was running 10K! I couldn’t believe it! So I confirm: nothing is impossible. The sky is my limit :).
    Like your blog a lot.
    Alix

  3. Looking for some motivating running blogs and came across yours! I’m just getting back in to it after many years away. Look forward to your posts!

  4. I like (and share) your goal of motivating others to get fit! Enjoy the running, it’s great fun, isn’t it?
    –Joan 🙂

  5. Hi! I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award! I’ve very much enjoyed reading about your running!

  6. Hi, I’ve just stumbled across your blog and love it! Having reached my heaviest weight ever last year at age 46, I finally joined a gym and started the journey to fitness (not there yet but enjoying the journey) In March this year I started running with my teenage son, struggling with 1 min run/2 mins walk program, since then I’ve done 4 fun runs, three of them with my much speedier son and now have the aim of a half marathon next year.
    Good luck for the P2P, I’ll be plodding along somewhere at the back but looking forward to the challenge! Thanks, Sam

    • Hello Samantha, thanks for the comment and your best wishes form the P2P. Wow, you have come a long way with your fitness! Well done. So many achievements and a great goal for next year 🙂

  7. I just discovered your blog. It certainly resonates with me…who said I would never be a runner and now am days away from my first marathon at age 52. I’m with you…anything is possible!

  8. This is exactly what I needed to come across today! I began running in August and now I’m up to three miles per run. I’m now looking to do a half marathon in May. I love seeing people leave their comfort zone and find success. You inspire me!

  9. Since I found your blog a few weeks ago I’ve read all of your archive posts …it was just like reading an inspirational book from cover to cover. Your story is motivational and you write so well….you should think about doing a book ! Talking of books, thanks for recommending ‘Lazy Runner’…I downloaded it to my Kindle and it’s a great read .
    I started running on 1st July last year with the Couch25K program and completed it 9 weeks later ,able to run for 30 minutes ( but not covering 5k in that time).
    On Saturday I went out and did 10K along the lanes of Southwest France where I currently live. I am so happy with what I’ve managed to achieve and to just be a runner 🙂
    I wish I’d done this years ago ( I’m 56 ) and I wish I’d found your brilliant blog sooner too !
    Keep inspiring, keep blogging …happy running !
    Thanks so much, Carole x

    • Hello Carole 🙂 I am completely blown away by your comment. I had a little cry while I read it. To encourage others to give running a go has been something I had hoped to do and reading your comment…well…I’m speechless. I feel really encouraged by your thoughts and I so need them right now with my foot being so challenging. Thank you. So glad you like the Lazy Runner, she has some great advice and tips. Thanks for telling me about your running story, sounds like your story is full of inspiring dedication too. Running is so simple, yet it makes us feel so mighty and provides a world of achievement like no other. I am still amazed by this. Happy running xxx

  10. HI i found your site by accident and I am really enjoying all the posts that you have recorded. I only started running 13 months ago after our daughter and her husband lost their beautiful baby Daisy at 39 weeks and 4 days. They thought long and hard about how they would like to help other family going through this terrible time so the idea of running the Melbourne ½ marathon 2013 to raise money for pregnancy loss was the plan. We started running in May last year (never having run much before) and did the ½ marathon in Oct thinking of Daisy every step of the way. Running has now become my escape. I take to footpaths and tracks enjoying every minute of it. After a bad day at work or a very busy day the way to unwind is put the shoes on and head out the door. I have since done the Burnie 10, The Nile 10 Mile, City to Casino and the Launnie 10. I am hoping to do the Point to Pinnacle this year so any tips with training would be great. Please keep the fantastic blogs going love them heaps.

    • Hello Deb 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me some of your story. I’m so sad to hear about baby Daisy, I can’t begin to imagine how hard losing her must have been for your family. I’m so glad you’ve found a way to work through your grief positively with running. We’ve done quite a few runs together by the look of that list. I hope we can say hello in person one day! Point to Pinnacle is amazing, the sense of achievement at the end just can’t be measured. I don’t feel qualified to give tips but just keep running up hills and think positively. I think being mentally prepared for a lot of ‘up’ is a big part of enjoying the run. AND if I can get up that mountain you can too. Oh and this year is the 20th anniversary so be sitting on your PC ready to register at 7am on the 1st of August. Thanks again for taking the time to say hello, I’m humbled and delighted that you have found some encouragement in my running ramblings 🙂

  11. I’m just starting out on a similar journey of my own. I never understood those people! But now I guess I’m joining the club. It’s nice to read your blog to get some positive inspiration. I have a more sarcastic approach to the whole thing haha. I’ll be frequenting your blog to get me motivated!! You can check out mine if you need a reminder of how just starting out felt! (http://slippersforsneakers.wordpress.com/)

    • It’s funny joining the club that we used to think was a bit strange. But once we join we realise they were on to something totally awesome. All the best with your journey into running 🙂 Thanks for the lovely comment 🙂

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  14. HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY SpecialAnniebabesIspirationalMarathonRunner!!!!!
    Wishing you ALL the very best for a most wonderful day. Hope you are spoilt rotten and may all the years ahead be fabulous and full of love laughter and happiness.
    Love Corrina x

  15. I heard about your blog via CJ. I’d like to see if I can interview you for my web community 50+ Runner. She said you are a big inspiration to her running. Email me if you are interested. I’d surely love to hear from you. Thanks Ron shooruns@gmail.com

  16. So I have just stumbled upon your blog and am very, very grateful. I am a soon to be 56 year old woman who has been running for about 15 years. Together with my 25 year old daughter, I just ran the Marine Corps Marathon (my first marathon, ever) in Washington, DC. It was a surreal experience and one I want to repeat over and over. It isn’t too late for me….. right?

    • Congratulations on your first Marathon Ellen! It’s never too late to have a go, I hope you get to run many more. Age is only a number, keep on running and planning and living those dreams x

  17. Hi Annie,
    I found you via one of Sue Slaught’s posts some weeks ago and then lost you. I’m just going to follow you now so I don’t lose you again. Your running story struck a chord with me. I had never run before and years ago a chiroprator advised that I shouldn’t but a few years ago sports physio said I was walking at such a pace why didn’t I try jogging. I only put my toes in the water and tired a few Sri Chinmoy runs. My husband started running later in life and runs with our two adult daughters. for me it started because of training to trek to Everest Base Camp.

    I stopped because I needed to concentrate on the hiking, stars etc. I really need to get back into it because I have been sitting and blogging too much.so I will see if your posts can help inspire me.

    I have mentioned the Everest Base Camp marathons in my blog becasue by chance both treks there was the official and the unofficial while we were on the treks. I will be doing another post about it soon. There are some photos in this post. https://theyearitouchedmytoes.com/2016/03/08/pangboche-to-namche-bazaar/

    My husband wants to do it but I said it would be over my dead body. Now he is talking about climbing a mountain. Louise

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