What’s it all about?
What started as a documentation of my transformation from couch potato to marathon runner has blossomed into so much more than that. It’s become a place for mamas to realise they are not alone in the struggle, for aspiring runners to gain insight into injury prevention and management as they increase their mileage, and a place where people can learn to appreciate the lighter side of life because, without a sense of humour, the world is a much tougher place.
My goal for this blog is to empower, educate and entertain. I want to help new mamas to get off the couch and back into a healthy lifestyle.
To help them to prioritise self-care amidst all their other responsibilities.
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Let’s talk gut health. Not a sexy topic, but a relevant one. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that the GI tract is not only important for the absorption of food, but it has links to mental health and overall well-being as well.
I have the calves of a Springbok prop. They are neither particularly feminine nor exactly suited to long distance running. Really, they are more of a curse than a blessing. And yes, I’m talking about shin splints. It’s an injury that plagues many runners, especially those who are new to the sport and looking to build up their mileage.
I’m on a mission to hit the reset button. I need to take a holistic view and make the necessary lifestyle changes to optimise my overall health and wellness. I’m super excited to be partnering with nutrition guru Patrick Holford to bring you an adaptation of his “Six weeks to Superhealth” program, in my attempt to do just that.
The most effective way for me to lose weight would probably be for me to be subjected to a public weighing in the town square where people could point, laugh and throw things if I didn’t achieve my weight loss goals.
A friend, also looking to make some changes in her life, had added a few of us to the group to see if we would be keen to join a weight loss and fitness challenge. I teased her that she had signed me up for Fatties Anonymous – and the name stuck.
Continuing with the general theme of my life that is “overcommitting myself” I signed up for my first trail event, The Drakensberg Northern trail 40K challenge. I should add that when I signed up I didn’t even own a pair of trail shoes and had never done a trail run before.
6am: Feed the one-year-old his cereal. His love of food is matched only by his love of new-found mobility. By the end of the meal he’s consumed about half the bowl. The rest covers his face from chin to hairline (“There’s Something about Mary” style) and is spread over various items of furniture in the lounge.
The increased impact when you run downhill requires greater eccentric control to decelerate your legs as you hammer down the hill (some of us more heavily than others).
So, I’ve decided to take-up with some of the local mountain goats and take my running off road, which means I need to increase my hill training. With much enthusiasm, and little sense, I sought out some serious climbs, and paid for it.
I caught up with Brad Brown, who heads up the IT and technical side of things at Coach Parry, to find out a bit more about it. This is what he had to say: