Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Events in May for runners and walkers

The first weekend in May will be fantastic - there's

The Canberra Road Running Festival (note the underlined text is a link, press on it to go to the relevant website) first up, including a runners EXPO on Saturday and Sunday. If you're around Lake BG in the morning be sure to cheer the marathoners on. I'll be helping out at the finish line.

The National Heart Foundation are having a Heart Week Walk on Sunday 2nd May from 9am. Meet at the Carillon for the two bridges walk at Lake Burley Griffin - should be a good vantage point to watch the marathon. The Heart Foundation run walking groups all over the country, you can join one or start your own walking group :)

Later in the month there's

The Mothers Day Classic on Sunday 9 May - 5km or 10km options. Online registrations close soon. Again, around the lovely Lake BG in Canberra:

An alternative on Sunday 9 May is a multi-sport event - Pedal, paddle 'n puff  aka Sri Chinmoy run-paddle-mountain bike-run. Go in a team of 2 or 3 people or go solo. 

The ABS Fun Run / Castles Shield challenge at lunch time (12.30pm start) on Wednesday 19 May. 7.3km run or 6.2km walk on the bike path around Lake Ginninderra.
There is fierce competition between ABS and DIAC for the Castles Shield!

A good website for running events is Cool Running - heaps of info on upcoming events, training, links to some crazy runners...

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stress Down Day Friday 23 July

Gosh, with so much going on like the Canberra Road Running Festival, Mother's Day Classic, Fitz's Challenge, Capital Punishment 50km/100km mountain bike, Salsa dancing to try out, Zumba, the ski season just around the corner and everything else sometimes it's time to just STOP!
Lifeline's annual Stress Down Day is on Friday 23 July 2010
I highly recommend purchasing the slippers - yes, I do own a pair :)
So why not get your work place to register and support Lifeline and stress down on Friday 23 July.
Ahhh... don't you feel better already?

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bicycle Maintenance & upcoming running events

Pedal Power Bike Maintenance Courses
The next beginner's course is 10am-2pm Sunday 30 May and you will learn how to remove your rear and front wheels and fix your punctures, right now mostly caused by those horrible thorns...

...that are responsible for multiple tyre punctures - and which get stuck in your dog's paws -
that come from the noxious weed Tribulus terrestris commonly known as puncture weed.

I'll be at the Bike Maintenance Intermediate course, having thoroughly enjoyed Beginners I & II :)
With the Anzac Day weekend, Canberra Road Running Festival and the ABS Fun Run (aka Castles Shield) all coming up I won't ask if anyone's up for Fitz's challenge right now... will keep you posted!

ABS Fun Run? Either 7.3km run or a 6km walk on Wednesday lunchtime 19 May 2010 around Lake Ginninderra - A reminder that the ABS run lunch time Lake Ginninderra handicap on the last Tuesday of every month (That'll be Tuesday 27 April) which is a great training opportunity for anyone who can make it. Staggered starts according to your run pace with slowest runners starting at 12.10pm for everyone to finish at 1pm. Gold coin donation to enter (proceeds go to Cancer Council). Meet at the wall below Bella Vista Restaurant. Being statisticians, they keep records of everyone's run times.

The 5km run on Sat. 1 May as part of the Canberra Road Running Festival is another great training opportunity - it's quite different running on your own to running with a large group of enthusiastic people!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Zumba Dance Fitness - Canberra Road Running Festival

Zumba Dance Fitness:  If you enjoy Latin music, like dancing and want to improve your cardio-vascular (aerobic) fitness then Zumba! is for you.

Salsabor run 10 week terms for $160 - That's 1 X 1 hour session a week for 10 weeks.
Next term - Starts: 26 April 2010; Finishes: 03 July 2010

They run classes all over Canberra throughout the week - CLICK HERE
I tried it out last Tuesday night - it was heaps of fun and a great moderate to high intensity workout - my average heart rate over the hour was 146bpm (which is 75% of my max. heart rate), I got my heart rate up to 163bpm (85% of my MHR) and I burned 534 calories!

Canberra Road Running Festival - 1st & 2nd of May 2010

Those of you training for the half marathon and marathon events, it's time to start tapering off. Remember that the 5km fun run on Saturday 1 May is free for you so use that as a pre-event warm up, run it relaxed and easy to prepare for Sunday:)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Upcoming events for April 2010

Hi everyone,

The Canberra Road Running Festival is coming up soon - 1-2 May.

The 5km fun run is on Saturday 1 May and the half marathon, marathon and ultra marathon are all on Sunday 2 May. There's also a 2km run for the under 10s on the Saturday.
I'll be going in the 5km run, cheering Coach Dave in at ultra marathon finish line (!) and helping out as a volunteer over the weekend - see you there!

(There's no Women's and Girls jogalong in May).

The Mothers' Day Classic 5km/10km walk/run is on the following weekend, Sunday 9 May - Website:
The Classic raises money for Breast Cancer research. I'm still interested in getting a 5km walk/run/walk-jog team together so let me know by this Friday 17 April if you'd like to be in a team - If we can get at least 10 people together we can get some t-shirts made up.

Pedal Power are running their Beginners II Bike Maintenance course this Sunday 18 April - I had so much fun at Beginners I I'm going again, this time I'm cycling there!

PP are also running a Come and Try Easy Ride from Lake Ginninderra on Sunday 18 April from 9am.
Yes, I was lazy and didn't end up going on the social ride yesterday (Saturday) - sorry Roz! But I did go for a very easy 20km ride around Lake BG today:)
On Saturday 17 April there's the 25km social ride from Acton Ferry Terminal.

Check out their events calendar (and links) for details: Website:

I'm going to check out Zumba! Fitness - that's the Latin style dance fitness group exercise. The programs are usually 10 weeks but they have a two week program starting this week - I'm trying for the Tuesday evening sessions at Civic:): Website:

The opportunities to be fit and active are everywhere!

In the beginning!

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I was a personal trainer and gym instructor for 13 years. Then COVID-19 hit and I just couldn't bring myself to train online. I also left my 'real' job in Canberra to live in beautiful Far North Queensland. These days I'm spending most of my time on a 1Ha hobby farm which is in a 300 acre working farm. My love of fitness and physical activity, good food, nature and animals has come together here.

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