Women's and Girls' Jogalong on the first Sunday of every month!


That will be this Sunday 1 August - come along to Weston Park in Yarralumla and join in the fun at the Women's and Girls' Jogalong.

Get there at 8.30am to have time to register (cost is about $6 ) and so you don't miss out on the very fun warm up aerobics at 8.45am. Staggered starts start at 9am, usually it's the 3km walk followed by the kids' mini-jog and then the 6km runs start around 9.30am.

Weather permitting I will be there with my Mum and my friend's mum to enjoy the 3km walk.
The event is organised by the Canberra Cross Country Club

The club runs regular running events that are open to members and non-members alike - just check their website in the link above for events.

Cool Running Australia keep an up-to-date list of running events, including this weekend's (Saturday 31 July) Bush Capital Bush Marathon.

Goal Setting 102


Here's a photo of my Mum who turns 80 next year hiking in the Lapland wilderness last month. Mum's at home exercise program is a daily physio program which she does about 3-4 times a week (she admits to being lazy), a half hour walk every couple of days and the monthly 3km walk with me at the Women and Girls jogalongs.
See how a simple fitness program can be hugely effective - when your program aligns to your goal?
So, having set your SMART goals (refer to earlier blog 'goal setting 101') you are motivated to go ahead and realise those goals.
Of course a little guidance helps, like the red trail post in the picture, to get you going in the right direction. I'm lucky to have Coach Dave to remind me that if I want to be able to do a 10km run I need to get out there and run for 10 kms! Coaches, Mentors and yes, Personal Trainers can all help you, but remember that they are your goals.

Le Tour & Fair Weather Cycling

Le Tour de France is always motivating:

Wouldn't it be great to have the fitness to be able to ride for four hours a day for a month or so, or to enjoy cycling in the rain...

Of course it's preferable to cycle on a beautiful warm sunny day but we won't have any of those here in Canberra for quite a few months so invest in a good quality rain jacket and lights for your bike and find a safe cycle path route to ride on.

Pedal Power continue their social bike rides - this weekend there are relatively easy rides leaving from Acton Ferry Terminal at 9am on both Saturday and Sunday (I'm hoping to make the Sunday ride) - check out their web events calendar for details - http://www.pedalpower.org.au/

And remember to register for the NSW Bicycle Commuter Challenge - it's free! - goal is to rack up 500km of bike rides by 17 December 2010 http://www.bicyclensw.org.au/content/bicycle-nsw-commuter-challenge
I started yesterday and have racked up 3km - 497 to go which is only 3km a day.

Need more motivation that Le Tour and the Challenge? What about preparing for upcoming cycle events like Rotary Spring Cycle (September), Fitz's Challenge (October), Tour de Femme (November)? I'll post links for these and other upcoming cycle events closer to the date - if you want to find out more earlier email me or give me a call.

Of course if road cycling isn't your thing CORC have some social mountain bike rides, courses and events coming up - check out their website http://new.corc.asn.au/index.asp?IntCatId=14

Happy cycling :)