Run, run as fast as you can

Helloooo everyone! How y’all going with your new year fitness goals?

I’ve been running and er… shopping for my running.

Active Wear

Basically I took advantage of the crazy 50-70% off sales and bought some running gear to make my life a bit easier. I mean, if I want to run everyday or alternate day, I should have at least more than one pair of running shorts, am I right?!

So I bought some shorts, a bra top and a 3/4 sleeved running top.

Active Wear

When I first started this running thing, I was quite apathetic towards all the sexy and gimmicky running tops with “mesh panels” and “peek-a-boo cut-outs”.

But I’ve changed my mind! Complete 180! OMG you guys! Tops with mesh panels and proper wicking is a MUST! Tops with a sexy back is also a must! And hey, the more cut-outs the better! The more support and padding the better too!

See, I don’t actually run *just* wearing shorts + bra top.

I wear a running top over the top. Why? Because, it’s terribly difficult to spread suncream all over your back. And um, well, it’s just not so cool to “let it all hang out” in the park for everyone to see. (Says the girl who is posting photos of herself “letting it all hang out” on the internet!)

So with the extra running top, I get really hot and sweaty during my runs. Like really hot. Sometimes I wish it would rain. Or that someone would spray me with water. Or that I could just run through someone’s garden sprinklers, like the park dogs do.

Active Wear

I found this top on the sale rack too. I wanted a very breathable top that covers me up from the sun while running. The shoulder cut outs look a bit weird. But they seem to work at cooling me down. I just hope that I don’t end up with strange tan shapes on my back!

Check out the epic range of Sportswear at The Iconic.

( See all my Daily Outfits here )

Check out more of my favourite online shops in my Women’s Online Fashion Shopping Guide.

The Kangaroo Selfie

When I was 8, our family went to a wildlife park to see and pat some Australian animals. Koalas, kangaroos, snakes. Apparently, I was SO TERRIFIED of the kangaroo that my parents had to drag me close to the kangaroo, holding me in their arms, forcing my arms to be outstretched and they made me touch it.

And of course, the story became part of my family’s folklore and I was forever teased by it – “Haha remember the time when Karen didn’t want to touch the kangaroo?! She’s such a wimp!!!”

Kangaroos at Caversham

So here I am, many years later, as a parent myself. I took my 3 children out to visit Caversham Wildlife Park, which is a must if you’re a visiting Perth.

It’s a large park full of Australian animals, offering visitors a hands on experience. You can pat kangaroos, take photos with a wombat, hold a snake, pat a lizard, milk a cow, feed a goat and much more.

Standing in the middle of the kangaroo enclosure, I didn’t have a nervous breakdown or anything. Quite the opposite.

I was surrounded by 20 or so tame kangaroos, patting them, hand feeding them and mezmerised by how graceful, beautiful, sleek and lean they were!

Kangaroo Selfie at Caversham

And of course, taking selfies with them.

You know what?

I realised that I’ve never really seen a kangaroo up close before. Our national animal. Their doey eyes, glossy fur, alert ears, twitchy noses. The funny way they bounce around, not walk. They are such beautiful creatures.

I LOVED the experience!

I guess I am cured of my fear of marsupial.

Stempower Goodness

SK-II Stempower Kit

Earlier this month, I popped into an SK-II counter to have my skin analysed. My skin results were not great.

So SK-II has provided me with this new Stempower Kit (yipee!) which I will test out and use twice a day for 3 months.

The kits contains the Stempower Moisturiser 50g, Facial Treatment Essence 30 ml and Skin Signature 3D Redefining Mask.

The SK-II Stempower Moisturiser is actually a new product with a new anti-aging formula, and it can now be purchased in this affordable kit. And when I say affordable, I mean… the price of the moisturiser (by itself) is the same as the Stempower Kit!

I’m curious and excited to see how it all works together and I’ll let you how it goes!

Find out more about the SK-II Stempower Kit here.

The Writing on the Wall

My husband came home one Friday night from “a S#!T of a day” (his words not mine) and he announced that he was going to paint the dining room.

I had been asking him to do it for a loooooooooong time. The tin of paint had been sitting in the shed for weeks. So I was glad he was *finally* getting around to it. I asked “That’s nice dear. When?’

And he said “Right Now!”

I looked around the dinning room. It was full of all our usual furniture. He’d have to move the furniture, clean the walls, roll up the rugs, mask the door and window frames with tape, cover the floors with drop sheets, etc. It was at least TWO HOURS of preparation to get the walls ready to paint.  He looked tired and irritable.

I tried to talk him out of it, but he was in one of his… moods. Now, my hubby is Mr Square at work. He has a very tidy hair cut, he manages big, complicated jobs, and solves problems all day long. And he is mostly Mr Square at home too. He is the thinker, the organiser, the calming influence. He likes everything to be in its place. He makes conservative, safe choices. He is the perfect balance for my own dynamic and creative nature.

But sometimes, he goes… bonkers! And I have learned to just stand back, keep out of the way, and enjoy the show.

He feverishly set about prepping the room, after he evicted us from it. The kids ate dinner, not watching TV, but watching him turn the place upside down, like a madman. With some reckless shortcuts (like stacking all the furniture on top of the table, and just not bothering with masking) he got the tin of paint from the shed, and the brushes and rollers. And then…

…he decided to INVOLVE THE CHILDREN!

Wall Painting

Can someone call the crazy police?

He gave the kids a paintbrush each, a Chinese takeaway container full of paint each… and instructions to “JUST GO CRAZY!”

(Oh and a few rules like – no rude words, and no penises.)

Wall Painting

My children had such a *gleeful* and *wild* time.

It was like there was some kind of artistic, hippy, music festival happening in my dining room, where everyone painted their bodies and hair and played air guitar to rock music, totally lost in their own worlds.

Wall Painting

They were COVERED in paint at the end!

It was funny, weird, beautiful, bizarre and one of those moments that I was so happy to capture with my camera. The kids went to bed (after a shower) happy as can be.

And when they woke up in the morning… my husband had covered up their graffiti with three coats of “Antique White”.

I guess he was just letting off steam in a practical way. He was so calm, relaxed and so pleased with himself when he woke up.

And… he made us all pancakes for breakfast!

Running on Empty

Over the Christmas and New Year break, I fell off the exercise wagon. Again!

I had sporadic bursts of exercise here and there, driven by all my pigging-out and over-eating, but I didn’t have a routine. So finally, I’m now very keen to hit my new year running and exercise targets.

I’ve been waking up around 6am to get a run in before the rest of my family gets up, and to avoid the heat of the day. Usually I eat a small breakfast of fruit and muesli, brush my teeth, put on suncream, drink a glass of water and have half a cup of tea before my run. My runs only ever take me 30-40 minutes. But I’ve found it to be a bit problematic, because I feel sluggish in my tummy, and I have a heaviness in my bladder and a that irritating feeling of possibly needing to pee soon.

6km run - 5:30am

TODAY I decided to do something different.

I literally stumbled out of bed at 5:30am… put on my running clothes, drank half a glass of water, ate one sugar lolly and ran out the door. THAT’S IT!

I felt really stiff, I had a few pangs in my joints and I was so irritated that I hadn’t brushed my teeth and that my breath smelt bad, ugh.

But after I ran about 3kms, I suddenly felt brilliant.

I felt magically fluid and oiled and full of energy and power.

I ran 6km with ease. It was the longest distance I’ve ever run (without resting). I wasn’t hungry or thirsty. I felt sooooo goood. I was really surprised. I think I could have kept going but I needed to get home and get ready for my day.

I’m aiming for 10kms!

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