Online Journaling : Day One

I have always loved journaling, it may be that I have a slight stationery addiction, or it might be a reflection of how much I would adore to read back through my own childhood.
For years I have kept four journals (one for me and one for each of the kids). I will readily admit that keeping them updated had become a bit of a chore, and I was very close to running out of room in one journal which was going to force a decision – do I buy a new journal or change method.  So I recently made the switch to digital journaling. It was a hard switch for me as I adore something tactile to hold, but a month in and I am so glad I made the change.
My process was such that every time one of the kids did something cute or memorable I would jot it down on a bit of paper or in a note on my phone.  Then once a month I would sit down with all the journals and expand on the notes in handwritten form.  I am rather long-winded so this process took me a while.  While I love the end product I was not loving the process.
So I bit the bullet and investigated digital journaling.  I did some online research and settled on the app DAY ONE.
Day One is available in iTunes (android and online versions are in the pipeline) it come highly recommended, has been around for many years and it has completely revolutionised my journaling.
Features I love
  • Tags – one of the biggest time wasters in keeping separate journals for all my kids was that if we did something altogether, then I had to write it out in 4 separate journals.  With Day One I just write an entry and tag it with each child’s name.  That way the same entry is logged in each child’s journal
  • Photos – I can upload photos into my journal entries, there is a maximum of 10 per entry but its such an amazing tool.
  • Social Media Links – It was relatively simple to use the IFTTT integrations they have to hook up my Instagram feed.  Every time I post on Instagram it is automatically saved as a Day One entry. This integration is also available with Facebook although I have yet to set it up.
  • Date and Location stamping – when you upload an image Day One will automatically tag that entry with the time and location the photo was taken.  You can of course edit this if you choose.
  • PDF exporting – its so simple to create a PDF from the Day One app – you can choose entries from a specific journal, special tags or a set date range.  Then export and you have a PDF of your journal. My intention is to PDF each year for each child (and for me) and then get them printed and bound.
  • Reminders – you can set a reminder for a certain time each day to journal – mine is set every night for after the kids are in bed.

Features I don’t love

  • There is no android or web app.  I am a much faster typist on my computer and some long entries I would much rather use a full keyboard and web interface than type on my phone.  I have overcome this by typing on my PC and emailing to my phone and copying into Day One but will be so glad when my journals are available online.
  • I am worried about how much storage space they will let me have.  This was the first app I have ever paid for (it was $7.95 I think) and I already have 385 entries and 638 photos.   At some point I assume I will need to pay for a bigger account.
  • My pinky finger on my right hand is sore.  I use it to support my phone when I lie in bed and type and I’ve been using the app so much that I have a sore finger – boo hoo.
  • THAT’S ALL – I LOVE THIS APP.

How I use Day One

  • You can have lots of separate journals.  I have one for each of the kids and one for me, another for exercise and so on.  I probably should just put all the kids entries into one journal as I use tags so heavily but I am working it out as I go along.
  • Each day (generally at night) I go through my phone and add any pictures that I take and compose entries it really does only take a few minutes and I have a great record of our days.
  • As I go during the day, if something memorable happens I will add a new entry to a journal I have called “To complete” and will just make a quick note without worrying about specifics.  At the end of the day I will come back and flesh this entry out,  save it to the correct journal – and hit save DONE.
  • As mentioned above every Instagram post I make is automatically imported into Day One.  I have these added to a journal called INSTAGRAM.  Each night I go into this journal, edit the details to include more personal insights and save it in the appropriate journal.
  • I adore the “timehop” app and Facebooks “on this day feature”.  So each day – normally in the morning before I get out of bed, I go through those two programs and import my “past” into Day One.  I haven’t found an automated way to do this so at the moment it involves saving photos from Facebook entries to my phone, copying the text and manually pasting them both into DAY One.  It is time consuming but I am so excited that the end product will be a pretty complete reckoning of my life in the digital age (hello fellow Facebook addicts).

So the end result, if you have the $7.95 to spare and have thought that you might like to one day look back upon your life I can highly recommend DAY ONE.

Illawarra Fly and Zip Line Tour

Illawarra Fly is in the Southern Highlands, just outside the small village of Robertson. It’s roughly an hour and a half drive from Sydney either along the coast via Wollongong or straight down the Hume Highway. The facility to easy to find with plenty of parking. There is a small café and gift shop on site and the toilets are in the main building.  There are picnic tables available and many families had packed their own lunch.

The Zip Line experience includes entry to the Tree Top Walk. Zip-Line participants are required to sign a waiver, they must be over 4 years old and 105cm tall (their height will be checked before they enter the safety briefing). Riders between 105-120cms are required to ride tandem with an adult. The combined weight limit for each ride (tandem or single) is 120kg, although the waiver you sign states this as 110kg. Additionally, you are not allowed to ride if you are beyond the first trimester of pregnancy and you are required to have a reasonable degree of physical ability.

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Zip Lines tours run every 30 minutes. Our ride had 7 participants including 2 couples, my 6-year-old who was riding solo and my 4-year-old who was riding tandem with me.

Next to the entrance is a small building where you are taken for your safety briefing. There is a short video that explains a few simple rules and gives you a taste of what is to come.  The rules included, no touching the trees, no bouncing on the platforms (known as cloud stations), and of course, have fun.

Then we are asked to perform a few simple movements to prove that we are physically able to complete the course. The movements are basic things like squatting to prove you could get onto a cloud station safely.

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Then it is time to get suited up. Children were guided into their harnesses by a staff member while adults were instructed on how to put them on ourselves, each harness was tightened and checked by the staff and helmets completed the ensemble.

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Once you are all suited up, you follow the path down the hill carrying your gear. The walk is not long but children may need help carrying the heavy clip that attaches you to the zip line. Family and friends who are not riding are able to accompany you to the first platform and after you launch can continue down to the tree top walk where they have a great view of the zip line riders overhead.

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Riding is great fun, you are high in the tree canopy and there are gorgeous views all around. There is a staff member to guide you on and off at every cloud station, you simply sit down on the wide part of your harness and lift your feet up to launch. Once you reach a platform you point your toes into a net and stand up – simple. If you are riding tandem however, remember that you will have the extra weight of someone on your lap to lift as you land.

The staff members are all really fantastic, helpful and encouraging. My 6-year-old went before me and they made sure to take good care of him when he reached the platforms as well as giving great guidance and being very knowledgeable about the area.

I am not afraid of heights, and, I knew that we were all securely attached the pulley system, but still- that moment, when you had to let go of the guide railings to move around a tree 35m in the air, made you feel alive.

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Now, I knew we were going to be zip lining but the rope bridges came as a surprise (they do tell you about them in the briefing). From the first cloud station to the second and then on to the third you walk over 2 rope bridges. If you walk carefully and step in the middle of the rungs the bridges are quite steady (although you are free to bounce if you wish).

It was a proud parenting moment seeing my 6-year-old step bravely out onto the first bridge. Then it was my turn. My 4 year old did so well, especially since the steps were about as wide apart as her maximum stride. We struggled a little on the first bridge as I was trying to hold her hand to give her support. On the second bridge, we managed to get her hands holding on to the hand rails which was much easier.

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My two kids handled the experience well- the heights didn’t faze them. The guide was telling me that they frequently have to head out on the bridges and coax across people who get stuck. This is not an experience for the faint of heart, those afraid of heights or if you get particularly anxious. The staff, and fellow riders were very supportive and I would encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try it.

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The remainder of the experience was 2 more zip line rides, a super long one and then another final ride where the guides encouraged us to try some tricks – just letting go and flapping like a bird was enough for some but another member of our group even tried flipping upside down. The zip line finishes right near the start of the treetop walk. A perfect spot to meet other members of your party and take in the views from the elevated platforms.

The tree top walk is 500m of elevated platforms on the escarpment overlooking the Illawarra region, 710m above sea level. Even on a cloudy day there are beautiful views out to the ocean and up and down the coast.

The walkways are very safe with high fencing so kids can explore. However, you are still standing suspended over the tree tops and can feel the two cantilevered ends sway in the wind so it can be an unnerving experience.

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In the middle of the walkway is Knights Tower than rises 106 steps above the platform, so you are standing 45m above the forest floor. The climb is worth the effort, you get an amazing view and kids will get a kick out of being so high.

The entire experience, zip lining, exploring the tree top walk and wandering back to the shop will take about 2.5 hours. The surrounding bush itself is just beautiful and there are displays along to way to learn about the flora and fauna of the area.

Illawarra Fly is a fantastic experience, a chance for kids to get out and appreciate the natural beauty of our country and the new Zip Lining experience is a great way to inject some adrenalin into a beautiful day out.

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Top Tips

Take warm clothes – it can be rather cool in the southern highlands, even in summer and especially when standing on the escarpment or high up in the trees.

Make a day trip of your visit to the area. Stop for pies in Robertson or to visit some cute shops in Bowral or Moss Vale. Let the kids run wild in the nearby National parks, visit Carrington Falls (the lookout is currently closed for renovation), take a walk-through Minnamurra Rainforest, or enjoy a scenic drive along Jamberoo Mountain Road or Macquarie Pass and back along the Sea Cliff bridge.

No loose items are allowed on the zip lines. If you wish to take a camera / phone with you it will need to be attached to you with a lanyard or in a pouch. Suitable pouches are available to purchase at the ticket office. Lockers are available to store your belongings while you ride.

You can take a Go Pro with you – if it is secured properly. If you are riding tandem however the Go Pro footage will be obscured by the rider in front.

Tickets are cheaper if you buy online before you go, with a 10% discount available.

If you are visiting during peak time ring and book your spot on the Zip Line tour as they can fill up quickly especially during the middle of the day.

Be aware of the limitations of members of your group. For some people the height of the zip line and Tree Top walk will just make them uncomfortable.

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The tickets for this event were provided by ellaslist and this review originally appeared on their website.

Summer Of Fun

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I have a dear friend whose kids are several years older than mine.  For years she has inspired me with her enthusiasm for school holidays.   While so many parents are out their bemoaning the arrival of summer she is out their planning to have fun and enjoy her kids.  Yes, kids are hard work.  Yes, sometimes I would do anything for a break.  Yes, I just want a clean house for 2 seconds. Yes, the summer holidays are long.

But I chose to be a Mum, my kids are pretty darn awesome, and hard as it is to see sometimes they will only be young for such a short period of time, and I want to make these breaks a time of joy that they will always remember.

So rather than face the next six weeks with dread, I am going to take a leaf from my friends book.  I am looking forward to this time with my family.  I am going to enjoy spending time with the kids (especially the Boy who I have missed since he started big-school).  We are going to have a Summer to remember – a Summer Of Fun.

Yesterday was the last day of school for the year.  When we got home I got the kids started making lists of the things they wanted to do in the holidays.  We don’t have lots of money to spend and we aren’t going anywhere exotic, but we can still make plans and do fun things together – and that is the thing that counts/

I wish I had of been more prepared with some supplies to make a fancy list of our adventures.  And I wish I had put some thought into how I will make this all work but I am excited with how our plans have started.

The Boy’s amazingly dedicated Kindy teacher sent home a few notes on things that he can do to keep up his progress over the summer break – practise keeping his writing evenly sized and neat, working on his reading comprehension and revising maths concepts.  So part of each day will be 20 minutes of quiet reading and then 20 minutes working on some of these ideas (in whatever ways we come up with).

I have included the start of our list below.  I encourage you to enjoy this summer, look on this time as a blessing not a burden.  Sit down and watch a movie, then get up and go explore.  Even if you have to work most of the holidays you can still make it a time to remember – host a dinner party on a weekend, try a new food or meet your family at the door with water pistols. I would love to hear from you if you have any plans for the break.  And feel free to join us for any of our adventures.

The Summer of Fun List

  • rehearse and put on a show for daddy
  • watch a movie under the stars
  • go to a drive in movie
  • set up a waterslide in the backyard
  • take the train into the city and go exploring
  • visit a new beach
  • go fishing
  • visit poppy
  • check out a new library
  • have a water balloon fight
  • explore a new scooter park
  • bike ride round Olympic park
  • make a giant sculpture out of recycled cardboard
  • spend a day reading new books
  • Christmas craft
  • write a letter to Santa
  • go to the cinema
  • Lego day
  • have a treasure hunt
  • build a fort
  • Left or Right adventure (go for a drive and flip a coin to choose your direction)
  • perform service for someone less fortunate
  • visit Karloo Pools
  • visit the disused Helensburgh rail way tunnels
  • visit family in the country
  • cook sushi
  • bake and decorate cookies
  • prepare and serve a fancy dinner
  • invite friend for dinner
  • have school friends over for a play date
  • have a PJ day
  • make jam
  • complete some scouting activities

So far, so good.  Day number 1 of the holidays, we participated in parkrun, went to visit Santa and chilled out with a friend all day.  We finished up with some sprinkler fun in the yard and salad and steamed dumplings for dinner.

2016: Running gets a big TICK

At the start of the year I set myself two running goals (and later added a third)!

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GOAL 1: run 5km in under 30 minutes

GOAL 2: run at least 20 parkruns

GOAL 3: run a half marathon

 

 

 

Well here we are facing down the last few weeks of the year and I have achieved so much

 GOAL 1:

img_3063After several faltering attempts with pausing and narrowly missing my time – on November 14th I finally ran 5km in under 30 minutes. I honestly used to think this was an impossible goal but I did this with comparative ease. I am not saying it was easy, and once my 5kms were done I did stop my watch and walk home. But I am amazed at how far my fitness has come.

I will say that this run came a week after a half marathon in Carcoar and during that week I only did one 6km run so I was running well rested and I think that helped. Plus, it was my first outing with the new Garmin 235 I got for my birthday and I clearly had something to prove.

GOAL 2:

I started the year right, running the parkrun double at St Peters and Campbelltown on New Year’s Day. Since then I have managed to hit parkrun relatively frequently. I normally run/walk with all three of my kids so this is never going to be a race for me, it’s more important that the kids get out and enjoy participating with me. We have volunteered a handful of times in various roles and run in various configurations with a double and single pram as well as recently using the ergo baby to carry the Baby now that The Girl is old enough for her own barcode and can motor the 5kms on her own.

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So, my 20 parkruns for the year goal got a big fat tick on Saturday December 10th. During the year, most of my parkruns are at our local Panania course, we also did Menai a few times, St Peters and Campbelltown and the beautiful Fingal Bay while on holidays.

GOAL 3:

img_2648Running a half was on my long-term goal list for “sometime” in the next few years. However, when an opportunity presented itself in April I showed up with 36 hours notice and ran/walked the Canberra Half in 2:48. That gave me the confidence that I could cover 21.1kms and then led me on and on. In the end, I have done 3 official half’s this year – dropping my time to 2:26. Even more importantly in my most recent event – the Carcoar Cup, my PB time stayed at the 2:26 I set on the Gold Coast in July. But rather than running in the incredibly flat Gold Coast I ran up a huge mountain. As well as that I ran 35km at the CPU event as part of a relay, ran numerous other smaller event with my family and ran close to and over 20kms on at least 5 other training runs.

 

THE RESULT:

As 2016 comes to a close, I am stronger, fitter, lighter and faster than I was at the beginning of the year. More importantly I am happier, healthier and have made some amazing new friends. I could not be prouder of my efforts and how far I have come, and I am thrilled with the example that I am setting for my little people. It still shocks me regularly that I am a runner. How the heck did that happen? But for whatever reason I have found something that I enjoy and I’m just going to keep doing it. Now what goals should I set for next year?

2016 Events

Carcoar Cup  6/11/2016
21.1km (up a mountain)
2:26:58 Pace: 6:58

Shire Mile 5/11/16
1mile (1.6km)
08:22 Pace: 5:13 min /km

Centennial Park Ultra 100km team of 3 7/8/2016
35.78km (split into laps 3.54km long)
4:05:34 Pace: 6:52

City to Surf 14/8/16
14km
1:38:34 Pace: 7:02 min/km

Georges River Festival of the Feet 16/7/16
3km Fun Run (with the kids)
25:34 Pace: 8:31km

Gold Coast Airport Half Marathon 02/07/2016
21.1km
2:26:40 Pace: 6:57 min/km

Sydney Harbour 10km 10/07/2016
10km
1:03:43 Pace: 6:21 min/km

Oatley Park Fun Run 17/04/2016
2.5km (with the kids)
32:33 Pace: 13:01 min/km

2016 Australian Running Festival – Canberra 10/04/2016
21.1km
2:48:45 Pace: 7:59 min/km

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre is located in the heart of the Homebush Olympic Precinct.

There is lots of parking available, although the pools assigned parking area, P2 is often full and you will be redirected to P3. Don’t forget to take your parking ticket with you to the pool, as they will validate it so you can have 4 hours parking free.

Whilst the pool itself is open longer hours, Splashers Water playground opens from 10am-7pm in the summer months, with shorter hours in the winter.

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Entry cost is quite reasonable, and on par with other less exciting suburban pools. A family ticket (2 adults and 3 children) will set you back $27.50. There are numerous Olympic sized pools and diving facilities but many of these are busy on the weekends with competitions and swim school lessons. Whatever the case, by far the main attraction is Splashers Water Playground.

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The water playground consists of a play structure with three small waterslides, water cannons, tipping buckets, pull ropes and other fun water play equipment. Even our just turned 4-year-old, who is not yet an independent swimmer loved this playground and I felt confident in her abilities to safely navigate it. Our 6-year-old could have passed several hours running up and sliding down, and adults and kids alike love watching the massive bucket fill and waiting for it to tip.

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There is also a bigger water slide but our kids are not yet quite tall enough to ride (minimum height 1.2m). The Rapid River is another big hit but this does require more careful supervision. I would certainly not take children under 5 without an adult of their own to supervise them. The rapids are a large circular pool with jets that push you around the circuit. It is lots of fun and even our one year old enjoyed it, however given its nature there are more older children who sometimes get a bit boisterous and the jets can make it difficult for smaller kids to find their feet.

Between the water park and the rapids is a large pool big enough for primary aged children to splash and enjoy but shallow enough for smaller children to also participate. The pool has different areas with water jets, bubblers, tipping buckets and varying spaces to explore. Don’t forget to bring floaties, kick boards and other water play equipment, although they are not necessary, they were lots of fun.

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Whilst the centre is great fun, it is incredibly busy. Even on an overcast day in the middle of spring the centre was packed. Prepare well before you leave home, have bags / prams packed so that you can tuck them in a corner and take straight to the water. Lockers are available but leave your valuables at home.

Depending on the natures and ages of your children, I would strongly suggest a 1:1 adult to child ratio if possible. There is so much for kids to see and do it was sometimes hard to keep track of the different directions they were running in.

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The water is heated to a comfortable 26 degrees but after about an hour children might need a break and our one year old was looking a touch cold. Seating is in limited supply inside the venue but there is a nice grassed area outside. We were lucky enough to grab some chairs in the sun for a short period to eat our picnic and warm up. There is a café facility but most people seemed happy eating and drinking food they had bought in.

I will say that the toileting and changing facilities are not as great as they could be. There is one communal showers open to the whole facility and only limited cubicles to shower and change in private. Additionally, there is only 1 family bathroom and there is often a huge queue for it.

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, and Splashers water playground is well worth the drive. Kids of all ages will enjoy the variety of water play equipment available. Just be prepared for massive crowds and get ready to keep your eyes open and on your kids.

Today’s proof 

Today I’m going to share with you two photos.  They were of simple moment captured while having fun with my children and a dear friend.  Simple tiny moments that mean so much, make me smile and show me how far I have come. 


Firstly I was playing in the backyard with the kids.  You know, really playing with them, not just nodding my head when they asked me to “watch this” not just scrolling through Facebook while they argued around me.  I was lying on the grass “flying” them above me on my outstretched legs, I was giving them points for new tricks on the swing set and letting them walk up my legs and flip over backwards. It was fun!

The kids were showing me all sorts of tricks and then I decided to do a cartwheel.   As a child I loved doing cartwheels and spent many a lunch time being “taught” gymnastic by one of my  friends in the playground.  I think it’s been at least 15 years since I attempted any sort of upside down gymnastic trick, but I prepare to give it a go- and I was fully prepared to fall flat on my face.  And it was amazing.  

I’m not talking Nadia Comăneci amazing, but just so much better than I expected.  It was liberating and flung me instantly back to childhood – those moments when you think you can do anything.   It also made me realise how much stronger my body is.  Had I have tried this 12 months ago I would have ended up with a concussion but now that I am treating my body with respect, it is returning the favour. 

LESSON LEARNED: Try something new, or make something old new again.  Step out of your comfort zone and give it a bash, if it doesn’t work keep trying

Please note there is a video of my completing said cartwheel but given I forgot the beginners trick of tucking in My shirt I will spare you all the horror.  

 

Secondly my friend and I took the munchkins to the local pool.  I wore my new swimmers and boardies.  I have a fairly horrendous tan line at the moment from my shorts and socks when I ran in carcoar a few weeks ago.  Not that I encourage tanning in any way- but that tan was earned the hard way and I am oddly proud of it.  

So I had my friend grab a quick snap of me with my comical tan.  In the process she caught the perfect photo bomb from one of the kids.  But the thing I love is that it’s a photo of me in my swimmers at the pool with my kids enjoying myself.  I felt happy, I wasn’t worried about my various flabby body parts or how quickly I could get myself covered up. 

I am grateful for a fresher perspective. I am grateful for my body which has borne three children and has run a bunch of half marathons.  I am so proud of myself for loosing weight, setting a good example for my kids and I am so glad that this summer I will be out with my kids swimming, jumping off sandunes, playing and taking pictures without picking at my every flaw.  

LESSON LEARNED: This is the body I have.  I have choices to make about what path I take, what execise I do and what food I eat.  And I am choosing to see the good and be out and about, even if that means posting a photo of me in my swimmers.  

Watch Woes

18 months ago I was lucky enough to score a Garmin Forerunner 15 incredibly cheaply through Flybuys.  Someone listed a green version of the watch for 9,000 points instead of the 89,000 points all the other colours of watch were listed at.  I just happened to be awake at stupid o’clock feeding the Baby when someone posted about it on RMA and I nabbed one before someone at the Flybuys office cottoned on.

IMG_0152.JPGThe watch has served me well.  With it I learned about pace and motivation.  Sometimes I watched a screen showing me the time elapsed on my runs, sometimes it was the pace and sometimes the distance.  I liked being able to mix it up and try to improve speed and distance as well as stamina.

This watch also saw me through so many PB’s a couple of pairs of shoes and my first running events.  It was what kept me on track through my Gold Coast race, keeping my pace consistent the whole way so I could finish in my target time.

This is not a fancy watch, no heart rate monitor, Bluetooth or programmable features.  And to tell the truth there were times when it would take upwards of 10 minutes to find a GPS signal so I could start running.

Still it was with great disappointment that a few weeks ago I went for a run and it started  acting erratically.  I have it set up to mark laps every 1km.  That means it beeps and I can check my vital stats.  On this particular day it started beeping almost constantly the second I started it – I was apparently running a kilometre every 0.01 seconds!

And so began my conversations with Garmin, they had me try a bunch of different downloads and patches but nothing works.  I have just today received a copy of my proof of purchase from FlyBuys and will be sending the watch off to Garmin shortly, who knows what they will do with it.

The upshot of all this is that I had to run my half marathon at the Carcoar Cup without a watch. I get that running “naked” can be liberating and fun, and I do run occasionally without technology, but I didn’t want to have to do it at an event.

I did look at other options (borrowing a watch from someone) but in the end none of them panned out and I was watch-less for the run. I do have the Runkeeper app on my phone and used that to track the run, but it’s just not as convenient, and I think the data doesn’t report as well.

There were parts of the race, especially the first and last 3-4 kms where I really struggled not knowing how far I could push myself.  I think having a watch at the beginning would have allowed me to get to and stay at my target pace quicker and would have prepared me more mentally for the run to come.  I also think at the end if I had of seen how slow I was going down hill I would have made an effort to speed up – especially considering how close I came (18 seconds) to a half marathon PB.

I have a good idea what my target pace should be like for events of different distances.  In the Gold Coast I aimed to sit at just under 7min pace and did so for the entire race.  This time I was aiming for 6:30 for the first 10km and a slower pace up the mountain and I desperately missed not being able to track that.

I have however, become more aware of what a certain pace feels like for me.  I know what pushing hard, or cruising feels like.  All too often I led up the speed and find myself cruising when I should be putting the pedal to the floor. I often count when I run, is that weird?  I count as each foot hits the ground and I know how fast I need to count to be at my fast but comfortably maintainable pace.  I utilised that technique a lot, every 5 minutes of so I would do a short “counting” session so that I could maintain my pace rather than slowing down.

So not having a watch sucked!

What’s a girl to do when the weekend after Carcoar, I was gifted birthday money from family and then someone posts on RMA that the Garmin Forerunner 235 that I have been coveting for 4 months is on sale.  RRP is $469, the cheapest price I have ever seen is $389 at an online store but on the day of my birthday it went on sale at JB HiFi at $299.  Seriously!  I threw the kids in the car, drove to Parramatta and bought me one.

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I adore my new watch – the band is so comfy, and it is so pretty!  I love that the face is bigger so the screen can show me the three things I want most to know (elapsed time, distance and pace) all at the same time, unlike my old watch where I had to cycle between 2 different screens for these three pieces of data.  I have barely scratched the surface on all the things this baby can do.

I took it out for its maiden run on Monday 14th November and decided it was now or never.  I hit the accelerator and held on for dear life.
5km under 30 minutes goal = done and dusted.