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Speights West Coaster 10K (lotsa pics)

Saturday, November 06, 2010

This was the hardest, dirtiest and most fun day of my life.

Hardest - Our first hill

Dirtiest - My shoes post event

Fun - Big smiles around the 8K mark

I had an absolute ball.

I came 4th to last (we were the only walkers, only injured marathoners came in after!) but that didn't matter in the least! I cheered on the runners coming past me (out and back course), chatted to my friend and laughed at how ridiculous we were for thinking it would be a walk in the park. I got so many comments about how we must be having such a good time because I had a huge smile and thanked by the passing runners for my cheers.

The course was hilly. I wish I could show you an elevation profile. There were some bits that were straight up and down. One hill we had to do twice because we got turned around by an 18ker and told we had passed our turn around point. Turns out he was wrong, so off down the hill we went again. To illustrate the hilly course, behold the photos


Taken from the top of a hill that we climbed

Trail up the hill

Oh, and there was a river. This was not mentioned on the course notes! My shoes were soaking on the walk and I am scared about how many blisters I may have. I haven't looked. The river was very welcome on the way back, however! Refreshing!

We kept getting told "Not long now" by passing runners. They lied. It was ages before we got to the halfway point and I was so excited to get there that I got a photo with the sign and the marshal, whos name is Tom and I think I scared because I told him he was cute and started mindlessly chatting. Its what I do. And he was cute.

We headed back and going back was waaaaaaay easier then going in.

Me at 6km, chillaxin

And before we knew it we were headin down the last hill! Photos of joy!

And then we were finished! We crossed the finish line holding hands, arms up in a joyful manner and with a big WOHOOOOOOO! (Finish line photo not up yet :()

Of course, we then celebrated with a free beer and sausage sizzle!

4 twisted ankles (all my left one!) and 3h 10m. All worth it. Whats next...? Might wait until I can walk properly before I start looking at the next one. I have been sitting on the couch icing my knees and ankles all night. I see a lot of not moving in my future, at least for tomorrow!

And for your general enjoyment/envying, the scenic photos. This is known as one of the most breath taking courses in NZ and its not hard to see why!

Edited to Add: The tshirt photos! They were a huge hit and heaps of people were asking where we got them ")

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STARINTHENIGHT 11/7/2010 12:54AM

    Whoa those are beautiful pictures! That looks incredible! I'm glad you had so much fun! You can tell in the photos how happy you are :-) I always look the happiest with a TRUE smile when I do races, but usually at the end hehe. I'm glad you had fun the whole time and make sure to rest up and take it easy!

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TWINSMOMMY607 11/6/2010 4:52PM

    I wish I had scenery like that when I ran or walked!! Talk about being motivated!!

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BUBBLEJ1 11/6/2010 4:50PM

    Thanks guys! I'm still smiling about it today!

According to Spark I burned 1800ish calories (I tracked it as hiking with hills or something along those lines). During the walk I had 3 750ml water bottles, 2 with sports drink in them and a special K bar and a bit of dark chocolate. Never got hungry or thirsty so I must have been eating and drinking enough :)

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LEXIE63 11/6/2010 2:35PM

    Yay! You did an awesome job of both the walk and the t-shirts!
Lex xxx
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MAGGIE805 11/6/2010 10:20AM

    Awesome pics!!! It looks like it was hard but a lot of fun too. Love the t-shirts and I hope you enjoyed your well earned beer. Way to go, girl! :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 11/6/2010 9:54AM

    Great photos! If I had views like that I would walk 10K's all the time! Those hills look hard enough to walk up, wouldn't want to try to jog! YIKES! Congrats on completing it! Did you track how many calories you burned during this hike?

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CARLA-216 11/6/2010 8:33AM

    Congratulations on the accomplishment and having so much fun doing it! What an awesome time you finished in as well. Great job, great job!
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And the photos...breathtaking! Thanks a million for sharing those! I think that will be the happy place I go to in my mind today while cleaning house. emoticon

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BEANPOD77 11/6/2010 7:28AM

    Way to go! That's quite an accomplishment..And to have so much fun doing it nad making it fun for others...Good for you! And yet again, such a beautiful country you live in..Love the pics

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KBUTTERFLY 11/6/2010 5:27AM

    Good on you and thanks for sharing the pics, by the way I luv the T-shirts

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PUFFPASTRY 11/6/2010 4:50AM

    Oh my gosh, how amazing! Go you! I'm so impressed that you could run/walk/jog/limp those elevations and LAUGH and SMILE while doing so! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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In which I brag about my awesome day

Friday, November 05, 2010

So.....I got an A plus for my presentation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I danced in my seat. My group members looked at me like this emoticon

I looked at them like this emoticon

Tonight I will be doing a bit of this emoticon

Our presentation was soooo the best one. Really. And I was very proud that I managed to almost memorise my speech, I only needed my cue cards once! Looked so much more professional then those who read their speeches off powerpoints or pieces of paper. Just sayin.

OK there was one group that had a member in a pink bunny suit, they may have been just as good...

And I got to talk to the cute IT guy who is also studying to be a teacher. Damn, he is cute. I realise I have a boyfriend. Its just... window shopping. If I'm honest I haven't been happy in my relationship in a long time and the fact that I am now really noticing other guys tells me that I've got a bit of a problem on my hands. But none of that, this is a celebration blog!

After the awesome presentation the class went to MOTAT for technology. MOTAT is the Museum of Transport and Technology. It is actually really fun and there are heaps of interactive exibits. AND they work with the Ministry of Education to provide teachers with heaps of technology resources and lesson plans. Can you say score? We walked around and explored and went on the motion master. That was heaps of fun. The pod thing moved and on the screen was a video taken in the South Island...The video was supposed to make you feel like you were in a helecopter flying over the scenery. It was very cool.

And thats my day. I am having a celebration drink tonight and then I have my 10K tomorrow. Wish me luck everyone!

Edited to say: Tiny sad. I have had to pull out of my 5K next weekend. My new boss called me and needs me to work that day and since its a new job and I'm grateful for it etc I said I would work. Boooooo :( This one had a tshirt too :( Good news is I cancelled in time to get a race credit for another race. Bad news is I don't get my cute tshirt. Maybe next year?

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STARINTHENIGHT 11/7/2010 12:58AM

    Congrats on your presentation, that must feel really good! You deserve to do a dance and celebrate hehe.

I'm glad you had a great time at your 10k, and sorry about having to cancel the 5k, but hopefully next year!

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LEXIE63 11/6/2010 2:39PM

    Congrats on your presentation score, and boo to missing the 5K.
Yay to having a job, and boo to losing the t-shirt.
Not sure what to say about the window shopping. I guess I'll say good luck with figuring out what you want in that department. I think that is a sign, yes. :-)
Lex xxx
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TWINSMOMMY607 11/5/2010 10:42AM

    Awesome job on your presentation!

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CARLA-216 11/5/2010 10:35AM

    WooHoo! Congrats on the A+ on your presentation!

Have a fun 10K tomorrow. I'm sure you'll do great!

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CAPECODLIGHT 11/5/2010 7:56AM

    Great going!

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MAGGIE805 11/5/2010 12:20AM

    Yay you and good luck with your 10k tomorrow! I want to hear all about it. emoticon

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Picnic on a volcano (pics)

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

I had a picnic on a volcano today! It was such a nice day and we wanted to get out of the house so I packed us a picnic lunch and we took it to the top of One Tree Hill, Aucklands largest intact volcano.

Since y'all seem to like my photo blogs I thought I'd post a few pics of my view during lunch!

Rangitoto Island

Memorial Obelisk

Auckland city with Sky Tower

Mt Eden

Road to the summit

Mt Eden and Sky Tower

Over yonder


The boyfriend in front of Rangitoto


Hope you all enjoyed the photos!

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STARINTHENIGHT 11/7/2010 12:59AM

    Aww you look adorable and I'm soooo envious after all your pictures. I really want to go to NZ now... it looks gorgeous! I'm glad you got to have a picnic :-)

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LEXIE63 11/6/2010 2:33PM

    What a fabulous view! Well worth the climb I reckon. :-)
Lex xxx
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ANAJAK 11/4/2010 5:27PM

    Now you've kinda made me want to go for walks to take photos - good job you!!!
We so should do a SP meet-up :)

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LINDENSGIRL 11/3/2010 8:36AM

    Loved them! What a beautiful spot in our world!

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CARLA-216 11/3/2010 7:20AM

    Umm, HECK YEAH, I enjoyed the photos! What a beautiful area you live in. I am in awe! When shall I pack my bags for a holiday on the other side of the world and a visit with Bubble? emoticon

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ONESPOTLEFT 11/3/2010 6:53AM

    thank you for sharing suck great photos, I will probably never get to travel much so it is great to visit places through photos

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    Thanks for sharing your journey with us! Nice pictures! emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 11/3/2010 6:07AM

    What a neat activity! Looks beautiful.

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MARLINDA5 11/3/2010 1:06AM

    Great pictures - thank you for sharing

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SUGARPUNK52 11/3/2010 12:55AM

  Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing them with us.

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    beautiful, thank you for sharing! emoticon

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No takeaways = much success!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Today was day one of not eating out. Because I was at uni today it was a little challenging, since I always buy my lunch at uni, but I made it!

I packed myself a filled whole wheat pita (garlic smoked chicken, lettuce, carrot and aioli, hella good), 3 special K bars, a banana and an orange. It wasn't quite enough food, I was hungry when I got home, but it got me through the day and I didn't buy anything at uni, not even a coffee (gasp!)
I will look into more transportable snack options for next week. Feel free to comment some suggestions, just remember that I don't eat dairy!

Dinner was devilled sausages and pasta. Quick, easy, lazy. Perfect coz I am beat from being at uni all day and the leftovers will reheat well for Russells dinner tonight.

Tonight I am gonna chilax. I have some Greys Anatomy and Private Practice to watch and I can't think of anything I would rather do then stay in bed and watch TV. Sometimes you just need a lazy evening!

Edited to add: My friend and I are doing at 10K on Saturday. No race Tshirt so we are having our own printed up! The event organisers event gave us permission to use the logo.
Mine will say
Front: Caz and I survived the (logo of the event)
Back: If you can read this it means we aren't last!

So excited to wear it on Saturday!

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PUFFPASTRY 11/6/2010 4:53AM

    "If you can read this it means we aren't last" -- that's hilarious! emoticon

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HEYPINK 11/4/2010 5:38PM

    awesome job packing the lunch and avoiding eating out!

and i love your shirt. It's awesome!

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ANAJAK 11/4/2010 5:30PM

    Great job on the packed lunch - I always have a couple of apples a refillable water bottle and a bag of whole raw almonds (24 is a serving) in my bag as well as my lunch for those times when you are caught out or are hungrier than normal :) That might sound boring to you but it works for me!!!!!!

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LEXIE63 11/2/2010 2:27PM

    Well done on the 'no takeaways', and I hope that loads of people read the back of your t-shirt at the 10k this weekend. LOL
Lex xxx
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Takeaway and restaurant ban

Monday, November 01, 2010

I have decided that the boyfriend and I are going to have a 1 month takeaway and restaurant ban. We spend far too much money on takeaways and even with making spark choices the calories add up very quickly. We went out to dinner tonight, and that is when we decided on the ban, so it starts now and goes for a month.

The rules for the ban are:

1. No takeaways or restaurant meals until the evening of December 1st
2. If the boyfriend would like takeaways he may purchase them with his personal money but I don't want to know about it (he is doing to more for the money saving and I can't stop him spending his own money on Burger King)
3. Whole foods purchased in a convenient place don't count eg. the fruit stand at uni which sells whole pieces of fruit for a few cents each
4. Everytime takeaways are brought up we will put the money we would have spent into savings so we can see how much we would have been spending.
5. My takeaway coffee twice a week doesn't count because I say so (and I purchase it with personal money)

So there is the great takeaway ban of 2010. Who will join me?!

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KWRIGHT26 11/1/2010 10:17PM

    Great idea. I would run that by my boyfriend, but he doesn't cook unless the instructions are on the box, and his dinnertime runs around 10:00 pm, and if we get together that late I'm not willing to make it for him on his stove.

My boyfriend and I get fast food fairly often, at least twice a week. I just make sure I know my options for anywhere he likes to go. Proof positive that I have way too much free time, I made a spreadsheet of my best choices at several restaurants (including Starbucks) and highlighted them by the most protein, least carbs, lowest fat, and lowest calories so I can check Spark, see what I'm missing from my day, and pick a meal that will fill in that gap. Taco Bell is surprisingly calorie- and protein-friendly.

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ANITA012 11/1/2010 2:09PM

    I think that is a wonderful challenge! Think of all the money and calories saved! Maybe we should add that as a team challenge! Love it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LEXIE63 11/1/2010 11:59AM

    I would join you, but for us takeaways are a very rare treat. :-) I get fish and chips maybe three times a year, and a pasty maybe once a month. I don't buy from MacDonalds on principle, and KFC stopped getting our custom after they allowed a customer to get away with violence against a young lad and my family.

I wish you every success with your ban though. With takeaway so easily available it can be hard to avoid temptation. :-)
Lex xxx
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KAYKAYRUNNER 11/1/2010 9:19AM

    I really want to do that, but I think my husband out not be happy if I did LOL. He needs his monthly big mac.. LOL

You guys are going to save big on calories && money!!

woo hoo!!

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NWLIFESRC 11/1/2010 6:49AM

    Good luck hope you get what you hope for

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