Lisa’s Journey Week 7: Footloose… I’ve sure kicked off those shoes!!

I’ve stared at this screen for sometime now, wondering what to write from the past week. I’ve really struggled, so I’m going to bore you with a few things that have happened over the last few days. Well today I missed my first run!  It feels like a big deal to me and I feel somewhat like a failure, as it taints my clean record. I don’t enjoy running as such, yet, or maybe I do? I can’t quite decide. I am always very pleased when I’m done, but I do not like missing a run, because I know that if I miss one, it’s all to easy to miss the next and so on. It wasn’t because I actually couldn’t be bothered either, but because of heavy rain. I toyed with the idea of still going out, but the rain didn’t ease or it seemed very illogical.

Anyway, day three of rain. Cabin fever! Eating has slowly turned to custard  (not literally), but it has not been the best – again! It’s ‘that’ time of the month – again! I’m running late again  at preparing my blog  – again! However retail therapy helps and I am now all stocked up on magnesium in various forms, which I am well over due to have started taking! After speaking with the  pharmacist, and having her re-confirming my magnesium deficiency, I can now tick that off the list and crack into it!

We came up to Marlborough visiting family and I was happy about a change of scenery and to run the familiar tracks. We arrived late Friday arvo and we were heading out that night, so I quickly fitted a run in a before dark. It was a gorgeous warm night and I was happy I was still getting one in, but it did seem somewhat further than I remember.

At Sue Nicholson’s show.

Home, showered and off to see Sue Nicholson’s show – Earth, Life & Beyond. Not for everyone I know, but I’m pretty open to most things and throughly enjoyed it. She is  hilarious!! Quite emotional seeing families connect with their loved ones who have passed over and then I got a spot prize, which was from one of the four cards stuck randomly under the seats in the room, for a reading up on stage with her. I got the ‘Harmony’ card, and the things she talked about were quite true. A little embarrassing I will say, but also pretty lucky. I am trying to embrace the whole ‘things do happen for a reason‘ more, so this just follows on from that.

Lunch with Irene & Riana

I had also booked my girl into one of Irene Van Dyk’s netball sessions, simply because the timing was good and we were up here when it was happening, and lo and behold, her name was drawn out of all the registrations, to have lunch with Irene. It was pretty special to meet such a wonderful women, let alone have a casual lunch at the Allan Scott Winery with her. It was certainly a very positive highlight to the start of the week for all of us, and something I’m sure my girl will never forget!!

And, even after her brother kindly blew up her netball (literally) for her before we came up here, she got her new one, and it’s now sporting a special signature!! 

Arrgh, after our awesome day, I had to run tonight.  Part of me didn’t want to, so I asked my boy if he’d like to bike with me. He got his bike and was all ready to go, then decided he would run with me. I loved it!! It was the support I needed to get my ass out the door and such a nice distraction, because instead of thinking about my own aches/pains etc, I was concentrating on him!  He was an awesome little partner. He chatted away, of course with ease and incorporated some rugby practice moves along the way, using over hanging branches etc to dodge, with the odd side step thrown in. I was too busy concentrating where my feet were going on the greasy, and somewhat muddy ground to practice! I did have to laugh when at one point he goes, “I can probably actually walk this fast“. At that stage, I tried to up the pace and not slip over. I think I’m seriously going to have to up my game somehow, as I’ll have my work cut out against him at the Woodbourne 5km fun run!

This coming week Ray has informed me there is no more walking and I vow to drink much more water than I have been!!! And OMG try and get this blog done before the last minute, because, I actually thought I’d just lost the whole thing. Thankfully I didn’t, or you may have just got a picture!

– Lisa Harris

Lisa will be writing weekly as she continues her journey to achieving her goal of completing the 10km Kaikoura Whale Run. Check in next Tuesday for her next article.

Read Lisa’s article from last week here:

Lisa’s Journey, Week 1: I Saved My Treadmill Or Did My Treadmill Save Me?

And all her previous articles are stored here:

Lisa has worked hard over the last four weeks building her training sessions up from a walk with a bit of running…through to running with a bit of walk and now 4km of non-stop running following the programme below.

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