Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

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And we’re on our way.

….Team Tenacious AF is on its way. Wild coast running, here we go!

(And if you are wondering what the AF stands for – asks millennial… (as fuck))

Weekend round up

…so what did I do this weekend that fulfilled those goals I typed out last week ?

  • did a 15km run with Charlie on Saturday. It was a slow run, I coughed quite a bit, but managed to finish. I am really hoping that slow steady progress will win my race.
  • I was on call, and did some work (welcome Baby Jody and Baby Austin), so I worked on the bank balance.
  • I did some sewing – I managed to make myself a very simple shirt, and I cut out some cute masks for Thandi’s birthday party (yes, I know, I am 4 months early, but I’m being prepared!) which I will glue together tonight.

I am ok after the weekend, wish there was more time every day, but 24 hours is all we get. I did intend to get another run in, but I was foiled by the work on Sunday, and it got seriously hot yesterday, there was no way I could have run on the afternoon without melting into a messy puddle on the pavement. So there we go. Project Save this Birdie is underway.


… on my goals.

Now after yesterday’s rather bleak post, I realised I need to short my focus from my own belly button (enough naval gazing, thank you) to my horizon. Because it is gig and wide and I can choose any number of directions. So, let me recap on my goals for now.

  • Workwise I have to focus on my bank balance – as much as I do what I love, I also have to pay the bills, and last year with the deli drama, I lost most of my savings. I want to get back to the place where I had a healthy amount of savings that I felt like I did not need to be overly concerned if disaster struck and I say needed cash in heartbeat. Currently I am not in that position, but this year I will consolidate and work hard to get back there. I am committed to this as a priority.
  • Running – so my goal of being super fit for this adventure on the wild coast is up the creek, but I will enjoy it, and then get some serious training in – on my horizon are the following events – the 2 Oceans half marathon, the Wild Women on the run event and the Cape Town Marathon. I have some goals, but my priority is to enjoy these events. I want to run with a smile and not a grimace!
  • Bodywise – I always joke that my new years resolution in the Year of the Body 73; and every year not much seems to change. About 4 years ago I lost 16kg, I’ve gained about half of that back – I need to get back down again. I have developed a number of chronic health conditions (thanks for those genes, family!) and I know that my weight is not assisting me. ( I will concede my self discipline here is low, but I am getting ready for the changes).
  • Mentally I am tired of being tired; I am over the day to day exhaustions and I will focus on those little things that give me joy. My painting class being my current thing. I am loving the time I spend exploring my creative side… I am also trying hard to limit myself in terms of how many things I commit to – if they do not advance me personally or professionally, I am going to try to say no! (not easy for me, at all!) I also am prioritising family time – my girl is very aware that I am busy and therefore tired when I get home. I know her awesome dad does so much for her, I want to remember good times with me, and not just boring tired mommy. My Charlie also needs my attention – ahem…

So focussing on goals will hopefully allow for some successful planning. Onwards and upwards… (I will report bak here periodically, it may be weekly, maybe monthly. My running log is in my pages, as is my weight loss (ok, I’m a bit shy to update there currently…) follow me there to hold me accountable.

Week 3

…of January is done! Can you actually believe it? My child is settling in well at school and in a few short weeks the term will be over! I am seriously struggling with dealing with the passage of time here…

Anyway. In a bit if an update, work continues to be busy. I was not on call last night, but I forgot to switch my phone off, and 2:30 am it rang – groan! Anyway, I have had some terrible sleep this week, I am seriously struggling with a cough; and while I felt a lot better yesterday, when I climbed intoned, it started again – I think I had a bit of a reaction to the chemically smell of our brand new mattress  (yes, we finally treated ourselves to one) and I had coughed and coughed and coughed until I almost threw up, and had struggled to sleep, so call at that hour was very unwelcome!

Like I said, Thandi is having a great time at school. She is a bit sad her buddies aren’t in her class, and she says break time is way too short to play with her friends, “Mom, break is so short, I just had time to eat my sandwich and then I had to go in again!” Charlie and  I are back on the PTA this year – I like to be involved, and it’s looking like it’ll be a good year.

My running update is interesting – so I got hold of a friend who is a sports physician in CT and he has said that some of the medication I am on could definitely have an impact on performance. Mid last year I was diagnosed with hypertension and started on medication, to my absolute horror! I am just so relieved that I haven’t imagined things, that I may not just be fat and unfit… Time will tell what we can do about it though. I have to do some tests and get the answers to him, but I want my cough to be better first.

The weekend awaits! Birthday parties and braais, runs and relaxation are on the cards. Sunday we head off to the neighbouring city to go and watch Johnny Clegg in his final tour – I cannot wait! It’s going to be awesome.


…again. I think I’m sounding like a stuck record. I ran on the weekend with my fellow Wild Women and had to bail at 15km. I felt pathetic. I’d developed a cough which wasn’t bothering too much, except on Saturday it bothered a lot and since then even more… I’m super frustrated with it. But there are a few other odd things going on that I think I need to chat to a sports physician about. I’m really struggling with energy and strength. I know life is stressful yada yada, and yes I’m tired, but this has become debilitating. And given that I have done hill training virtually every week for the last 18 month’s, hills should be a breeze – but they aren’t. So time to start investigating I think. Let’s get to the bottom of this, so I can get back to enjoying and thriving!

saying all of the above, it was a beautiful run!

Race update

… so the first race of the year is done. It was tough – very hot and quite crowded, we had to walk at a few points that I would have been happier running. But it was festive and the vibe was pretty awesome.

So, at the end of the run, I was happy I did it, but I was a little sad that my time hadn’t been faster. But I’d had fun and enjoyed the run with my friend. And then I did what I always do – analyses the results. And that analysis of mine was intense. I discovered an old school friend of mine who has recently taken to running beat me, and I felt a bit bleak. Then I realized that I was the last member of my running club to finish; it felt like everyone else placed; and then I sunk into a pit of self pity and questioned what the hell I thought I was doing.

I reached out to my running friends, and got some very wise words – I hadn’t set out having trained specifically for this run, I hadn’t gone in with a time in mind, so the fact that I just did it was great. Also, kudos to the girl who beat me, what a boost for her, and I’m going to try to use the humiliation, which is mine alone in creation and experience motivate me to train better and improve next run. I have very wise friends.

My finish was worth that smile!

First race

..of the season happens this evening. I’m quite nervous, even though it is just 10km, I don’t love running in the evening, so its always a bit of a challenge to get going. In 2014 this was the first race I ran after starting running again, in a very slow time – 84minutes or something like that, 3 years ago I had a migraine, 2 years ago I ran it in 1:02, and last year I didn’t even enter it;  we will have to see how this year goes, not sure I will do better…

The rest of the weekend lies ahead, I am on call, it looks like its going to cook temperature wise, so I think I will focus on staying cool an calm and collected. Enjoy yours too!