I think a lot of runners and perhaps even running blogs, paint a bit of a picture that running is easy and super fun.
I was reading through some old posts and I wanted to make very clear……running is NOT easy! It’s not all rainbows and lollipops as many make you believe. The thing with running is, the better you get, the harder you push yourself; so it never gets easier….NEVER! Don’t get me wrong I still like it but some days I need a little something to get me to lace up my Asics.
The Worst Bits:
- starting to run again after a long absence
- getting out of my warm bed
- seeing a hill looming in the distance
- feeling like you can’t go on after the first 2 minutes of a run
- the voice in your head that says ‘you don’t have to run today, go to sleep!’
- getting halfway up a hill and wanting to die
The Best Bits:
- Salty’s excited face when he sees my running shoes
- the halfway point turn around when your heading home
- watching the sunrise
- the jingle of Gunther the Garmin when I have completed my run
- finishing races
- wearing medals
- buying new running shoes
- gulping water at the end of a run
- feeling sore as I lie in bed at night and falling asleep from exhaustion
Sometimes a girl just needs remiding of why running is great…..just keep going and shut up, its only a freaking hill! Even the best runners have to have days where they sleep in, skip running and eat multiple chocolate chip cookies for breakfast….right? No? Happy running friends 🙂
I tried something new! I had two horses two castrate a few weeks back and I was introduced to the Henderson’s castrator. I got to watch the demo video and I was a bit skeptical about this thing.
Warning….if you have balls you may find the next explanation disturbing. You attach the castrator to a drill and spin until the cord detaches and the nut it removed. It all looks a bit weird and sounds pretty gory so obviously I was excited to try it!!!
When doing a castration the main area of concern is bleeding. The traditional method using an emasculator, is designed to squish the main bloody supply but you often get a bit of oozing of blood afterwards.
With the Hendersons I had no bleeding at all! The twisting cuts off the blood supply and detached the cord pretty high up.
Both horses recovered very well with no swelling or complications! Success. Might just have to try it again. Here are some pics.
Scrub the area and start by doing a closed method castration
expose the testicle and remove fascia as normal
attach the sterilized Hendersons catratior into a normal electric drill
Attach the castrator just below the testicle incorporating all the cord tissue and turn on slowly for a few revolutions….then higher speed until the cord tears
check the site for bleeding and your done!
Its Valentines Day!!!
Al’s valentines Breakfast
I have always loved this day. When I was little my Mum used to make a Valentines breakfast and usually decorate the table with sweets and toys. I suppose she is to blame for my high standards when it comes to V-day!
Despite the commercial-ness of the whole thing, I think it is more about celebrating love. Love with your partner, family, friends, pets, your bottle of Moet (hey I’m not here to judge!). I think it is important to remember that love can be found in many places and we should celebrate that!
Speaking of love…..whats not to love about ice cream for breakfast!? Well not real ice cream but a super thick smoothie that I promise tastes just as good.
Breakfast Smoothie Ice Cream
- 1 large frozen banana
- about 10 small frozen strawberries
- 1 cup soy milk (or other milk, I used bonsoy)
- 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp ground flax
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- put all the ingredients into a bowl or large measuring cup and blend until very smooth.
- the secret to getting the ice cream like texture is the ratio of frozen fruit to milk so if yours is a bit runny add some extra banana or strawberries to thicken it up.
Happy Valentines Day everyone!!!!
Felix and I have been together for a year now. We have been through a lot ….
Felix is my road bike, and a damn sexy one! Here he is!
The first day I brought this beauty home I took him out for a test ride. I wasn’t used to having clip in shoes so I was riding slowly and getting used to taking them in and out and changing gears etc. When I started to get comfortable with the whole thing I decided to give it a good go and speed up as fast as I could. I reached to my top speed and Salty saw a duck on the other side of me. He came crashing straight into my front wheel, flipping the bike out from under me and I landed on my head. I skidded 10m across the pavement still clipped onto my bike. There was a lot of bleeding and road rash and stitches in the side of my head.
The worst part about the whole accident was that I lost my confidence on a bike and I have been slowly trying to regain it ever since.
Felix and I are weekend warriors and I try to take him out on sundays for long rides. Here we are this past weekend after a 25k hilly ride!
If you have a bike sitting around collecting dust I highly recommend digging it out and going for a spin. Its great for a break from running and builds muscles you didn’t know you had (good for the tush!). Also a great activity to do with friends. Happy biking everyone!
90K bike race with the girls
Hello my name is Dani and I’m addicted to mangoes….
Its mango season in Australia! Woo Hoo! Mangoes are my most favourite fruit, they are so sweet and silky and versatile in a lot of recipes.
Since I love them ever so much, I bought a few. Ok so I bought about 25. Overboard you say? Never!
Mangoes are great to freeze. Once frozen you can keep them for 6 months and use them in smoothies or thaw them out to eat or put in fruit salad or salsa.
Apparently you can freeze them whole which I have never tried. I chop mine up and freeze them in a ziplock for easy eating access! Make sure you spread them out on a cookie sheet to freeze before breaking them up and putting them into a bag. If you drop them straight into a ziplock they will freeze in a big ball that you can’t get apart (trust me!).
easy way to chop them up
ready for the freezer
What to do with all this frozen mango you say? How about a smoothie. I call it the magical mango smoothie because it is the best smoothie you will ever taste!
Magical Mango Smoothie
- 1 cup almond or soy milk ( I use bonsoy)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks (a few extra if you like it really thick)
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp ground flax
- 1 tbsp vanilla protein powder (optional)
If you have some leftover mango pits with a bit of flesh left on them I use them to make my own mango ice tea. Brew a pot of strong regular or green tea, add a bit of honey or agave nectar for some sweetness and drop in 1 or two mango pits. Chill in the fridge overnight and serve on ice, yum! More mango recipes soon….well if I don’t eat them all before they make it into the recipes!
Well December is gone! What?! Its 2013 tomorrow and I can hardly believe how fast my year flew by. I had to work on Christmas day for the first time ever and it wan’t too bad. I still managed to eat way too much food and receive some lovely gifts.
Al and I also attended three work parties in December…two in costume!
Alice and The White Rabbit
Christmas with a Splash!
It was a pretty great year for me. I got to travel home to Canada and visit family and friends. I started a new job that I love. I ran more races than ever and I even did my first bike race.
I am excited for the year to come and I have a lot of dreams to fulfil. I have decided that its about time I run a half marathon. I haven’t signed up so its not official but one of my running buddies has suckered me in and the more I talk about it the more I want to do it.
So time for a new year and a lots of training ahead! Happy New Year Everyone!
When I say bloody Monday, in this case I mean literally. I got to lance this very large haematoma (like a big bruise) on a horses’ chest. They are caused my a traumatic injury, usually running into a fence or getting kicked. Clever animals those horses! I am sharing this because its one of my favourite things to do!
Here is it before….
Then I scrubbed it up and made a very small incision….
So satisfying! Mondays can be fun after all!