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Friday, October 24, 2014

These Are My People

FFS Friday

I have a guest poster for today's FFS Friday. CTT, some of you may know of him already (apologies) but if you don't he introduces himself further down.

This was his last FFS attempt.

The idea for this post came about when we were in Bali a couple of weeks ago. The conversation went a little like this ...

CTT: So have you started writing the book yet?

Me: What book?

CTT: The FFS book.

Me: How can I write a book about FFS Fridays? They're one off sentences and random observations from my week.

CTT: I could do it.

Me: Well you can guest post for me next week then, it has been awhile.

He failed to send it through to me last week and I was genuinely disappointed. I was in Sydney on my own and needed a good laugh. Yes, I will admit it he occasionally is quite funny. Luckily he came through with the goods and I got an email this week from him.

But it didn't make me laugh, instead it just made me cry. Mofo.

We love this family to the moon and back, they are our peeps. 


Hi Guys,

It’s  CTT here. Regular readers of Move Fuel Love and it’s predecessor, Dear Baby G will already know me. CTT stands for Cyril The Tosser. Sarah named me, I don’t know why. She’s just mean sometimes. Some of the new readers won’t know me, but Sarah wrote a very nice piece about my wife a couple of weeks ago, and about what she’s about to go through.

In her blog, she wrote, “she would do anything for anyone, and I love her to pieces”

This pretty much sums up everything about my wife Nicole in one sentence.  She is always putting other people’s needs in front of her own, which sometimes drives me crazy. But I absolutely love her to bits. We’ve been married for more than 15 years, and I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like without her.

Now she has cancer and is about to start her treatment of chemo and radiation.

The outpouring of support that we have had from everybody we know has been great. So many people have offered to help out with taking her places and doing things for her, that I know she’s going to get through this. Before she starts chemo, she wanted to go on a quick holiday because I was on holidays for that week anyway, so we decided to pop up to Bali for a week of relaxation. 

For Sarah and Brad to organise to have time off and come up and see us at the drop of a hat, was the best thing that could have happened for Nicole.

Since they moved to Darwin, she has missed Sarah like crazy and missed Maggie too. I’ve missed Brad, but apparently my feelings don’t get a look in here anyway.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank them for coming up to Bali, and spending the week with us doing mostly nothing, but eating, drinking and catching up, plus getting a couple of tattoos.

The FFS Friday is all about the Bali trip because there were still plenty of FFS moments. 

Take care, peeps. 

Fuck cancer.


 CTT FFS Friday

We’ve recently become grandparents…No FFS

At the ripe old age of 38...FFS

This means we can spoil our granddaughter when we go on holidays...No FFS

This also requires hours of walking around markets and shopping centres…FFS

And spending lots of money…FFS

How do women just instinctively know their way around a shopping centre the first time they go there ???????

I got a massage from a tranny...FFS

I also got pooped on by a bird and stuck a chicken satay skewer in the back of my throat on the same day as the tranny massage...FFS

Catching up with Sarah was exactly what Nicole needed after all the shit she’s been through in the last few months...No FFS

My wife has cancer…BIGGEST FFS EVER

I saw a cockroach in Starbucks at Discovery Mall in Kuta….FFS

It was on our last day, and we had a coffee there nearly every morning ...FFS

Bali wi-fi internet. WTF ?! So slow, can’t connect, password wrong. MofoFFS

That new lemon Bintang is pretty good though…No FFS

Cheaper than mofo therapy.

For more laughs at our expense check out last week's FFS Friday.

Please feel free to leave all your FFS Friday worthy rants in the comment section below.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quinoa Chilli Con Carne


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This one will knock your socks off and feed an army at the same time. It is absolutely delicious! You can serve it up on its own or with steamed rice. If you have leftovers then it is perfect in wraps or toasted sandwiches for lunch the next day.

A dish of this makes a terrific dip served with corn chips and guacamole on the side.

Hungry yet? 

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Oh yeah, it's also a healthy protein packed vegetarian dish!

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Did I mention the heat? 
But don't worry you can tone it down a little :)


  • 1 cup of organic white quinoa (rinse and soak - optional)
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes ( 2 x 400gms)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans
  • 1 red capsicum
  • 1 red chilli (optional - if you don't like it too spicy leave this out)
  • 3 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
  • 2 tsps chilli powder
  • 2 tsps ground cumin
  • 2 tsps ground coriander
  • 2 tsps pink salt flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Toppings (see below)

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  1. Rinse quinoa 3-4 times and soak for 30 minutes prior to cooking. 
  2. Cook quinoa as per packet instructions.
  3. Heat olive oil in large cooking pot over medium heat. 
  4. Add chopped onions, capsicum, garlic and chilli, and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Add spices, coconut sugar, salt and cacao powder and saute for a further minute.
  6. Add tomatoes, water and cooked quinoa, and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Simmer for longer if sauce needs to thicken.
  8. Add rinsed and drained beans and cook for several minutes until beans are heated through.
  9. Serve with your favourite toppings.

Topping Ideas

  • Sour cream
  • Diced or mashed avocado
  • Lime wedges
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Grated cheese

Thermomix instructions are coming :)


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Healthy Day

Detox Time

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Detox?! Spoil Sport

After two weeks of being away on and off, eating out and not enough sleep I returned home from Sydney at 11pm on Friday night utterly exhausted. 

Saturday I spent the day nursing a terrible headache and no matter how much I water I drank I just could not rehydrate my body. 

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QT Hotel Sydney - ahmaaazing
Just not enough time to sleep in that gorgeous bed!

Sunday I went to have a nana nap at lunchtime when Maggie had a sleep and passed out for three hours. Add all of this to running two marathons in three weeks the month before and my body was just saying ...

Let's get back to basics Sarah.

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Oh and this was THE BATH
Again, not enough time ....

I wrote out a meal plan for the week and ordered the groceries. I decided to go back to being alcohol-free during the week and cutting out the treats that were fast becoming too much crap rather than a rare treat.

Yesterday I again woke up chronically fatigued, but I stuck to my planned nutrition goals rather than reach for the quick fix.

Every meal and snack was a healthy choice.

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Swimming essentials - at least they match

When HB came home from work at 6pm we headed to our local swimming pool and took turns at swimming laps. I managed to get 500m in and HB 800m.

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The Crazies - post swim high

At the end of yesterday, I felt on top of the world and full of energy.

This took me by complete surprise! I know how fabulous weeks of good  nutrition feels, and wasn't expecting to feel any benefits after just one day.

Good clean food and exercise really is the best medicine. 

Do you need a kickstart?


I have one Energetiks blue horizon short and crop top set valued at $82.90 to giveaway. Because we all know new gorgeous workout gear is the perfect motivator to help get us out the door. 

How to Enter

  • 'Like' the Move Fuel Love Facebook Page.
  • Leave a comment under this blog post and answer, 'What's your number one  fitness goal for this Summer?
  • Please share this blog post once via social media eg. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

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Giveaway is open to Australian residents only. This competition ends on October 28th, 8pm 2014 AEDST.  Click here a full copy of the terms & conditions.

I will announce the winner on the blog and Move Fuel Love Facebook Page.

Good Luck!!

Disclosure: This post is not sponsored, or gifted and it is not a product review. 

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Win a $300 Lululemon Gift Voucher with All-Bran

Giveaway Time

This is not a sponsored post. Products were gifted to me for taking part in the All-Bran 7 Day Challenge. 

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I'm currently in Sydney for a couple of days working on a new exciting project for the blog which I can't wait to share with you all!

I've managed to sneak away to the Lululemon store here to buy a new running outfit or two and to justify my splurge I also bought HB a running singlet. They have the best exercise gear and I can even wear their running shorts without chaffing. I don't even have to slather myself in bodyglide beforehand either. That's a win in my book.

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Love Lululemon

As you may know, we were in Sydney just a few weeks ago running the Sydney marathon which now seems like a lifetime ago. I have to say all those months of training and hard work was well worth the effort and the end result was achieving a lifetime goal.

The week before the marathon I took part in the Kellogg's All-Bran 7 Day Challenge. My nutrition that last week was vital and such an important part of my training. The challenge certainly helped me stay focused and keep on track with my nutrition goals.

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You can find out more about the #7DayChallengeAllBran here.

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I am not a milk and cereal for breakfast gal so I made my own breakfast muffins using All-Bran and they are now my go to breaky muffins. They are delicious, light, moist and of course high in fibre. I was thrilled to discover other recipes on the All-Bran web page - cheesecake, macaroni and cheese, fish cakes, burritos and so much more.

I won't go into too many details but at the end of my challenge I certainly felt lighter and brighter!

So go out and buy a box of All-Bran this weekend, get creative and be inspired to move more, eat healthier and join in the fun. And don't forget to post your photos on Instagram (see entry details below) for a chance to win a $300 Lululemon gift voucher.

The #7DayChallengeAllBran competition will start on Monday 20th October and finish on Sunday evening (26th).

How to enter

  1. There is 1 x $300 Lulumeon gift voucher to giveaway to one of my Instagram followers.
  2. Follow me on Instagram @movefuellove
  3. Post your pics on Instagram using the #7DayChallengeAllBran hashtag and also tag me @movefuellove
  4. The challenge will finish on Sunday evening 9pm AEDST.
  5. The lovely people at All-Bran will choose their favourite photo from the week and I will announce the lucky winner on the MoveFuelLove Facebook Page so make sure you're following along there too.
  6. For Australian residents only. 

Please feel free to post your photos on the MFL FB page too, I would love to see them :)

Sign up and take the #7DayChallengeAllBran and see the benefits for yourself. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 Reasons To Continue Babywearing With An Older Child

Babywearing Benefits

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Oh the places you will go

Babywearing - It's not just for babies. It can take you everywhere and anywhere with no limitations.

Last Sunday, we're madly doing our usual last minute packing and constantly asking each other, 'did you pack this or that?'.

We always debate the same question before every trip - Should we pack the ergo?

After a brief discussion the answer is always unanimous, yes.

Maggie is almost 3.5 years old, weighs approx 18kgs and has more energy than the two of us put together.

So why keep packing the damn ergo that takes up so much space?

1. Beyond the toddler - You cannot expect them to walk for miles and miles without needing a break or having a total meltdown. Maggie is happy to walk or run for hours but when she reaches that point when enough is enough you will soon know all about it. Babywearing puts an end to the tantrums in minutes. Older children enjoy seeing the world from our level, it is much more interesting.

2. Space - Whilst our Ergo takes up a little bit of space in our backpack it's much easier than taking a pram or stroller on a trip. Plus Maggie has refused sit in a pram for just over 6 months now.

3. Comfort - We have been babywearing Maggie since birth and to her it's a source of comfort and nurture. It is also super handy at airports where queues are hours long and to get from one security point to the other can sometimes take an eternity. Most small children lose the plot at this point, but we just get the Ergo out and literally within minutes Maggie has snuggled in and is fast asleep. I think because we have used babywearing from birth a little trigger switches in her brain when she's in the Ergo and she's instantly relaxed.

 4. Strangers - if you have a little kid with blonde hair and blue eyes and you travel frequently around Asia you will quickly learn that everyone wants to touch her or take her photo. Maggie's an extrovert and most of the time she's up for any attention but sometimes she's had enough and just wants some down time. Babywearing keeps her close, safe and away from unwanted attention.

5. Napping On The Go - Maggie still has a daytime sleep which can be somewhat inconvenient when you travel and have day trips planned. Babywearing allows you to make the most of your day without your child missing out on that all important daytime sleep.

It still amazes me that a simple piece of fabric can provide so much bonding time, comfort and nurture.

Our trusty ergo is well travelled - Bali x 4, Melbourne x 2, Queensland, Broome, Darwin, Perth, Phuket, Koh Samui, Bangkok, Hanoi, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh, Phu Quoc and Kuala Lumpur.

And I don't see an end in sight for our babywearing journey anytime soon.

You can read my earlier babywearing posts from a few years ago here.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Fresh Ink

New Tattoos

After months and months of consideration I finally summoned up the courage to get the tattoo I have been wanting for a very long time.

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And I just adore it. 

It is not visible with my usual everyday outfits. This is important to me. My wrist tattoo is the only one that can be seen on a day-to-day basis.

Why a hot air balloon?

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For me, it represents my desire to travel and my somewhat insatiable wanderlust thirst. The anchor symbolises how HB and Maggie help to keep me grounded.

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This quote rings through loud and clear when I look at it too. 

HB and I have wanted a matching tattoo for several years but we could never agree on what to get. He never really caught on to my Peter Pan and Wendy idea. Not sure why?!?

As you may know these past 18 months have been our darkest, but finally some sunlight is breaking through those storm clouds.

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Why an arrow?

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HB was inspired by his running journey to get this tattoo.

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Destroy Yourself 

I love it! He wants to look down at his arm when his running and see it and I'm guessing he's just going to keep on smashing those PBs of his.

You may be interested in this post I wrote about getting a tattoo done in Bali and the details of our tattooist there.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bali and Pap Smears

Hello From Bali

Kuta Beach

When our good friends from Perth - Nicole and Cyril let us know that they booked a trip to Bali a couple of weeks ago we knew we had to pull every single string imaginable to join them.

Despite my incessant post marathon whinging we have not come here to rest, relax and revive. That's just an added bonus.

You see, a few months ago Nicole was diagnosed with advanced cervical cancer and is due to start an extensive regime of radiation and chemotherapy treatment.

I met Nicole on the first day of Year 8 in highschool and we clicked just like that and became the best of friends. We lost contact after highschool but luckily enough we rekindled our friendship at a highschool reunion years later.

She has a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. I love her to pieces.

I promised myself that when I first saw her in Bali on Monday that I wouldn't cry but we both just burst into tears as soon as we hugged each other. This trip is about spending time with them and we sure are having some fun doing so.

Before I left Perth last year for Darwin I went and had a pap smear done. I was nervous as hell because it was about 18 months overdue. My pap smear was due just after I got pregnant with Maggie so I had to wait a couple a months post birth to get it done.

It still didn't happen straight away.

You know how it is, a husband who works long hours and no family to help during the day so you can sneak away for a doctor's appointment. Maggie was never a baby or toddler who would happily sit in on the floor and play whilst someone examined my cervix. I remember trying to get my eyebrows waxed with her once and more wax ended up on her than me.

It was a huge relief to finally get my pap smear done. I was talking to the GP about running and she was telling me how her latest half marathon went and it was all over in a couple of minutes.

Painless, simple and easy. 

Cervical cancer is preventable and easily treated if caught early. Regular pap smears every 2 years are essential.

Nicole also had let her pap smears go, life got in the way and us women have a tendency to put everyone else's health before our own. She has a variety of symptoms, but one thing that is noticeable is that she is in quite a bit of pain, specifically in her lower back.

More than 2.5 million women in Australia every year are not having their Pap tests as regularly as recommended. Alarmingly, out of the women who are not having regular Pap tests, over 80,000 will have abnormalities and not know it. Source: Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation.

When was your last pap smear?

If you're reading this and your pap smear is overdue make an appointment today!

Did you know you can sign up to receive a free SMS text the month your pap smear is due? Because we all need reminders.

Just do it. 

Fuck cancer.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Mango Madness

FFS Friday

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So what has been giving me the shits this week?

I'm in a bit of a post marathon slump el-depresso this week ... FFS

I can blame it on a few things.

But it's not just me, everywhere I look most people are flat and down and they call it Mango Madness up here in The Territory ... FFS

The crazy build up to the wet season is here ... No FFS

Suicide rates increase, break ups happen and it's really not the time of year to make lifelong serious decisions ... FFS

UFO sightings rise, the crocs are on the move for some afternoon delight and the stingers come out for a swim ... FFS

That's enough culture for one day. Back to me.

Firstly, the week before the marathon we carbed up and had a blast doing it ... No FFS

I freaking love carbs ... No FFS

I could happily live on potatoes and bread and vodka ... No FFS

We continued to do it after the marathon and now my brain just craves carbs 24/7 ... FFS

Bits and pieces are starting to wobble and jiggle more than usual ... FFS

HB cracked it and made some veggie soup on Sunday. It's the colour blue ... FFS

I refused to eat it ... FFS

I heated him up a bowl and it turned purple ... FFS

He used up all our organic veg to make this crock of ... FFS

I retaliated and baked several dozen cookies ... No FFS 

Secondly, after sleeping like a log for the first week post marathon I now have chronic insomnia ... FFS

I just lay awake pretty much all night long ... FFS

I make grand plans for the next day which never happen because I'm too tired to blink ... FFS

Thirdly, as mentioned the wet season is here, but we still have no rain just a hot sticky humid mess ... FFS

I go for a run and it's like I'm running on a treadmill, but I'm on a road and getting nowhere fast ... FFS

Sweat drips from places that are unheard of ... FFS

But I don't mind one bit because I know some magnificent thunderstorms are just around the corner ... No FFS

I also ended up getting a post marathon viral infection and HB broke out with an entire mouthful of cold sores ... FFS

Saturday nights we head down to our local to watch the sunset and let Maggie go crazy with the kids. we love it ... No FFS

But this time we shared a glass of cider and couldn't wait to go home to bed ... FFS

Sunday morning we all headed off to the doctors and came home with a bag full of drugs ... FFS

I am feeling OLD ... FFS 

And I'm still wondering what do I do next?

Suggestions are most welcome :)

Cheaper than mofo therapy.

For more laughs at our expense check out last week's FFS Friday.

Please feel free to leave all your FFS Friday worthy rants in the comment section below.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hippy Brad Does Sydney

HB's Sydney Marathon Race Recap

Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday to me, Happy birthday dear Braaaaaaaaaaa-aaaaddddd, Happy birthday to me…

Yes there is online evidence that I did indeed sing Happy Birthday to myself as I crossed the finish line on the Sydney Marathon. I had a truly amazing day on Sunday 21st September and ran my first ever official marathon.

Time: 3:32

The day started with a pre 5am wake up. I thought I’d do some stretching and then figured why start introducing a new regime this late in the programme. I ate two bananas, some breakfast bickies and a quarter of a cup of coffee. We are dressed and out the door at 6.15am and heading to the train station for a three minute train ride to the starting line.

My Gear

In my belt (sorry the belt I stole from Sarah) I carried four little baggies of supplements and pharmaceuticals, four Chocolate Peanut butter Gu’s and two small water bottles. I also had my phone and some cashola.

On my body I was wearing a Craft tank top, Craft shorts, Skins compression shorts, Injinji toe socks and Hoka One One Conquests.

Under my clothes I taped up my nip nips with some Fixomull tape and the balls of my feet with some Rock Tape. On my two middle toes that were still damaged from the previous Sunday’s 30km run I used some thick band-aids.

My technology for the day was my trusty Garmin, but I turned off the fast and slow pace alerts that I had been using to train myself to run slower to avoid the ITB flare ups.

My little baggies contained various mixes of caffeine tablets, Energy Bits (algae), ibuprofen and paracetamol. Each had a purpose. After suffering from an ITB on the left leg for two months I had been experimenting with getting the dose of ibuprofen and paracetamol right on a run to keep the inflammation and pain to a dull roar. The caffeine tabs were simply for a little boost which after having gone caffeine free for the previous seven days, my body was more than happy to accept. The Energy bits are these stinky little compressed algae pills that stop me feeling hungry and don’t appear to do me any harm in adding a little more energy. 

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Moving and Fueling

Standing under the Sydney Harbour Bridge I was feeling really good. I’d had no sign of the ITB for a week however I’d woken up with a razor blade throat and a runny nose. I thank daycare for so many things or maybe it was the lady with suspected tuberculosis sitting behind us on the plane from Darwin? The temperature was in the low teens and there was this misty rain that just added to the feeling that this run was going to be so different to anything I had ever experienced in terms of size, location and atmosphere.

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The SHB Is An Awesome Icon

With 10 minutes to go I kissed Sarah good luck and headed to the “A” pen and shuffled into the middle of pack. In front I could see the 3.30 pacers and figured that this was as a good place as any to be. It took a minute after the gun went off to cross the starting line, the drizzle continued and air remained cool as we headed under and then onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The first two kilometres were crowded and whilst everyone was polite I was shit scared of tripping over someone or tripping someone else over. 

I ran the first two kilometres at my training pace as planned and I was very happy. 

Then something happened whilst on the Bridge, the crowds spread out and it was free running. My planned play book went out the window and I started running to find a pace that challenged me. I was soon in front of the 3.30 pacers and ran a sub 4min fourth kilometre.

Oops, silly boy that will hurt later.

For the next 6 kilometres I was having a total blast, talking to people, joking, waving at the cameras and wondering if a sub 3 hour time was possible. Very silly boy I kept saying to myself as I ran past the 3.15 pacer heading up Macquarie Street. And then we hit the wonderful Domain Precinct and Mrs Macquarie’s Chair. The view is glorious and the pace feels amazing and I can’t stop myself running constant sub 4.30 kilometres.

Where is the pain? Why is this so much fun? Why is that guy in front breathing so hard? Maybe I should stop chatting and singing? Am I annoying people?

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Australia 1, Bad Hair Korean 2

And then on we go and end up in Hyde Park and running up Oxford Street. The numbers of people have seriously thinned out now and I’m shocked to see a pub rocking it out at 830am. On to the SCG and eventually into Centennial Park. As I run into Centennial Park I see for the first time the male race leaders coming the other way and I can’t help but clap and cheer for them in their tight pack. A few kilometres on and the female race leaders appear. More cheers and clapping but it is clear which of them is going to win. In the park I hit the half-way point of the marathon and couldn’t believe it but my HM time was only four minutes slower than my fastest Half Marathon race.

Oops again…that wasn’t the plan.

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The Last Person I Overtook...

Reality struck at the 27th kilometre. 

I was feeling muscle fatigue for the first time and started to slow down dramatically. I had my first calf cramp happen at this time and these spasms continued for the remainder of the run, usually proceeded by me shouting “oh fuck”. Soon enough the 3.15 pacers had caught up and I struggled to stay with them as we headed back towards Circular Quay. Mentally I was in an angry place now, I could not believe how cruel the organisers had been to make us literally run past the finish line when there was still another 10 kilometres left. They call it the wall and I have never experienced it before. It wasn’t a physical sensation like being ill, it was a mental dismantling of my ego and I was unable for most of the last ten kilometres to regain the happiness that I had felt for the first half of the run.

I tracked a group of four runners as we headed along the Western Distributor Freeway and we continued to leap frog each other, them as a group and me alone. I listened intently to their conversation when one of them turned to me and said “you are doing well, I only joined at the 26km mark”. What the fuck?? These folks were pacing for their friend, feeding, encouraging and moving her along. I was sort of angry and then sort of confused about why someone would pay for a marathon only to run less than half of it. 

I was now in struggle town.

I was seeing more and more people who had been in front of me in the 3hour group dropping into walks and hobbles but at the same time I hit the lows of embarrassment as a speed walker overtook me. I was down to averaging 6.05 kilometres, some 90 seconds a click slower than the first half. Ouch I want this to be over. Another person from the early 3.30 crowd went by and another.

My brain was now recalculating and analysing the energy I wasted going out hard so early. Silly boy.

Heading back to Circular Quay for the last 2km’s was like an exercise in collecting stray dogs. Running past runners who were hobbling and walking and encouraging them to bring it home and others doing the same to me. Hearing the crowds of people was amazing and then seeing Rob De Castella standing at the finish line was a total buzz. I was finally starting to enjoy myself again for the first time in an hour and so I decided for the last 50 metres to sing Happy Birthday to myself. 41 years old and a 3.32 marathon.

My highest placing during the course of the race was 177 (first 21km) and my eventual place was 508th overall, 454th Male and 77th 40-44 year old.

Apparently this is fast enough to qualify in my age group for Boston.


  • Crowd atmosphere, 
  • Weather, 
  • Sydney scenery, 
  • Completing an official marathon, 
  • Ho ITB flare up, 
  • hugging Sarah after she finished, 
  • Having a memorable birthday.


  • Letting my ego rather than science dictate the run.
  • Two months of ITB issues that stopped me building up to the capacity I had planned to have. 
  • And stupidly being disappointed with my time despite it being a PB for the distance by 15 minutes.
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She's My Awesome Inspiration

If you want a quick laugh, follow this link, insert my bib number 10092 and sing Happy Birthday with me after 42.195 wonderful kilometres.  

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


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I have been buying a packet of vegan gluten free choc chip cookies from the supermarket every now and then and I must say they are most delicious. However, when I looked at the ingredients list and realised there were more numbers then real food I thought I should stop being lazy and bake my own.

I haven't had much success with making a decent gluten free biscuit, but these are a winner!

Just 7 simple ingredients will make a decadent wholesome gluten free choc chip cookie.

(Makes approx 24 medium cookies)


  • 250 gms gluten free plain flour
  • 100 gms organic coconut sugar
  • 100 gms dark choc chips
  • 1/2 cup melted organic coconut oil
  • 1 egg + 1 yolk
  • 2 tsps vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
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  1. Preheat oven 180C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Add coconut oil, coconut sugar and vanilla extract to TM bowl and mix for 30 secs on Sp 3.
  3. Add egg and yolk and mix for a further 10 secs on Sp 3.
  4. Add flour and salt and mix on interval speed for 30 secs. In the last 10 secs add the choc chips to the TM bowl through the top.
  5. Drop teaspoon size portions on the baking tray and allow a couple of cms between each mixture for spreading.
  6. Bake for 10-12 mins. 

Enjoy x

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