Today I’m going to share with you probably one of my most personal stories. But please read to the end, because there is a very important message.
High school and year 12 is certainly one of those years that has its highs and lows. But for myself, my friends, and my entire year level, we had no idea how extreme this could be.
Early in my VCE, two friends and myself had birthdays all within a few weeks of each other, so we decided to share one big birthday night. We planned everything. The invites, the food, the music. We wanted everything to be perfect. And for the night it was. We had a few to many drinks, we sang and danced and acted like any other teenagers would. But the one thing from the night I remember was running into the house to get my camera, because my friend’s parent said we needed photos of the night. So I ran person to person, group to group, taking photos of as many people as I could (but none of me, I hated photos, and ‘selfies’ weren’t even thought of then :P). One of those photos was the most important of them all.
Not the photo mentioned, but my last photo with Courtney, on her birthday.
In an effort to use a bit of my university education on this blog, I’m going to start this series of posts about running. They could be about anything, but it is also a way for me to document my progress, and make me a little more accountable if I fall off the bandwagon. So I’m going to start with why I started running and a few of my basic necessities!
My Background in Running
Now, I have never, ever been a runner. As a teen, I played netball upwards of 5 days a week. So I was never a terribly unfit person. However, I often played positions (like GS and GK) that didn’t require long distance running, rather many short sprints. Long distance running was never something I did often. And when I did, it didn’t enjoy it. Then came university. Studying Exercise Science, a high level of activity was expected. I completed 5km runs, and even a mini triathlon, but still, running was not enjoyable. Outside of uni, I took up pole dancing, which was incredible for both my weight and my strength, but not something that built up my aerobic fitness. When I tried to run, lower leg pain was often what made me stop long before I was puffed out. Shin splints so bad, that I couldn’t flex my ankle without pain was something that discouraged me. But I can tell you now, two weeks into my new program, I am loving running. I’m still having bouts of low motivation, but once I drag myself out there, I’m so happy I did. So now that you know a little more about my background of running, I’m going to share with you my biggest essentials for enjoying running. Some of these may not work for you, but I stress, working out what is good and what is bad about your exercise routine is key to keeping it up.
As we finally start to get some warmer weather (Melbourne, you are a fickle being), everyone reaches for things to cool them down. And If you are like me, icy poles and frozen drinks are pretty high on the list of things to eat and drink. As much as I love these, they are often so full of sugar my teeth hurt just thinking about them. So I am really glad to have found a healthier alternative that works as both an icy treat and a drink mixer!
Presenting, Smooze Fruit Ices!
Now these little sachet looking things are filled with coconut, along with another fruit. They currently come in four flavours: coconut, coconut and pineapple, coconut and mango and coconut and pink guava.