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The Dream Team

You know my rainbow week? It started with a head cold and a bunch of business problems. Sweet.

On the sunny side, this week has less puking than last week. It also has a French manicure!



This has nothing to do with running, but was clearly important enough to be on the blog.

Between last week and this, running has felt like a black hole. 

Actually, that would mean there had to be running to get sucked away in the first place.

Point is. Running = not much.

BUT I have made a conscious effort to get off my butt and get moving, even on crappy days. And over the last few days, it hit me that I finally have the ‘dream team’ I’ve wanted forever. 

You know those elite sports people who have a coach, an on-call physio, a nutritionist, a masseuse, a sports physician, and probably someone to cut up their meat before they chew it?

I’m totally one of those people now. My ragtag team consists of a nutritionist, chiro and now a personal trainer. I’m feeling pretty special!

Let me introduce…my dream team


Mr Magic Man

The chiro I love for beating the crap out of my legs once a fortnight. Other hobbies include sticking needles in me, and insulting me for fun.

Without him, my legs would fall off. Or worse, I would be taking time off running injured.

These are all the bits that got injured last year.

These are all the bits that got injured last year.


Ms Meals

This woman is my new hero. Last time we talked about her, she’d given me bigger breakfasts, told me to eat carbs, and had a scale with a separate number screen.

Yesterday, she gave me MORE food. She is also a former triathlete, and is all over my stomach woes and fuelling options. You know you’re onto a good one when her eyes light up talking about gu chomps and hand-helds.

Nutritionist Approved

Nutritionist Approved

Random aside – after being told to go home and have three serves of carbs for lunch yesterday, I arrived home to find nothing but white bread and pumpkin. My list of suitable carbs tells me that one serve =  2 cups cooked mashed pumpkin.

Dude. Not even I like pumpkin enough for 6 cups. And I LOVE pumpkin.


Senor Swiss Ball

Senor Swiss Ball has been a mate of mine at the gym for awhile. So I was pretty excited when he decided to use me as a guinea pig for some of his advanced training techniques. On the cards for the next few weeks is a focus on postural alignment. Apparently if your body isn’t all curved over and shit, you have a lower injury risk. And breathe better. We all like breathing. 


Of course I had to bust out some of my 2XU goodies too, which definitely helped me get to the gym.

I hated the visor photo, so I tried again. But then I posted both, so I guess that kind of misses the point.




Also – Mum, I still don’t clean my room. Or anything else.

Ain’t no-one got time for that.


Today’s Moment

Tutoring opened on Wednesday night for the first time today. We’re growing!


Your Turn!

Who would you have in your ‘dream team’?
What help do you wish you had but don’t?
What was your ‘moment’ today?


Superfood Me


Dear everyone, I am looking forward to being back in the thick of all things blog-related over the next week. So much news! Next weekend I am running a half marathon, and meeting some bloggers to boot.

Right now though, I am swimming in superfoods.


Life’s good ;-)

Cheap Superfoods were kind enough to send some spirulina and goji berries my way. For all you Aussies who are into the slightly too healthy for your shirt thing, Cheap Superfoods is all about getting the high quality stuff to you as cheaply as possible. It’s all online, and there are no frills. Honestly, I’m glad they contacted me. I know I’ll be ordering from them again.

This time around, I received (free) a packet of Goji Berries, and packet of Spirulina.

Say what?! As in, what the hell is spirulina? I’ve been intrigued for ages, so I jumped at the chance to review it.

So what’s the big deal?

Amino acids. Also B12. Also, an awfully large amount of protein for such a small quantity. For those non-carnivores among us, it’s apparently an excellent source of protein and nutrients – it’s a complete protein, which I understand is quite rare for a non-dead animal delicacy.


This stuff is crazy. I have to admit that I was initially scared of it. I kept opening up the packet, being overwhelmed by the earthy smell,and closing it again.

Finally, I braved it, and threw a teaspoon into my morning pancake.

And you know what? It was good. Green. But good.


I also received Goji Berries. I was a little suss on these too (such a cynical person Kate!). I was worried that they would be bitter.


Turns out, when you throw them into your salad, they have an incredible texture. I’ll be continuing to add these babies to my lunch. Apparently they decrease inflammation (though sadly no-one has indicated it can improve swollen knees or shin splints) and have a truck-load of vitamins.

Organic Goji Berries

From site


The verdict? Love it!

Wheat grass, cacao and chia are next on my list


Your Turn!

Have you ever tried a superfood? 
Do you have a favourite? 
What’s the strangest thing you’ve cooked with?

Up and Running

Ms Runner Mommy and Ms Marathon Girl, I got my medal for the virtual half marathon I did at the end of last year!


I really think blogging helps you to get over any fear you have of seeing photo of yourself…

It’s so pretty! And so lovely of them to organise it all – and send it out to Australia.   Officially, that’s my first ever half marathon. It certainly won’t be my last!

My running group outside the chocolate shop. Best end to a run. Ever.

My running group – the day of the virtual half

However, running has taken on a bit of a change in my life, and I’m really keen to hear what all of you do – or think!

Last time I checked in with you all, my running was going wherever I could fit it – usually in the middle of the day, and frequently on a treadmill. I stand by my treadmill, particularly when the weather or a particular stick workout stands in your way. However – and this is the bit I’m interested in – it uses totally different muscles. The last time I went to see Monsieur le Magic Man chiropractor, he thought  I hadn’t really been running much. If anything, I’d been training more intensely than ever.

Exhibit A:



His advice? To get off the treadmill and back outside.

Combined with a new work routine, and  hot, humid, Sydney summer, the result is that I have been running first thing in the morning.

For me, that means a few new things:

1. Running on an empty stomach

2. Training first thing every day, not just once or twice a week

3. Doing that sticky tempo run outside

4. Getting used to a new routine

I’m such a baby! Running on an empty stomach? Does anyone else notice a huge difference when they do this?

It doesn’t matter how much I had to eat the night before, or how early I leave, my body is really struggling. And in some ways, that’s good – imagine how efficient it will be when I do give it a pre-run banana. The downside is that on this morning’s tempo run, my legs felt like jelly. I actually walked part of the way – I literally had no energy to keep running.

So, dear readers, hit me – what is your running routine, and how have you adapted your schedule?


Your Turn!

Do you run on an empty stomach?
When do you run?
How do you deal with tricky workouts in difficult conditions?
How do you deal with humidity?

Crack. And the Bionade Review.


Thursday is usually Fit Nut day here (and I’m always on the look out for Fit Nuts – do you do sport, at all? Fill out a quick survey here).

However, today I have something cool to review. Do you remember that I got addicted to Diet Coke and Pepsi Max a few months ago? After using coke as a cleaning substance, I made a decision to quit (I like that. I sound hard-core, like I’ve been to rehab and lived to tell the tale).


I’m happy to report that while I have had a couple of cokes since, I’m definitely over the need for it. I don’t even like it very much any more. And for any of you who are curious about the whole ‘quitting’ process, I tried a few things:

  • Strong black tea and some green tea helped with the caffeine withdrawal
  • When I wanted bubbles, I used soda water with a bit of lemon and sea salt
  • I told Mr The Rake I was giving it up, so even though he had it in the house, he would remind me that I’d given it up every time I said ‘man I could go a can of coke’
  • I just stopped. Life’s short.

After that post, I was contacted by some representatives of Bionade, a light soft-drink with all natural ingredients.


Bionade is a German creation that sells itself as a completely natural, certified-organic soft-drink. It’s brewed, beer style. I didn’t realise what this meant until I found myself at a party the night before a half marathon. Not too sweet, it was just like drinking a cider – minus the alcohol.


I was super excited by the lychee one – I think it’s my favourite flavour of fruit. Sadly, I knocked it over in my excitement and had to spend the next half an hour mopping up Bionade and glass shards. A small reminder stayed in my foot for the rest of the day.

At first I was all

yeah, cool, something to try out and post about

But…I loved it. I’ve been looking out for it because for me, it’s the perfect party drink when I don’t want to drink. Especially over summer.

I’m a self-confessed calorie counter, though I do much less of it these days, and the entire bottle clocked in under 100 calories. Way better than a cider or a lemonade.



Apparently it’s hitting Australian stores soon, and can already be ordered online.

In sum – really cool, and quite unique. On a summer’s night, it was the ideal replacement for my addiction.



Your Turn!

Have you ever come across Bionade?
Are you a diet coke drinker or hater?
What’s your favourite party drink?


Molly the Fit Nut


Meet Molly, today’s fit nut, and another running blogger! Want to be featured? Head over to answer the fit nut questions for yourself.






What is your sport of choice?


How did you get started?

My decision to become active began after my mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I treated my health and body rather callously, and not until my family was rocked with a cancer diagnosis did I open my eyes and realize that, logically, how I treat myself now can may dictate my chances of getting sick later in life.

I started exploring a lot of different exercise regimes (boot camps, personal trainers, group exercise classes) but I never seriously considered running. Somehow, my friend convinced me to sign up for the Color Run 5k. I wasn’t so much drawn in by the idea of running so much as the amazing and colorful Facebook profile photo opportunity this provided.

With barely any prior training, I ran the entire 5k and caught the running bug. The race was untimed, so it’s likely I ran it at a snail pace, and my 86-year-old grandmother could have outpaced me, but I ran it! I’ve raced in several 5ks since and plan on gradually working my way towards a half-marathon down the road.

A memorable moment in your fitness journey:

Completing the Rugged Maniac (5k obstacle course/mud run) in the top 25%. This was the first obstacle course I had ever done, and only third 5k overall. My only goal was to complete it without skipping any of the obstacles.

When I crossed the finish line and saw my time, I just couldn’t believe it. I swear, I looked at my boyfriend (who was waiting for me at the finish line), did a double take at the timer and did a little happy dance right then and there. I got weird stares. I was ok with it. And why shouldn’t I have been?! I had just pushed myself farther physically than I had ever imagined for myself. I placed top 25% overall and top 13% for my age group (out of almost 7000 participants).

I seriously still can’t believe my ranking.

What you’ve gained from improving your fitness:

Respect and admiration for myself. I was always uncomfortable with my weight and body (even if there wasn’t reason for me to be). I knew I couldn’t walk up the stairs without getting winded and I constantly envied those who competed in races and made their health a priority. I remember watching one woman limp the final mile of the Boston Marathon last year and I was actually jealous! I wanted to be that woman…I wanted the blisters and the blackened toe nails and the shin splints.

(This is also why my grandmother thinks I’m crazy and asked me if I was “training” to go into the Marines.)

Finishing my first 5k, then my second, then an obstacle course, made me realize I’m so much stronger than I ever gave myself credit for. I can do this. I can do MORE than this. And I will.

Taking control of my health has proven that to me.

How often do you exercise each week?

I usually exercise 4 to 5 days a week. This is a mash-up of group exercise classes (yoga, pilates, zumba), running/cardio and strength training. I like to mix it up because I get bored so easily.

Favourite piece of equipment:

My running sneakers. This will change the moment I get a Garmin Forerunner.

Favourite fuel:

Peanut butter. I’m assuming my body gets a kick from the protein. For anyone curious, I don’t actually run with a container of Skippy in my hands…and now I think I’m stupid for never having tried.

I am obsessed with…:

Foam rollers

Your current fitness goal:

My current fitness goal is to complete a 10k in the spring. It might not seem like much, but if you saw me at the beginning of 2012, you would have laughed at me (and me alongside you!) at the idea of me running even half of a 5k.

Advice to newbies in your sport?

Just keep truckin’. It’s clichéd, but I swear, if I can run, so can you. Run as often as you can.  It doesn’t matter if it’s just for a quarter of a mile, for 1 minute, or just a lap around the block. You have no idea how quickly you’ll build endurance and you’ll surprise yourself with how much farther you can push yourself.

Best way to contact you:

Here are some easy ways to stalk me:

Twitter – @MKPappas

Instagram – MKPappas1

Email – averageathletemolly@gmail.com

Pinterest – averageathlete


Thanks Molly! I’m a huge PB fan too – did you try running with the jar?


Your Turn!

Any questions for Molly?
Are you a PB fan?
What’s your most memorable fitness moment?