Last playgroup and hydro

It’s the end of the year and the ‘silly season’ is about to kick off or possibly already has! I don’t really mind as our Christmas tree and decorations are up and all gifts are wrapped and hidden in our walk-in-robe! We have bought some more outdoor Christmas lights and it looks awesome and the kids loves it! Things you have to do when there is no snow outside and both Mike and I get pretty excited about it…! Though I wish the inside of my house looked like the picture below, it looks amazing! Just need an open fire and a dog..
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Both Nathan and Cayla are going well but I think we can all agree that it will be nice with a long Summer holiday soon. It’s been a great year so far and Cayla has come so far in many areas which we are so happy about. Her speech is not amazing but she is definitely improving! I feel so much better after we found out that she got a place at the Fremantle Language Development Centre (LDC). Not sure if she understand but we have told her that she is starting a new school next year and bought her a dress (uniform) which she loves. It’s a little bit sad that the kids are not going to be at the same school but at the same time I know that for Cayla this is an amazing opportunity and we are all still jumping out of joy that she got a place! Today we went to TCCP for her last playgroup and hydro pool session and met up with Cayla’s little friend Sienna. It’s a bit sad that we won’t go to TCCP for playgroup and hydro anymore and it’s crazy that she is starting full-time school next year.. I reckon I will feel really lost for a few weeks, or days at least ;)
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Well, it’s crazy how time flies but I have finished my big training load in preparation for the 6inch trail marathon (47km) on the 15th December! It’s been full on the last four months but I have really tried to take every day and week as it comes and put in my absolute best. I was doing fine until a couple of weeks ago when I did about 90km of running in one week, after that I started to get a little niggle in my calf. Went for a sports massage (or three..) but it wasn’t until I saw the physio for some needling and ultrasound that my leg started to feel better. I have also bought a pair of new shoes which has helped a lot. I really enjoy trail running and find it quite boring to run long on the road now. The first time I went down to North Dandalup where the start for the 6inch Trail Marathon is I really had no trail running experience at all. A friend picked me up at 4.30 in the morning for a 5.30 start. We did 17km out and back without getting too  much lost… and no snake sightings at all! It was a very hot day with 37 degrees so it took us over 4.5 hours but that was including stopping to ‘eat’ 5 carb gels, 3 x wee stops (weird since I never wee on a run.. must have been nervous!) plus getting a bit lost on the way back.
A few weeks ago we headed down to North Dandalup again we decided to do an A-to-B run instead of out-and-back as we wanted to see more of the actual race course. We took two cars and left my car at the 28km mark and drove my friend’s car back to the start and off we went. This race start with a tough climb of 300m over 1.5km.. and we were walking most of it but I’m sure the elite runners will just blast up that hill on the actual race day! We were running along fine until we got to the 17km mark.. that’s when I realised that I had forgotten my car keys in my friend’s car…..!!!!!!!! WTF!!! Very annoying, but luckily we were only 3kms away from the main road that would lead us back to the start. I’m so glad we didn’t run the whole 28kms to my car and then realised this horrible mistake…! I can add that there is absolutely no reception in this area… my friend was not too impressed. So we ran to the main road and then followed it 11kms back to the start. We had run about 31km at this point but our plan was to run 37-38km. My friend had a sore ankle and had enough but I felt really good so decided to do a few more k’s and finished of at 36km. Job done but I am never ever going to forget my keys in someone’s car again..! Lesson learned the hard way..
Last Saturday we did our last long run, it was a run that I was a bit worried about for some reason. We had to do 40km and decided to stay in the city and do this run on a flat road instead of the trails. I had been battling negative thoughts, crappy runs and a sore leg all week so it felt awesome to SMASH out my Peak Long Run of 40km feeling that great! Still can’t quite believe that I just ran 40kms in a training run.. crazy..! It’s amazing how you little by little can condition your body and mind to run long distances. Though there is no doubt that there has been a lot of hard work involved to get where I am today but that just makes this whole experience more satisfying.
Bring on the 6inch! :D
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Funky Monkey to Red Devil

Another week (or two..) has passed and lots of things has happened! The busy Christmas season has not even started and my calendar is full of things pretty much every day of the week. If I’m not out running or taking Cayla to appointments I’m out photographing a wedding, attending a birthday party, doing paper work, cleaning the house and so on.. but hey, I’m not complaining it’s all good :)

Last Sunday was Tough Mudder and believe it or not I had a GREAT time! It was muddy, wet and crazy but so much fun and I managed to complete all obstacles without too much trouble. Even the “Funky Monkey” (see photo below, I’m to the right in the picture) which was about 20 or so monkey bars to swing across. Plus I didn’t really get electrocuted at all, not sure why but I only got a small zap on my butt when crawling through one of the obstacles and did not get zapped at all in the last crazy 10000v obstacle! It was a very well organised event, great team experience, lots of fun and we will be coming back next year! But next year we’ll bring Gatorade as one of our team members got major cramp the last 5km but he still finished the race!
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The kids had their yearly Sport’s Carnival last week and it was such a hot day, sunny and 35 degrees..! It was Cayla’s first sport’s day and she did so well in her 50m race, yes, she did come last but not by too much. She was so hot and tired afterwards and didn’t really want to join in the obstacles with her friends. I don’t think she was feeling 100% and was actually home with a runny nose the next day poor thing.
_DSC2319Because Cayla wasn’t feeling very well we didn’t do anything for Halloween which was the day after the Sport’s Carnival. However, after seeing heaps of photos of kids out trick or treating on Facebook I felt a huge quilt trip coming over me and decided to be a good Mum, get organised and throw together a Halloween party for the kids on Friday night instead! They loved it and at least now we have some Halloween decorations for next year….!
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It’s not long until the 6inch trail ultra marathon and I’m training most days of the week. My midweek long run is up to 17km and because Mike is out cycling that morning I have to do this run on the treadmill….. yes people.. 17 kilometres on a treadmill!! It’s beyond boring…….. but sometimes you just have to get the job done..
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My upper back and calves were pretty sore after Tough Mudder, not used to all those obstacles!
I have recently started a 30day cleanse and detox program with only natural products in the form of shakes and supplements. I’m using these products as add-ons to my usual diet as I’m not trying to lose weight and burning a lot of calories from running. I’m only on day 5 but hoping that it will give me some extra energy which will be great in the weeks leading up to the trail marathon in December. At the moment I’m feeling a bit so and so to be honest but probably because my body is getting rid of horrible toxins. Hopefully it will change for the better in due course! I did 31km on Sunday morning and felt pretty good. This weekend I’m doing 35km on the trails with a friend. She’s picking me up at 4.30am as it will probably take us about 4-4.5 hours and it’s going to be a very hot day on Sunday. Hopefully we won’t get lost… or step on a snake….! There has been quite a few snake sightings lately….. maybe I should stick to road marathons instead..!austrailia_kill_you

Today we’ve been to TCCP as Cayla had an appointment with Dana and Michael at The Lower Limb and Foot Clinic. We see them about once or twice a year to review Cayla’s gait (walk pattern) and talk about serial casting and so on to improve things. I was expecting 3-4 weeks of serial casting as we always do this after Botox and was just hoping they didn’t want Cayla to have serial casting on both feet…. But you know what! Her range of movement is pretty good and they didn’t think she needed any serial casting done at all this time…!!! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Woooohoooooooooooo!!! I’m so happy I could fly to heaven! We just have to continue to aim for overall symmetry and do exercises where she will put more weight on her left foot by riding on her scooter and so on. Cayla’s physio Megan will see her for a few physio therapy sessions and give us a new home program to work on for the next few months. First a place at the Fremantle Language Development school and now no serial casting – happy days!

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Duathlon, Botox & Tooth extraction

We’re in the middle of the Spring school holidays here in Perth and it’s great to chill out with no stress in the mornings and no after school activities. Mike had a day off last week and we took the kids to The Royal Show. It was a glorious sunny day and we spent over six hours there and had a great time! Kids came home very tired but happy with a show-bag each.

I have done my first wedding with Fine-Line Photography for the season and I’m looking forward to many more in the next few months. Unfortunately it started to rain during the outdoor ceremony but the sun came out just in time for the formal photo shoot afterwards. The light was so pretty as the sun came out from behind the clouds shining on the bride and her sparkling white dress in the middle of the green lush vineyard! Magic….

On Sunday morning at 6.15am we all jumped into our car and drove to Champion Lakes in Armadale for Nathan’s first Duathlon! He had to run 500m, cycle 2km and finish off with a 250m sprint to the finishing line where he received his medal! He did so well and we are so proud of him for completing the race and also raising money for Cayla and other kids with Cerebral Palsy! Nathan thought the bike ride was quite nice but that the running was hard work – hahaha! Very funny and I was happy that my bike riding husband heard him say it too. ;) My training is still going well and it’s finally light when I drive to the interval sessions at 5.40am in the morning. I’m currently running about 70km/week including the 30km long slow run on Sunday morning. This will increase in the next couple of months as I start building towards the 6inch trail marathon (46km) in December. Just a tad nervous but have read somewhere that a challenge is not a proper one unless it scares you so there we go..!

Yesterday we took Cayla to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) for her 6- monthly Botox injections. This was the first time she had it done at PMH and it has only taken us about 2,5 years to get to the top of the waiting list. As some of you may remember Cayla fell into our coffee table about 18 months ago and knocked one of her front teeth… In the beginning of the year the dentist explained that the tooth had died and needed to be removed :( Not great but nothing we could do so it was decided to take it out at the same time as her botox at PMH so that is what happened yesterday. Botox in her left leg and tooth extraction. All went well and very fast, the staff at PMH are so nice and very experienced. Cayla woke up fine and had some toast and apple juice before we were good to go home. When we came home Cayla vomited all over the floor, had a shower, some panodil, soft pasta for dinner and then bed. The tooth fairy came for a visit and left a $2 coin under Cayla’s pillow. I though that she would look really weird without her tooth but she looks fine and still very cute!

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