I am so thrilled to announce that there will be an Olive 10k virtual race coming in October! You will have the entire month to do the race and I am going to be trialing a new system of running the races too!
So for this one, you will be able to take the whole month to do your run - the whole of October! What to do? Jump on over to the Olive 10k page to see all the details!
Sorry for the delay on getting these out guys, turns out I can't blog from my work computer anymore. I don't blog during work hours but I also don't travel with both computers and hotel time is my prime blogging time.
If you are keen to give yourself a little longer on the course, the Olive 10k is coming in October! You will have the whole month to complete the race and can enter as many times as you like. Next Olive 5k is kicking off this Saturday 20th September!
Been a bit slack on posting my weekly workouts but they are back!!
Back to boxing, this has proved lately to be a staple in my week. I am always in the office on Mondays, so I go every week and it is a really great workout.
Back in the gym for some strength work. It was a fundraising day for kids with cancer on Friday, so the gym extended that all week. I wore my Collingwood jersey to show my footy colours!
I also headed out for a 3km walk after work with Marcus.
RUN CLUB!!!! It was raining and cold but I had so much fun! I love run club! I only did 6km, I really need my headlamp excuse I kept slipping in puddles or on leaves so I need to get back into the running in the dark situation! It was slow, but it was good.
I am still sore from this workout, it was tough! It was pouring on Saturday, so a garage workout was needed!
I did 10-20-30-40-50-50-40-30-20-10 of Kettlebell swings, with 100 skips between each set.
What are you reading at the moment? I am on a bit of a career run at the moment and I am really enjoying some motivating books and of course TED Talks.
Lean In Everyone is reading this at the moment, so I had to get my hands on it. I even bought the real life book, not the Kindle version this time! I have already finished it, and it is absolutely brilliant - stay tuned for my book review!
Open Road Summer My lovely Weddingbee friend Emery Lord wrote this one and I absolutely cannot wait to read it!
Game of Thrones I have just started the first book and am starting to understand why my Husband keeps saying "Winter is coming" (and calling me Jon Snow but that is another issue all together). The TV series is far too scary for my liking. Some things don't seem quite as scary when you can skim over them in a book right? Born to Run This is amazing, I had a recommendation from a friend to read this one and I have been really enjoying. I didn't realise how much of a story it would be. I thought it would be more technical about running etc, but it is nothing like that. It is written so well and is so easy to read. I was actually really disappointed last week when I flew to Melbourne and my Kindle died.... booo.
Once again, I am still blogging a lot and being sure to jump on over to catch up with other blogs.
My consistency in posting has dropped off a little this past week but I have been doing a little more "behind the blog" and going back and editing some of my old underperforming posts and also looking at ways to increase the ease of submitting times for the Olive 5k. There is also the possibility of moving over to a new platform.
I definitely enjoyed putting more focus on the blog throughout July and I will be focusing more on posting more recipes, workouts and of course the Virtual 5k series. So let's have a quick look on the numbers behind the 30 day blog challenge, I have used an average from Before (01Feb2014 to 24Jun2014) and After (25Jun2014 to 25Jul2014): Posts per 30 days Before - 9.4 After - 13 Monthly users Before - 795 After - 867 Pageviews Before - 1580 After -1688
Advertising Revenue (not including sponsored posts) Before (Adsense) - $1.15/month After (Nuffnang and Adsense) - $2.77 (NN) and $1.02 (Adsense) As you can see, I am not quite up there in the realms of Pinch of Yum and making $30,000 a month but I am happy to have a little incoming to support the money that I spend on the blog. This month I finally found myself some Nuffnang blogs being submitted onto my blog and that was the start of a steady stream. Things to work on in the next few months:
Switching over to Wordpress self hosted
Tweeting more posts, including old posts
Streamlining Olive 5k process
September/October Olive 10k!
Newsletter back up and running and going out each month.
The reason I do these posts is to keep me on track and make sure that when things do go a little awry, I get right back into it.
Monday This is getting a little boring to keep writing it each week, but another session of boxing went well at work. I love going to the regular sessions. There are only a few of us each week and now I am getting used to the workouts and it is well and truly ingrained in my schedule.
Didn't snap a pic, so here is a puppy pic to make up for it, these were baby guide dogs in training! They loved my shoe laces.
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday Work was CRAZY, like actually crazy this week. I was at work for 12 hours on Tuesday, the same on Wednesday and even longer when I headed down to Melbourne for work on Thursday. I need to make a more concerted effort to get up early and go for runs and do workouts. I did have some super tasty tea in Melbourne.
Friday Walk time, made the effort to get up early and get a walk in with Marcus. Also walked around a lot getting errands done instead of using the car which was good. Except when it started raining. Saturday Walk time again, a lot of wandering and whilst no specific workout time I did a LOT of walking. Ended up with over 15,000 steps on my Fitbit! I also had a massage first thing and it was soooooo painful. My upper back, shoulders and neck were so tight. I am headed back again next week too. Sunday So, you may have been expecting to see the City 2 Surf in this spot. I would have, I was fully prepared to and thought I had registered and was ready to run with work until I realised that in fact I had not registered. The $80 price tag deterred me from a last minute entry and instead Marcus and I headed out for a walk in the last weeks of his training for Oxfam.
Speaking of Oxfam, if you would like to sponsor Marcus and his team, you can do so here: https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/team/home/17547
I am not sure if anyone has noticed this, but I am not one for 2 hours of "getting ready" time - I want the minimum amount of time possible to get me from out of bed or just worked out disheveled to semi-respectable in the shortest time possible. I should probably highlight here that I paid full retail for these items (well, not the CC cream - buying cosmetics in Korea is cheap, but anyone could have walked in and paid the same). I absolutely love these products at the moment and I just wanted you to know!
Illuminator Then there is highlighter - that is a thing? Who knew? This stuff is brilliant. Apparently its technical name is illuminator, but that is very Dan Brown novel reminiscent. I have been trying to make a conscious effort to take better care of my skin and use my eye cream religiously. Unfortunately I am already starting to notice a few dark circles under my eyes - which is hopefully only temporary - but still led me to wanting something to bring back the freshness to my face. So, when I was perusing Mecca a few months ago, I was curious about their illuminator. I recalled the lovely Clinique illuminator that I used to use when I was in university, that is apparently so old that I can't even find any reference to it.
The NARS illuminator is great, it is super easy to use because you can mix it with your foundation/BB cream/CC cream or you can apply it on top when maybe you need a little extra oomph when heading out after a long day, or realise at 3pm you look like a zombie after catching an early morning flight. Tinted Moisturiser This is where I usually sit, and love. I generally only need a light coverage enough to look slightly more professional? It also makes me feel a little more feminine to be wearing something, plus of course a little eye make up and I am set to go. This Mecca branded tinted moisturiser is all important 30+ and matches my skin perfectly.
CC Cream Like the discovery of Benefit Moisturiser while I was in Korea, I also "discovered" CC cream. I was using BB cream, but found it could sometimes leave me with dry skin towards the end of the day. Not with my new CC cream, it is much lighter and smoother on the skin!
Anywho, firstly let me tell you everything I have learnt about CC cream. This post was amazing and led me to confirming the same thoughts I already had. That CC cream is basically a new and improved BB cream and BB cream is basically a new and improved tinted moisturiser. They are all different from a traditional foundation though, the main limitation being the amount of coverage (and subsequent sun-protection) and the range of colours. Being a run of the mill alabaster skin tone, the colour range isn't really an issue for me but I do burn easily. What are your go-to cosmetics?
I am an avid housewife who is discovering her new found love for all things running, cycling, cooking, travelling and fashion. My Garmin is my new best friend and I am enjoying every minute of every day and I hope you join in for the fun!