Sunday was my 40th Birthday! And I'm crazy enough that I woke up at 5am, ran 90 minutes up and down Manly beach to Queenscliff then back to Bower beach a few times. The sun was rising and the crowds quickly built up. I was happy that the flags were up before 7.30am and there were many swimmers in so I went in for a lovely dip. I am kind of freaked out about sharks at the moment. Manly has had 3 shark alarms in one week!
|Running at dawn - a great way to start the day|
It was all wonderful. I ran really slowly just wanting to drink in the
view, my life so far and what I want to achieve in the years ahead. I
also thought of how blessed I am and also thought about the very tough
times I've survived. It was a SUPER way to start the day.
|I love Sydney's Northern Beaches|
|My shark plan was to ensure many people were swimming in front of me :)|
My other workouts this week and a half
Today: 15 minutes on the bike, Bodypump class
Monday: 25 minutes treadmill 8-12km/hr, 15 minute elliptical, 15 minutes bike (Spin class was full :(
Sunday:90 minute easy
Saturday: Day off
Friday: 21/2 hour intense gym session 20 minutes running, 15 minute on the bikes, 15 minute on the elliptical, bodypump class and a half hour Cxworks class
Weds, Thurs off
Tues: Hills 1 minute running hard up a hill and 1.5 minutes jog down repeat times 5 (short but hellish!)
Monday: 80 minute run
After that I met my mum for breakfast at the Novotel.
I got home and have spent today playing with my toys (I know, I won't ever grow up) and now am chilling after a family lunch. I caught up with my best friend on Friday night so today is a relaxed day.
|I'm a lucky lady - and my husband is taking me on a holiday for a couple of days too!|
Amongst my pressies I got a beautiful new handbag and wallet. Therefore I've been cleaning out my old wallet and have discovered this amazing app that means I can store all my reward cards in my phone by scanning the barcodes. I just hope it works when I go to use the app. Its called Stocard.
|A good book before uni starts and my novel ban begins|
|My son wants to watch Seinfeld's Junior Mint episode while eating Junior Mints - sounds like a plan!|
My Mother-in-law made me a cake to order. It had to be chocolate with Haig's sparkles on it (I'm kind of bossy when it comes to my food). Her cakes beat any cake shop hands down.
Its not great having a birthday around Chinese New Year. The restaurant was busy and we were 10 minutes late so they tried to tell us we were too late for our booking. It was very awkward, especially since once we got in there seemed to be free tables. I had to ring my Chinese sister who brings 10s of thousands of $$ to the restaurant for business. She had given me dinner here as my birthday present and booked the special table. The call was made. Suddenly a table was free, the manager came to apologise and we were given a Chinese dessert after our meal. If I wasn't addicted to the Peking Duck I might not return. But I am addicted! Once we were in my husband and I had a fantastic meal and a lovely walk afterwards.
|The apology dessert|
|This is a wall decorated with thousands of chopsticks!|
|Part of the reason I keep coming back!|
|Happy Year of the Sheep!|