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    Chantel Venn & Rhino G Venn
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that moment you realise they make the coffee cups at work to match your nails 🀣
that moment you realise they make the coffee cups at work to match your nails 🀣
had some fun reflecting ... there were some teary moments working through these ... made me realise even if I never run again I can still be proud of some big milestones and achievements ... some I loved ... some I hated ... and some just happened along the way ... running ... it's awesome πŸ˜πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…
had some fun reflecting ... there were some teary moments working through these ... made me realise even if I never run again I can still be proud of some big milestones and achievements ... some I loved ... some I hated ... and some just happened along the way ... running ... it's awesome πŸ˜πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…
my first hills ride in months ... didn't leave much in the tank ... downhill still terrifies me πŸ™„
my first hills ride in months ... didn't leave much in the tank ... downhill still terrifies me πŸ™„
seriously mom ... what's all the fuss about ... my collar is much prettier πŸ™„ ... 🦏
seriously mom ... what's all the fuss about ... my collar is much prettier πŸ™„ ... 🦏
colourful quickie to start the day πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
colourful quickie to start the day πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
we waited all day for a break in the weather ... finally it came ... the Rhino 🦏 was so happy he even managed to sit still for a photo πŸ™„
we waited all day for a break in the weather ... finally it came ... the Rhino 🦏 was so happy he even managed to sit still for a photo πŸ™„
resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before ... you can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good ...
elizabeth edwards
resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it's less good than the one you had before ... you can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you've lost or you can accept that and try to put together something that's good ... elizabeth edwards
and just like that the reality of early morning starts, routine & work return ... holidays over ... 32km's on the bike
and just like that the reality of early morning starts, routine & work return ... holidays over ... 32km's on the bike
didn't realise how much she'd grown until I put them next to each other 😳 ... wonder how big she will be in 2020 πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…
didn't realise how much she'd grown until I put them next to each other 😳 ... wonder how big she will be in 2020 πŸ…πŸ…πŸ…
a big thank you to @mizunorunningaus who have kept my feet in the best comfort since 2012 πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
a big thank you to @mizunorunningaus who have kept my feet in the best comfort since 2012 πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ
early days ... when you're still on that runners high & the fact you have to get through 42.2kms hasn't quite set in πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
early days ... when you're still on that runners high & the fact you have to get through 42.2kms hasn't quite set in πŸ™ŒπŸΌ
still smiling ... that's 20,622 seconds of pain for some pretty awesome bling I will have forever 😍
still smiling ... that's 20,622 seconds of pain for some pretty awesome bling I will have forever 😍
did I mention I missed the Rhino 🦏 just a little bit ... beach strolls this evening were just the best 😍
did I mention I missed the Rhino 🦏 just a little bit ... beach strolls this evening were just the best 😍
I'm home safely & unpacking ... reflecting on an amazing trip & experience ... you have a few more NY posts to endure so I hope you're not sick of them yet 🀣
I'm home safely & unpacking ... reflecting on an amazing trip & experience ... you have a few more NY posts to endure so I hope you're not sick of them yet 🀣
New York City Marathon 2017
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I know I haven't really talked about my day and that's because it's so tough for me to accept that I had to walk New York this year ... and don't get me wrong walking a marathon is much tougher than running one on a whole lot of levels - I think I'm qualified enough to know
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Starting at the back of the pack is never fun ... the drink stations are a challenge ... I slipped a handful of times coming through them even though I was super cautious ... finishing in the dark takes away a lot away from that finishing moment ... the crowds have thinned and the buzz is just not the same
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However - I would do it all again if I had to ... because to me completing a marathon (regardless of whether I ran, jogged or walked) is the ultimate achievement ... you are tested on so many levels both physically & mentally ... working through those challenges is something you can only do for yourself & by yourself - nobody can make this process easier on you
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I always knew I was going to be out there for a very long time on Sunday ... a whole 5:43:42 in fact ... my biggest issue was staying focused after the 25km mark & still trying to have fun and take everything in once it started to get dark, crowds had thinned & I was cramping badly in my feet
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Somehow I did pull everything together though & crossed that finish line ... proud that I still gave it a crack knowing it would be my slowest marathon
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This photo captured moments after I crossed the finish line sums up just how I felt ... broken ... after working so hard to come back from last 18 months of significant injuries and falling short 6 weeks out ... once again having to refocus & accept that I would not run has been a tough journey.
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Now I have to take 6-8 weeks off running and then have more scans on my hip to assess where to from here
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At this stage I have no plans to run a marathon next year ... I have no doubt I will run a marathon ... who knows where that journey will take me though ... you will just have to stay tuned to find out 😚
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Thanks once again for all the tremendous support you have given me through the highs & lows ... always makes this my happy place πŸ™‚
New York City Marathon 2017 ... I know I haven't really talked about my day and that's because it's so tough for me to accept that I had to walk New York this year ... and don't get me wrong walking a marathon is much tougher than running one on a whole lot of levels - I think I'm qualified enough to know ... Starting at the back of the pack is never fun ... the drink stations are a challenge ... I slipped a handful of times coming through them even though I was super cautious ... finishing in the dark takes away a lot away from that finishing moment ... the crowds have thinned and the buzz is just not the same ... However - I would do it all again if I had to ... because to me completing a marathon (regardless of whether I ran, jogged or walked) is the ultimate achievement ... you are tested on so many levels both physically & mentally ... working through those challenges is something you can only do for yourself & by yourself - nobody can make this process easier on you ... I always knew I was going to be out there for a very long time on Sunday ... a whole 5:43:42 in fact ... my biggest issue was staying focused after the 25km mark & still trying to have fun and take everything in once it started to get dark, crowds had thinned & I was cramping badly in my feet ... Somehow I did pull everything together though & crossed that finish line ... proud that I still gave it a crack knowing it would be my slowest marathon ... This photo captured moments after I crossed the finish line sums up just how I felt ... broken ... after working so hard to come back from last 18 months of significant injuries and falling short 6 weeks out ... once again having to refocus & accept that I would not run has been a tough journey. ... Now I have to take 6-8 weeks off running and then have more scans on my hip to assess where to from here ... At this stage I have no plans to run a marathon next year ... I have no doubt I will run a marathon ... who knows where that journey will take me though ... you will just have to stay tuned to find out 😚 ... Thanks once again for all the tremendous support you have given me through the highs & lows ... always makes this my happy place πŸ™‚
almost forgot ... 5th stop ... Grand Central Station
almost forgot ... 5th stop ... Grand Central Station
goodbye New York City ... it's been grand ... but I'm really looking forward to seeing my boys ...
πŸ“· @runnin_rach
goodbye New York City ... it's been grand ... but I'm really looking forward to seeing my boys ... πŸ“· @runnin_rach
the perfect start to a day ... kisses & cuddles with Buttercup in Prospect Park ... somebody may be missing the Rhino just a wee bit 😏
the perfect start to a day ... kisses & cuddles with Buttercup in Prospect Park ... somebody may be missing the Rhino just a wee bit 😏