The 2,018 Challenge

“Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.”
— T.S. Elliot

So in December I finished the 12 Runs of Christmas challenge in aid of children with autism. While I didn’t break any records, I realised that despite having a few lazy days, I’m pretty good at achieving what I need to achieve, if I’m given a deadline.

In fact this is nothing new. I know I’m a terrible procrastinator, and I work best under pressure, so sometimes those deadlines need to be self imposed.

So with this in mind, and with the New Year, I need a new exercise challenge. And this is why I’ve decided that I’m going to aim to run 2,018 kms over the course of 2018 – for no reason other than the numbers fit, and I like to have something to aim for.

Any ultra-runners out there will be thinking that this nothing, but to me, having a goal should focus my energies.

I’ll have to start small and build my way up, and I’ll probably kill myself in the process, but I’ll keep this blog updated monthly on my progress anyway.

The 12 Runs of Christmas…

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

Tomorrow marks the first day of the 12 Runs of Christmas Challenge  organised by Running on the Spectrum – a New Zealand charity organisation “…that provides an opportunity for children with Autism to receive an exercise program as well as be part of the running shoes program whereby they receive a pair of running shoes. Running On The Spectrum also aims to present talks to schools throughout New Zealand to present talks about living with Autism to children and parents”. Continue reading “The 12 Runs of Christmas…”

Move over Katniss Everdeen!


A good archer is known not by his arrows but by his aim”– Thomas Fuller

This weekend I tried archery. Turns out I am terrible at it, and I bruised my arm on the release of an arrow, but it was pretty good fun all the same. Continue reading “Move over Katniss Everdeen!”

Learning about Bee Keeping in NZ

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Albert Einstein (allegedly)

This week’s new thing was an Introductory Course in Beekeeping, held at The Beehive Solutions in Drury. 

Keeping bees is one of those things I’ve been vaguely interested in – like keeping chickens and growing my own vegetables – but something I’ve never really found the time to do much about. But at the same time, bees are something that I believe we have a duty to know about, and to help protect. Bees are responsible for around a third of the world’s food supply. They are vital to pollination of plants and crops, and it’s been said that if bees disappeared tomorrow, life wouldn’t last too longPesticide use and deforestation is responsible for declining bee numbers. Continue reading “Learning about Bee Keeping in NZ”

#66 Future Nails

“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick…” Audrey Hepburn

I’ve never been a typical girly girl, and pampering isn’t really one of my things. I don’t take ages to get ready to go out. I believe in comfort rather than style when it comes to shoes. I own three items of make up (eye liner, blush and lipstick), and I’ve mastered a series of hair styles that can be done in less than 5 mins and look…well not always good…but passable at least.

There’s no reason for this, it’s just my personality.  Continue reading “#66 Future Nails”

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