Today is Anzac Day and a public holiday in Australia. It is however much more than a public holiday.
The day commemorates the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War but now recognises the lives lost in conflict all around the world since that time. So today will be a day of remembrance across Australia and New Zealand.
You can read a bit more about Anzac Day here in my post from 2014.
I thought it was time for a catch up on what I am up to currently as it has been a few months. As I am having a quiet ish weekend this weekend I had some time to recap.
Reading – I have just started listening to the Handmaid’s Tale on Audible at the gym. I am only a couple of chapters in because annoyingly my headphones ran out of battery when I was last at the gym but I am enjoying the book so far. I am also reading A complicated Kindness on my Kindle and looking forward to seeing how it goes.
Listening to – When we were at the Commonwealth Games they kept playing the song called Mountain by Generdyn. It’s one of those inspiring songs and very easy to listen to on repeat so I always hit that first when I play music on my iPhone.
Watching – There isn’t much on TV that I am watching but I have been watching a few shows on Netflix. I quite like the Netflix original shows Dynasty and Shadowhunters, they are both good shows to watch whilst doing something else. I have also watched the show Bondi Ink which is about a tattoo parlour in Bondi. Despite being a “reality” tv show it really does not seem very real! I’m not sure how they get business either as some of the things that go on don’t seem to be great publicity!
Celebrating – I am still pretty excited by the fact I completed the Gold Run at the Commonwealth Games.
I am also celebrating the fact I am now down 35kg overall on my weight loss goals! My aim is for about another 15kg with a view to review where I am at and whether I want to loose anymore and how much. It still blows my mind a bit when I think of the fact that I have got this far and what I look like now versus a year or so ago.
Considering – So far the Aussie and I have been pretty happy where we live. We have a small Queenslander style house which is close to the city and transport etc and hadn’t planned to move when our lease ends in June. However our landlord has told us he wants to put the rent up which we are not overly impressed with! We are not sure if we will be moving but have been checking out what is available in the area and have found a house we would be quite happy to move into. The Aussie is not sure about moving because he is self employed and working from home and is worried about the impact it would have on the business so we are just thinking it all through at the moment.
Wishing you a Happy Sunday!
The Commonwealth Games have been underway for the last two weeks. The Games are a meeting of athletes from Countries all over the Commonwealth to compete in a range of sporting activities. Naomi and I entered into the lottery style drawer about a year ago before we were even close to living in Brisbane, luckily we subsequently did move so we are nice and close for the events.
The games has meant that I very luckily got to spend two weekends in a row on the beautiful Gold Coast both with my friend Naomi (and staying in her beautiful family apartment) when we went to watch the Netball and with Naomi and the Aussie when we went to watch the Rugby Sevens match.
I also had the opportunity to “participate” in an event during the Games called the Gold Run.
The Gold Run was a 5km fun run held on a section of the Marathon course at the same time the Marathon runners were participating and which members of the public could enter for a fee. We got to start and end the race at the Marathon start line and received this nifty medal for participating!
The rules of the run were extensive and included the requirement that you must be able to complete the event in about 50 minutes because whilst the event was scheduled for an hour, the number of people participating meant it could take 10 minutes to get over the start line. If you didn’t finish in time you would be pulled from the course so you don’t interfere with the marathon finish.
I will admit that whilst I am a heck of a lot fitter than I was a year ago I was terrified I would not finish the race in time. In the run up to the event I dragged Naomi along to park run where we tried to get our time under 50 minutes. I managed in the trial runs to get to slightly over 50 minutes so thought it would be doable.
In the end I finished in 45.09 minutes and was thrilled both by my time and also that I managed to compete in this kind of event. I really pushed myself hard and was exhausted at the end even though it was only “5km” as I wanted to beat the cut off time and also my personal best and I did it and I was so so happy!!!
It was a once in a lifetime event an I now have the tshirt and medal to show for it and my fitness journey as well.