Friday Five: Australia


My first day in Sydney, Circular Quay – December’06

Though technically I am a week away from officially being in the country (I arrive next Friday morning, Australia time), I’m already eagerly counting down the moments until I get there and I am excited about sooooo many things for this trip.


There are many groups of “five” that I am looking forward to on this trip…and below are my three of my top lists:

Top Five Food/Drink:

  1. Dinner resos at Quay.
  2. Arnott’s cookies (Tim Tams, Kingstons, Mint Slices, OH MY!)
  3. Flat Whites (so much better than the Starbucks versions).
  4. Coopers Sparkling Ale (yummy yummy beer)
  5. Nachos, Guac and champers (the standard snack when I arrive in Aus)

Top Five Things I look forward to doing:

  1. Hang with my girls and my adopt a nieces!!!!
  2. The aforementioned nachos, guac and champers while watching Walking Dead
  3. Bake macarons for my little adopt a niece’s first birthday!!!
  4. Surf with my friend’s husband and then enjoy some breakfast beers
  5. Celebrate my adopt a niece’s first birthday and take her to her swimming lessons

Top Five Things I Like Doing in Australia

  1. Shopping.  They have some lovely stores you can’t find in North America and I love, love, love me some Peter Alexander pjs!
  2. Hanging out in downtown Sydney.  The hustle and bustle of Martin Place and George St., Circular Quay, The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the Rocks the ferries to Manly beach…so many great places.
  3. Listening to the slang and accents.  It always makes me smile.
  4. The easy access to champers at local lounges, restaurants, etc.
  5. Go for a run and not freeze my rear off!

Woo! Australia!  Can’t wait!

~Princess Lisa

Six months til Sub 1:50

1:49:59…that’s all I want.  I mean…don’t get me wrong…a 1:48:27 would be great, too…more than great…but really, 1:49:59 is what I want. Oh and a sub 49 minute 10K if the running gods are feeling generous…but that isn’t my priority. 🙂

I had set the goal for a sub 1:50 half marathon time in 2014…and my training suggested that I could do it with training runs of 12 miles at 8:15 paces and 10Ks at a 7:47 paces, but a nagging hip flexor injury that began in June 2014 and lingered for almost 18 months ruined that goal not once but four times.

With a rut breaker half marathon scheduled for mid-June (my first half in over a year) and then another as part of the Dumbo Double Dare in Disneyland on Labour Day weekend, I feel like I could finally make my sub 1:50 goal a reality…esp if I sneak in a few motivational 10Ks between my two halves.

I’m finally running, lunging, sprinting, rowing and planking without any twinges of pain. I’m running 7 miles at an 8:24 avg. pace and not feeling completely like death.  The avg pace for a sub 1:50 time is about 8:22.  I def. need to get back to some serious tempo runs and speed work, but I’m not going to start that until I return from Australia in mid March.  I also plan on doing some regular weight training as I always get injured when I stop doing it.

I plan to post a more detailed plan when I return from Australia..including weights and what I plan to run.  Though, for the record, I’m pretty horrible when it comes to sticking to really formal training plans, so if I manage to stick to this one, it will be a definite first. 🙂

Have any tips?  Let me know in the comments!

~Princess Lisa





TWIRL’16: Week 7

Sunday: 02/14/16

  • 3.12 miles.  Totally wasn’t feeling it today.  All my runs leading up today have been good, solid and hard…just not feeling it today.
  • Feeling rather grateful that this is the first Valentine’s Day in many, many years that I didn’t feel like a sad ol’ spinster! #smallvictories

Monday: 02/15/16

  • 15-minute rule – 1.77 miles running and then another 45 minutes walking (another three miles)
  • 30/30/30 (physio ball pikes/push ups/squats)
  • Feeling grateful that I just listened to my body today.  Said body wanted ice cream and not to run…so that is just what I did.

Tuesday: 02/16/16

  • Nothing.  Migraine.  Sigh.
  • Feeling grateful that I had access to my favourite migraine food – Trader Joe’s White Cheddar Mac and Cheese.

Wednesday: 02/17/16

  • 3.12 miles in 26:25.  Saving speed work for tomorrow when I am over my migraine hangover.
  • 30/30/30 (push ups, air squats, spider man planks) plus lunges, deadlifts, clam shells and calf raises.
  • Feeling grateful that I didn’t have any pain when doing lunges for the first time in over 18 months.

Thursday: 02/18/16

  • 4 miles at an avg pace of 8:17 min/mile. Had another migraine so this one was tough but it had to happen
  • Feeling grateful that I was able to get in my run despite feeling crappy.

Friday: 02/19/16

  • 90 minutes of curling! So fun.
  • Feeling pretty good after a fun night of curling – my last until I return from Australia.

Saturday: 02/20/16

  • 4 miles or short incline intervals (I haven’t done incline intervals in ages so I took it easy), then I walked awhile after.  Total mileage was 5.65 miles
  • Feeling grateful for a movie and dinner date with my darling big brother!

Weekly run mileage:  16.01miles

Total Swim mileage: 3.78 miles (6.1 kms)

Total run mileage for 2016: 110.24 miles