I did City2Surf last Sunday :)

Hello dear readers,

I finally ran the city2surf event on Sunday and I must say I enjoyed it. Even better with suprising myself with completing the run under 2 hours (well 96 minutes to be exact). 96 mins off green group but since I will be doing another run (Blackmores), I may have a chance in qualifying for a faster group fo next year ūüôā

What the day looked like in a snapshot:

Beautiful sunny day. Slighly cold in the morning but as you ran, it started to warm up.  My group was yellow and being a first time runner, I originally thought the people wer slow. I seriously underestmated how slow the people in this group were! Too many slow walkers in my group and was suprised some of the blue group were walking it.  Along the way of the course it was taking advantage of free space for those walkers and dodging them like no tommorow.

I ran the majority 90% of the course with 5-10% walking when i needed to catch my breath. I took it at an easy pace and then it was Heartbreak Hill. It wasnt that bad in my hoenst opinion despite many people fearing that hill. It wasn’t as steep as I anticipated it to be and my own hill training definetly paid off and of course freeletics as well.

After Heartbreak Hill, it was 5-6 kim to go and I continued on. As i could see the beach ahead, I thought it was over but nope, need to do the loop around the main road and once I saw 13KM mark, I dashed towards the finish line and made in within 96 minutes! I definelty felt a true runners high because not only did I set a good time but for me running the whole thing.

After that, I met a friend who ran earlier and was waiting for his colleagues to finish and grabbed food, walked around and then headed home. Along the way I got a massage.

I would like to do it again but need to be in a faster group (green next year!).

This race reaffirmed that I can run and have the potential to be in a faster group and gave me new confidence to participate in runs like this.

For those who are considering city2surf, here are some tips:

*Train for it, regardless of what group you select. You will be in for a long run if you are not mentally and physically prepared for it. Honestly, the amount of walkers that I dodged in order to run the whole thing….

*Do an easy paced run befrre the day and or active walking (not long distance though). Deifently do taper your training before that as well.

*Having a decent sized meal of homemade pasta the night before, plus lots of water. Tinned tomatoes, protein of choice and pasta does the trick.

*Take advantage over the walkers and whatever free space you find, just take it. That was my strategy to get a time like mine.

*DO NOT take the portaloos and/or take free treats that the neighbours on the side street! You will most likely crash and hit an energy slump later on in the race. The queues to the portaloos is unbelievable. Even halfway througout the race I was surprised honestly that they would offer this. That’s why you go before the race people. I avoided those like the plague.

*Be wary with waterstations as you will only have a short amount of time to drink those and the risk of slipping on concrete is increased with unfinished water. I’ve seen runners trip and slip because of this which leads to…

*Stay flat on the ground wherever you can.

*Do not neglect strength training. Legs, abs and even upper body. Having a strong upper body means you wont waste your energy, being able to see where your going, oxygen flow and minimising arm swing. Plus having good posture plus having strong legs and steady core means you can run well and reduce injury.

*Addtiion of conditioning will aid in stamina and cardio levels durng your run.

*No need for a heavy breakfast. I ate a toasted sandwich with strawberries and a shot of coffee. Water needed too!

*Big one: Invest in a good pair of running shoes and socks (running specific socks)! Your feet will thank you for it. Saves you from having to finish early.

*Get plenty of rest before the event!

Anyways, that’s all that I can think of and will see you in the next post.

 

Welcome August and it’s time…

This is the week and month where everything is happening. This past weekend had me behind the books as I have 2 pre class tasks due before my first day of the class. Then it was onto biostatistics readings (halfway done though ūüė¶ ¬†). Half of the required content is what I done in undergrad but the other half, all new. ¬†Taking on an extra subject will require me to use my time wisely…

This week also marks my final week at my current role, after being with the company for over three years. I will commence my new role after my university class the following week :).

Also I am participating in my first ever city2surf and have been training for that. Two (three if neccessary) varied runs since mid-June. Hill runs over the past 2 weeks and today was short intervals (up to 5km in total). This week I aim to ease my training (maybe fit an easy run) before Sunday.  Hoping to finish my biostats reading then (wish me luck..)

Back to blocking weekends out for tasks and nights (if neccessary).

Guess you’ll know where I’ll be if I havent updated this blog in a while….

Until next post

x

 

Change is coming..

Hello everyone, just a little update with life.

As you may not know, ¬†I have been successful in one of the positions i interviewed last month! I recieved my letter offer and handed in my resignation notice today! It’s official now!

Now I need to slog it out for the next fortnight and finish my secondment and then it’s uni, then straight to my new job. I couldn’t start earlier due to clashing with university and finishing with my secondment too.

It’s all happening now and also city2suf is around the corner too ;). Training well underway.

Anyways over and out!

I’ve been MIA.

Reason being is I haven’t had anything much to write about. I’ve had a hectic month in June hence not really blogging much :). ¬†Mainy from going to several interviews but in the end of being knocked back, especially one that was related to my study field :(. Recently, a secondement came up and have already completed one week there. ¬†The good thing is that the setting is related to what I am currently studying :). A potential position will be adverstied where I am seconded to right now in the upcoming weeks so I am keeping an eye out. ¬†Of course, i’ll also keep an eye out of other opportunities as they arise ūüôā

It’s now July and it’s the homestretch of the second half of the year! Currently I sit on university break and the semester offically begins in two weeks but my first class doesn’t start until August. I will be taking two subjects form this point on but still maintaining part time status.

I also have my fun runs around the corner with city2surf in August and Blackmores in September. I’ve increased my runs to twice a week which means adusting my schedule (more likely bodyweight coach on rotation) and still keeping gym coach as it provides the neccessary strength.

Anways, time to survive the coldest winter in years!

See you in the next post

Where have I been?

Hello to all my fellow readers! I’m back.

Havent completely dissapeared from this blog. May was a busy month for me from Game of Zones fitness, Laser Tag, foodie outing and university. The last weekend was spent writing my last, shall I say challenging paper for the term. Never done a policy brief before and I found that it challenged me intellectually :).  Now class is done until August!

Really enjoyed my last class for univeristy as it was based on health policy, one of the fields I aspire to work in.

Aside from that, I’ve recently seen jobs pop up that are of interest and in the process of applying for a few more.

Update with my work hours (part time): Not approved :(. ¬†The only way is part time job applications. I’ll still go for full time as well. I did have an interview earlier this week and have applied for more positions. ¬†Having both options opens up the opportunity for more to come. My turn will come…

Mood wise I’m feeling a little better but am still motivated to move on hence the above. I have my days but it passes.

BTW, I am officially doing city2surf in August and Blackmores in September! Something that I have never done or considered out of my comfort zone! In the past month, been doing twice a week runs (one treadmil) and one outdoors. May ramp this up from this month or next..

Anyways, over and out!

When you’re feeling stuck, lost and in a slump :(

Hey all,

Have you ever go through those times where you just feel rather uninspired, blah, overwhelmed and become lost in your thoughts when things just go (that’s life) and that time hasn’t come to you yet? I’m feeling that way right now ūüė¶ .

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Let’s face it, we have those moments where we hit mental slumps and wall at work. There are other influences that can affect such as family or other commitments. Even though a little break helps, it all comes back to me. ¬†It’s a saying that whenever you’re at work to focus. ¬†However, it can be hard at times especially when you’re studying to career change in your desired field, plus the current job no longer aligns with your career values / goals and are dissastified. Or you’ve simply had enough. Anyways, this is me and going to my job feels like a drag most days. I’m sure that others feel the same way too.

The way for me to cope atm is just take it a day at a time, seeking a better opportunity and ways to get my foot into public health. Or exposure to things outside my role. Lucky I have a friend who did the same degree, working in the area I want to get into and she too is seeking change to global health.

What I’ve done to this date to cope with this (and maybe help you too?):

-Applied for a new job (can’t guarantee it) and I will keep hunting until I get one. It will happen eventually.

-Enrolled in another subject next semester as I’ve decided that I want to finish my degree in 2-3 years instead of the intended 6 years.

-Meditating and taking an extra rest day if needed. Yoga for me now is for mobility purposes with the added relaxation.

-A simple text to check in time to time again helps.

-Hanging out with people.

-Connecting with my current class-mates in terms of assignments and sharing my information on previous subjects. They too are looking for career change too so am not alone.

Anyways, this week aside from not feeling well, I’ve taken some time off work and still have a lot of sick leave though. Been feeling down as mentioned in the above paragraph. There are other skills / experience that I can / prefer and are more suited to but l feel like I can;t be released at all. Project/ Research experience is what I’m seeking next or stick to another admin job just for the time being until I finish degree, Side-stepping away from my current job is also another consideration. I did enjoy my time during a secretariat for a committee though. As of late it’s because I haven’t had an opportunity to explore my strengths is why I am feeling this way and no longer enjoy the work.

With a colleague going soon and another going on maternity leave in 2 months, who knows what will happen..

I’m glad to have let it out and this is one of the reasons why I set up this blog since last year to vent out my thoughts.

Anways, until next time!

x Lyd

Pokemon GO review.

Here’s to another post on Sunday night. I should be continuing my univeristy task but have done most of it and I have tommorow off so more work into it! Next weekend is finalising a ‘video’ for that task and Good Friday it’s due.

As you may not know, I am a pokemon go fanatic. I hopped onto the bandwagon after the official release and from that day on, I was hooked. Most lunchbreaks and days off I’d walk around and catch pokemon. I did take a 3.5 month hiatus until Febuary and then Pokemon 2.0 was released. Back again onto the wagon.

The biggest influx of pokemon was around July-September of last year where people were everywhere with their phones out. People from young to adults were sitting in groups even at the opera house to circular quay. Rhodes  was considered the hotspot until the council removed the pokestops due to complaints and also Rhodes being a residental area.

Anways, back to the point. The gameplay is simple. Walk around anywhere and a GPS will detect pokemon in your region. My main hotpsots was around Sydney City where there was more spawn and different pokemon.  Upsides include doing something to occupy my lunch-breaks and spare time, getting much needed active recovery walks and on a good day, enjoying the sun.  With the release of new pokemon in this version, I am keen to catch more!

Downsides include common pokemon at every hotspot (no more natus and spinarax please!) and certain pokemon, especially rare ones to run away easily. Grinding can be tough with pokemon that don’t spawn often (pointing at you Onyx!) and batery life. Be prepared to bring a portable charger when pokemon hunting for a while. It can get boring an hour or two grinding, so I suggest an hour ot two each day to hunt. Certain pokemon is region exclusive only.

 

On a random note, I question the gender of some pokemon. For example, the picture on the right is a female wobbuffet where normally it would be a male. Goldeen a male? and when transformed into Seaking a female?. Gender confusion here.

Head to beaches, parks, iconic hotspots and you’ll see more pokemon spawn around those areas. Busy towns help too.

Rating: 3.5/5.

Are you a pokemon go fan? If so, how often do you play it or are you starting out?

Until next time

x Lydia

She is back.

She is back in action with her public health class. The class is social perspectives in public health and this subject so far is quite good. Her first day also involed a community transect walk around a local town in no so great weather conditions from observing traffic, people, noise levels to shops and street commerce, even houses. From a public health perspective, it’s to get a feel of the town and how the urban environment affects one’s health. Useful for those policy-makers to suggest rules and regulations into the town to become a better living area.

There were a lot of fresh faces as the majority of people were starting out as well :).

Friday night was a friend’s birthday at the winery. Drinks and food to share around and good catch-ups.

Tommorow is a wedding so today is catch up readings and a few housework duties.

That is all ūüôā

 

Personal experience with Aspergers.

Hello again,

As you may have seen that I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome as a child. So I decided to shed my light on this topic.

The definition of Asperger’s is ‘high functioning’ on the Austim spectrum disorder spectrum and have difficulty with social, emotional and communcation skills. They view the world differently and have particular interests. High functioning means it’s less severe than compared to people on the Autism spectrum disorder.

When I was younger it was hard growing up. Getting upset over little things but most likely being sensitive, being socially awkard (having little friends), found it hard to adapt to change from primary to high school. I was put in a special class for the first 2 years of primary school. Being diagnosed early and with appropriate therapy did help me become ok, with a few slip ups here and there. The high school years consisted of school, tutoring, minimal social life. Honestly, I feel like I didnt need those resources as I felt I was spoonfed rather than using my own brain. Also I didn’t like my body image as I struggled with weight.

I happened to be a ‘walking dictionary’ when I was younger. Aspergians tend to be wired differnetly and see thing differently.

The high school from university in contrast was a better tranisition as I really dislked the school I was in. I didn’t feel upset or anything like that. This may be different from notmal Aspergerians who can sometimes struggle with univeristy. ¬†Subject wise in university, I ended up dropping out of arts as I really wanted to finish my degree. Plus the coursework wasn;t easy as the language progressed. Same with science subjects where I only lasted 1 year in a pharmacoloiy/physiology and decided it wasn’t for me. ¬†That’s where I switched to a dafety major in which the content was easier to absorb from a commerce subject to a statistics which was ok to me.¬†I’m definetly no math person either and found words / writing suited me better.

Aspergians struggle with the social side of things, can become easily overwhelmed. I didn’t really get into the whole student parties, clubs etc. When I was invited, I declined. ¬†I did however undertake casual jobs and volunteer work throughout my degree. Sure sex was a common thing but I just didn’t get it nor did it cross my mind. Looking back I didn’t really care, aside from the one encounter (see first timers story).

Yeah sure I had a few crush rejections but honestly, we go through that. There have been one’s that show interest but I have no attraction to.

If I desire something, I find it hard to communicate hence I prefer the males to ask me if they are interested. I couldn’t do all the talking as it sometimes drains me brain cells (if you are an Aspie, then you’ll understand).¬†¬†I too can become overwhelmed on whether they are looking for the same thing or not. If I go through a dry spell¬†then let it be. If there was an opporunity then I’d take it but likewise, not going to overthink it.

Now that I’m older, if i do get invited or if there is a social event, I don’t mind going although I’d rather be dancing the night away ¬†(if there was one) then sitting around and chatting.

I keep things short and sweet and if i need to explain, then I am happy to explain just as long as we are both on the same page.

Making out and excessive cuddling doesn’t do it for me as gives me a sense of being suffocated. I dont mind being ‘touched’ elsewhere though.

Work wise, in relation to my last post, Aspergians can loose focus and that’s what I feel with my past two full time jobs. Sure there are ways to say X and yes these are techniques but do i really have to be a robot? ¬†It doesn’t fullfill me if you have read the last post.

So there is my experience with ¬†Aspergers Syndrome and for those who have goals from personal to learning, I’d say go for it!

Till next time

x L

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