The one with the five fascinating running facts

I started my day with a sweet three mile tempo-style run. I ran the three miles at a little faster than I felt comfortable with but not to the point where I felt like I was going to pass out. It was an exploratory run for me- one thing I love about living in a new area is running in new places I haven’t been before. A typical run I do in new areas is what I like to think of as a slingshot run (I’m pretty sure I didn’t come up with that myself so I must have read it somewhere), where I catapult myself (at the speed of light obviously 😉 ) in one direction and then come back the same way. I really like doing that as it’s very easy to control how long my run is.

Today I did a slightly different version of this though, by following my nose out to where I thought my fave suburb in Sydney is, and then just estimating a loop back home. In the past this hasn’t always turned out perfectly because it’s pretty easy to get lost like that, but luckily today it worked out really well and I ended up at the waterfront where I thought I would.


It was great to do a loop for a change, because I like the feeling of seeing new things all along the route. Plus ending up in my fave suburb was pretty fun, it was where I stayed when I first came to Sydney and it was nice to think about hauling my suitcase with everything I own in it around and being in a completely new city all by myself, crazy times 🙂


Some fascinating facts about my running:

#1 I tend to only start sweating at exactly one mile in, every single time I run. Seriously, I can set my clock by it. It’s weird. You are welcome for the picture of my sweatiness, I’m sure you really needed to see that. Actually in real life it was a whole lot more scary to be honest.


#2 I take a rest on most of my runs. I definitely love to have a good run where I don’t stop at all, but when I am building up my running stamina like I am now, or when I am just doing an easy run, I almost always take a break. I actually feel like it helps me finish the run faster and with better form. Plus when there is a place with a Rest Park, who would I be to argue?

image#3 I always take photos of houses I like during my run. It is fun to fantasize about where I might be living when Curtis comes here in September and also just in general about what my house might look like “when I grow up” 😉 If my house is tiny and yellow I will be very happy.

image   #4 I always always stretch in the lift and in the shower. Just a pic of me stretching in the lift for this one 😉 I love doing a proper yoga session after a run but if I don’t have time for that then I still try to spend a little bit of time stretching because it really does make a difference to how sore I am the next day.


#5 I cannot run without a headband on. I would rather go pantless than without a headband (although I don’t know why that would need to happen and let’s hope that never does happen cos it would be super awkward). It stops my sweat from burning my eyes and keeps my headphones in my ears and keeps my ridiculous running hair out of my face. Whoever invented headbands is a genius. I currently need to buy a few because I am somehow down to my last three, and my running:doing laundry ratio means I really need more. I really want this one but let’s be honest, I am just going to go to Kmart because that’s how I roll 🙂

lululemon headband

(From here).

This is what the rest of my day involves:


So I won’t bore you with that (although the first book is amazing and I really think everyone should read it ASAP) and instead here are my questions of the day:

What are some running or other facts about yourself? 

What is your most essential piece of running gear? Would you give up pants for it? Not underwear FYI, just pants. Let’s not go too overboard 😉

Do you have a favourite book?

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10 Responses to The one with the five fascinating running facts

  1. Jason says:

    Running: I won a state championship in high school (100 years ago)
    Essential Gear: My shoes! I’m a total shoe junkie – and I’m very particular about them. I would totally give up my pants for them haha
    Favorite Book: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith – such a good book!


    • Tess says:

      I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn SO MUCH. It’s also my mom’s favorite book and she loaned me her copy…I had to give it back and buy my own. It’s just so wonderful. Top five.
      Please don’t run without your pants.
      Great job on the state championship. 🙂 And wow…you look great for being 100+ 😉

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      • Hahaha I really don’t plan too, although after I wrote this I saw a pic of some pros and remembered that they run in tiny speedo underwear type stuff…. Which would be the same thing right? 🙂


    • Wow that is so cool that you won a state championship!!! 🙂 haha yes that is such a good pint, running shoeless for me would not be nice at all! I’ll have to check that book out, thanks for the reccomendation!

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  2. ollieruns says:

    Running fact: I always have to blow my nose half way even if it’s not runny…. You tell me why- I got no idea.
    And I could NEVER run without my iPod. That thing keeps me alive! Even if I’m not listening to it I have to have it with me just incase death begins to set in 😊


    • Tess says:

      LOL. In case death begins to set in. Love it. I’m exactly the same way. it’s like traveling without a book. I refuse to let such a travesty occur. I seriously will just not run without my iPod. Nope nope. And I agree…sometimes I’m not even listening to it! I just like to hold it in my hand.

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    • I actually think that blowing ones nose while running is such a great feeling! I am all about as much oxygen as possible 🙂 I am totally the same way, no music = no run for me! I have only run without music like twice in my life!

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  3. Tess says:

    Miss Kiwi…I love the yellow house…with the wrought iron railing it’s so beautiful. You should so go ask those nice people if you could either live with them or if they would be so kind as to move out please so you could live there. That would be great. What a beautiful little house.

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    • I so should right? Wouldn’t be weird at all. Or maybe I should just somehow make friends with them and then dominate their house like I did with my bestie. I have completely taken over her room and when she gets back form Indonesia in a few days I fear we are going to have to make some changes 🙂 such a gorgeous house right? Sydney has lots of houses like that with wrought iron railings but there aren’t too many beautiful yellow ones!


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