I dream about running. Somewhere quiet and green and not too hot. I dream that I don’t get stitches. I dream that I find a rhythm. I dream that I enjoy it.

Simplifying our lives is giving us more time, energy and motivation to pursue things we dream about. Things like writing, going to the beach for the weekend, travelling and now, running.

Last night I went for my first (awake, non-dreaming) run in a long, long, long time. And you know what? It was quiet and green and not too hot. I escaped into and out of my head for half an hour. I breathed the fresh air. I decided I needed to buy a good sports bra.

My sister-in-law has convinced me that I should do the Sydney Half-Marathon with her. In five months.

Just so we’re on the same page here, a half-marathon is 21km.


That’s 21. Kilometres.

Sounds great. Except. I currently can’t run 5% of that distance without stopping.

However, being thoroughly modern, I thought, “Run a half-marathon? There’s an app for that.” And you know what? There kind of is!

It won’t run the half-marathon for you, but it does promise to get you from the couch to running 5km non-stop in eight weeks.

Once you can run 5km non-stop, then you’re in the position to start training for the half-marathon. So, baby steps. You know.


Meanwhile, the 2012 in 2012 challenge continues. Today I took over 200 pieces of clothing to St Vinnies. (That’s 10% yo!)

The difficulty will be once I’ve cleared the wardrobes and toys out. That’s when the hardcore declutter will have to kick in.

But still – 10%. Feels good. About as good as running!

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