Learning by running

There are many things I have found out while starting a jogging program.

Mainly, I found that pounding the pavement seems to encourage the ligaments in my feet to stabilise my foot a lot.  Also, the circulation in my legs has improved as can be seen by their colour, a few shades more lively than palest white.

My knees seem to have adjusted to the various terrains, up hill, down dale, across the parks and along various nature strips, parking lots and pavements.  I can change direction better, and my feet and knees can adjust very quickly when I come to potholes and bumps in the paths.

Afer twelve weeks, it really is much more of a habit than an appointment to remember.  It is easier to lay out my shorts and top the night before and have my socks and other things nearby.  Drinking enough water seems to come automatically.  ! look forward to my very evolved oat slice recipe, which now includes frozed raspberries and ricotta, if we have some leftover in the fridge.

While planning to include some resistance training, I am experimenting with pleasant study breaks, such as taking notes in the sunshine, using my pedometer to catch up on my daily steps goals and listening to the new free tunes from the internet.  This morning I started a slightly odd combination of aerobic step with 2 x 2kg weights, a sand-filled ball and a small step while catching up on the new music.


Sensing connections to people and groups

In one month, the second Women’s World Championship of tackle american football will be held in Finland.  Although I am not going this year, I was surprised to be looking forward to the event just as much as if I were.  I was an official (referee) for the first WWC in Sweden in 2010.

It is not so much that I feel a connection with the players, as the sense of cameraderie with the other women officials.  Each one was eagerly anticipating the final selection list, and making plans for travelling there even though we were unsure.

We have a social media site to post messages specifically about the events, so it is fairly easy to stay in touch.  I think the best part about the second WWC is that I have been made to feel part of it, even though I won’t be going.  Other women officials have shared the group spirit of support and encouragement, too.

It has been very worthwhile keeping up the connections.  Subconsciously, I have been checking my e-mails quite a lot more than normal to find out the latest.  Now the crews who are going will have to focus on the event and also organise their lives while they are away in Finland.  As it only happens every three years, it is a very smooth-running event with lots of support.

It is a bit surprising that the momentum has kept going since 2010, but the interest locally has been building amongst the players, officials, media and support people.  I am very pleased that it generally is part of positive involvement in the sport regardless of age, gender or background.

Today has been an odd day, though.  I have been very happy thinking that a teaching contract or two were possible, for a week here and a couple of weeks soon after.  However, I discovered that I am only able to undertake supply teaching, which is more like unexpected absences rather than planned absences.

So I am feeling a little confused right now after thinking I would be busy at schools, with new adventures.  Instead I expect to be in a new and unexpected position, sharing the cameraderie of the crews both in Finland and other places around the world as we watch and wait for the second WWC in Helsinki in one month’s time.

At least I have my writing and studies in Education to provide structure and discipline as it is all sorted out in some distant place.  Yet none of it seems distant.  Even the writing seems to be directly linked to changes in my world.

How bizarre!  I guess the first WWC was so new that nobody had time to think about it.  This next month will be different for those familiar with the event and the new ones who are starting for the first time.

There will be concerns about how to gain a profit from broadcasting rights, no doubt, to help fund other events.  I do hope it all goes well and that everyone involved has a wonderful time.


Writing, Running – check. Workouts – duh!!!

Over the last three months or so, I have managed to go jogging with Max most days and write on my blog most days.  The aim was to be able to write technical papers and the like by developing a writing habit, and adding some jogging to keep my circulation going.

That has been a great success.  I discovered a great basic recipe for an oat slice that can be varied with fruit, ricotta and other delicious things.  I have increase my daily drinks of water and added an extra coffee in the mornings – making two coffees a day.

There is the online training in nutrition which I have yet to start, but it is on the back burner, so to speak.  My technical and further education (TAFE) course is an elective for the Diploma in Fitness.  That’s the working in community mental health settings, for the case management and counselling side of things.

So now, I will really have to add some workouts which target legs, upper body and core, in different sessions.  My oaty slice can take protein powder and eggs if I need to adjust that.  My chicken soup recipe can take frozen spinach, tinned mushrooms and tinned tomatoes, if required.  I have some green, seaweed powder in the cupboard…..yum!

So the next thing after the BIG writing project for May/early June is definitely workouts.  I have to start planning NOW!


Volunteering under way

Currently I am investigating volunteering opportunities with organisations for which I would like to work.  Surprisingly, not many responded to my e-mail requests, except one in which I am already involved.

Along the way, I found another organisation which runs conventions, so I am now volunteer in a local education and technology conference coming up early in June.  It is actually quite exciting, as I will meet a new industry of people, since it is normally fitness industry volunteering.

My positive response came from the national body of a group where I take part at the local level.  The good thing about them is that the executive committee people respond within 24 hours when I have an enquiry.  It is very impressive.

Yesterday, when I was up two hours earlier than usual, I received an e-mail which had me on the short list for being sent to Finland at the end of June.  I was in awe of these people.  They are the international group and I am volunteering for the national group.  It makes sense to offer something when I really do receive so much positive reinforcement and space to grow in return.

In the long run, this fits with my aim to complete a PhD.  It will be an exercise in writing my job description.  So I may as well start working with the industries which have previously been my escape from the world of paid employment.

Ultimately, I will hope to blend the two – the jobs I can do with wages and the ones I also do to stay on a more even keel, even if I am just paid petrol and lunch money.  This will be the theme for the next three to four years, so I may as well start doing something about it.

At least the family dog will be happy.  Being able to organise my day usually starts with our morning run, lots of doggy pep talk from the dog, wagging tails, happy bounds, dragging me up hills and down dales and of course having doggy time for him to roll in the dewy grass.  Oh, what bliss!!!!


Web sites

On Thursday I looked up a well known web hosting company to check the information about hosting a web site.  I had made enquiries a while ago and had also received a good offer from them which I was able to activate.

This type of hosting service has interested me for a year or two now, so I thought the time is right to do something about it.  It was even mentioned in the webinar I attended on tailoring one’s job search to the specific industry.

Everything takes time to be updated through the internet, but I seem to have the best approach now.  My account manager is Miles and he sent some links to helpful videos.  I used Skype to telephone the company and found it worked really well this time.

Despite all the excitement of going back to web site design, I realised that the next three weeks are going to be extremely busy with writing assignments.  My discussion chapter absolutely has to be done and I have a lot of things to take out of my thesis.  I have my last assignment for Semester 1 in counselling well underway and some small assignments for TAFE. 

To make this manageable, I am trying to keep my Sundays free.  This should make it easier to focus and work properly during the rest of the week.  Saturdays are usually for tidying up and Mondays are often washing days.

So Max and I had a quick run this morning.  The Sunday paper turned up on the front lawn even though we have cancelled the subscription.  There was a big cover page invitation to join a fun run of 5 or 10km to raise money for cancer research, I think it was.

That’s a nice thought….


Ina Called

Today I was surprised to hear from Ina, who used to be a registrar at Fitness Queensland in an earlier embodiment before Fitness Australia was formed.  I think it was QFAC at the time.

She is updating some details on a database and called me to check my contact information.

It was great to hear from her, and most unexpected, so I will wait to see if she sends me an e-mail when she gets home later today to catch up for coffee and the like.  Apparently she works with older adults in falls prevention.  This sounds really interesting and I would like to find out more from her.  She is a lovely lady who has helped me a lot with the changes in the Fitness Industry over the years. I guess you would call her a legend of the industry, in many ways.

Working with older adults also suits my lifestyle, as there are a few venerable oldies in the family due to Dad having so many brothers and sisters.

I was up early this morning catching some news from the UK and watching a bit of the second NFL game with Baltimore, I think it was.  Apparently the recent census in the UK found that half a million people are Polish speaking migrants who came to the UK mostly when Poland joined the EU.  So it seems Polish is the second language of England. 




Talking to People

Lisa called today and we enjoyed a nice chat about finding work as a fitness professional.

If I had to say why I like to work in that field, it would be to share my experience and knowledge, help people gain confidence to improve their fitness and follow my dream of being a personal trainer.

Touch (rugby) football is an area where I really like to get out and referee and sometimes play in a team.  I also like walking, nutrition, stretching, basic sports massage, weight management, personal counselling and wellness coaching.

Although I have a fairly academic background already, I would like to complete the Diploma in Fitness which includes rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning coaching.  This would bring access to a new range of clients for me as a trainer, which is an asset for any gym.

Some of my best experiences include judging competitive aerobics at State and local level, training at a succession of really good gyms when I was working in the CBD, and taking up jogging so that I can run along the beach with the dog.

My main reason for starting fitness training was for relaxation and a break from work and study.  Fitness and sports can be great ways to wind down and meet people in a different environment from the everyday necessity of having a regular job or studying after hours to provide better service and knowledge in the workplace.

Later in the day Carissa called about the Open Day at her gym for Australia Day.  I asked her if she was looking for trainers and she said that she is.  I will visit her gym and take my resume to see what she thinks.