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Is there a marathon in me? New York here we come!

David and I are going to train with Can Too for the 2016 New York Marathon - 42.2km!

Yes, this is pretty unbelievable on so many fronts! It will be David's first Can Too program, our first time training together and our first marathon!! AND before you ask, Yes, we plan on running all the way.

Essentially it's our way of supporting young Australian cancer researchers and supporting all our family and friends who are currently fighting or have fought this disease. Unfortunately there are now too many and every month the numbers keep increasing as we get news through various mediums. It almost seems unbelievable so this is our way of fighting back in the most positive fashion and at the same time keeping ourselves fit and healthy - and the fabulous part just comes with all the endorphins from the training sessions we will have to join - 20 weeks of training = running 42.2km in New York around the 5 boroughs.

Can Too are in their 11th year and on their way to raising $20M and have given grants to many young researchers in the last 10 years. Your support will be much appreciated - we love your emails and any donation is also great! 

Fun Fitness Friendship and just a tad of Fabulousness!

 

My Training Blog

When is a half marathon considered a recovery run?

Posted by Amanda, Thursday 22nd Sep

When you are training for the NY marathon - that's when - SIMPLE!

Last weekend, David, myself and my fellow NY Can Tooers set off running at 6 am and did our 21km recovery training run as part of the Sydney Running Festival! It was a great morning as we were all very relaxed, not worried about Personal Bests or making the distance. We were just out there to run. David and I had different race strategies so we didn't run together but we both felt really strong and good throughout the entire 21.1km (or in my case 22.1km, an extra km - this sometimes happens when you duck and weave about - probably when I was trying to get away from the drunk / hungover runner who was sweating profusely and just reeked of alcohol which honestly made it quite nauseating when you were down wind!)

I had the pleasure of runnnig with my mentor John and also Sheryn and the converstation never stopped until we were about a km out and coach Fletch thought a sprint to the finish line would be a good idea (ok - the truth - it was a sprint for me and a slightly faster pace for them as Fletch kept looking over his shoulder to make sure I was still there!) They were great as they created a clear path or line for me to run through - Fantastic feeling - Rock star status! I finished in 2.02 - certainly not a PB or even fast but it still felt great to complete my 8th half marathon.

This weekend we run 30km through the beautiful Sydney parks including, Centennial, Hyde and Bradfield to Luna Park and back again - still about 6 weeks to go until we leave for NY so we need to keep up the training intensity for another month until we taper off. 

Thanks for being part of the journey, your support means so much, particularly on these run.  

Take care - enjoy the spring weather and hope you are getting out there yourself and keeping fit, be it walk run cycle or swim! All part of a proven cancer prevention strategy!

Amanda

PS there's a photo of myself and David after our run in my Gallery. Sorry can't attach it here

http://www.cantoo.org.au/fundraisers/AmandaRussell

Mac Trucks

Posted by Amanda, Wednesday 31st Aug

What on earth do Mac Trucks have to do with training for a Marathon? 

Well, nothing actually except that was how I felt on Saturday having just recovered from a winter lurgy and running 24kms! It was an absolutely gorgeous morning and I ran with some of the best people you could ever meet on this planet but my body just didn't want to cooperate. Oh well, I'll put it down to one of those days as I also got the stitch around 11kms and it decided to stick with me until the end!

This week is Week 11 which means we are over half way through the 20 week program - WOOHOO! -  This Saturday we will run 27kms - I'm actually looking forward to it (which is perhaps a little bizarre) but we will have the pleasure of running from Kirribilli through the city and Pyrmont, over the Anzac Bridge to Haberfield and the Bay run. There is something about running in Sydney - it is such a beautiful place to run - what could be better than running from Centennial park through Kings Cross, Wooloomooloo, to the Opera House and Barangaroo and back again as we did last weekend?

The weather is starting to get a little warmer - great running weather as we get a little closer to New York. The post marathon plans are starting to be formulated! Very exciting!

AND the trianing continues ......

Thank you for your wonderful support, until next time - My piece of advice is to Stay away from Mac Trucks - they hurt!!

How many thermals will it take to get to NY?

Posted by Amanda, Thursday 30th Jun

This morning as I was hanging out the bounty of washing that comes with Can Too training (for 2 people training 6 days a week) I was wondering how many thermals I will go through in the next 20 weeks of training? Now, I do not take this question lightly and now have the nickname Penguin, 'cos that is what I look like at trainig sessions in my big black duna coat!

Last night we trained as usual and as I peeled off the multiple layers to start (inlcuding my fleecy lined skirt over the long legged skins) I kept 4 layers on plus gloves and orange beanie - YES, I am quite the sight with my fluoro yellow and orange shoes!! By then end of the session I still had on 2 layers - it's pretty cold in Sydney in case you didn't realise it!!

Then this morning I ran all the way in 2 layers of thermals .... yes, it's still cold BUT what will NY bring? I have no idea yet!

If you would like to make a last minute EOFY donation then head to the site - I am very proud to have raised over $25,000 for Can Too to date - the research continues to be done but we still have a long way to go. Thanks for your support

Amanda (AKA penguin)

2016 New York Marathon - here we come!

Posted by Amanda, Friday 23rd Oct

David and I are going to train with Can Too for the 2016 New York Marathon - 42.2km!

Yes, this is pretty unbelievable on so many fronts! It will be David's first Can Too program, our first time training together and our first marathon!! AND before you ask, Yes, we plan on running all the way.

Essentially it's our way of supporting young Australian cancer researchers and supporting all our family and friends who are currently fighting or have fought this disease. Unfortunately there are now too many and every month the numbers keep increasing as we get news through various mediums. It almost seems unbelievable so this is our way of fighting back in the most positive fashion and at the same time keeping ourselves fit and healthy - and the fabulous part just comes with all the endorphins from the training sessions we will have to join - 20 weeks of training = running 42.2km in New York around the 5 boroughs.

Can Too are in their 11th year and on their way to raising $20M and have given grants to many young researchers in the last 10 years. Your support will be much appreciated - we love your emails and any donation is also great! 

Fun Fitness Friendship and just a tad of Fabulousness!

A big thank you to My Sponsors

The real heroes who are kindly supporting me achieve my goal.

Kate And Bruce

27 Sep 2016

You are an inspiration to us all - best wishes for a good run and a great holiday!

Kindly donated $100

Kay Collett

22 Sep 2016

Still think you're mad but I admire your dedication

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David Allen

22 Sep 2016

Hi Amanda, All the best for the marathon and well done raising some money for a good cause! Rgds David A......

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Sarah Turner

02 Sep 2016

Amanda!! Good luck and enjoy your New York Marathon! You are such an inspiration and a born runner! Just keep thinking about your beautiful holiday after you finish your race xxx

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David

31 Aug 2016

Looking forward to running with you side by side in NYC. Will be an incredible moment crossing the finish line for such a wonderful cause!

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24 Aug 2016

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24 Aug 2016

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Lise & Nico

15 Jul 2016

This time a Marathon... What's next? IronMan/Woman??!! Congrats and all the best from your Neuchâtel Friends!

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Heather

05 Jul 2016

Have a wonderful marathon, Amanda!!

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Louisa Vanderkruk

30 Jun 2016

Go Amanda (and David) :) You're both crazy!

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Annie Crawford

30 Jun 2016

Amanda - you are amazing. Congratulations on all your efforts both on and off the track. Thank you so much

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Peter Canaway

30 Jun 2016

I hope this helps you achieve all of your goals.

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24 Jun 2016

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Barbara Addison

23 Jun 2016

Good luck to you and David - you are a true inspiration!

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01 Jun 2016

Good luck to both of you in New York

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15 May 2016

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13 May 2016

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21 Apr 2016

Good luck Amanda!!

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31 Mar 2016

GO GIRL GIRL

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31 Mar 2016

You will have so much fun, who knows I might just come along to cheer you on!

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23 Oct 2015

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