All the pieces are falling into place (which is fortunate, considering that Flinders RunFest 2013 kicks off in just over 24 hours!). The new signs have arrived, the Pub2Pub kilometre markers have been dusted off, and the pasta sauce is well on the way to deliciousness.
My big "phew" moment was the arrival this morning of the new t shirts and tote bags. Overnight delivery from Brisbane: well done Aus Post!
The shirts are organic cotton and made in Australia, so cost a bit more than last year's shirts. As they say, though: "One dollar, one vote". Flinders Island prides itself on clean living and local support, so it didn't feel right ordering cheap unsustainably-grown-cotton shirts from overseas.
The shirts are available in Ladies (sizes S-XL) and Men (sizes M-L). Cost will be $40 each.
We do have some of last year's shirt left, which were hand printed right here on Flinders Island by our talented local artist Maria LaGrue. They're available in Youth (sizes XS and M) and Men (sizes S and L-XXL). Cost for those will be $25 each.
The t-shirts will be available to buy at the Pasta Night tomorrow night, and at the Taste of Flinders / Presentation Ceremony on Sunday. The bags will be handed out on Sunday as spot prizes - maybe you'll win one for Most Enthusiastic Pub2Pub Team, or for Best Flinders 5 Fancy Dress!
My other job this morning has been to go through all the prizes and allocate them to categories. Lots of locally-made produce (see list below), plus some sports towels and engraved wine / beer glasses.
Mmm, really hope I've done enough training this year - I could do with a wine glass, local soap and some honey! But a sports towel, and jam would be nice too :-)
Maybe I should just wear a mad costume and hope for a tote bag or bottle of wine...
See you on the weekend; it's shaping up to be a good 'un!
We like to support local businesses, and are proud to present items from the following producers:
- Blue Rocks Soaps and Essentials
- The Juggler Presents: Hot Sauce
- Annie's Kitchen
- Ocean Omegas
- Flinders Island Apiaries
- Unavale Vineyard
We've had proper spring weather this week, and no mistake. This morning the senior netball was rained out, but juniors had a lovely time on the court. Today I went for a run and at one point had the sun on my back and rain in my face. On a good day the entrance to the Sports Club (the home of the Pasta Night and Flinders 5) looks like this. On a bad day I can't get a photo because my phone gets blown out of my hands, or the lens gets covered in rain. Not that I'm trying to put anyone off at all, of course.
When you're next in Whitemark, you should check out the window display in Bowman's (our local newsagent/haberdasher/department store). The current display is running-themed: need a new sports bra? running watch? jogging shorts? inspirational fitness mag? Bowman's has it all!
Next to these essential items are some photos of the 2008 Flinders 5. Take a look next time you're in town. Recognise any faces?
Thanks to Lois and Megan for helping to promote our event.
C25K: Week 8 dusted off
My final thought for the day is "Cripes, I've just finished Week 8 Day 3 of the Couch to 5k". That means the Running Festival is only a fortnight away. One more week and I'll be officially through the program. Two more weeks and I'll really test out how well the C25K worked for me.
I've been mixing up my training sessions over the last week or so - officially I'm supposed to be running non-stop for about 30min, but to keep myself motivated I've been adding some sprintervals. I tend to find the long steady shuffle quite tedious, so these short bursts of speed are perfect for increasing my fitness, stimulating my brain and ensuring I actually keep getting out there to train.
Two weeks to go... Will I keep running afterwards? I'm not sure. Which is an improvement on a month ago when my answer would have been "Nah, don't have time! This is a one off". The thing I'm finding most amazing is that I'm learning to ignore all the little excuses my brain puts out. I just put my running gear on and go. (Although I will admit that today I had kind of hoped I'd forgotten to pack my socks - no way was I going to run through town without my running socks.)
Two weeks to go... I think I'm ready. How about you?
Nigel is the our motivational speaker for this years Flinders Island Running Festival. He will speak at the Pasta Night on Friday 30th August.
Nigel is the author of three very funny books about life – ‘Fat, Forty and Fired’, ‘Overworked and Underlaid’ and ‘Fit, Fifty and Fired-Up’ His first book is currently being developed into a major TV series in America by the creators of ‘Two and a Half Men’.
He is also the co-founder of Earth Hour, consults to a select group of leading CEOs and is Special Advisor to the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.
Nigel is in high demand around the world as a public speaker. He also happens to love Islands and going to interesting places so we were able convince him that Flinders Island is the place to be.
You can view one of his TED speeches on youtube at www.ted.com/talks/nigelmarsh - he is the most viewed Australian with well over a million hits. It's really worth watching for the laugh.
And the best thing is you don’t have to actually do any running to come to the pasta night (although we would love you to pull out the runners on Saturday or Sunday) but we would really love you to book ahead to help us with catering plans.
There are lots of options, use the booking form on the back of this page or visit our website www.flindersislandrunning.org to pay online, drop into Council or call Liz Grimshaw on 0428 295270.
Cost: $22 for adults, $8 for under 16’s, free for under 4’s.
Venue: Sports Club
Date: Friday 30th August 2013