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I grew up in northern Scotland, where my parents instilled in me a love of nature and the outdoors.  (Although Mum would disagree, since I still accidentally scare away the woodpecker and can’t remember the names of all the garden birds.)  Just to prove it started early, here is a picture of my parents conditioning me to enjoy being outdoors – look closely, I am clearly smiling!

My Experience of The Outdoors Started Early

Among other things I enjoy running and have decided to write about it in this blog, along with other splendid topics.   Runners come in all shapes and sizes and I have made many good friends through running.  Due to their solitary nature, runners are glad occasionally to meet other runners who can understand their strange pastime and connect with them at a deeper level than everyday matters of buying biscuits and driving to work.

After living in various parts of the UK and in North America, I moved to Adelaide, Australia.  When not at work or running, I enjoy various other outdoor pursuits including rock-climbing, rogaining, and hiking.

If, for some reason, I were ever required to assume a disguise or be a spy, I would look something like this:

Chilling in Death Valley, CA

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 7, 2011 9:43 pm

    Hi there! So glad to see a new blogger, and thanks very much for subscribing! 🙂

    Sincerely, Julie

    • fasteruphill permalink*
      September 8, 2011 11:40 pm

      Thanks Julie! I enjoy your writing style. Just posted my second entry and am going to try to post weekly. Am new to all this, so wish me luck!

      • September 8, 2011 11:47 pm

        Thank you!! If you ever have any questions about blogging/Wordpress, feel free to contact me anytime. I took MONTHS before anyone (besides people I know in ‘real life’) was reading my blog, so don’t be discouraged if it’s slow going in the beginning – I’ve heard the same from almost every other blogger I’ve talked to!

  2. jennnigan permalink
    April 2, 2012 2:39 pm

    Nice blog! I’m incredible impressed by your 56km run – I’m currently not even sure if I can do an 8km run!

    • Faster Uphill permalink*
      April 3, 2012 11:28 pm

      Thanks! I’m sure you can – you have to start somewhere and 8km is a respectable distance. What’s the story behind the 8km? I think a lot depends on finding ways of making it fun, so you want to do it: run with friends, on the beach, etc. I know a lot of people who have gone from no running to their first marathon in 1 or 2 years (or less if you’re really keen!).

      • jennnigan permalink
        April 4, 2012 6:37 am

        I used to be really unfit. When I was in high school, I couldn’t even run a hundred metres. In about 2007, I started thinking that maybe fitness would be fun, and started walking more. In June 2008, I made a goal: to get fit enough to run 5km. In October 2008, I was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease, and had surgery to remove a pituitary tumour in November 2008. I had a stroke five days later, was paralysed on my left side for a week and a half and spent a month and a half in hospital relearning everything.

        Two weeks after I was discharged, my boyfriend broke up with me. In the period of emotional wreckage that followed, I stumbled across the National Stroke Foundation website, saw a memorable challenge where you raise $6500 and then cycle through Vietnam. I thought that if I could relearn how to walk, I could relearn how to ride a bike.

        In May 2009, I started training at a gym with a personal trainer and doing long cycles in the real world.

        In March 2010 I cycled from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, and then spent the following two years travelling, volunteering, working and living overseas.

        I came home (Sydney, Australia) in November last year, having lost fitness and put on weight after a year of living, working and travelling around the UK and Europe. I went back to my gym, got a trainer, and told him my goal of running 5k. He told me I should do the Mother’s Day Classic, which is either a 4k walk, 4k run, 8k walk or 8k run. I asked a couple of friends if they wanted to do it with me, and they did, so we signed up for the 8k run. We’ve been training together or about the past month, and it’s actually a lot of fun. We run around various parks in Sydney, climb trees, and challenge each other with planks and push-ups. Good days!

        Um. Sorry. I didn’t mean for it to be that long!

  3. Sinead permalink
    November 10, 2014 3:58 pm

    what a cute outdoorsy baby!

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