Saturday, 15 June 2013

Bundy's Biggest Fattest Ass!

Well what a week it has been!  Excitement, disappointment and a whole lot of fun!

Busted but not broken!
First up, Run for the Sun!  I was going ripper, great guns and had completed 322km in 13days...160km in week one and with one day to go to complete 180km in week two.  All working toward my goal of 700km for the month....until Thursday night...I was at work, coming down some stairs to finish for the night, slipped on a wet step and landed straight on my back/right shoulder blade and slid down about seven steps!  I lay stunned for a while, got taken home, then straight to the hospital nearly vomiting from the pain in my shoulder blade.  After a long night at hospital, a ton of morphine, endone, ultrasounds, x-rays and general attention, I was sent home.  Long story short is I do not have a fracture like first thought however VERY sore, swollen and sorry for myself.  My arm is in a sling and I am still in a fair chunk of pain, unable to run for a few days at least.  It will be a day by day assessment of how the pain is as far as when I can get back to running and out of the sling, but for now, rest!  BOO!  Sometimes forced rest can be a blessing though right?!
The way we roll in Bundy,
a tow ball for a hammer!

Ok, enough of the negative...the main event for the week...Bundy's first Fat Ass run!  So, the suspense was building and the location of the start was announced on Saturday morning.  We met up with Coach Jeff and Mrs Coach who had travelled from Brisbane for the event and headed to the start line, not knowing really what to expect.  We were all set for an 11am start, not really knowing how many people would show.  As the start grew closer, a group of about 43-45 runners showed up, all very excited and with beautiful positive, nervous attitudes for a ripper day out!  Obviously, not being able to run was very disappointing however was fun to experience a race from more of a directors point of view than a runners.  After some last minute instructions, a presentation to Coach Jeff of a Garmin watch for all his hard work and commitment to running in Australia, the crew were off on three, five or seven loops of a 7.2km trail circuit.

Upon completion of the first lap, a few went the wrong way, but quickly were given the proper directions.  Different groups and individuals came in and all seemed to be smiling, even in the muddy conditions.  As the afternoon went on, the laps continued, the drinks flowed, beautiful home made food was eaten and laughter of mishaps, stacks and good times followed.  Everyone seemed to be having a super time and setting their own goals to achieve, many of them PB's. 

Some of the standouts were Sherry, Keph, Dad and Jodie (who had never run further than 20km) completing the 'just over 50km course'.  Jade and Holly completing 30km when the furthest they had run was 20km on Show holiday only a few weeks prior.  Liam completing a PB of 35km and a number of others doing new distances and achieving what they previously thought was not possible.  I am sorry if I have missed you, and I don't mean at all to lessen your achievements, I just can't remember everyone's goals, names or results!  I think the pain killers were numbing my brain! 

Pretty good set up for a Fat Ass

All in all, I think it was a natural, authentic, fun, challenging, new experience for all!  It was an honour and a privilege to be able to rally together the troops for the first of many Bundy's Fat Ass events.  You are ALL champions in my books!!!  I can not wait for more of these to happen and the cogs are already turning in my brain as to what we might be able to do next!

Today, Sunday, then saw a number of us head to Bargara for a chilly, but beautiful BBQ breakfast by the beach.  It was awesome to chat, laugh and have a great time catching with new and old friends.  Overall, I can only speak for myself and from what comments I have seen on the Fat Ass page and Bundy Road Runners page, but everyone had an amazing, fun filled weekend...THANK YOU ALL!
A few more thank you's....Bundy Brewed Drinks (Alex and Casey for teeing it up) for the soft drinks provided.  Chris, my sponsor at the Mower Doctor, Walker Street for the beers.  Anyone who donated money to my friend Lee, we will be giving $30 to the charities that supported his family through the horrible time after losing their son to still birth.  Anyone who donated money toward Coach's present.  Andrew, Sherry and Coach for promoting the event.  Ian for the awesome photos.  Those who brought food to share.  Everyone who turned up and made the day fantastic!  Your all amazing, beautiful and inspiring humans!!

So, lastly, hopefully the TattooRunner will be back on the roads sooner rather than later cause I got some running to do!  I again thank you all and love you all from the bottom of my heart!  For those who didn't turn up, YOU MISSED OUT!!!

Keep strong my friends, run free, be kind to each other, love life and eat plants!  Peace out...
PS - By popular demand, here is Jades AMAZING vegan brownie recipe.  If you didn't try it, do yourself a favour and make this, it was INCREDIBLE!  I will also be getting Nix vegan carrot cake recipe as it was also beautiful!  Stay tuned for that one!  YUM!

Jades Gooey Chocolate Brownies

1 can of chickpeas
1 jar of apple sauce
Half cup of rice syrup
One third cup of chia seeds
One and a half to two cups of dark chocolate
Two cups almond meal
Half cup cranberries
One cup flaked coconut to coat the brownies in

Blend chick peas, chia seeds, apple sauce and rice syrup.  Melt chocolate.  Pour the chick pea mix into the melted choc.  Add the almond meal and cranberries.  The mix should be thick.  If it is runny, add more almond meal.  Bake till firm but still with some give in a 180 degree oven.  It will take a while to cook.  If the top starts to cook too much, put a sheet of baking paper on top to protect it.  Eat and enjoy vegan goodness!!!

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