Tag Archives: Positive Mental Attitude

“my slow run pace” REALLY!!!

“My slow pace of a 7 min mile”

Who the hell are these freaking people kidding!

Okay, this is a little bit of a rant! As you all know I am pretty much into my endurance racing but what I am not into is a blog or Facebook post that seems to imply that if you are running 10 minute miles you are not a runner. I get that pace and feeling slow is all relative to the individual but to imply for all runners that a 7 minute mile is slow is just well BULLSHIT!

Pictures of tiny little young runners that might not be elite level but they are still well and truly in the ‘faster’ crew! Saying they are slow because they ran a half marathon in 1.5 hours! Jog on!!!

So what is my truth! I am a 11.25 to 09:20 minute a mile runner! Yep I can fluctuate a lot during my running. I generally run half marathons in just over 2 hours but guess what – IT DOESN’T BLOODY MATTER WHAT SPEED YOU DO!

Sure, I would actually like to run quicker and when I was younger I did! But I am now 39 and I am training for a 100km ultra-marathon. And cause I am freaking crazy it is an up and down crazy ultra-marathon… some days I do wonder why I can be normal and just find a nice small 10km… who the hell I am I kidding I had ‘sprinting’ a 10km. I honestly would rather run for 4 hours at a steady pace than try to run 10km under 1 hour.

IMG_888939 going on 9 some days!!

So here is my message to you! If you run, you are a runner! If you ride a bike, you are a cyclist! If you swim laps, you are a swimmer! And if you do IRONMANs or ultra-marathons like me, well you are crazy!! Kidding, well maybe not but you are an athlete! You are all athletes.

Shaming people who are doing “their” best by implying that your run is slow is not healthy. We should be supporting anyone that wants to get fit or to that matter anyone that wants to have fun and move their bodies!

So to the 22 year old that is whinging because she is running a slow 7 minute mile – enjoy your running, be grateful that you can run – many people don’t have the ability or the privilege to be able to run, try to beat yourself next time, smile because you are alive! Don’t whine that you are slow, celebrate because you are doing it!

This morning I ran for 1 hour and did 9.28km. In 89% humidity and 28 degrees Celsius; have I told you I hate humidity! By the time I got back to my hostel there wasn’t a inch of clothing that wasn’t wet. I crossed paths with other runners, walkers and tai chi groups. Each set of people smiled at me (through most of the runners looked like me dripping wet rats!) and even the street sweeps said good morning. I count this mornings run as a bloody good start to the day!

So if you are a slow runner, drop the word slow! You are a runner! Period!

Rant over! 😀

Blessed Be,


Finding my writers grove….

970042_10151709792991421_150378107_nSo one of my dreams is to be a writer and tell the world of my adventures, my passions, my spirituality and the quirky little things that make me, well me!  So why does it often feel so difficult to sit in front of my computer and start tapping away.


I have realised I am very afraid that you won’t like me, that my stories won’t be interesting enough, the silly things I have done in my past will come back to haunt me (I have done a lot of stupid things!) and most of all that I too lazy to be a writer.

When I look back at school I loved English and Geography (explains my love of nature!) and I was somewhat good at both subjects.  I loved the writing assignments and although I was never top of the class reading and doing my assignments was always fun.

Now as I sit here writing this I know I need to start writing ‘magazine articles and columns’ and sending them to different websites and places to start getting my work out there.  I shiver a little bit at the thought of the rejection but that might also be the fact I have wet hair and the air conditioning is on….

I have been inspired by so many people with my writing and my adventures. This list barely touches the sides but has all the people that currently rock my world:

Dr Wayne Dyer
Timothy Ferriss
Chris Guillebeau
Benny Lewis (you will learn more about him in a new post about learning Spanish)
Dervla Murphy
Dave Fox
Napoleon Hill
Jack Canfield
(Really do need to find more inspiring women!)

When I first started this blog it was after a trip to Nepal where I spent a couple of days in a Buddhist Monastary where I sat and meditated and read Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone‘s ‘Success through a Positive Mental Attitude‘.  That trip and the book opened my eyes up to the fact I was missing a portion of myself.. the writer!

Those that have followed my blog or my Facebook page (Aussie Butterfly: World Dreamings) will know that over the years since I started this blog I have had my far share of heartache, stress, bad times and on the flip side adventure, love and passion.  The one passion that has never left me is the desire to be a writer.

It often makes me giggle when I see my LinkenIn profile.  Having been in the military for 12 years and then almost 4 years in the Private Security World all my endorsements are very much related to the security industry.  I guess it will take time for that to change!

So that said if you know anyone that wants an article written on topics ranging from hiking to Ramadan prayers I’m your writer… send them my way (robyn.caddell@gmail.com).

For now I must get back to my Spanish lessons!  Mi cerebro se vuelve muy cansado (My brain gets very tired – I am learning all the best phases).

Blessed Be

Robyn xox