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The end of my beauty pageant career

By May 14, 2021No Comments

When I was at uni, I decided to enter a Miss Earth beauty pageant.

We wore bikinis when we were talking about the particular environmental issue we were passionate about (very serious ?).

I’d probably read somewhere that tuna was good to eat before a big event so I started eating it every day. Now, I’m sure they meant the tuna in spring water, but not me. My pick was the Sirena tuna in olive oil.

I’d also get a big bottle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar to drench the oily tuna in (I really had no idea what I was doing).

One day, I saw my fave tuna discounted at the supermarket in Bondi, so I stacked ten cans of tuna neatly in my basket and also my olive oil and vinegar.

At the checkout, I carefully packed it all into my backpack, ‘cos even back then, plastic was a no go, y’know? Miss Earth, everyone!

I could see my bus careen around the corner, so I quickly heaved my backpack on and ran towards the stop.

But, the weight of all those cans and bottles must have caused the canvas to split because, before I knew what was happening, I was sliding out of control towards the bus stop, as waves of olive oil and balsamic vinegar broke free on the pavement around me.

My fellow bus catching folk looked at me agape as I came to a spinning, oily stop behind them.

I could see three of my yellow tuna cans in the gutter. Two came to a stop against the bus wheels. Who knows where the other five had ended up. Probably down the gutter, and out into the ocean in an ironic, awful end to my career as Miss Earth.

Learning to run after having kids can feel a bit like this.

Just when you’ve started getting into the swing of your training plan, and picked up a little momentum, something messes up, your kid gets sick or your work shifts change and suddenly you’re sliding into a group of people, limbs akimbo, covered head to toe in olive oil.

Well, maybe not quite like that. But you get my gist.

So, I’ve spent the last six months creating RUN with Turia – a running program specifically for Mums.

If you’re looking for a flexible program, and a community of funny, no BS women, well, you’ll find it inside RUN!
We’d love to run with you!

Turia x