FYBF – The bright and orange edition…

by mamagrace71 on August 10, 2012

What’s bright and orange, runs like the wind….and is extremely cute???



Last week’s FYBF was all about the roller skates.

This week my friends, my legs are pumped and set to take off for the City2Surf challenge.

I’m even more excited over the fact that I’ll be running for Team World Vision.

A big thanks to Rose, Jess and the guys for getting us all together for our 10kms practise run and cooking up an awesome BBQ breakfast.

4 years ago, when I first watched the race, secretly jealous of all the runners and their amazing strength and endurance, I remember Mr Surfer trying to assure me that I’d be out there one day.

“Nah. There’s no way I’ll ever be able to run 14 kms…”  I laughed off his preposterous suggestion.

The following year, leaving behind an ample supply of expressed breastmilk in the fridge for Mr Surfer to feed our 6 month old twinlets, I headed out bright and early into the city to start my very first race.

I was almost 39.

It wasn’t long ago my mind was cluttered and hindered with negative thoughts of “No way…” “I can’t…” “As if…”

And yet, here I am today…telling you all about my upcoming third race.

Life offers so much for our taking.  Whatever goals or dreams we have, what’s stopping us from achieving them?

In the words of our 400 metre Olympic hopeful, Steve Salomon:

“How bad do you want it???”

I want it baaaaad, baby!!!

P.S  Tune in for next week’s C2S vlog!

P.P.S Please visit my fundraising page if you’d like make a donation to Team World Vision.

P.P.P.S A HUGE thanks and hug to all you gorgeous bloggy buddies who already have.

Now, Flog It!


1. Follow With Some Grace.

2. Sign up to the awesome Digital Parents community ( if you haven’t already done so). DP was created by Brenda Gaddi who happens to be the creator of FYBF. She’s also created 4 gorgeous kidlets. In case you’d like to know. Or maybe not. But we’ll share that info just the same.

3. Add your post URL to the linky.

4. Grab the funky FYBF button and post it on your sidebar. Help spread the blogfloggin love.

5. Visit the blogs of your fellow FYBF’ers and share the comment love.

6. Share some more comment love. It’s proven to make your wrinkles disappear…overnight. #truth

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workingwomenuas August 10, 2012 at 5:21 am

You’re such an inspiration Grace – good on you! I’ll be cheering you on all the way from Vic as you run.
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Penny August 10, 2012 at 5:34 am

You’re amazing! Honestly, where do you get the energy? Can I please have some of that with a chia latte on the side?

Oh and if you can, please delete my screw up link. Yes, I did put the title in the url box. Yes, I did keep going and not realise. Yes, it’s 5 am and I have no brain function right now.


Leanne@Deep Fried Fruit August 10, 2012 at 6:28 am

Well done Grace! I can’t imagine it. I remember my pride when I did a 5km run (without stopping) for the mothers day classic. I hung up my running shoes after that day … my knees were shot, I threw up, my lungs felt like they were going to explode. Never again. But I’d done it (albeit it only once). I admire anyone who actually enjoys running …
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Zanni, Heart Mama August 10, 2012 at 6:43 am

Good on you! And such a great cause. You are inspiring xxx
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Bachelormum August 10, 2012 at 6:54 am

You go girl – that’s one mean race. I’ll be watching for the orange flash! x
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Rachel from Redcliffe Style August 10, 2012 at 6:56 am

You can do it!! Go for it. Rachel xx
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Tracey @ Bliss Amongst Chaos August 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

Can’t wait to see how you go Grace.
I find you inspirational, my dear girl!
Go Team World Vision!!!
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Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye August 10, 2012 at 7:24 am

You’ll be a champion!
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Rhianna August 10, 2012 at 7:34 am

Well done on your past efforts and I hope you smash it in this year. Your are an inspiration to us all.
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Mel @ House of Powell August 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

Go Grace!! I wish I could run! Haha
I’m more of a bike rider :)
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Naomi August 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

The sky is the limit Grace- You’re amazing!
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Ai Sakura August 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

Yup, you’re looking super cute :) rest well the next few days and good luck for the race!!
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Kylez...aka...Mrs.P August 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

Well done Grace, that’s awesome! My cousin is also running in the C2S this weekend to raise money for Lifestart (they provide help and support to disabled kids and their families) who have done a fabulous job in helping her an hr husband out with their two special needs kids. It’s such a great idea to run for charity. My sisters are also running for Cantoo in the running festival in September, this will be A’s third run, back in May she did a half marathon and raised over $2000! I am so inspired by them and you and anyone else who gets out there and does it for charity. It’s definitely something I want to do once Mia gets a little older.
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Parental Parody August 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

Run like the wind. May the force be with you. You go girlfriend. Umm…I’m about out of inspiring quotes here. God speed!
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Mum of Adult Kids August 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

Have a great day on Sunday Grace! One day I’ll join in the C2S… but I doubt I’ll be running!
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Sue August 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

Congratulations Grace!! Best of luck tomorrow! Sue x
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Java Jane August 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

Oh Good luck hon.. that is really inspirational! I hope Sunday goes well and you have the wind benhind you for the run! But I know you wont need it!
I really really want to start running and even though I have dodge hips.. I know I could do it!…
Best of luck – cant wait to hear/see about it – Ill be thinking of you!
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carmen August 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

Orange really suits you! We are behind you all the way Grace!! Go out there and do it with flair!
I’ll be waiting for the results… hopefully patiently!
You are such an amazing inspiration! xxXOoo
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Aroha @ Colours of Sunset August 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Go you!! I remember having those same thoughts…that I could “never” be a runner. I “can’t” run! Last Saturday I did my first 6.5km run in under 48 minutes! I haven’t ever run 10km, but now I don’t say I can’t, I just haven’t “yet”.
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Née August 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

What a legend you are!! All the best :)
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Renay@Mummy's Miracles August 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Wow, go you, what an inpiration :) ps love the orange :)
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Stephanie August 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Awesome that you can do something that you love and help others whilst doing it. All the best for the race!
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kirri August 10, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Yes!! You’re amazing and you look way better in Orange than anyone I know.
I’m cheering you on from the Sunshine State xx
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LittleWhiteDove August 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Good luck! I’m sure you’ll have a fabulous time!
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Tat August 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm

You look great in orange! Now I wish you;d fix up your twitter buttons so that they give me more than just the link.. Sharing should be easy, right?
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Donna @ NappyDaze August 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

What an inspiration you are! Best of luck – not that you will need it :)
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Emma August 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

So very cute.
I have not yet flogged my blog! Hopefully after dinner I can get some time to read all the links!


Cathy August 10, 2012 at 10:50 pm

So inspirational Grace! I wish I could run…don’t think I would ever be fit enough, but I live the thought of it :)
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Denyse Whelan Education Specialist August 10, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Hot runner …in that gear! You are so ready to do this, I can see the finish line being approached inPB.
I know Sydney siders flock to the footpaths & edges of the road to clap and cheer.
Pity Kerri Sackville is OS because she and the kids often spectate from the White (grey) House.
Best of fun running.
Love D x
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leslie harris August 11, 2012 at 3:33 am

Good luck Grace. I’ll be sending you my all my positive thoughts.
I just linked up here for the first time. I’m Leslie from Gwen Moss blog checking in at #74. Glad to be here.


Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky August 11, 2012 at 6:24 am

wow! congrats, you amazing woman!
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Kate @ Our Little Sins August 11, 2012 at 2:35 pm

That’s exactly right isn’t it: “how bad do you want it?” I could really do to remember this at the moment! You are awesome Grace xx
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Nami August 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm

You’re amazing. You trained in the morning AND remembered to pump breast milk for the guys? I can hardly remember to bring my own bottle of water. You need to create an App for that!
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Bridget August 14, 2012 at 2:12 am

Congratulations on another race! You’re awesomesauce:)
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