Alana Manix

Sun Up Challenge 2021

My Activity Tracking

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My target 200 kms

Support my Sun Up Challenge for families of children with cancer.

When a family is told their child has cancer, what they hear is “your child might die”. Every day in Australia, three families hear those words. Not every child will die, but every family who faces childhood cancer is changed forever. Cancer puts families under enormous pressure. It can feel like it’s impossible to hold it together.

That’s why I’m setting my alarm to join Redkite for the Sun Up Challenge – to help provide emotional and practical support to families facing childhood cancer.

I’ll be taking action by running, walking and rolling every morning at sun up this September, to raise money that will help families pay the bills, access emotional support, and more. From day one in the hospital and for as long as it takes, your help ensures that families don’t have to face their child’s cancer diagnosis alone.

Please support me by making a tax-deductible donation to my challenge. Your generosity will make sure that Redkite can provide even more families facing childhood cancer practical and emotional support and care.

My Achievements

I've uploaded a profile pic

I've shared my page

I made a self donation

I joined a team

Logged my first activity

Reached 50% of my fitness goal

Reached 100% of my fitness goal

Reached 100% of my fundraising goal

My Updates

The home stretch

Monday 27th Sep
So only 3 days left to go of the challenge!  I'm going to reach my goal of 200ks but still need to raise $203 to reach my goal of $2000 raise for Redkite.
I said to Woody that I would feel like I've failed if I don't get $2000! 
Isn't that weird.  I've already reached my initial goal of $1000 on day 17......increased it......raised an extra $797....... been running 8ks every day for the past week.....plus a 10k run on Sunday.....but I still feel like I have failed!
My fitness has definitely improved (almost 3kgs down whoo hoo) and mentally I have been feeling a lot better.  I know that for me exercising is the key to feeling like I can tackle the day. I have been thinking about what's going to happen once the challenge is over.  I will still be running......maybe not every day.......maybe not 8ks......maybe I'll focus on my speed....I just hope I don't get disappointed in myself If i take a little break for a few days and let loose.......sleep in....stay up past 8pm!!!  :)

Day 21....habit forming!

Tuesday 21st Sep
They say that if you commit to a personal or professional goal for 21 days straight, after 3 weeks, the pursuit of that goal should have become a habit.  Once you've established that habit, you continue to do it for 90 days!  I'm quite interested to see if that is true.  I am certainly still enjoying getting up with the sun, but then I always have.  I have been running longer distances than I normally do.  I used to just do a quick 5k but I started doing 6k at the beginning of the challenge and now I'm up to 8k.  The longest I've run is 10ks and that was at least 2 years ago.  I'm going to have to do a few 10k runs to get my ks up anyway!  I have 9 days left to clock up 71ks...and for those playing at home that's at least 8ks a day....every day...for the next 9 days.  I can do it!  But can I raise $2000 by then?  I have $573 left to go......so if 29 people donate $20 I will get there.  $20.....that's it!  And of course it's going to a great cause and if I see you out and about I'll shout you a beer ;)

I made it!

Friday 17th Sep
Today is day 17 and I reached my initial goal of 100ks and $1000 raised so I'm going to up the ante and try for 200ks and $2000!  My big sister donated today and left such a nice message (check out my donations page) that it has given me my second wind to keep pushing harder.  I mean ,all I'm doing is getting up early and running or going for a run after work so it's not like I'm doing anything too special, but it is a pretty nice feeling to know that I'm helping families facing childhood cancer in a small way.  I don't have a lot of money and I basically just take care of my own little crazy family, so I'm glad that by doing this I'm able to .provide some financial support to others.  The world is so crazy these days and I think that the only way forward is to be kind, be considerate, give in any way you can and always remember that there are people in this world in a lot worse situation that you are.
Peace out.
And no I won't be moving to Byron any time soon to start an organic pottery class....just feeling and spreading the love ;)

Half Way Wednesday

Tuesday 14th Sep
Tomorrow is half way through the challenge!!  
And to be honest I haven't found it hard getting up early to run/walk as I'm normally up as soon as the birds are #lightsleeper
Every morning so far has been a beautiful sunrise and like I tell me kids (all the time apparently), "how lucky are we to live so close to the beach!"
I'm quite confident I will reach my activity goal of 100ks and really hope I'm able to reach my fundraising goal of $1000 so even if you can only donate a small amount it all counts.
For the next 3 days I'll be running at sun down so looking forward to those fairy floss sunsets ....and maybe a bit of a sleep in!

A true story

Friday 10th Sep
I had a work colleague come up to me this week and asked me if I was doing the running challenge.  She told me that she has a friend who has been in hospital with their baby who had been diagnosed with cancer when she was 1 week old and they have basically spent the entire time in hospital with her.  The baby is only 5 weeks old.
My colleague said that her friend had received a hamper of things from Redkite!
It's really not asking much of myself to wake up early and go for a run/walk when I hear about families like this.
You really don't know how lucky you are hey.
So next week due to work/kids I won't be able to get up at sunrise.....unless I leave my kids at home on their own......which would give my ex a field day hahahaaaa #twat
So I checked and the rules state that;
"You decide what you wear, what music you play and whether you do it at sun up or sunset"
So for a few days next week I'll be running at sunset, which is actually going to be hard for me because after a full day of work I. Am. Done!
I'm already past the half way mark for my kilometers AND donations so kinda excited to see how far I can go by the end of September.



Sunday is not Funday!

Monday 6th Sep
I went out Saturday night and saw a band!!!!  I danced, I met up with friends, I had a few drinks and talked some rubbish!
And I realise how lucky I am that I live somewhere I can do that in these crazy times.

But

I didn't get home till midnight and  maybe had a total of 4 hours sleep because my alarm was set for 530 to make sure I got up with the sun!

It almost killed me and I'm pretty sure it's going to take me a month to get over it but I didn't flake or make an excuse....which is what I tend to do.

Although spending 2 hours in the car on the f***** Bruce Hwy coming back from visiting my Dad on the Sunshine Coast for Fathers day did make me cry......literally..... I cried into the arms of my partner when I got home!!

And yes I know I sound like a twat complaining about going out....so I'll stop now.  

Day 6 today and I've clocked up 31ks and so far raised $488!  I feel like I'm on track to reach my goal of 100k and $1000.

I will however not be having a late night out again until the challenge is over.....I don't think I'll make it next time 

Day 3 - Mother and Son....and dog

Friday 3rd Sep
Today I got up with my 10 year old son and we walked the family dog down to the water and watched the sun rise.  He loves getting up early with me and coming with me and I know it's only a very short time between now and when I won't even be able to wake him before midday, so I relish the opportunity to spend those sweet moments with him.....and boy can that kid talk!!
How lucky am I that I have 2 healthy kids who have never been seriously ill in their lives and they can get up and watch the sun rise with their mum....and dog!  I guess being the parent of healthy kids you take that kind of stuff for granted hey.  Tomorrow is Saturday and I usually like to have a sleep in on the weekends; and by sleep in I mean get up at 7 rather than 5, however tomorrow I will be up at sparrows again to help raise those dollar dollar bills y'all.  Please donate if you can, any amount is really appreciated. 

Day 2 no poo

Thursday 2nd Sep
If you follow me on social media you will know that even though I got up before the sun and clocked up 6ks on day 1,  it wasn't without incident.  Mid run I had a sudden urge to visit the loo...which I did...but on my way out the cleaner was coming in and let's just say I am now in the process of moving to Bermuda so I never have to see him again and he remembers me as "that girl" :) :)
Today - day 2 felt like a pretty easy run, 6k along the waterfront.  I must admit though I'm not pushing myself too hard yet.....slow and steady wins the race yeah?
Thanks to everyone who has donated so far.  I'm actually really excited to see what the upcoming month has in store for me

Why I like running

Monday 30th Aug
I never used to be a runner.  In my youth I was a pretty good sprinter but anything over 200m forget it!
Then in my mid 30s I got divorced (yay....no really yay!), however when my kids were spending time with their dad I was terribly heartbroken without them.  I felt a kind of hollow emptiness that was swallowing me up when they weren't with me.  I clearly remember one afternoon I was sitting on the floor feeling so sad that they weren't with me that I simply had to get out of the house, so I went for a walk along the water.  I kept going for walks whenever they weren't with me, then one day I had a "Forest Gump" moment and just felt like running.....so I ran.
Then I guess I got slightly obsessed with it and got really quick and lost an unhealthy amount of weight, that thankfully since turning 40 and having a crap metabolism I've gotten back to a healthy weight...and maybe a little extra ;)
Since I started running I have had breaks, absolutely hated it then loved it then hated it again but it's my mental therapy.
I think about a lot of things all of the time and when I'm running it's like the plug has been pulled and all those thoughts run out of my head, even if it's just for an hour!
Now I run because if you don't use it you lose it and those early mornings when the water is calm and the world is quiet, my mind it too.
I still feel that same hollow heartbreak when my kids aren't with me, but I have learnt to manage it better.  I can't even imagine to begin to feel what it would be like to have a sick child so why not raise a bit of cash while I do what helps me get though life!
That's my story on why I run.  

Getting ready

Sunday 29th Aug
So the challenge starts on Wednesday but I'll start my running week as I normally do on a Monday.

Actually looking forward to  challenging myself to run everyday to see what sort of mental and physical changes that may bring.
Already have 2 donations from my generous family so really have to do it now!
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Thank you to my Sponsors

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Cj

Always knew you could do it! … great cause too!

$104.40

Lisa Ryan

Keep up the good work Alana. You are nearly there. What an achievement and for such a worthy cause 👌🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

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David Garry Automotive Pty Ltd

$104.40

Len Woodward

$100

Jessics Garry

🤘🏼 Get those running shoes on

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Jill & Michael Manix

$52.20

Lynda Wells

What a massive achievement …. So proud of you … shout yourself a Mojito on your completion… you have smashed it !! Keep up the great work

$52.20

Dirty Doug’s Essentials

You’re doing great Alana. Well Done 👍

$52.20

Bec

You're killing it!

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Scerri Family

Keep up the top work!

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Mel And Ken

From Mel and Ken Great effort!

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Liz Mcintyre

Way to go Larn

$52.20

Muriel Cole

Well done Alana, not far to go to reach your goal :))

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Scott Collins

Worthy cause Alana, good on you wish you all the Best!!

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Michelle Bowden

Go Alana! You’re an inspiration!

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Brooke Wicks

So proud of you...this is just another example of you being the strong, inspirational sister I already knew you were x

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Fi Bakelite

Top effort lovely lady!

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Anonymous

$50

Gaby Shaw

Good work Alana!

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Hannah Halstad

$50

Alex Mcquattie

$50

Lisa Kunde

Top job, SPUNK. m/

$50

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Erin

Great cause. Loved reading your story about why you run!

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Rens

If I were rich I'd give you the last $1000. I

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Simmo

Onya mate!

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Toni Mcgowan

$20.88

Anonymous

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Alana

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Kass Murphy

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Mel Barnes

Inspiring

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Anonymous

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Christine C

$20.88

Shaune Mcpherson

Well done Alana. Great cause.

$20

Steph

You are smashing it Alana! xox

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Chris Converse

keep the converse running

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Megan Sims

$20

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Ursula

So proud of your achievement.

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Ben Ferguson

$10

Cris Smith

Go girl!

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Helen B

Go Alana!!!!!!!