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Can You Do Just One Hour a Day?

October 09, 2018

Can You Do Just One Hour a Day?

As with many great ideas decided over a few wines with friends—or seemingly great at the time—former farm girl Anne-Marie Case-Miller decided to push herself to run, not one, but 12 half marathons in 12 months.

“I’m a big believer of investing in ‘you’. I think so many of us fail to do this these days as we’re busy with other things and busy putting everyone else first,” says Anne-Marie, who grew up on a Dairy Farm in Morrinsville.

“That’s partly why I adopted a small mantra for myself. There are 24 hours in the day, one of those hours needs to be for me to do the things I love and enjoy.

“Now I find an hour every day for myself. It may be gardening, reading, going for a run or walk, or just having a quiet cup of tea—the point being, that I’m taking time to invest in myself.

“So many people, women in particular I think, see this as selfish, but I look at it differently and think it’s selfless and an important step in looking after wellbeing,” says Anne-Marie.

Rural wellbeing programme Farmstrong is supporting Anne-Marie’s 12 in 12 challenge.

Anne-Marie’s comments back-up findings from recent research by Farmstrong, which looked at the wellbeing of women in farming.

With more than 800 respondents, the survey identified three areas women feel were most likely to help increase their wellbeing. This included: more time off the farm, getting more or better quality sleep and getting more exercise.

While off the farm now, Anne-Marie still considers herself a farm girl at heart and is involved with the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.

“Many of my friends are still farming and I know how challenging it can be to get time to yourself—but it can be done. Even while training for this challenge, one of my friends couldn’t get off the farm, so as a solution she invested in a treadmill so she could still train.

“The 12 in 12 is all a bit of fun with good friends really. It’s about connecting with others, physical activity and getting off the farm. Our aim is to just finish. It’s not about personal best times, but more about investment in ourselves—that’s the important thing.

“These are all the things Farmstrong promotes around farmers seeing themselves as the most important asset on the farm. Once I heard about Farmstrong I really hoped there was a way I could team up with them and help promote their messages, so it’s great to have their support for the next 12 months,” says Anne-Marie.

You can follow Anne-Marie’s progress on Farmstrong’s Facebook page and regular blogs on the Farmstrong website. If you fancy joining Anne-Marie on one of the runs, below is a list she’s entered into.

October 14 – Pukekohe Runners and Joggers

November 10 – Tairua Peak to Peak

December 2 – Omaha Half Marathon                  


January 20 – Skechers Half Marathon, Villa Maria Estate (wine!)

February 23 – Ruapehu Express

March 16 – Martinborough Round the Vines

April – not confirmed, but probably Xterra Rotorua

May 25 – Whitianga Half Marathon

June, July, August – TBC

September 21 – Round Rarotonga Road Race (this one is actually 31km, however, there is a beach, sun and cocktails, and a week with friends!)


10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Trail Running Before I Started
10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Trail Running Before I Started

January 21, 2021

I started running on trails back in 2005. I was living on the eastern shore of Maryland and accidentally found myself running on a trail one day as a way to add some distance to my road run. I loved it from the first crunch of dirt and quickly found myself wanting to get as many of my running miles on the trails as possible. I liked how I’d sometimes get a glimpse of a turtle or a deer, how I saw a lot less man-made things, how the pine trees smelled, and how I didn’t have to worry about cars. I wrote this piece to help anyone who may just be getting into trail running, or who has always wanted to try it but wasn’t so sure it was for them.

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January 13, 2021

On May 4th 2019, one of HOKA's most innovative shoes was unveiled in a way that challenged limits. The Carbon X was showcased by HOKA athletes from around the world in attempt to conquer the 100K world record in Folsom, CA.
After another 18 months of development by the HOKA Design, Product and Innovation teams, the updated Carbon X 2 is here. We sat down with Senior Footwear Designer Odile Boyer to learn more about how the Carbon X 2 updated from its predecessor and how this shoe can help inspire athletes of all types to reach for their personal best.

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January 07, 2021

HOKA ultrarunner Jim Walmsley set the running world on fire with his 50-mile world record at the 2019 edition of Project Carbon X. However, he has some unfinished business, as he wasn’t able to hold that pace through 100K (roughly 62 miles). With the upcoming Project Carbon X 2 on January 23rd at 7am MST, Jim has a chance at redemption, so we sat down with him to learn about 2019’s race, how training has gone this year, and what his goals are for Project Carbon X 2, and more.

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