02 December 2013

Ian Gawler Blog: Vegan breast cancer survivor runs a marathon a day for a whole year!

I love it when people do things that others say cannot be done! Can you imagine being over 60, having survived breast cancer and then running around Australia by completing a marathon EVERY day for 365 days. Yes - a whole year! And doing it with your husband and eating nothing but raw vegan food for the whole trip. Far out!!!

Now I am happy to admit that when I first heard of what Janette Murray-Wakelin and husband Alan planned, it stretched my vision of what was possible. But fact is they have nearly completed this world record breaking feat.

Soon they will be back in Melbourne and they deserve a real hero’s welcome. So this week we go way Out on a Limb and share some of their incredible exploits. Then a reminder of the Christmas meditation specials on my webstore and amazing research from the US that shows money is not buying good health, but first

Thought for the day
Believe in what you do
And do what you believe in
        The secret to the power of the mind; Ian Gawler

Carl Lewis, arguably the best athlete the world has seen, claimed that he changed to a vegan diet because it improved his performances. However, some still labour under the illusion that to really perform physically, meat is needed and that a vegan diet is for well meaning whimps.

A runner's lunch

Well as if to settle this argument once and for all, throughout this year of 2013, to inspire and motivate conscious lifestyle choices, to promote kindness and compassion for all living beings and to raise environmental awareness for a sustainable future, veteran raw vegan runners Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray have been running together around Australia.

Runner's fuel!

When back in Melbourne in December they will have completed 365 marathons in 365 consecutive days and covered 15,500kms.

It does almost defies belief.

They are currently in SA, running from Adelaide to the Victoria border just north of Mt Gambier via Riddoch Hwy A66, having already run over 14,000 km and 330 consecutive marathons.

Janette and Alan are due to arrive in Geelong on December 7 and Melbourne on December 11. They travel to Hobart, Tasmania on 21 December (and no, they are not swimming!) and finish back in Melbourne December 31, 2013.

On January 1, 2014 they will run one more marathon from Melbourne to Warrandyte along the Yarra Trail to set a new World Record for the most consecutive marathons. They warrant a great reception.

Go to Events Page for more details, CLICK HERE

Daily updates on Facebook Page, CLICK HERE  

When asked why would you even think of doing such an amazing thing, let alone actually do it!, Janette replied

By running a marathon every day for a year around Australia, we hope to inspire others to believe in themselves, to follow their dreams, and to achieve their goals through making more conscious lifestyle choices. 

We will have the opportunity to show that by eating raw living plant-based foods, we are healthier, more physically fit and have unlimited energy at beyond 60 years of age than in our earlier years, including when we ran the length of New Zealand 13 years previously. 

Inspiration is what motivates people to 'Never Stop Pushing' for what they believe in and for what they want to achieve.  

Janette and Alan have another strong motivation for their run.

We aim to raise awareness and funds for selected charitable groups including the Gawler Foundation who are instrumental in making a difference to the health and welfare of the people, animals and environmental sustainability within Australia and worldwide. 

We believe that the survival of our (human) species is dependent on our kindness, compassion and caring for all living beings, and that this is achieved by making conscious lifestyle choices.   By doing so, we can make a difference.    

I find it difficult to imagine a more sustained, incredible human achievement. Please do consider actively supporting Janette and Alan, either the easiest way by making a donation, or in person by being a part of welcoming them home.

You can donate to this unique and unprecedented visionary cause, CLICK HERE.

Or come to one of theses events:

Saturday, December 7, 2013, 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Venue St Andrews Hall, East Geelong, Enter where there is a YOGA sign around the back, (the runners will be in the room) that's a sharp left as you enter, not in the main hall.
Please BRING a Raw food contribution AND A PLATE TO EAT FROM plus a $20 donation.
Email eileen@noodlehq.com.au. to RSVP.

  Friday December 13, 2013 7:00pm: KINDNESS HOUSE, 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

  21 or 22 DECEMBER 2013 Details to be confirmed

MELBOURNE 31 DECEMBER 2013 Federation Square; Details to be confirmed

   1 JANUARY 2014 Stiggants Reserve



Cancer survivors come to Today Tonight

NEWS - Christmas meditation specials. A meaningful present at a bargain price!
With our own webstore now linked to the website, it is a treat for Ruth and myself to be able to offer meditation resources as our Christmas special.

All the meditation CDs, along with their corresponding MP3s and my meditation DVD are discounted 20% from now until Christmas Day. The most recent meditation book Meditation – a Complete Guide is discounted 10%, as is the bonus Christmas offer, that great cookbook, Eat Well, Be Well.


2. NEW E. BOOK.    A Search for Meaning. Connecting with Buddhist Teachers 
                                    by Sherry Tara Marshall

This revealing and transformational book includes personal stories from students of some of the great contemporary teachers like Sogyal Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and The Gyalwang Drukpa sharing deeply personal contemporary accounts of meditation and compassion, love and devotion and joy and challenges ‘on the path’. They are heart-warming and heart-breaking.

Money buys poor health
The United States spends 17.7 percent of its GDP (almost 50 percent more than the next highest nation) on total health care according to an annual survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) of its 34 member nations.

Yet the U.S. life expectancy is 78.7 years, below the OECD average of 80.1 years. Twenty-five nations fare better, with Switzerland on top at 82.8 years.

The United States is by far the most obese nation at 36.5 percent of the population, with some of the highest rates of infant mortality, dementia, diabetes, and death from heart disease.

Amongst other things, the authors attribute the poor outcomes to unhealthy lifestyles (including dietary habits). Maybe the health budget is being spent in significant part on the wrong things. Clearly, attention is needed to foster healthier lifestyles.
OECD (2013), Health at a Glance 2013: OECD Indicators, OECD Publishing. Accessed November 22, 2013. For the full paper, CLICK HERE 

1 comment:

  1. This is so inspiring as is your blog.
    I have just heard about something called GcMAF and would be interested in your feedback. Thanks