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End of a Journey.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Sunday, November 4, 2012,

Hi there everyone well its over not just the walk but a 22 year journey. There have been days of absolute joy and a day of the most gut wrenching pain when we lost our daughter.
Even one year of being emotional and mentaly lost.
There have been many people who have assisted me along the way far too many to mention today but they will never be forgoten.
This walk will not go down as generating the most money but will go down as one of incredible good will.
To enter Slacks Creek Primary school agai...

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Missing in Action.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Saturday, October 20, 2012,
Well everyone sorry for being missing but been busy walking and trying to raise money we have reached Rockhampton and have done alright but have discovered I am not an athlete and I have aged although in my heart I like to believe other wise.

Once this is over I will be hanging up my walking sandals and taking time to build a new life allowing my late daughters memory to do the rest.

It has been a wonderful journey even though at times painful both emotionaly and physicaly but its not quite ove...
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Twitter Supporters.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Tuesday, September 11, 2012,

To all the people both young and old who have Cystic Fibrosis thank you for your support over the last 10 months.We are 19 days away from the first marathon from Port Douglas to Palm Cove Surf Club and I do feel nervous because of injuries I have not been able to complete the best training. However I do feel better than I have ever,one thing on my side is there is no certain time frame to do the 42 km As long as I can manage my knee and foot issues my times should get better the longer we go....

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Twitter and New Friends

Posted by Nigel Reed on Saturday, September 8, 2012,
I would like to say a HUGE thank you to all 412 friends on Twitter unfortunately we have some type of bug that stops me from posting, your support is so sos appreciated Thanks Guys keep following.
God Bless.
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To big for there boots.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Thursday, September 6, 2012,
Suspended for 30 days without any form of appeal Facebook Facebook well guys keep following the up coming walk/jog.
I wonder when they had just a few members would they have been so gun ho at peoples involvement with new friends.Too big Too big ! they need to understand that times and technology change as mobile phone companies are finding battling fo market place share.We had radio we had black and white TV we had calculators all gone face book.
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LJ Hooker Port Douglas.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Thursday, September 6, 2012,
Let me say a huge thank you to LJ Hookers in Port Douglas who have organised a walk- a- thon on the 29th September the day before we set off on the jog.
LJ Hooker has been a HUGE support to CF families in Australia on their behalf I say thank you Kylie for giving us a kick in the right direction.
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Re-invention and Age.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Tuesday, September 4, 2012,
One of the challnges that I struggle with is the belief that it is possibe to re-invent myself at 68.Why re-invent you say?
Sadly we discover as we age that the business community place very little value on the elderly.So at 68 and relatively fit I wonder what my life experiences are worth and how they can help others.
The problem is lifes knocks have dented my confidence and I feel like a deer caught in the headlights of a speeding car,frozen not knowing which direction to move in.
I hope that ...
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Old Age & Aching Knee's.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Thursday, August 30, 2012,
Tuesday and wednesday were good days 10km Tuesday & 90 minutes of interval work on wednesday while pushing my newspaper delivery push chair.Very high tech.
Thursday though my knee's ached I over did it BUT its Friday now and the knees are good must be a good sign.
I am confident now that I can jog/walk the 42km daily so will be cutting back the km and concentrating on high interval training TABATA.
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He is not protection from Storms but shelter during..

Posted by Nigel Reed on Tuesday, August 28, 2012,
As a result of my stomach ulcers playing up after taking anti inflamatory tablets I had a bad night I woke up tired and low finaly I got to the gym and did a slow 5km run on the treadmill came home feeling good.
May sound silly when I will be doing 34 marathons over 34 days in 4 weeks but It left me feeling good.I would also like to say that once I checked facebook It was great to see how many friends I do have.There have been many times when I have been low and my faith has pulled me through....
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Twitter friends

Posted by Nigel Reed on Tuesday, August 28, 2012,
To all my friends on twitter I have a bug and cannot post, so please follow my blogs through this website, you are important to me and 850 young people in Queensland who have cystic fibrosis. .
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Sausage Sizzles along the route.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Saturday, August 25, 2012,
Sadly there has been little support from people approached along the route for fundraising opportunities so we decided to approach butchers alon the route as we go up to hold sausage sizzles maybe we can raise some funds that way.

I must say a big thank you to Cheryl and Steve who have orrganised a launch at their own home and have provided the food as a sponsorship Cheers my two wonderful friends.

We understand that LJ Hookers Port Douglas are organising a walkathon to run along the day I star...
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Getting close.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Saturday, August 25, 2012,
Well have had a good days training today 17km spread over the gym and road 8km interval training on the treadmill then 9km on the road over 2 hours so feel great.
Still no response from the local newspapers along the route plus no response from schools to talk to about bullying.
I am convinced that the time on the road will generate interest however we do have Greg Carey morning radio on side and he has indicated we will talk in the next 2 weeks hope so need funds for food and suppliments and f...
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The Challengeof self doubt.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Monday, August 20, 2012,
Never Never Give Up.

Three statements made by others in my early Life unfortunately shaped the future " Be Careful what you say to You Children".The first was " You will never Drive" The second " You will never ammount to anything ". The third was " You are a waste of space".
Whatever people say do not surrender the wonderful flower that is just waiting to bloom its called potential !!! we all have it.   
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Great News.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Friday, August 17, 2012,
Just been told that LJ Hokkers in Port Douglas will be having a walkathon and BBQ on the 30th September to kick the walk off.Cheers guys!

Have also been informed that Vasyli have designed our tee-shirts and vehicle banner great Job done by Chris Bell.

Have been pain free on my right knee although my right foot still goes numb in shoes.

However I did a good training session 3km easy walk followed by 4/1km sprints @ 8.2km per hour then a 3km easy walk home.

Good to hear Philip Di Bella and Jeffery ...
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Good Day

Posted by Nigel Reed on Sunday, August 12, 2012,
It may not be a marathon but today was a good day went down to the gym and did 6.2 km on the treadmill running all the way to test my knee well NO pain before or after that give me some thing to build on aiming at doing 6 hour marathons on route.A combination of power walk and jogging.I did this in my trusty Bedrock Sandals cheers guys.
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knee problem

Posted by Nigel Reed on Saturday, August 11, 2012,
After doing 8km yesterday although there was some pain during the walk I have not woke up with any discomfort so the anti inflamatory treatment is working GREAT.

We are only 6 weeks out from the begining and I do feel a a little aprehensive because of the time lost with the foot and knee issues but as my good friend Peter Why told me back on my first walk in 1990 " Just put one foot in front of the Other".

I can only imagine how my inspirational mentor who I never met by the way Terry Fox felt ...
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The need for support

Posted by Nigel Reed on Tuesday, August 7, 2012,
To all the committed people out there world wide that everyday get up and raise money out of love for other people less fortunate, KEEP YOUR CHIN UP!!!!!!!.Everyday we wake looking for email's, posts on face book and letters in the post.Many days there is nothing! then suddenly a donation, a sponsor responds, a friend gives you a word of encouragment somedays the memory of a lost one is hard to deal with but we keep going.

What I have found hard to understand over the years, is many of those p...
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Posted by Nigel Reed on Tuesday, August 7, 2012,

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Posted by Nigel Reed on Tuesday, August 7, 2012,
Great day today at physio no significant problems with knee so treatment will see huge improvment Quads tigh need more stretching.So Good day See you guys.
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Great News!!!!!

Posted by Nigel Reed on Sunday, August 5, 2012,
Good news today I changed my Dr and the new one is a runner after checking for my pulse he informs me I do not have Periferal Artery Disease. my right foot numbness is as a result so many miles. My knee pain is jumpers knee and can be rectified before I set off.

If the person who donated $40 and chose not to say who they were THANK YOU so very much for your kind donation.

This is what makes it all worth while helping these young hero's.

To all my supporters thanks for everything guys. ...
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Posted by Nigel Reed on Sunday, August 5, 2012,
So Pissed off with hackers cannot post on Twitter you wonderful people tha follow THANK YOU you are great keep following staring on Sept 30th 34 marathons in 34 days age 68 to keep a promise made 19 years ago I love you Zoe Reed.
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Change of Doctor

Posted by Nigel Reed on Friday, August 3, 2012,

I I have changed Doctor as it has become a little like catch 22 with the numbness in my right foot being the same leg as my sore knee if I wear a knee brace I wonder if it could restrict circulation even more.

So with only 8 weeks before I set off from Port douglas I need to see what can be done with the knee tape strapping seems to make sense  but maybe a small op who knows.

I will be wearing my bedrock sandals (Modifide with a thicker rubber sole) the reason for that is to reduce jarring on m...

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The Book

Posted by Nigel Reed on Friday, August 3, 2012,
Hi Guys I guess we thought getting a book published was the hardest step NO selling it is prooving far harder.SO what do we do well I have decided to push OUR book in the push chair 34 marathons in 34 days pushing my book so if your on the route heres your chance for a signed book.PLUS for every book we sell Cystic Fibrosis Queensland will get $2.00.
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A little Boys challenge

Posted by Nigel Reed on Thursday, August 2, 2012,
In 1997 I spoke to a school in Southport i mention Terry Fox and how he had inspired me.The little boy put his hand up and asked If I would finish his dream.
In 2014 I will be 70 years of age but the little boys challenge still burns in my heart so if you live in Canada and have any involvement in Cystic fibrosis I will do my run across Canada for you guys in 2014.
So please if you can help by starting a network of supporters it would be great.
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There comes a time to step down and others to step up.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Wednesday, August 1, 2012,
In 1987 a brief ad for the Terry Fox run of hope showing his courage and care for others changed my life his words ring true today.
I would like challenge others to first put the past behind them and then take a hard look around themselves and find who they can help.

Embark upon a journey of SERVICE and do not be suprised if people take note and follow.

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Change in approach.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Tuesday, July 31, 2012,
With my knees still aching I have decided to revert to doing circuit training to stay as fit as possible prior to walk.To all my twitter friends we need $30 to reach our first $1000 in donations PLEASE give it a thought take a look at how about 3x$10 Guys.we could give 2 families a weekend some place to focus on their personal relationship.Have a great day Guys. 
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Sore knee's.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Sunday, July 29, 2012,
Awoke with sore knees time to rest so until the walk starts on 30th sept will just do eliptycal interval training with TABATA training. 
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Emotionaly hard day.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Tuesday, July 24, 2012,
Lots of tears yesterday hard to stay foccussed must thank my facebook friends for their on going support not being in Queensland limits the fundraising options.Being on a state elderly pension restricts the ammount of funds we have to allocate to the project.When told we now have to pay $20 a week back to goverment my heart dropped but hey there are millions that do not even get the pension.we will still be on the road in Port Douglas on the 30th September.Cheers Guys.  
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Daily Challenges.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Monday, July 23, 2012,
Woke to day feeling good soon to learn that it very often is our daily living challenges that stress us out.We had hoped that we could sell a few books along the route to improve our standard of living as pensioners on the stae pension.But a phone call from social security blew that away even though we have provided them with all the correct documentation we owe $1700 each for something in 2011.Doing a marathon every day for 34 days a walk in the park compared to dealing with beauracrats and ...
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Posted by Nigel Reed on Sunday, July 22, 2012,

Over my 68 years I have celebrated birthdays with a light hearted approach however today I saw a post on facebook where a young woman with Cystic Fibrosis had just turned 40 my comment was WOW.Why ? well how many friends had she lost? how many times had she been in hospital? how many hours of physio had she endured ? how many tablets had she taken?
  I know how many Zoe did  in 11 short years.
So Friends next time we have a birthday lets for a second think about those who battle daily for their...

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Health Issues

Posted by Nigel Reed on Sunday, July 22, 2012,
After a visit to the doctor it is obvious that the ankle pain i feel during the night is wear and tear over the last 20 years of training and walking for events.On Doctors advice I will be taking pain killers before i go to sleep.The other issue is periferal a artery disease this now leaves my feet very cold at night so the answer has been hand knitted bed socks.PAD also ccauses numbness to my feet when I have shoes on after about 20 minutes the only way round this will be intervals of joggin...
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Wet Day.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Sunday, July 22, 2012,
Hi everyone a truly wet day put of my jog till the afternoon still raining must admit though it was a great feeling out there running along side the Ocean watching it churn wildly.Felt good at the end my right knee with Medical tape on stood up well.
Its a concern that we did not get a good response from schools in fact none at all plus a poor response from Caravan Parks.
One thing I learned from selling insurance is " EVERY NO GETS YOU CLOSER TO A YES".
Lets see what tomorrow brings.

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9 weeks out.

Posted by Nigel Reed on Saturday, July 21, 2012,
Hi Guys well 9 weeks out from the start of the jog feel in good health I have dropped 19 kilo and I am fitter than I have been for many years.I only have a couple of concerns my numb feet through having PAD and my runners knee have started using MedicaL tape on the knees and my sponsor VASYLI has provided me with medical orthotics that have helped reduce the burning sensation Cheers!!!!!!!! Chris.
We are still $1000 short of our logistical budget for fuel and site fees but we have our tickets....
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