About CRG

Ok, so here's the low down on Curious Runner Girl...

My name is Rachel and I am very curious about all things running. I am married to a wonderful man, I am a new Mum, a Christian, a teacher, a lover of running and a lover of food!

I am by no means a professional runner, nor will I ever be in the next gazillion years, but I created this blog to share with you and encourage and inspire you with all my joyful (and some not-so-joyful) moments of running.

I run to release energy, to feel good, to think, to pray and to calm down. I also run for sheer enjoyment, to keep fit and healthy and occasionally, to try and beat someone who I think looks like they should be beating me!

And secretly I also run so I can eat all my favourite treats (or burn off the ones I have already eaten... Oops!).

I will try to be humorous and I will often use sarcasm, but mostly I just make fun of myself. 

So, here's my running story:

When I was at school I hated running, but then after I had gotten married  my husband and I moved to Italy for him to play pro rugby. Although Italy was this amazing new place for me, I didn't have much to do other than go to the gym. I began running by just trying to run for a couple of minutes on the treadmill, then gradually build up. I remember being so excited going home and telling hubby that 'today I ran for 20mins on the treadmill!!'. Nek minnit (NZ joke) I am signed up for my first ever 7km run with some friends. YIKES! It took me 52 minutes (which now is about how long it takes me to run almost 10km) but I DID NOT STOP!!! It was the best feeling and just got better from there. Next thing I was doing 15km runs, then on to half marathons (21.1 kms) and marathons (42.2kms).

In my early running days in Italy
In 2008 I ran my first half marathon in Italy and in 2011 I ran my first marathon back here in NZ.

After my first marathon in Auckland, 2011, feeling rather chuffed (but looking rather dorky).

Before marathon Number two, April 2012
So, with 2 marathons under my belt and more to come I write this blog to share with you my thoughts, opinions, stories and experiences on running, and running after having a baby and would love to hear your thoughts too.

With all of that out of the way I will leave you with this verse that sums up my balance of running and life:

1 Timothy 4:8
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

Keep cool til after school kids and happy running!


  1. I'm so excited to have found another runner blog! I love running too. I recently ran my first marathon in April, and it was awesome! Such an experience. Glad to have found you via Jenni's May linkup!

    1. Awesome Amanda, thanks for stopping by and congrats on your marathon! There are some amazing running blogs out there, check out my blog roll for more :)

  2. yay another kiwi runner:) just found this site through an english blogger friend...I am looking at running the Lucca or Venice marathon next year so when i saw you had done a halfin Italy, i thought yay!! Which one?

    Sorry, way too many questions....

    1. Cool, so glad you found me, thanks for stopping by my blog :) Honestly, the half I did in Italy was in a teeny weeny town which I can't even remember the name of, sorry. It would have been in the north though, near Parma.


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