Sunday, September 14, 2014

Countdown to the marathon...

Just 4 weeks left til we run the half marathon in Melbourne. We have been training by running down Werribee Vale Rd and trialling GU chomps/water/gatorade.
We ran 18kms but after about 14k I felt tired and out of puff.
My colleague was very keen for us to try Black Water,
a product her sister in law is importing from Canada. We downed the water which your brain tells you is not good being so ink like but it has no taste, if you close your eyes you can't tell it from normal water but apparently has super benefits for you. Not sure what the effect was but GU stirs up my guts and that was no different today.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Need to chill...

I find myself obsessing over things and I have to try to relax. What will be will be. To quote the Dalai Lama

Good advice.

I just need to chill.

This song is on repeat since I heard it recently.

Local band, filmed in the local hall, friends of Hayley's.

She is planning to see them perform in Manchester (of all places).

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Running for mental health...

New running convert Melissa found a new race for us to try, the De Castella Run supporting mental health. I was booked in before I could say where?? what?? how far??

Turned out it was all good.

A beautiful morning saw us head over to the Yarra Boulevard to run the hilly course. Apparently Robert de Castella was there to give an inspirational speech but I didn't see him. A few hundred of us ran either 5, 10 or 15k. I was on a high from previous run and thought 15k sounded achievable and we looked like this before we set off.

Xavier College 
The course was tough. Up and down the Boulevard for agonising km after km. I find running downhill as hard as running uphill and my hamstring started to twinge with all the climbing. But I persisted and was happy with my 1:40 time.

look at the elevation!!!
Garmin Connect tells me it was 250m of elevation gain, all those ups added up!

But this run I was able to spot the photographer and tried really hard to show good form and a smile and try to remember Will's tips - lean, lengthen, relax.

saved a little bit for a sprint to the finish
I listened to my tunes to keep me going along the way and found a pacing buddy to keep going at the end. Melissa did a fantastic job in her 10k and we were all done by 10am. These runs are lots of fun and a great pay off for all the boring training runs we do but I did think I was a little bit mental as I huffed and puffed through the course.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A party...

We attended number one nephew's 21st birthday celebrations and had a hoot!

We dressed up in our best black and white gear and headed up to Ballarat on a chilly wet night. Erin had a very cute new dress to wear and I repeated my outfit that I wore to Erin's Deb Ball. My sister looked smashing in a full length black dress and was very brave when she got up and led the band in a rendition of My Sharona. We were able to catch up with some of their other family and friends and have a dance.

The party went off really well and my sister had added some nice touches with a slide show, photo remembrance book to sign and a spectacular cake that she had made herself. Number 2 nephew's band was really good and played some of my favourite songs so I could do the embarrassing Mum dancing I like to do.

While I was at the party I shot some video clips of everyone saying 'hello Hayley' and posted them to Instagram. She appreciated the gesture and sent back her own clip saying Happy Birthday, it was lovely way to include her, pity I can't post it here to show.

Erin was able to ask her Young Man to the party and he fared very well running the gauntlet of our family. Being a party at a club type venue meant there was little opportunity for the grilling/teasing/scrutiny he would have endured otherwise. But he is a lovely boy and was able to represent himself admirably. Chris was more than a little freaked out at the arrangement of his sleeping over after the party. It was the easiest way to get around the late finish and distance to his home. Rules were laid down and followed. Everyone survived.

Erin and her 'friend' have become closer since they teamed up for the Debut. They spend as much time as they can together on the weekends and we as parents have clocked up many kms driving them in between. She has been very coy about their status taking a long time to actually call him her 'boyfriend' but seeing them cuddled up to each other on our couch has left me in no doubt.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Another run...

We have a run booked in for Sunday so before we do that one I want to tell you about one we did 2 weeks ago.

Running Buddy and I travelled down to Queenscliff to run on the Bellarine Rail Trail. We took the steam train to the start line at Drysdale and ran 17kms back to Queenscliff. The trail was really nice, a little undulating but with a big hill to finish. It nearly did finish me off but has really reignited our running mojo as we aim for another half marathon.

 About 350 runners took part in the day which was run by a small group of volunteers and supported by The Running Company of Geelong.

the train ride was the fun part
looking stronger than we feel
We are getting good at getting ourselves 'sorted' in the mornings with our breakfast/fluids/toilet situation and have that part down pat. We had to supply our own drinks which were left for us at the 12 km mark. Things had been going really well up to that point but the stopping for a drink mucked up our rhythm a bit. We have to practice that part of a long run a bit more. By the end I felt quite spent and gulped down water and a coffee afterwards. Which in turn meant I had to have a pit stop on the way home to chuck up on the grass at Lara.

 I have some lessons to learn yet.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


As well as running I have been playing a lot of tennis.

Mixed double tennis on Thursday nights

Cardio tennis on Friday mornings

Saturday afternoon comp at clubs in the surrounding districts.

Not winning all these comps but having a great time doing it. The more tennis I play the better my game gets and the less my family recognize me and the less time I have to do housework, scrapping or blogging.

But that's the way I like it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Running update...

As part of our running training we have been pushing ourselves with sprints and hill training and trying to find new routes to keep things interesting. Our encouraging of our new running friend saw us all enter the Run Melbourne 10k.

Mel has really embraced running and has come along much quicker than we ever did in the beginning. In February I put out an email at work to those who had expressed an interest in running with us. Mel has been very consistent with joining us and has not complained when we would push her a little further each time. We had encouraged her to pick a race or event to work towards and she chose Run Melbourne 10k.

 The morning was perfect, sunny and cool. We had a lovely run and at one point I could see Mel ahead and I thought to myself I can't let her beat me! so we crossed the finish line together in 1:01:30 a very fast time for me. I'm yet to crack the 60 minute for 10km, but was very pleased with that effort.

More runs to come...

Monday, August 25, 2014

Been a long time...

I've been slack. Too busy to keep this electronic diary so I'll try to get up to date.

Last I wrote I was preparing for Erin's birthday party. I was quite wound up about it and in the end it was all for nought. The party was a success. It wasn't the big deal I built it up to be. That could have been because we were well prepared and I laid down the rules and the young folk followed them.

Being on a corner block I was concerned about gate crashers having easy access to the back yard where the party was being held. I registered the party with the local police and Erin had only put out the invitations to her friends. We had made it clear there was to be no alcohol and there was no problems with that. The 10 friends she really wanted to come came and they sounded like they had fun. There was much laughter and the set up with the tarpaulins sheltering the outdoor area and the gas outdoor heater made for a cosy environment. I supplied food and drinks and bought out her ombre cake and she got embarrassed when they sang Happy Birthday to her. I was able to stay inside watching TV and finally relaxed when the music went off at 12. The parents came promptly and took their offspring home and the neighbours wandered home shortly after.

Since the party Erin's friendship with her Deb partner Liam has really blossomed but that's another post yet to come

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Checking in...

Life is all consuming at times. There doesn't seem to be anything startling to report but the day to day grind keeps us going.

Until this week.

I'm having a few days off, not to go anywhere exotic or to do anything spectacular but just to regroup and catch my breath.

I resent the break in activities like tennis or pilates during a school holiday break but tonight I did think it was good not to be rushing off anywhere. So I suppose I need a break too but I hadn't realised it. Yesterday was busy though with a 10 k run in the morning and then 2 hours of tennis with the girls. Sunday morning after dropping Erin and Liam at the Zoo, I set off around Prince's Park and Royal Park for an hour and clocked up 10k but my GPS went flat at the very end so it didn't save. My iPod shuffle has a really good running track to listen to when I run on my own. Hitchin' a Ride' by Greenday has the exact beat/cadence that gets me back in rhythm if I get out of step which I can do when I am running by myself.

Erin had her birthday and was beyond thrilled with her gift from her father. But can you believe it the gift was a vinyl record of her favourite group. To play on a record player. Lucky we still have a functioning one in the lounge room. In this digital itunes-y age this was an unusual request and one I had said a flat no to but he is more obliging than me, especially when it had to shipped from the USA. He is so obliging he took Erin shopping while I was at work. She had her eye on a dress at Ally and they were having 30% off. He thought she said Aldi so her took her there. Chris is the typical man shopper. No browsing allowed. Get in, purchase, get out. But he took her into the right dress shop, helped her look for the dress and asked 100 times 'is this it?'. Then he had to ask the shop assistant for assistance and made her try on the chosen dress. Difficult for both of them as he hates dress shopping and she is painfully, debilitatingly shy. But a purchase was made and they both got home unscathed. A surprising first for him and shows the difference in parenting your third child.  She is growing up in a house as the youngest child and getting more attention than the others ever enjoyed now that Hayley is far away and Callum is far away in his own way.

I am now psyching myself up for a group of her friends to come over, to celebrate her 17th birthday. I'll let you know how that goes...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Why I dont jog...

Jogging is a dangerous past time.

Sure you can get fit if you engage in regular jogging sessions. You can meet some great like-minded people who are in to fitness and a healthy lifestyle. You might even lose some weight or challenge yourself like never before. But be warned...jogging is dangerous.

Whenever you see a startling headline associated with runners and crime they are always...JOGGING.

"Joggers find body in park" (last week in Melbourne on the Tan track where I have run before)

"Jogger gets attacked" (also in Melbourne and they went on to warn women not to wear headphones while running)

"Jogger is hit by car"

"Woman is mauled by dog on her morning jog"

and recently I saw "Jogger found an abandoned baby" and "2 Joggers chased by a bear" (U. S. headlines)

I started running not jogging 3 years ago with a walk/run program, and have built up to running in 10k events and completed a half marathon last October. I love running. I still get out of breath and often procrastinate when it is cold or rainy but I still love it. The feeling when you are finished is phenomenal. But I don't like the inference that I am jogging as it seems as if you aren't trying or aren't doing it properly. I haven't seen any headlines that associate crime and running, you don't see "Runner abducted while running". The implication is joggers are slow and runners are not.
I have found the running community is very supportive and I try not to put myself in dangerous situations. I usually run with my Running Buddy, never at night and our trails are not remote at all. Traffic can be a bit hairy and I once nearly got hit by the ambulance coming out of it's driveway (I was too speedy because I was running). We also came across someone lying on the grass at our usual track on a very hot day so I stopped to see if he was OK. He was just resting while looking slightly dead.

If I was to come across a body or a baby I want the headline to read "Runner finds..."