Monday, February 23, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Beach

So. We went to the beach.  Not Bora Bora unfortunately, but the south east coast of New South Wales.  Pambula/Merimbula, actually.  We stayed in a lovely holiday house 2kms walk from Pambula & 4kms walk from Merimbula, with a 1 km walk to the back beach that runs between the two.

As I've been back a week already & no updates here due to drowning in paper work, I'll keep the words to a minimum & let the pictures do the talking.  Sorry to those on facebook - you'll have seen most of these already!!

We towed up Plumbing Boy's & his best mate's dirt bike with his best mate's trailer.  First stop was to get the spare fixed.

Which turned out not to be the spare after all.  The spare was on the trailer.  Luke we were only 1km out of a town that actually had an open repairer on a Saturday afternoon in a smaller country town.

9 hours later we arrived to rain.  Boo hoo.

 Our friends were still at the house with their pooch.  We left him at home & went out for dinner the first night.

First morning, we woke early & went for a walk into Pambula, then Pambula beach checking out the local wild life.
 Then back home along the back beach.  A lovely way to properly start our holidays after a day in the car with tyre issues!!!

Made it home then back to the beach with our friends for a dip, some frisbee & beach cricket.

 Spent most of the next day in bed reading my first book.  So inspirational!!

Out for icecream/gelato.

Started out well with the exercise, however that waned as time went on.  I actually had a really tight hamstring before we went resulting in pulling out of my last run & having to miss the weekend's long run after a visit to the physio.  A bit of a massage & some acupuncture, the verdict was I needed to stretch, roll & continue to strengthen weak glutes.  I guess I'd been a bit lazy with it all since the marathon, so have a couple of new rehab exercises to assist.

 Our friends departed on Wednesday, then we had the house to ourselves and the birds!!

 Took advantage of the deck despite the overcast weather; we had a top of 21 most days with showers.  I was glad that I packed my ugg boots.  Although I did get a little sun burnt laying out reading on the deck (as well as eating!!)

I decided to do my first ever Febfast & give up booze for the shortest month of this year, so ended the last day of January with Champagne in the bath....

& dinner out at a local pub.

Took a drive to Bermagui via Bombala on the 1/2 as the weather was a bit chilly & PB had a sore foot.

4 hours later we finally arrived for a late lunch of fish n chips.  Thankfully it was GOOD!!!!

Topped it off with salted caramel & boysenberry ice cream.  It wasn't that good :-(

 Loved hanging out with these guys - was hand feeding a number of them by the time we left.

 The cockatoo's didn't let me get that close, plus I value my fingers, so didn't attempt to hand feed these guys.

 Took a hike one day from Green Cape on the south side of Eden.  We clocked up 13kms in 4 hours - picked up the pace on the way back to the car as we were meeting a friend for lunch.  Thankfully we didn't see the Tiger snake or the Goanna some fellow walkers did see on the same trail.

But did see 3 Goanna's as we were driving back to Eden for lunch & had to stop for a photo or 5.

Did a little more reading

 And eating.....

Including a final feast for the rainbow lorrikeets!!!  Our friends left a fridge & freezer full of food & despite out best efforts, there was plenty left for the birds.

We came home a day early to catch up with some fellow Black Cat Track hikers & a day out at Somers which included a visit to the Museum at HMAS Cerberus  but that tale will have to wait for another day!!!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015


Be back in a couple of weeks.  Promise to eat lots of ice cream & have fish n chips on the beach.  And sleep, and read, & relax!!!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

GORM Training Update Week 2/20

Great Ocean Road Marathon Training Week 1: 5/1 - 11/1

Run 1: Tuesday PM 7kms Hills
Run 2: Thursday AM 5km fast
Run 3: Sunday AM 10km Surf T Surf Warrnambool

Other: 2 x PT Sessions (Monday & Thursday); 1 x own gym session. 

Feeling: Calm

Tuesday night was till pretty warm & I cut my run a bit short (5.75kms) - I did the loop in reverse & while the hill wasn't quite as steep it was twice as long!!!  I was having a melt down by the time I reached the top each time & was thinking "how am I going to run a hilly marathon if I can't run this little loop 6 times"!!!  The clincher was I was busting for a bathroom stop & there is no public toilet in walking distance of this route & I wasn't going to make like a bear.

Thursday's run was fine, no PB but a good early morning fast run.

It was my brother in law's 50th birthday party Saturday & I'd already registered for the Surf T Surf before my sister had decided on a party.  

It's not an expensive event, so I could have just not done it, but decided to treat it as a training run, not think about trying for a PB & to just run for the fun of it.  Looking ahead at the weather forecast, I wrote "Beanie" on things to pack for the weekend.  Saturday was supposed to be a top of 17.  We were lucky the rain held off.

There was plenty of food & of course cake.  But I forgot to take a picture of the pavlova's, trifle & fruit salad!

We got to test out Mum & Dad's new camper to sleep in

And spend some quality time with my niece & her cat Charlie.

The party was for lunch, although the Iast two guests showed up at 7pm!!  I managed to head off to bed by 9pm in a massive food coma having had a couple of glass of wine through out the day & plenty of water to hydrate.   I wasn't sure whether plumbing boy would accompany me or not considering the hour he came to bed & the snoring that followed.  Thank goodness I was able to sleep!!!  But as I was finishing my cup of tea, he showed signs of life although declining coffee wanting water only!!!

As the weather forecast was not looking good I decided to run in my marathon tshirt for some extra warmth.  Even though I left my jumper on til 5 minutes  before the start & handed it over to PB as I went looking for Carol in the starting corral, it took me 3 kms before my hands defrosted.

I did find Carol with about 20 seconds before we were off & gave her a fright as I tapped her on the arm with my cold hands!!  Luckily the rain held off & the sun came out & I was so hot I had to roll up my sleeves as you can see in the picture below taken by the local camera club (for a small fee).  They did a fabulous job :-)

I think this is the first time I actually looked around at the scenery as I ran - heading down the hill adjacent the cemetery to the Hopkins river was just beautiful as the water was glistening in the sunlight!!  Usually I'm on the verge of a panic attack worrying about my pace!!!!  The run was over pretty quickly & with a little help from my killing in the name of rah rah rah chant up the last longish hill, the dirty angel was in sight.  A bloke yelled out to me "not long to go now" I yelled back "& a nice long down hill!!"

You can make up half a minute on the Pertobe Road downhill at the end, not sure how close I'd come to 50 minutes I belted down as fast as my legs could carry.

Official time was 51.05.  I was really happy with that as I thought I'd be somewhere between 53 & 55 minutes.  Last years time was 49.27, the closest I'd managed since then was 52.54 in October.  My marathon running coach said it's my nemesis & all in my head being unable to crack the 50 minutes again so I was plenty happy with 51.05.

PB met me at the finish line bone cold having hastily dressed earlier so we took off straight away only stopping for take away coffee on the way back to my sisters.  More cake for morning tea (it was a Red Velvet with white chocolate & raspberry coulis) YUM; followed by the last of the left overs for lunch.

I ended up driving back to Melbourne while PB had a nap looking forward to a nice long epsom salts soak in the tub on arrival which I took full advantage off & finished my book while I was at it.

All in all a good weekend & a solid weeks training :-)