Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sandy Point Half Marathon & a PB

I hadn't planned on running the Sandy Point Half Marathon, but a friend who lives that way who is newish to running events talked me into it  encouraged me to do it with her.

We ended up having a hectic day prior with a celebratory lunch with my aunt & uncle (& cousin's) who've just sold their house.  Plumbing Boy had to collect his Mum from the other side of town while I got a few chores done.  Next we had to pick up some furniture & drop it off in a friends garage, then back over the other side of town to drop of the MIL & then head to friends around the corner for our god daughters 20th birthday dinner.  

It wasn't the kind of day I would normally plan leading up to an event - despite having run quite a few half marathon events now I still get quite nervous & anxious if things aren't well organised.  That day was what you would call organised chaos!  Plus we didn't get home til 11.00pm & we had a 5.30am alarm to get up to!

Had arranged to pick up running friend at 7.50am - who wasn't ready.  Her hubby & their 3 kids + another friend had planned on walking/running the 5km, but hubby was out injured with a bad back, so was to hang out with PB holding the excess clothes.  BTW, plaster cast comes off in 4 weeks, no plates or pins required after seeing the specialist, but cant get back on his dirt bike until 12 weeks from date of break.

I had to go out to the car & wait with PB & do some deep breathing as friends decided now we'd all go together & things were somewhat frantic inside getting kids dressed & shoes on.  I hate being late & when running an event, NEED to be there at least 30 minutes before the start!  So yes, I was a bundle of anxiety.  It wasn't pleasant.

We made it to the event with 10 minutes to spare.  A friend of a friend was also running the event & spotted me as we arrived so had a quick chat with her, which was lovely & calming!!!  The sun was out, the sky was blue, the breeze light.  Ditched my jumper with a couple of minutes to spare as we headed to the starting chute.  

Running friend is a little faster than me so we started out together, but I told her to take off & run her own race!  I'm not one for chatting while running anyway - apart from the fact it's hard!!!  I prefer to listen to my music.  First km was a little fast & I had to slow myself down as I'd have run out of legs at that pace (5.15).  Settled into the run & found myself running faster than I thought I should, & several times had to slow the pace just a little.  A pace of 5 minutes 30 seconds per km would have given me a PB, so was aiming for just under that.

Spotted running friend & friend of friend between the 9 & 10km markers heading back - they were about a km or so ahead of me as expected.  We yelled out to each other with a wave & a smile & continued our respective runs.  It was pretty much at this point that I conceded believed I was in with a good chance of running a personal best!  So long as my knee held up I'd be OK.

I decided to wear my Kayano 20's on this run.  They had 550kms on them prior to the event.  I usually retire them from running at around the 600km mark & just wear them for gym or to work.  The Kayano's are a stability shoe for mild pronation.  The Nike Lunar Glides I wore for the marathon & the last half of marathon training are more of a neutral shoe & while I was fitted for them in store, it has more recently occurred to me that no amount of fitting in store will take into account body fatigue towards the end of a long run.

After a chat with my acupuncturist recently about ITB in my body & the order of muscle fatigue, it had me thinking about needing to wear the more stable shoe at distance & leave the neutral shoe for shorter distances & speed work.  So I decided to test the theory out & am happy to report NO KNEE PAIN AT ALL!!!! And a PB!!!!!!  I came in at 1 hour 53 mins & 35 seconds pace 5.22 (previous PB 1:56:11).

Powered the last 5kms home, reeling in a few runners who'd passed me earlier.  I'd line one up & decided that by the next km I would overtake them.  Definitely helps keep your mind busy!  There were a few runners who over took me too, but I was very happy with the strong finish including overtaking a guy in the finishing chute!  Heard PB & co cheer me over the finish line & also saw friend of friend immediately after & had a chat to her & her hubby & kids.  

I quite like the smaller events, although there is nothing quite like the Melbourne Marathon with people lining the streets & cheering you the whole way!  There were still a few kids out giving high fives at this event & I made an effort to oblige all!  Including cheering on some of the volunteers who were giving runners a cheer & clap on the way past.

Spent the afternoon with our friends having a BBQ & celebrating PB's all round with a few glasses of bubbles!  Missed out on soaking in the tub Sunday night & was quite stiff on Monday.  My legs still haven't recovered I don't think!  Saturday was a HARD 14kms with legs protesting every step of the way & SLOW (we shall call it an Everest run Carol!!)!!!!

Taper is now on for the Warrnambool Athletic's Half Marathon in a couple of weeks.  Not sure I'll be able to pull off another PB, but have rewarded myself with new shoes (Kayno 21's).

Friday, August 21, 2015

Broken Wing

We has a broken wing in the house.  Had to happen one day I suppose & could have been so much worse.  Plumbing boy came off his dirt bike on the weekend while I was doing very important stuff at the Melb Uni open day with my niece.

Luckily he was riding with mates who helped him get back on the bike (which he rode back to the car), followed him back, helped him get out of his armour/boots/riding gear etc & back into his normal clothes & put his bike back in the vehicle.  They advised him to head to the nearest country hospital about 20 minutes away, but to stop on the way for food & a paper as there is often a wait.

Said hospital didn't have staff available for Xray so he headed for Ballarat rather than back to Melbourne wanting to avoid our local hospital!!!  Tells me he drove 1 handed AND ate his sandwich on the way.  Must have been the adrenalin.  He finally let me know what had happened after he'd had an Xray to confirm he had indeed broken the radius at the base of the thumb.

Sent me text at 4pm with the above picture of his cast promising me he was right to drive himself home.  The irony I suppose for those who don't know is the vehicle he drives dirt biking..............

It's an ex ambulance & was well entertained telling people he arrived in it, while driving it!!!  And yes, it's an auto.  He had a fairly sleepless night Sunday & by noon Monday the adrenalin had completely worn off was starting to wish he'd gotten his script filled for some pain relief.  I sorted him out & after a decent sleep was back to his usual self.  He stopped wearing the sling today.

Convinced him to see a specialist in Melbourne who referred him for a CAT scan yesterday, then has a follow up appointment next week to review them & decide if pins & plates are required.  Otherwise I'll be duct taping plastic bags for the next 6 weeks.  He's already learned how to pull his sock on by himself.  Not so good with buttons LOL.  Luckily he's right handed & it's his left he broke.

In other news,  well, there is not much of it!!!  Still running, but gym has taken a back seat this week as my work load has increased somewhat looking after the broken winged boy.  I'm running the Sandy Point half marathon on Sunday & have the Warrnambool Athletic's half coming up in September.  It's all systems go!  Then it will be packing & moving. Yikes!!!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Age Run Melbourne Wrap

Despite my worry about the weather forecast for the run & the reinstatement of the words "hail & 40km per hr winds" back into said report, Sunday dawned rain & wind free!  It had rained heavily during the night but I didn't sleep too badly considering.  

As a runners world magazine subscriber I was lucky enough to be invited to the Runners World VIP tent where you can check in your bag to them (instead of Fed square where they are out in the open) & partake in free coffee, snacks, massages after your event + receiving a show bag.

I had arranged to meet up with 2 friends who were running the event; one had planned on running with me as we were similar pace, but time & technology were against us & I headed to the starting line as she was checking her dry clothes in (lucky I didn't run with her as she came in almost 8 minutes ahead of me!!)

I felt calm before the start & was chatting with other runners & tried to keep warm leaving my jumper on til the last minute (all clothing left at the start line was donated to charity).  Finally we were off.  I started my watch & cranked up the tunes.  I'm currently running with a shuffle & am enjoying the randomness of the tunes.  First up was a cover by Courtney Barnett - Hoodoo Guru's: Everybody Moves (sung with Dave Faulkner) - a Aussie band's tune, sung by a Melbourne chick while running past Finders Street Station (main train station) - no hail & a light breeze - I was grinning from ear to ear thinking about what a lovely morning for a run it was & how happy I was to be alive & a Melbournian!!

The route went like this & all as well until around 15kms in when my right knee started with the stabbing knife like pain. Arghhhh.  This made me pretty upset & I was worried I was going to have to stop & walk.  I tried to relax my body, as ITB pain is caused by the tightening of this band of fibre & just kept going.  The pain did subside & I managed to make it through with a sub 5 minute last km.  Overall pace was 5.33, finishing time was 1hr 57 minutes 56 seconds.  No PB - need 5.29 pace to achieve that!!  Maybe in September :-)

Caught up with first friend after the run for coffee, then we decided to have a glass of champers to celebrate as we'd defrosted by then, + Transport Bar had opened & her kids had discovered the ping pong table!  Missed friend number 2 by 20 minutes - she thought I'd have been long gone (me looking at sub 2 hours & she around 4 hours having not done a lot of training for the event & having lots of planned walk breaks).  Next time.  I didn't take any pictures & there were only 2 official ones which weren't much chop.  I have only the dodgy one Plumbing Boy took at home before I left.....I am loving those leopard skin tights (way better than skins or TXU's I recon to run in - they are Running Bare brand)!!!

Came home & had a lovely long Epsom salts bath, rolled, stretched, donned the recovery skins & spent the rest of the day pottering about the house doing domestic chores & making home made PIZZA.  Yes grumpy cat - there was pizza involved & it was delicious!!!

All in all the event was well organised, there was plenty of entertainment on the course & not as many bottle necks as the last time I ran it - maybe I'm just getting a little more relaxed at events & able to enjoy them a bit more!!!!  The only downside is the cold - I really struggle pre & post event to keep warm/warm up.  The medals aren't as good as the October Medibank event, but hey, a medal is a medal & I'm not going to complain.  Not sure what I'm going to do with the hot pink head band that was in my show bag though LOL!  Any takers??

Thursday, July 23, 2015


The contract has been signed & the deposit has been paid however the property is still listed as for sale on - do you think I should be worried?  The agent sent us a picture yesterday of the sold sticker on the board in front of the property so I'm hoping there will be no problems!!!! EDIT today it says under contract & the auction date is gone.  She's old, but has potential!!!

As per previous posts, Plumbing Boy & I are going to move into a house with his 90 year old Mum.  The place she's bought has a spacious granny flat with full kitchen facilities, lounge room, dining area & of course ensuite with a big walk in shower.  I think it will need new curtains, however she may like the lace ones currently adorning the windows - she's decided she will live in the granny flat & we will live in the main house which is in the inner west, 7 kms from the CBA, almost bayside (Newport). 

I don't think I'll rest easy until settlement on the 1st of October, so bare with me while I try not to think about it too much until then!! I am looking forward to a long hot summer of being outdoors & pottering about in the garden.  I want to grow some tomato's & basil.  And put in an apple tree :-)

Not much else to report.  Still traipsing back & fourth between here & the MIL's to take her to do various things; although she is quite capable when she wants to be - took herself off in a taxi on Sunday to go shopping for a new bed, which she's ordered, forgetting settlement isn't until October.

Still running & training.  Running a half marathon event on Sunday.  At least the weather forecast has removed hail from the description today, although still says snow above 600 metres.  I think I should be safe enough in the city to avoid snow.  Wish me luck - it's gonna be a chilly start!!!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Another week

Another week has marched on by - time just goes so quickly!!  I had the pleasure of catching up with these lovely ladies last Friday night - bloggers of old, both of whom sadly no longer blog!!!  I can't even remember one of the blogger tag names so you'll get neither!!!!  The blogs were Pretty If & Dont Weight Until It's Too Late however.

Not much really has happened other than the usual domestic chores below - this week's lunches; wood box refill & kindling chopped.

Mucking about on snap chat with my niece (pre & post run)....

And some sweat.  I've been a bit slack with the training this week - I hate winter.  I'll be lucky to leave the building next week - forecast tops of 11 degrees C.  Urgh.

The big news is that we will be moving soon from our cubby house as I like to call it (2 bedroom unit very close to work) into a proper house with Plumbing Boy's Mum (read last week's post if you want to know why!).  We've been house hunting & have found something on our side of town with a granny flat that we are all in agreement that could work.  Just have to secure it.  EEEEK.  I am looking forward to having an out door area & growing some basil & tomato's!!! & being able to sit outside in the sun (if it ever comes back).   

Friday, July 3, 2015


What's been happening fellow bloggers???  I've been rather busy myself.  Plumbing Boy's Mum has found herself living on her own unexpectedly at 90.  The family member who had been living with her & helping her for the past 3 years moved out 9 days ago with no notice; so we have been busy driving back & forth across town to help her out, keep her company & take her to her some appointments.  

She cant drive any more, but can catch a taxi to & from when required (although she does object to the expense LOL).  She is OK living on her own (got the OK from her Dr), & truthfully, she seems happier within herself than she has been in years!  I think her medication is finally right & she is enjoying having her house back to herself.  But there are limitations to her ability - if she wasn't so elderly she would be having both a hip & shoulder replacement.  She'd probably survive the surgery, but not the rehab afterwards, so her medical team just wont go there. So it's pain & limited ability management.  Changes are a coming;  but more on that next week.

Other than that, we had my niece stay last Friday night & after taking the MIL out for lunch Saturday & to do a little shopping, PB dropped us off in the city to have a wander around Spencer DFO before her Dad arrived to pick her up.  She shouted me afternoon tea - well, a cuppa & we shared these divine creations!!

I then headed to The Retreat Hotel in Brunswick where I met PB & 6 other friends for dinner.  Below is one of my mates from high school - hadn't seen him for maybe 8 months.  He, I and another friend kicked on after dinner staying to see the band & then danced up a storm for a couple of hours.  PB was dirt bike riding so went home shortly after dinner leaving us to it.  My calf muscles were killing me for 2 days afterwards.  No, I wasn't wearing heels - I was in sneakers.  But there was lots of jumping & bouncing up & down on the dance floor!!!!

Woke up starving the next morning (& may have had a slight headache).

 We got the fire back back up & running the weekend before last, then this week the biggest & favourite (because it's next to the couch) hydronic panel split open!!!  I was out for a change when it happened & PB had mopped up most of the mess by the time I got home.  The last 2 x panels split when I was home alone - both within 2 weeks of each other a couple of years ago!

We also had my aunt visit for a night & she had a car load of stuff she no longer needs.  But apparently I need a cherry piper for when I make cherry clafoutis ; a soup terrine; the jug apparently fits a 1 litre bottle of wine - my aunt said for when you have guests & you don't want them to see the label of your cheap red!  Decant it into the jug & all is well she said!!; you can never have too many power boards or napkins she said;  & a good book to read.  There was more, but I didn't photograph it :D

 And more clowning around on snapchat with my niece.  I need to spell check before sending as you will see.  Do you like my new reading glasses???

There was indeed a nutella donut found in the fridge - PB bought it back from a job - the client gave it to him.  I had half.  Not sure I'd pay for one, but the chocolate was good.  Apparently they are the latest thing here.........

I have started at a new gym & with a new PT.  My old PT who I'm still training with spasmodically (when he's free) has started a new non gym related job as he transitions to the next phase in his life (more about that much later when I can reveal) which leaves him with little time & only my goodself left as a PT client.

My old gym was a short term contract - basically ended when my PT moved on.  I have actually joined the gym where he trains, & it is fabulous!  It's medium sized & designed for athletes.  It's not too busy - haven't had to wait for any equipment or space; the members are all serious about bettering themselves as athletes - no meat heads, grunting & dropping weights all over the place; it's only a couple of years old so all the equipment is really new & is well maintained; it has very cool equipment; it has an altitude training room!!!  

I felt a bit intimidated in the beginning - I don't consider myself an athlete at all & thought I'd be out of place there, but after a week or so I'm feeling quite at home.  Everyone goes about their training respectfully of others & I'm starting to meet some of the regulars - getting a smile & a wave here & there.  And like I said, it's not super busy - maybe not so good for the business, but great for me as it means I'm more open to trying different things due to lack of said audience!

I've started with a PT there; first time with a chick PT.  She is professional, organised & focused.  I think she will be good for me.  Time will tell - everyone is on best behaviour to start with.  She also has an awesome physique herself - I want her buns!!!!!  & her upper body strength!!!!!! I watched her jump up & grab the handles on one of the machines & smash out 5 pull ups with no body swing at all while she was training last week!

I ran this morning - weather app said it was 3 degrees outside but "feels like 1.7" - the last pic is post run @ 5.30am today!!!  I was actually quite hot when I finished, but definitely needed all layers, gloves & beanie!!  It's gonna be a long winter.  Yes I know, could be worse, at least we don't have snow.  I much much much prefer the warmer weather!!!  I'd rather melt than freeze.  I think I'm gonna be one of those seniors who move north for the winter :-)

Monday, June 15, 2015


Thought I'd better do a quick update to let you know I'm still in the land of the living; although no internet for a whole week almost sent me to an early grave!!

So.  What's been happening since the marathon you ask? Well.  I had my niece visit who's hooked me up with snapchat, so there have been all sorts of dorky pictures flying back & forth between us, for example...

I'm still learning how to work it.  Our fire box (like an open fire but behind glass) broke last week - the baffle (a big metal plate) fell down on the inside rendering it useless. Plumbing Boy has replaced this before & when he went to measure it up found the back of the box had rust holes in it.  

So, despite being bloody cold all week, we could have also been allowing carbon monoxide into the room & the potential for sparks to have set the place on fire even more dire.  If you have this type of heating I urge you to have a good look inside when the fire is out & make sure the metal is sound!!!

There has been cooking:


(mini quiche's without pastry front; protein muffins rear)


My niece came to visit one weekend & I promised her we'd have a go at soufflĂ©'s as she'd tried once before at home without luck.  They turned out well, but sunk pretty quickly; according to the big name shown on TV at the moment too much egg white causes them to sink quickly due to lack of structural support.  Good to know!!!  Less egg white next time!!

And two work birthdays; good old sponge cake & today we had a raw vegan hazelnut cheese cake!  The birthday boy had been requesting nuttella cheese cake for ever, so I had a look at a healthier alternate making 12 x muffin sized ones instead of a whole cake.  There were exactly 2.5 pieces left at 9am (I ate my half piece earlier just in case they were ALL gone by smoko).   

The weekend my niece stayed we were lucky to be given a gift voucher for a 9 course Japanese dinner in the city....

The long weekend PB went dirt bike riding so I had the house to myself for a couple of days/nights & indulged myself a little; but really really missed my furball.

And after all that food (& drink) of course there has been running!!!  Not so far yet: ran 15km on the flat last weekend & tackled my first lot of hills with 10km this Saturday just gone.  Am hoping to run the half marathon distance next weekend (21.1km).

These were taken 2 weeks apart - but the weather was fab both days, despite it being a little chilly at the moment!! 

There as actually a frost this Saturday morning & I ran wearing my (insert cheap name supermarket) $3-00 snow gloves!!!!

And finally, my cousin sent this to me after finding it in some old photos.  I suspect I may have had a few wines judging by my rosy cheeks!!  This was taken maybe 17 years ago!!!!

Hope you all have a good week & if you are in Melbournetown, that you keep warm!!!!!  I'll be in my thermals at home awaiting the fire box repairs!!!!!!!