Friday, November 30, 2012

Imagine my Surprise.........

Went for a run last Friday morning (this is how busy I've been that I'm blogging it a week later), first 6.5km in a while.  It was pitch black when I set out, but by the last km before home, it was quite light.  I was cruising along with the end almost in sight, when a motorist started to pull over next to me.  A middle aged bloke, winding down his window, a little creepy.  I took out an ear bud as he was gesturing & speaking, to hear him saying to me "watch out, there is a naked boy ahead.  Someone should call the police".  Ah, OK, I say as he drives off.

I look up ahead, but can't see anything & continue along pondering a naked little kid in a front yard somewhere up ahead.  About 200 metres later, I clock him.  Taller than me, I'd say around 6 feet.  Butt naked.  I go to cross the street, but he beats me to it.  I stay on my side wondering what to do.  He's not staggering, but looks to be a little wonky.  He crosses back to my side, then back to the other side.  This street is a main thoroughfare, with 2 lanes of traffic each way, with clearways during peak hour.  The buses have started too.  I decided that it might be a good idea to call 000.  

While on the phone to the police dispatch person, naked man crosses again & starts walking back towards me.  Uh Oh.  I walk down a side street & duck into the car parking spaces behind a block of 4 units to continue my call.  Probably not the smartest place to hide as if he'd come around the corner & spotted me, I didn't really have anywhere to go.  I'd have to hope the people in the units were home & come to my rescue!  Ooops.

Dispatch asked me if he looked drug or alcohol affected - my response was "I'm not getting close enough to be able to answer that question".  They also asked me if he had a weapon.  "None that I could see" was my response.  The only time I saw him front on he had his hands cupping his wobbly bits!  I'm pretty sure he wasn't carrying any sort of weapon!!!

He could have been anywhere between 16 & 30, judging by his skin - didn't look old & crinkly anyway.  Had his head down & lots of dark shaggy hair, so I couldn't see his face.  He didn't seem to be battered, bruised or bleeding; I was more concerned that he'd get hit by a bus of car as he really wasn't paying much attention to the traffic.  I don't think he'd been accidentally locked out of the house in the nude if you get what I mean!!!

I asked dispatch if they wanted me to hang around, the guy said no, keep on my way & stay safe - I'd explained I'd been running.  I carefully peeked back out onto the street & naked guy had crossed back again & was heading away from me.  So I took off back down the side street & took the back streets home.  A taxi had actually pulled into the side street & done a u turn & headed towards naked guy as I left so maybe the cabbie was going to check on him.

I was almost home when my phone rang.  It was the local constabulary.  The policeman said to me laughing, "So, you've reported a naked man..." ah, yes.  So I explained the whole situation again how the motorist had initially flagged me down while running etc.  The  policeman was in stitches & said they'd send a car straight away.  I haven't heard any more since then.  Nothing on the news or local paper about it, so I hope they found him & returned him safely home!

It makes for a funny story to tell, but at the end of the day he's still someone's son & it would have been awful if he'd been hurt!  When I come home from my morning runs I usually give Plumbing Boy stats of what I saw - usually 1 cat, no dogs, old walking guy, lots of snails.  Now I'm adding in NO Naked peeps (or calls to 000)!

PS Ute - your EMU reminded me to blog this!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Results are in!  

Official time is 35:39 & I came in @ 1,597 out of approximately 4,500 runners in the 6km event.  Results were emailed in an alphabetical format - the highest number I spotted was 4451 (can't be bothered trolling through to find the exact number or runners).  

There were 11,792 competitors across 4 events (12km run, 12km wheel chair, 6km run & 6km family walk) with $503,092-00 raised for the children's wing of the Geelong hospital.

I have no idea if they recorded age group results or not.  I ran a slow 6km on Friday night at 38:32 so am pretty happy considering that was supposed to be slow & on flat ground.  

Race day I had hills & 4,500 other runners to dodge!!! :0)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fun Run 18/11/12

One of my friends said to me "those are two words that just don't go together Cat!  Fun & Run!".  Although she did say afterwards, 20 years ago she'd have been the first to put up her hand & go running.  Funny how times have changed - I was the one trying to avoid sport & PE at all costs back then.

We were up at the crack of dawn - 5.45am as I had to collect my race number prior to 8am.  Plumbing Boy was Mr Taxi & chief support person - backpack/clothing holder & putter upperer of cranky me the night before (that's another story in itself - his dinner cooking didn't quite go to plan & I'm a bit of a control freak in my own kitchen).  

Made it to Geelong & found a park without too much stress as the event organizers were in the process of closing of some of the streets on arriving making navigation a little trickier.  We were within a block of the event when the 12km runners took off (7.40am) & could hear the PA & see them taking off!  

Collected race number & installed without ado, then hung about watching all the people til my starting time.  It had been pouring with rain on our way down to Geelong (50 minute drive) & PB was a bit annoyed that I didn't pack my rain coat!  Lucky for me, it stopped as we hit Lara & the sun came out.

The event was very well organised; lots of information explaining how the event would operate & signs instructing you where to go.  The starting chute was organised into 5 speed zones with signs showing where to line up according to your estimated speed.  

Finally it was time to line up -  I was in the 3rd wave of runners 35mins - 45mins.  The first group was sub 25 minutes, then 25 - 35, 35 - 45, 45 - 55, 55+.  Although the sun had made an appearance, the sea breeze was still quite chilly & I was reluctant to take off my jumper!  Once I was nestled in with the masses, I was nice & warm & we all eagerly awaited the start.

We took off in waves & it was a little difficult to find a clear path to run as there were just so many people.  It wasn't til I rounded the first corner into Moorabool street (& the first hill) that I had true perspective of the numbers.  As far as I could see was a sea of runners taking up both sides of the street which was pretty awesome!  There were families, kids, friends & all giving it a go.  That was the fun part!  I kind of felt a bit special doing the run with so many other people. The first wave had already rounded the corner: there were runners everywhere!

Most of my outdoor training is done on flat ground; with hill training done on the treadmill.  While Moorabool Street isn't that steep, it has a long steady incline for the best part of a km!  There were a few more gentle rises & another hill closer to the finish line.  Spectators were out on the street the whole way around cheering on family & friends.  The second half of the course was through Eastern Park & I could see the bay.  Just beautiful.  I even tried to run in the shade I was that hot!

I ran pretty hard the whole way around & started to feel a little knee pain in the last km, maybe the hills?  I don't know.  The last 200m was down hill & on flat ground.  My mate D came to see me cross the finish line - while I saw neither D or PB at the finish - was concentrating too hard on crossing the line & not crashing into the chick who'd stopped dead in front on me - I did spot D pretty much straight afterwards :-)  

I'm still waiting on the official result; my watch said 35.33 although I think I hit stop at the first timing speed bump instead of the second which means I should probably add 10 - 20 seconds!  The results are supposed to be in the Geelong Advertiser today, click on the link to see the wave of runner on Moorabool Street! & on the RunGeelong website tomorrow so will update when I get them!

Here is a dodgy pic PB took on my phone to prove I actually did the run!  Was taken after I'd cooled down & needed my Jumper back on!  Miss D took a much better pic, but I can't for the life of me make my phone allow me to save it (was emailed).  I was more than happy with the time & it was as expected if not a little better.  I had no idea about how the first 1/2km would be affected by all the other runners & also how much the hills would slow me down.   I always have the road or treadmill to myself!  It felt good though to be part of something much bigger & think I'll be sticking to charitable fun runs from now on!

The 10km I did previously was more for serious runners; definitely more competitive & not so much fun, unless you were part of the "group" or a regular to this organisation I guess.  I wasn't made feel unwelcome by any means, but it wasn't as a friendly event as the 6km.

The 6km had more of a carnival feel with stalls (coffee, goods, advertising etc), kids rides & someone (Billy Brownless I think!) entertaining us on the microphone giving a bit of a commentary (& instructions) throughout the event.  It certainly made for a far more festive event.

In hindsight, there were things I did & didn't do that contributed to having a bad 10km experience which I was able to remedy for the 6km, which contributed having a better run.

1. Breakfast.  Normally I jump out of bed & run, eat breaky post run.  I applied this to the 10km, however getting up at 6.30am for an 8am start with no food didn't really work.  I should have gotten up 1/2hr earlier & eaten.

2. Mints.  Stupidly I scoffed a couple of mints just before the 10km which made my mouth dry & just bloody Yuk for the whole 10km.  This time nothing but small sips of water.  I did brush my teeth both times (can't run with dirty teeth in the morning!) & the toothpaste doesn't bother me.  Must have been the sugar &/or chemicals in the mints.  I had sinusitis & was feeling bad breathy which was why I ate them!

3. Injury.  I was still a bit injured for the 10km maybe should have switched to the 5km, but as they say, you never know til you give it a go.  I hurt the whole way through the 10km.  The camber of the road on the 10km was against me; the 6km there was lots of road & on some occasions surfaces to choose from.

4. Nerves.  I was really nervous for the 10km & put a fair bit of pressure on myself.  I was nervous for the 6km too, but more about attempting to run with so many other people & more "what if someone I know sees me"!  Yes, a bit stoopid!.

5. Understanding the course.  At the 10km, the half marathoners started off in 1 direction at the same time as the 5 & 10km runners in the other direction.  I did ask a group of 3 chicks near me if I was pointed in the right direction for the 10km, they said yes, unless you want to run the half (event instructions & organisation was very poor according to PB).  For the first 5km I was so stressed I was in the 1/2 marathon group & that I'd stuffed the whole bloody thing up.  I'm much better when I am sure of what's going on.  My inner control freak.  I got PB to check the instructions for the 6km & make sure I was in the right place in the right group pointing in the right direction at the right time.  This is why I am definitely going to run the half of the course I don't know @ Warrnambool prior as a general training run.

All in all it was an enjoyable experience & am now looking forward to training for & completing the 10km in January!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

AutoCad 2007 Help!

Is anybody out there proficient in AutoCad2007???  Plumbing needs some help with his As Built drawings!!!

Any assistance is greatly appreciated!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Running Update

Training schedule is up on the running page for those of you who are interested!.  I'm still tweaking it a bit - would like to fit in a cycle as well, but we'll see.  Friday nights are not conducive to exercise.  But, with longer runs scheduled for Saturday mornings, perhaps cycling instead of wine on Friday nights will work out just fine!  LOL.  

Geelong 6km this Sunday.  Plumbing boy is coming along for moral support.  Sort of!  His mate who broke his leg dirt bike riding with him 8? weeks ago is coming in to have a beer or 3 & breakfast/brunch/lunch with him.  As he can drive now in his space boot (although I think he has to use his crutch to push in the clutch!) he's able to get out a bit more as is going a bit stir crazy at home.  They're planning on going to "Lingy's Bar" I think.

This weekend gone PB & I celebrated our anniversary. It was 20 years ago last month that we met & pretty much started going out from that date & tomorrow is our 3rd wedding anniversary.  

I booked us a night in a fancy hotel in the city, dinner at Nobu followed by Ben Harper (acoustic show) to celebrate.  Wow on all accounts.  The food at Nobu was so so so good.  And Ben Harper...........he was the most generous & humble performer I've had the pleasure to see.  

He played for an hour, went off stage & came back for what we thought was the encore; then played for another 2 hours & 20 minutes.  Unheard of.  He had around 10 or 12 guitars/dobros/lutes/lapsteels, a piano & a xylophone.  

For his last tune, he grabbed his ukulele & chair, placed it on the very edge of the stage & without a microphone or amp he played this: simply beautiful!

In some ways 20 years has gone so quickly; it seem like just yesterday we met.  Other times it seems like forever.  But I guess its pretty good achievement really!

Friday, November 2, 2012

No Title

Was gonna use last weeks' title again! TGIF!  This week for some reason has gone forever.  Went out for dinner mid week (MIL's 88th birthday) & got home quite late which probably was the culprit.  Need my sleep.

MIL had decided to give up driving on her birthday, not sure whether that has eventuated or not.  Earlier in the week she mentioned on the phone to me that she's been out for lunch on 1 occasion & taken for a drive on another occasion the EX she has a modified restraining order against.  Shakes head.  Apparently on both occasions he asked if he could come home.  She said she has (other) DIL living with her & looking after her as she's not well enough to look after herself, so there is no possible way she could look after him.

She's a better woman than I.  She feels sorry for him & worries about him being all alone in the nursing home & is now blaming his family for putting him somewhere where there is "nothing to keep him alive".  Apparently no activities.  I did point out that they (& she) tried to get him into various places (which did have lots of activities), but he wasn't interested so you can hardly blame them.  But she's elderly & has short term memory issues as it is, asides the selective memory factor!

Dinner went well though; Chinese in the burbs.  MIL & other DIL had battered sweet & sour scallops.  I'm a bit of a food snob I spose & I shudder just thinking about the concept, so apologies in advance if you're thinking YUM!  Yuk Yuk Yuk!  I'm all for the concept of sweet & sour, but that usually involves salt to: not that pink sauce! 

Plumbing boy & I shared a sizzle platter of chili beef n veg, dry fried salted calamari & some garlicy greens.  I had a side of hot chili sauce.  At some point I must have gotten the chili on my finger then touched the side of my nose which in turn made said snoz unbearably itchy & everyone was laughing at me while I rubbed & scratched!!!

Ran a PB time this morning: 5.5km @ 29.59 mins.  Previous PB was last week @ 30.10mins.  I'd been getting a little disheartened as I though my previous PB was 29.30 ish, but that was at 4.5kms!  I got very excited when I realized I've actually been shaving time off for the past couple of weeks.  That renewed my enthusiasm for the upcoming 6km.  While there may be a hill or 2, the time shouldn't be too awful.  So long as I finish it & don't come last I don't care!!!

Registered & paid for the 10km Warrnambool SurfTSurf January 6th which is 10 weeks away already!  Have drafted up a bit of a training schedule, but not quite sure the best way to structure it.  Will put it up on the running page next week so you can make sure I'm doing my training!!!

Off to see the lovely Miss D tomorrow night.  She has a big back yard with grass & trees & I'm hoping the weather will be fine enough for me to lay out in the sunshine & feel the grass on bare skin!  I actually got sunburned last weekend - the sun was hot at 10am so I put sunscreen on my face so all good.  The scoop of my tee was neglected however & went bright red (all faded now & no peel), so I will be double applying the sunscreen before going out in said sun. 

K.  I'd better get back to work.  Have a great weekend where ever you are.  If you are in Melbs & heading to the races, hope you back a winner; or at enjoy a day out!