Sunday, May 07, 2006

Running may be all-consuming, but Sophie needs your prayers

As time is indeed a continuum, I will assume that -even though it's been some time since my last post - readers will pick up the thread imediately.
Running has been gooooood!
April ended up 290k, which is an all-time record for any month, and puts me YTD 45k in front of my best-ever year in 2004.
May has commenced well: 70k in 6 runs, including 16k yesterday through Rouse Hill and Beaumont Hills. Today's run was especially pleasing: 18k, backing up after yesterday's distance.
A new course, in fact probably a one-off. From home to Mrs BB's mum's house at Wentworthville. Fortunately much of it was bitumen, being on-road shared bikepath, or parts of the upcoming TWay buslink to Blacktown. Apart from a niggle in the right knee, my only other concern is mental degeneration. How else could I forget to use Bodyglide yesterday? We must have about 4 sticks of the wonder gel. About 13k into the run yesterday, I felt the results of not using it: very grazed underarm and chafed thighs. Yowee! Today, as well as the usual preparations (fill Fuelbelt, add sunscreen, pack mobile, farewell adoring family) I liberally applied Bodyglide to affected and unaffected areas, resulting in a comfortable, slick run.
Add a weights session later today, and the conclusion will be "healthy weekend".

Next week sees a couple of days in Melbourne for work. This time it's back to South Yarra for accommodation, so running will be at my second-favourite location in Australia. The Tan. Lovely course, traffic-free, great extension options if desired, and lots of other runners around to keep motivated. I'll run from hotel to Tan, do laps and return, making a satisfying 9k run. I'd love to get up at 5am and do 3 laps, but we'll see.
Saturday sees West Met #4 at Meadowbank : a great course, unlike West Met #3. It's flat, scenic, bitumen path and one that calls out for fast times. Looking forward to it.

Yesterday was YD's 6th birthday. Was it special? Yes indeed!
Presents and phone calls galore, a very special fairy party at Dural, and a 6 year old's dinner choice : cheese pizza, cordial and birthday cake. Upcoming milestones in May : BB's dad, and also BB.

On the books front, finished Sister Frevisse rather quickly and found it pretty good. It's now onto Sharon Penman's "The Prince Of Darkness", book 4 in her series starring Justin De Quincy, Queen's Man set in the reign of Richard the Lionheart. It's amazing how lovingly the British still think of Richard 1, even though he spoke French and rarely set foot in England. I still like the joke about him: rather than naming him Couer De Lion, it may have been better to have used Gare De Lyon (if only they had trains in the late 12th century).

Musically, well it's been a long 20 years, but worth the wait.
There are very few albums I still need to replace on CD, and those left are simply out of print. Happily, Harry Chapin's "Legends Of THe Lost And Found" live double album has been released by his family, and I have a copy. Just magnificent. If you're a fan, get it. If you don't know much of Harry, discover him quickly. BUT - at first just listen to him by yourself, with no distractions other than a brew or other beverage. You'll enjoy the stories, and perhaps think a little more kindly - or sadly.

And finally : while running produces heroics, and most runners would agree it brings out your character, this pales into insignificance beside the heroics of a wonderful little girl. Those in Sydney know her : Sophie Delezio. When she and her classmate Molly Wood were trapped under a burning, runaway car crashing into their childcare centre at Manly in Dec 2003, we were all shocked. Both were badly injured, and Sophie came off worst: both in hospital for ages with massive injuries. Sophie lost fingers, both feet and her right ear; burns to 85% of her body. Thirty operations. Yet she made it, and came out to greet the world, looking forward to life. The media kept up with her next two years, and she won over everyone with her infectious happiness and smile.
Sophie started Kindergarten this year. Yet somehow it all went wrong on Friday afternoon.
Sophie was critically injured again when a carer was crossing a pedestrian crossing with Sophie in a pram. A car driven by an 80 year old man failed to stop (he will face court next month), and plowed straight into her, hurling her 18 metres. She suffered a broken jaw and shoulder bone, bruising to her head, numerous rib fractures and bleeding around her left lung. At first, early reports said she would not survive.
But now, the news is better. She is at Randwick's Sydney Children's Hospital, and still unconscious in the ICU. But - and there is still a long way to go - hopefully she'll pull through.
Sydney - no, Australia - has rallied around this wonderful little angel and if there is such a thing as the power of prayer (and we believe there is) then she will fully recover.
Why not add yours to the 4,000 or more who have done so since Friday afternoon?


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