Sunday, June 15, 2008

The lightly tripping - fantastic

A few decent runs with 50k in five outings since last post. Eventful too.
* Tuesday 8k The Ponds after work, in the cold
* Wednesday rest day
* Thursday 10k lunchtime Western Sydney Parklands. I managed to trip over a cunningly-concealed metal hoop in the bark, centre of Eastern Rd. Result: nasty. Jogged to Softball centre, washed and removed skin from grazed elbow and thumb. Kept running though, but I'm not obsessive. Capped off the day with root canal work.
* Friday 10k The Ponds after work
* Saturday 10k The Ponds early on, then West Met #9 at Crestwood.

Managed 19:24 for the 4k, with a huge sprint against a fast-finishing lady over the last 150m. Split of 9:40 and 9:44, so pretty pleased to go under 5 min/km for this tough course. Especially on such a cold and windy day! Mate Joe went hard and cracked a PB of around 16:30. Great stuff...

* Sunday 11k The Ponds through the not-quite-opened path to Quakers Hill (a bit rough) and return. Great option for future runs.

Next race for me isn't until early July; I'll be missing the next one as Work is throwing a family movie afternoon - Kung Fu Panda. Still, a nice family afternoon. Hope there aren't any iguanas in the movie. Have to make sure we stay away from clubs. Wouldn't want to get into a fight with staff, or there might be affidavits and inquiries everywhere.

I suppose the only other political story of interest involves Peter Beattie being ropeable at suggestions he has poor taste in women. She doesn't sound very merry.

Some lurkers have commented on the Latin quotes at the end of each blog, and feel they may be overdone. I can only reply
Latine loqui coactus sum
"Exit, stage left"

Monday, June 09, 2008

14k? Right said Fred

Since last post, 132k in 13 runs. A bit freaky really, even with some ups and downs in the k stakes, I still average 10k/run. Unplanned too. The last few runs have brought the average up: 46k in 4. I noticed that only one of the 13 have been early in the morning (ie 6am) so I'm still managing to stay out of the unmotivating part of the year (dark, cold, wet).
Quite a few runs have involved the M7, as they've been lunchtime during the week. Additionally, I've tried Nurragingi and the Western Sydney Parklands, from Quakers Hill Parkway out to Great Western Highway.

The Long Weekend has proven to be decent for running: temperatures up a bit because of the rain, not too much of the rain while running, and some interesting courses: to Baulkham Hills, Beaumont Hills, and yesterday, Nurragingi.

Go Girl has proposed a Cool Runners West time trial; just like the monthly Bay Run 5k, only closer to here!
After some discussion on her thread, we have settled on Nurragingi, and on Sunday, Ratdog, Fred and I paced it out, mapped the course and the continued on to the WSP, completing a good 14k. Pleasant weather, and enjoyable company with runners' chat aplenty. We even spotted a black rabbit, possibly displaced from The Ponds by previously-mentioned foxy loxy.
Which was a thinly-disguised segue into the next bit: the family watched "Chicken Little" DVD this afternoon: quite enjoyable with YD thoroughly entertained.
I'm still plowing through Zamoyski's book: 460 pages down, 109 to go. Quite fascinating, but hardly light.
eBay has continued to assist our music collection, with a few B-52's CD's arriving recently. I decided to get these after buying Funplex, and realising I only had the greatest hits compilation. Scandalous! Just love Mesopotamia and Private Idaho. Oh, and Party Out Of Bounds...
I like to keep quiet about it (Tesso and Go Girl knew) but I celebrated, not too long ago, a significant birthday. While I'm getting on, at least I can jump up a category in fun runs, and draw inspiration from incidents like this.

ave atque vale

"Exit, stage left"