Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Apes UK tour...

The local band once called The Boo Hoo Hoos and now named APES are headlining a tour in the UK. 

Hayley is beyond excited to see them in London. She will be able to have a big dose of Aussie friends and music.

Whenever I saw the lead singer Ben making my latte at Baby 
Black cafe I wanted to tell him that Hayley was going to meet up with them in London but she wanted to surprise them by turning up all cool and say 'Hey, wad up' not really, she doesn't talk like that. So I had to be cool too and keep mum, all the time thinking to myself 'I have a secret...'

Huge kudos to them for such a great step in the journey to being famous rockstars. Or making a living at being musicians.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The weather is against me...

Time is ticking away.

The countdown is on.

We just wanted one more long run under our belts to feel really prepared for the half marathon but what with gale force winds combined with a hot Sunday it didn't happen.

Tonight after work I was all set to run but the wind picked up again and hail and thunderstorms put me off.

Big plans for next week when I begin 4 weeks leave.

Big Big Plans!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

I had a goal...

but I fell a bit short today.

We were entered in the Spring into Shape 10km challenge and while we should be adding more kms to our training we thought that this would be a speed challenge for us.

My goal was to run this one at 10km/hr pace and finish in just under 60 minutes. Anything with a 5 at the beginning would be trumps, I would settle for a 59:59 but it was not to be. The lovely course along the Yarra would see me finish in 1:01:13. I couldn't quite get my pace quick enough.
Running buddy was able to crack it though and our Pharmacist friend also blitzed out a 54 min time after we had to convince her to go the 10k distance and not settle for a 5k.

When I got home and loaded up my times from the Garmin I saw that Mel had also run locally this morning and did a really quick time. Our encouragement has seen her overtake anything we can do.

Just 3 weeks left til the Marathon, more training is needed.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Countdown to the marathon...

Just 4 weeks left til we run the half marathon in Melbourne. We have been training by running down Werribee Vale Rd and trialling GU chomps/water/gatorade.
We ran 18kms but after about 14k I felt tired and out of puff.
My colleague was very keen for us to try Black Water,
a product her sister in law is importing from Canada. We downed the water which your brain tells you is not good being so ink like but it has no taste, if you close your eyes you can't tell it from normal water but apparently has super benefits for you. Not sure what the effect was but GU stirs up my guts and that was no different today.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Need to chill...

I find myself obsessing over things and I have to try to relax. What will be will be. To quote the Dalai Lama

Good advice.

I just need to chill.

This song is on repeat since I heard it recently.

Local band, filmed in the local hall, friends of Hayley's.

She is planning to see them perform in Manchester (of all places).

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Running for mental health...

New running convert Melissa found a new race for us to try, the De Castella Run supporting mental health. I was booked in before I could say where?? what?? how far??

Turned out it was all good.

A beautiful morning saw us head over to the Yarra Boulevard to run the hilly course. Apparently Robert de Castella was there to give an inspirational speech but I didn't see him. A few hundred of us ran either 5, 10 or 15k. I was on a high from previous run and thought 15k sounded achievable and we looked like this before we set off.

Xavier College 
The course was tough. Up and down the Boulevard for agonising km after km. I find running downhill as hard as running uphill and my hamstring started to twinge with all the climbing. But I persisted and was happy with my 1:40 time.

look at the elevation!!!
Garmin Connect tells me it was 250m of elevation gain, all those ups added up!

But this run I was able to spot the photographer and tried really hard to show good form and a smile and try to remember Will's tips - lean, lengthen, relax.

saved a little bit for a sprint to the finish
I listened to my tunes to keep me going along the way and found a pacing buddy to keep going at the end. Melissa did a fantastic job in her 10k and we were all done by 10am. These runs are lots of fun and a great pay off for all the boring training runs we do but I did think I was a little bit mental as I huffed and puffed through the course.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A party...

We attended number one nephew's 21st birthday celebrations and had a hoot!

We dressed up in our best black and white gear and headed up to Ballarat on a chilly wet night. Erin had a very cute new dress to wear and I repeated my outfit that I wore to Erin's Deb Ball. My sister looked smashing in a full length black dress and was very brave when she got up and led the band in a rendition of My Sharona. We were able to catch up with some of their other family and friends and have a dance.

The party went off really well and my sister had added some nice touches with a slide show, photo remembrance book to sign and a spectacular cake that she had made herself. Number 2 nephew's band was really good and played some of my favourite songs so I could do the embarrassing Mum dancing I like to do.

While I was at the party I shot some video clips of everyone saying 'hello Hayley' and posted them to Instagram. She appreciated the gesture and sent back her own clip saying Happy Birthday, it was lovely way to include her, pity I can't post it here to show.

Erin was able to ask her Young Man to the party and he fared very well running the gauntlet of our family. Being a party at a club type venue meant there was little opportunity for the grilling/teasing/scrutiny he would have endured otherwise. But he is a lovely boy and was able to represent himself admirably. Chris was more than a little freaked out at the arrangement of his sleeping over after the party. It was the easiest way to get around the late finish and distance to his home. Rules were laid down and followed. Everyone survived.

Erin and her 'friend' have become closer since they teamed up for the Debut. They spend as much time as they can together on the weekends and we as parents have clocked up many kms driving them in between. She has been very coy about their status taking a long time to actually call him her 'boyfriend' but seeing them cuddled up to each other on our couch has left me in no doubt.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Another run...

We have a run booked in for Sunday so before we do that one I want to tell you about one we did 2 weeks ago.

Running Buddy and I travelled down to Queenscliff to run on the Bellarine Rail Trail. We took the steam train to the start line at Drysdale and ran 17kms back to Queenscliff. The trail was really nice, a little undulating but with a big hill to finish. It nearly did finish me off but has really reignited our running mojo as we aim for another half marathon.

 About 350 runners took part in the day which was run by a small group of volunteers and supported by The Running Company of Geelong.

the train ride was the fun part
looking stronger than we feel
We are getting good at getting ourselves 'sorted' in the mornings with our breakfast/fluids/toilet situation and have that part down pat. We had to supply our own drinks which were left for us at the 12 km mark. Things had been going really well up to that point but the stopping for a drink mucked up our rhythm a bit. We have to practice that part of a long run a bit more. By the end I felt quite spent and gulped down water and a coffee afterwards. Which in turn meant I had to have a pit stop on the way home to chuck up on the grass at Lara.

 I have some lessons to learn yet.

Thursday, August 28, 2014


As well as running I have been playing a lot of tennis.

Mixed double tennis on Thursday nights

Cardio tennis on Friday mornings

Saturday afternoon comp at clubs in the surrounding districts.

Not winning all these comps but having a great time doing it. The more tennis I play the better my game gets and the less my family recognize me and the less time I have to do housework, scrapping or blogging.

But that's the way I like it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Running update...

As part of our running training we have been pushing ourselves with sprints and hill training and trying to find new routes to keep things interesting. Our encouraging of our new running friend saw us all enter the Run Melbourne 10k.

Mel has really embraced running and has come along much quicker than we ever did in the beginning. In February I put out an email at work to those who had expressed an interest in running with us. Mel has been very consistent with joining us and has not complained when we would push her a little further each time. We had encouraged her to pick a race or event to work towards and she chose Run Melbourne 10k.

 The morning was perfect, sunny and cool. We had a lovely run and at one point I could see Mel ahead and I thought to myself I can't let her beat me! so we crossed the finish line together in 1:01:30 a very fast time for me. I'm yet to crack the 60 minute for 10km, but was very pleased with that effort.

More runs to come...