I enjoy trail running more than pounding the pavements, so have started to plan for some serious trail runs in 2018. We return from our overseas holiday at the end of January and I have decided I can’t wait until my first ever race on 22nd April at Werribee Mansion where I have opted for the 10k (not really a trail run). So I went looking for some other events to fill the gap. I found the Big V Trail Series of 3 runs, opting for the middle distance offered of what they call 6ish kms getting progressively more technical; my registration is paid and approved. I think these runs will be a good introduction into trail races and lead nicely into the 5 race series of the Rapid Ascent Trail Running Series which increase progressively from 11km to 15km and culminate with a night trail run which should be interesting. This should satisfy my tale of the trails for now and give me more reason to get out on the trails in the meantime.
This morning started with a bit of parkrun touristing. I decided to go along to Lalor parkrun, in the north of Melbourne. Early on a Saturday morning it is only a one hour drive; there was some fog along the way because of humidity. Lalor had laid on some pacers with specific finish times, so I chose to see how closely I could follow the 25 minute man. The start was good and I was comfortable behind him for the first two and a half kilometres, but as we rounded the turnaround point, I discovered the error of my ways. The out portion the run was mostly downhill, which meant the return was mostly uphill. The 25 minute pacer was on an even pace, so my stamina ran out. I should have banked some time on the downhill section so that the return slog could eat some to it. Never mind, I am still happy with my 26:40 time, my 4th fastest 5K, and although parkrun is not a race against others, I was really surprised to get a 9th place finish token, my first time in the top ten of a parkrun. Next week is the launch of another parkrun, Sunbury, so I will be on the road again.
It was also lovely to spot two familiar faces today who were ‘voluntouring’ at Lalor.
My wife and I wanted to make the most of the good weather today and she needed a walk, so we headed to Torquay, down on the surf coast for a short beach walk. We drew up to the waterfront parking to be confronted with these giant Whales, the things you see!
What do you do after going to the beach? Ice cream of course, or the posh version, gelato. We first went to McDonalds intent on getting a choc-waffle cone with Oreos, but they had run out of ice cream. So we headed back into Geelong to the favourite of many: Miss Gina, for two scoops of yummy ice cream confection, much better than Maccas.
Tonight I was introduced to Street Orienteering by some running friends, I had never heard of it until recently. There is a series of 10 events in the local area over the summer conveniently in the evenings. You have a smartphone app which automatically records the checkpoints for you as you run around the street using a paper map for orientation. It is good fun and although the series of 13 checkpoints we had chosen was meant to be roughly 5km, we must have both taken a longer route and made a couple of mistakes as we ended up running over 7km. The whole thing is done and dusted within an hour and there was watermelon and fruit cake at the end, all for the princely sum of $5. This was the second in the series, as I missed the first, but will be back next week for number 3.
Here is my Strava map of our route.
I have run more than 12km today as I did 5km this morning, so will be a tiny bit sore in the morning, I suspect.
A box arrives at our door every 16 weeks and the latest arrived today. It contains what we in the ‘developed’ world consider essentials, toilet paper. Not very exciting I hear you say. Who Gives A Crap get excited and sell their products with a great sense of humour. They are not the cheapest nor are they the softest, but they are 100% recycled & 3 ply. More importantly though 50% of all profits are donated to Water Aid, a charity that helps provide safe sanitation to the developing world. The home delivery service is now available in the USA and UK as well as Australia. This is an unsolicited endorsement.
The prospect of a 36 degree hot day called for an early run today. I rose at 6 and made sure the caffeine drug for the morning had started to take effect. This week is the start of my structured interval training. After working out how to program the Garmin for the planned run, I headed out the door. A warm up of about 5 minutes, followed by 3 intervals of 1km fast run and 2 minute jogs, then a cool down that brought me around the block back to my door. The three 1km times of 5:02, 4:57 & 5:11 were a good start to this period of the training.
I am heading to Lalor parkrun this weekend, not only for the fact I haven’t done this one yet, but also that they have pacers there this weekend, and although I am not quite ready for a 25 minute time, it will be good to check on my progress against this time with the help of fellow runners.
The Good Doctor
The statement from the makers of House is apparently enough for this new series to be taken seriously, oh the acting, oh the plot lines, sigh, why do I watch it?
Liar (spoiler alert)
My wife is very upset that her beloved Hornblower, Ioan Gruffudd turns out to be the bad guy, she is not happy.
As a featured artist on ello.co, I was recently invited to apply to add my portfolio to a service called Daylighted. They provide digital canvases (screens) to hotels, restaurants, medical centres, etc, mostly in the US and a list of artists for them to pick from for artworks to display. The idea being that guests & visitors enjoy the art and will perhaps buy it.
Daylighted required a view of my website to make sure my work is display-worthy and today I received an email to say I am in. So in the coming days I will be busy setting up my portfolio and hope for some selection and dream of some sales. I will come back to this story when more has happened.