The Encouragement of Strangers

Parkrun (or ‘parkrun’, can it be all lowercase at the start of a sentence?) day today and we headed to Balyang Sanctuary in town. As usual, and you would think I would learn by my mistakes, I set off on the 5k far too quickly with 4.56 and 4.59 for the first 2k. At the turnaround point I started to notice the error of my ways and was breathing hard. Then as I was joined by a fellow runner who had caught up with me, he could see (and hear) my struggle and started to encourage me and talk me through the rest of the distance. Then as a person who I knew passed me and called back encouragement and used my name, my new running buddy picked up on that and added my name to the encouragement. If it had not been for this person, I would have stopped running and walked while I recovered my breathing, but with this encouragement I completed the final 3k at even pace, 5.26, 5.28, 5.25. Although this seemed like a real chore today and not fast at all, it is actually my second fasted 5k, so I have to be happy with that. After the run we formally introduced ourselves and had a good chat about running and life in general, and are now friends on FB. So this is a story of what a good running community does for each other.

An early post tonight, as we are up at 4am tomorrow, more of that later.

Good night.

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The Encouragement of Strangers

Art on the Run

Strava Art or GPS Art (for users of other activity tracking apps) can be a very elaborate deal and is mostly pre-planned. However my favourite versions are those that are unplanned and found after the run to resemble some solid object.

Here are a few of my recent runs and my interpretation of what they represent.

Maybe a water pistol or if you turn it upside down it could be a sleigh!

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Then there is a bird (of sorts) or maybe a dinosaur (think the kind with tiny forelimbs).

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Then there is disco-man.

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Good night.

 

Art on the Run

Scandinavian Noir

Yes there is a name for it and I seem to be hooked on it, those crime dramas from Scandic countries. But not just these, others from the region always seem to catch my eye.

So here is a few I have enjoyed.

Borgen, who would have thought a Danish political drama would have such worldwide appeal.

Fortitude, a Norwegian murder mystery, set in a remote community.

Wallander, and not the dodgy and dour Kenneth Branagh version either, but the original adaptation of Henning Mankell’s detective story filmed near Malmo, Sweden.

The Bridge, another murder mystery series set against the premise of a joint police investigation between Denmark and Sweden, joined as they are by the Oresund/Tunnel Bridge crossing.

Lilyhammer, a somewhat politically incorrect comedy noir set in the Norwegian winter olympics venue, starring the straight faced Steven Van Sandt

The Killing, a police investigation series, and now the latest to hit our screen Before We Die.

I have been told I am a bit weird by my nearest and dearest one for liking these, but I haven’t even started with the french dramas yet.

Good night.

Scandinavian Noir

Sweaters

The untimely death of 49 year old Jana Novotna, professional tennis player, brings home how thankful I am that I am physically healthy. Being of a similar age really makes you think of your mortality. This year with increasing my exercise and improving my diet has shown it is never too late to make changes that will improve your long term health, both physical and mental. However, as with Novotna, the luck of the draw or genetics may still have the last say.

I won’t end on a sad note, so I found this on the Internet today…I have no more words

Chicken

Good night.

Sweaters

Tale of the Trails

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.

Good night

Tale of the Trails

Whale Watching

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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.

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Whale Watching

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!

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Gelato

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.

Gelato

Good night.

Whale Watching