Fetch Boy!


It has been a busy, although quite productive week, with a generally positive trajectory.

Despite 'solid' runs at Lake Ginninderra (37:35) on Tuesday, the BBQ Stakes 6k (34:25) on Wednesday, and Customs on Friday (26:53) it was the discovery on Thursday that Rudi could "fetch" was the highlight of the week.

By Friday morning, the little boy was obsessed. Finding a plastic cap was great fun to toss around and chase, he would faithfully return to our feet and drop it before looking up at us expectantly. One of us would throw or kick it away . . . upstairs, under furniture, around corners and off he would rush to retrieve it, having a bit of a play with it along the way.

By the time we left to go to Customs, he would have chased around fetched it around 100 times. Good Dog, uh, Boy!

Errant Duck


I have logged into blog umpteen times over the last month, and never succeeded to get cyber pen to virtual paper.

The Gordon River and Cradle Mountain in Tasmania were spectacular, and I don't know what has really happened since then.

"Little Boy" Rudi revelled under the PRB's care, finally being able to suss out how to enter and exit the house on his own through the hidden cellar door.

I have returned to running, sort of. It started to go OK, and then !phlat! ~ a bit of a backward step. Nevertheless I managed to do the Sri Chinmoy 10k on Sunday after an ignominious should-have-DNF'd on Friday at Customs. I got around the 5km, but only by walking and having the PRB alongside me, where I felt too embarrassed to cut the course short and cross the road early.

An early trip to bed after getting home, and sleep for much of Friday afternoon and Saturday meant that I was able to lob up to my pre-entered Sri Chinmoy event on Sunday, not knowing whether I would get through the 10k. Despite a pretty rough time over the first few k's (the shivering and chattering teeth returned - a shock-like reaction I suffered from last year whenever I started to run no matter how hot the temperature) I settled into it, and managed to finish far more strongly than I began.

Although rather embarrassed my the tortoise like time of nearly an hour, I was 10 minutes faster than the last time I ran the event (in October?).

Small steps to begin with. It's good to be running.

A DNF, and a good decision


Both were related to the Weston Creek Half Marathon which was run today in absolutely perfect conditions.
Anthony Haber won in 66-ish in a cracking solo run on a course that isn't the fastest half around. I left with the early (slower than 2 hours) group at the unofficial start time of 7:00am, half an hour earlier than than the official 7:30 start.
I started slowly, and very comfortably, remembering to take my Ventolin before the start, and felt really comfortable and strong. I had set my watch to keep me on 6 minute pace, and within a couple of kilometres, the few early starters had spread well out and I was happy to keep on my own counsel and stay on track. I had once again forgotten to take a water bottle and drink sufficiently before the run, and was spitting rather more than was 'ladylike' (huh!) until the first unmanned waterbag station at around 3km. I took two and felt better immediately, tying the empty bags onto my number belt and disposing of them later in a bin.
The first 5km was reached in an even, albeit slow, 30:00. However soon after I could tell that something was afoot: without going into too many gory details, I had 'popped' something from my op yesterday when Bob got me to pump up his road bike tyres with a track pump yesterday to 125 psi. This put far too much pressure on my abdomen and there was an equipment failure (me). The sixth k didn't really hurt so much, but I could tell that things were popping out more and more. Continuing to run for another 17 km wasn't smart, I knew that.
At the next drink station I decided to walk to the 3 person relay change over point at the 7/14 km mark to seek a lift back to the start. Even walking at this point was not great, so I knew that I did the right thing. I was feeling very smug and complacent with myself by this time, as I am not known for doing the sensible thing and stopping, especially when the running part is actually fine.
Back at the start I saw Strewth, the PRB, Tuggeranong Don and Aki , as well as Friar. Coolrunners did well overall, with a number of age group prizes, and barrel draws.

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About me

  • I'm Carolyne
  • From Canberra, Australia
  • I love to run! Staying in Weymouth, Dorset on the South West Coast of England until October. I'm 46, live in Canberra with Bob and have been running since 1990. This has been interrupted by long periods of illness, however I am extremely stubborn! I'll never be a fast runner, however I give it everything, and am slowly learning to read my body better and adjust my training and expectations accordingly. Or rather I would, if running were possible at the moment - I will retuyrn soon.
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  • <>Vietname vs Brazil Olympic Football Friendly 8PM 1 aAugust 2008
  • A Hot time in the Old Town tonight
  • <>Trip to Nha Trang and Da Lat 4 August to  August 2008
  • Flights Booked
  • <>Scooter Trip to Ninh Binh  aAugust 2008
  • Planned
  • <>Trip to Cambodia and Siem Riep 17 August to 24 August 2008
  • Flights Booked & 2 Nights accomodation

  • Long Course Tri 2k/83k/20k 12 February 2006
  • Sri Chinmoy Long Course Tri 2.2k/80k/20k 6 March
  • Backpacking Laos & Vietnam 14 March to 26 April 2006
  • Thailand Temple Run 21k 19 March 2006

  • Customs 5k Fridays
  • BBQ Stakes  6k Wednesdays
  • Tour de Mountain 19k 18 December
  • 1:55:02 Results
  • Cross Country Summer Series 5k Tuesdays in November
  • Cool Runners Six Foot Track Slow Jog/Walk 46k 25-27 November
  • Wonderful!!
  • Sri Chimnoy Triple Tri Relay 20 November
  • 1:55:38 1:04:53 1:22:55 Results Report Photos
  • Tour de Femme 20k Fun Ride 13 November
  • 40:40ish
  • Bonshaw Cup 6.4k 16 November
  • 30:30ish
  • Hartley Lifecare Fun Run 5k 17 November
  • Belconnen Fun Run 6k 12 November
  • 28:38ish
  • Mt Majura Vineyard Two Peaks Classic 26k 5 November
  • Last! 3:08:00 Results Report
  • Wagga Tri-ants Duathlon 10k/40k/5k 30 October
  • Scratching
  • Bulls Head Challenge 27k 23 October
  • 2:20:49 Results
  • Weston Creek Fun Run 6k 16 October
  • 32:02 Results Results
  • Fitzroy Falls 42k & 10k 15 October
  • Results
  • Orroral Valley 20k 9 October
  • 1:52:44 Results
  • Sri Chinmoy 10k 3 October
  • 0:50:14 Results
  • Duathlon Championships 10k/40k/5k 23 September
  • 3:09:07 Results
  • Canberra Times 10k 18 September
  • 0:45:30 CR TE AM!
  • Sydney Marathon 11 September 3:47:13
  • ACTVAC Half Marathon 21.1k 28 August
  • Entered DNS
  • Black Mtn UpDown GutBuster 5.2k 16 August 0:33:38
  • Results
  • Mt Wilson to Bilpin Bush Run 35k 20 August 3:15:14
  • Results
  • City to Surf 14k 14 August 64:17
  • Bush Capital Mtn Runs 25k 30 July  
  • 2:17:09 Results
  • Shoalhaven King of the Mtn 32k 17 July
  • 2:53:15 Results
  • Sri Chinmoy Off Road Duathlon 3.3k/23k/7.7k 2 July 2:40:29
  • Results
  • Woodford to Glenbrook  25k 26 June DNF Injured Results
  • Terry Fox 10k 19 June 46:59
  • Results
  • Aust Mtn Running Champs9k 18 June 1:06:33
  • Results
  • ACTVAC Monthly Handicap 9k Farrer Ridge 29 May 0:46:05
  • ACT Mtn Running Champs  9k 28 May 1:06:50
  • Results
  • SMH Half Marathon 22 May 1:41:56 (1:40:50)
  • Results
  • ABS Fun Run 7.3k 19 May 0:34:45
  • Results
  • Canberra Half Marathon 15 May injured Results
  • Sri Chimnoy 10k 8 May 0:47:55
  • Results
  • Nail Can Hill Run  1 May 56:23
  • Results
  • Newcastle Duathlon  24 April 2:45:39.2
  • Results
  • Canberra Marathon  10 April 3:47:56
  • Results
  • Women & Girls 5k 3 April 22:53
  • Results
  • Sri Chimnoy 10k 28 March 47:56
  • Results
  • Weston Creek Half Marathon 13 March 1:43:23
  • Results
  • Sri Chimnoy Long Course Tri 6 March 5:30:35
  • Results
  • Hobart International Triathlon 20 February 2:52:05

  • Canberra Capital Triathlon 30 January 3:01:43
  • Results
  • Medibank Private Australia Day8k 26 January 38:39
  • Results
  • Lorne Pier to Pub Swim 1.2k 8 January 22:12
  • Results
  • Lorne Mountain to Surf 8k 7 January 0:37.56
  • Results

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  • 5k 20:11 Cairns 2000
  • 10k 43:49 Moruya
  • City to Surf 1:02:57 2000
  • Half Marathon 1:33:50 Steamboat 2000
  • Marathon 3:47:56 Canberra 2005
    Chip Time (3:47:13) Sydney 2005

  • Kilometres Run
    January 212
    February 199
    March 214
    April 201
    May 188
    June 182
    July 255
    August 246
    September 155
    October 159
    November 200
    December 62
    Year to Date 2,267

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  • Restaurant Review - Siem Reab
  • Back from Angkor Wat
  • Update
  • Notes from a Rainy Da Lat
  • Overnight Scoot to Tam Dao Hill Station
  • Viet Nam Plans

  • Days Sick
    January 10
    February 10
    March 10
    April 4
    May 7
    June 8
    July 9
    August 11
    September 11
    October 11
    November 9
    December Lots. ?15

    Distance Swum
    February 17,400m
    October 3,800m
    November 4,150m
    December .
    Distance Cycled
    November 120km
    December 297 km