Nothing much to report


I'm spending the week in as full a recovery mode as possible - after a month spent visiting various medical and para medical people, as well as looking after the (Great) nephews and niece, I am weary and failing physically in a manner which I haven't done for quite a few years.

Not only are my joint stiff and sore, but the fine motor skills are failing to do quite what I want them to do, making simple tasks such as turning a page or typing very difficult. A generalised weakness on my left side surprises me when I try to pick up a cup or something similar, and my walking is somewhat affected.

I think that it is just fatigue, but my speech is also having episodes of deterioration slurring in laziness.

Bob went to the physio today to have his calf seen to - and the news is not good for him competing on Saturday in the Bush Capital Runs (a newish event, in it's 3rd year, but undoubtedly a good one on the calendar), and there is a big question mark about the City to Surf in 2 weeks time too.

So, uncharacteristically for me, I have spent the afternoon resting on the sofa upstairs in front of the fire, half heartedly paying attention to a tape of the Tour de France from last night, while cleaning the remote controls of their accumulated grime. Actually, I feel rather virtuous having completed this easily overlooked activity, and they do look and feel much better.

I should bring in some wood, or look into dinner, however I am just far too tired and sore to do this, and hope that there is something to heat up in the 'fridge. We are greatbelievers in leftovers.

Tomorrow? I would like to get to Customs to catch up with Rad and Friar, however will try and get an appointment with my GP. Until then rest, rest, rest.

MRI, Sports Med and


an appointment with a knee surgeon.

Meniscus, torn.

Cruciate (ACL) not good.

The Surgeon (Paul Minter ~ was he the guy who 'did' Allrounder?) will help me decide which way to go - an estimate of the recovery time for one form of surgery was four weeks, the other four months.

In the meantime, no running, gentle cycling or (yuk) swimming!!

My arthritic joints are playing up again (tell me why we live in Canberra in winter again?), and my hands and wrists are hardly able to do anything without pain. I tried to make an appointment with my GP (why did they take Vioxx off the market again?) and the next one available is 10 August - three weeks away.

Groan, groan, misery guts.

Oh well, after the school holiday weeks of Bob being at work for a change, I've hardly had a moment to think with a few episodes of baby sitting (Great) Niece and Nephew Max and Maddy, and a couple of days with (Great) Nephew Sam. I'm exhausted!

The washing machine has gone kaput, so we are doing daily trips to the Laundromat (drag), and Bob's calf is so bad that he didn't even get through the first run in the long awaited duathlon on Sunday.

Normal cheerful service will resume presently.

Yes, I've been very slack . . .


It seems as though the not-so-good news was confirmed today, despite my best-ever efforts at doing the requisite exercises. It was a short and sour appointment, confirming what we already know. I have a referral for an arthroscope with the liklihood of also knee a reconstruction of the cruciate with a peice of my hamstring.

Sigh. No running. (It hurts too much anyway).

Hhmmmm . . . .


It has been a long week, and life has just been one strange thing after another.

I went along to Customs again today, and for my trouble, stood shivering in the cloud-shaded ground while a hardy band of the usual suspects ran around the course. Yesterday I saw my physio and got the bad news about the knee injury which I reignited in Vienna some weeks ago. Of course, it wasn't through actual running that the injury was done (as usual). Being at breakfast on holidays, even household chores couldn't get the blame this time, instead it was leaping up to assist someone in opening a door while they were carrying an armload of coffee.

Something went 'crack', and I was in pain.

I thought that it would just go away, so wasn't overly concerned, beginning ice and anti-inflammatory gel upon returning home.

It just wasn't improving, and although fine at rest, whenever I walked more than a few steps at a time the pain on the inside of my left knee returned with vengence. The diagnosis?

A recurring meniscal tear. No running for quite a time. During the examination my cruiate ligament was found to be wanting. Busted, torn, kaput.

Some exercises, however not much hope from that. No running (did I say that I was not permitted to run), and only easy, high cadence cycling (but not too much). I want to run.

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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

    moon phases

  • 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

    Last posts

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  • Kama, Krama, Kramar Chameleon
  • 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