Thursday, December 29, 2005
I was fiddling around with my blog setup yesterday and "borrowed" some html from Wobblyman to do a new mileage table, but now I seem to have pushed all the sidebar contents down to the bottom of the page. Can anyone have a look at my source code and see where I might have gone wrong?
Edit: Fixed now, thanks for jogging my memory Dave.
AGR, here are some pics of my plugs. Firstly the old "tunnels" and then my current plugs. This is as large as I plan to go.
PS. Didn't run yesterday because I ran out of time. Ran into uni today and the legs were still pretty sore from the race on Tuesday. Must have been the running on sand that did it.
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Popped into SARRC today and got myself a club singlet, which hopefully I'll break out for the Two Jetties run on Tuesday.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Last week I got in four solid10km runs to or from uni, although I did find myself getting very angry during those runs thinking about the events unfolding in Sydney. I don't enjoy running when I'm upset or angry. I was finding myself running past people or cars thinking "that guy could be a racist" or "I hope that person doesn't think I'm a racist". Stupid irrational second guessing I know, and very emotionally exhausting. I'm dealing with it a bit better now, especially thanks to the comments from various people on my blog and on Coolrunning, and also the public show of condemnation given by a few celebrities and members of the public on the weekend. I still think our political "leaders" have their heads in the sand over this issue though, and the media in general still seems to be pushing the story in a sensationalist fashion. I hope this issue isn't forgotten though. It would be really sad if we didn't address the underlying problems of racism, violence and intolerance in our society.
This is turning into a long post. I've put some new goals in my profile. Some of them lofty, most of them recycled or altered from last year, all of them achievable. In the short term, I am aiming to go in several shorter races over the next two months, starting with the Two Jetties fun run on the 27th of December. If you live in SA or are visiting that week, I hope I'll see you out there.
If I don't blog between now and Christmas, have a safe and peaceful time and don't eat too many fruit mince pies!
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
John Howard came out and said there was no evidence that the new terror laws had contributed to the situation. If that's the case then he should have said that if these people had viewed them as an excuse to escalate racist actions then they have terribly misinterpreted the reasons for these laws.
He also stated that he didn't think that racism is a big problem in Australia. BULLSHIT!!! If 5000 are willing to overtly show their racism as on Sunday, how many more are sitting at home nodding their heads in approval: 10, 50, 100 times that many? How many more say nothing, but don't condemn the actions? The truth is, we have a huge racism problem in Australia and we are too scared to admit it. How many times over the last few days have we heard the racist mantra "I'm not racist, but...", or "I don't agree with what happened, but...". No buts. If you think that any racist behaviour is justified, then you are a bloody racist.
John Howard, Kim Beazley et al, the nation is crying out for leadership on this issue. How can we solve a problem when you won't admit that there is a problem?
Can anyone tell me if there are going to be any marches/protests in the capital cities against this behaviour? The silent majority must speak out on this issue before it escalates any further. We can't afford apathy.
The word un-Australian has been bandied about a lot over the last few days and has been used to justify and condemn all kinds of behaviour. Well, I for one condemn the events in Sydney as inhuman. The apparent complicity of the general public through their inaction is just as bad.
Monday, December 12, 2005
PS. Work has started on our new house: earthworks have been done, pipes have been laid, steel delivered, and I wouldn't be surprised if the slab is poured before xmas
Friday, December 09, 2005
So what have I been up to. It took me a couple of days to settle in to working on the LA-ICPMS (don't ask what it is please, other than to say it is a complex chemical analytical instrument), so I didn't get a run in for the first three days. Last Thursday I ran into ANU 5km-ish and then up Black Mountain and back (Photo). The next day I ran over to and up Mt Ainslie and back then into ANU. For the rest of the time I was there, I either ran into or home from ANU or did sessions at the Gym in the apartment complex.
Things that I think were notable about running over there.
- I thought Black Mountain was harder than Mt Ainsley, is that a fair comment?
- I was amazed by the number of people walking, running and cycling in Canberra.
- Elliptical trainers can give you a good workout.
In between working like a crazed man on the weekdays, I was able to go to a couple of really nice parties and relax on the weekend. I also got some good shots of the storm that hit Canberra last Friday, causing millions of dollars damage, uprooting or debranching heaps of trees and killing one man.
Finally, and regretably, since I finished my work over there a few days earlier than I expected, I couldn't justify staying the five extra days to go in the Black Mountain Challenge, so I came home. I was really looking forward to going in it too, especially after running up it last week. Maybe some other time. It's also annoying because there is such a long break between events in Adelaide from early December to late January.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
On another point, I think she should take money for her story and then donate it all to charity - perhaps a drug rehabilitation clinic, an anti-drug lobby group or a youth at risk intervention program.
Finally, can you believe that after three months in a dirty prison cell, her hair and skin still look great. Some people have all the luck!
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
We had the Trailblazer presentation night on Friday night where we were presented with our trophies and a nice hydration pack each - donated by Paddy Pallin.
I'll be pretty much stuck in the lab while in Canberra, but hopefully I'll be able to get in a few trail runs and maybe the Black Mountain Challenge. Feeling fairly fit at the moment so it will be interesting to see how that goes if I do get to enter.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Hoping to travel over to Canberra for work in the first two weeks of December, so I might try and work in a run in the Black Mountain Challenge.
Monday, October 31, 2005
Anyway, I went up to Leigh Creek on the weekend for a mate's son's christening. Saw a lot of this...
And got back in time to miss a thunderstorm and torrential downpour. Had a good time despite the long drive up and back. Discovered a great little cafe/bakery at Copley, 5 km out of Leigh Creek. Got in a good long run as I mentioned before. And finally, I became a Godparent for the first time.
Friday, October 21, 2005
The rules are:
- Go into your archives.
- Find your 23rd post.
- Find the fifth sentence (or the closest one to it)
- Post the text of your sentence in your blog along with these rules.
- Tag five other people.
"Hopefully my fitness will pick up quickly as I get back into things."
Speaking about recovering from illness as usual.
I've decided to be a bit of a spoil-sport and not tag anyone. I just can't seem to find anyone who hasn't been tagged yet. I'm not sure if this is good blog etiquette or not, so let me know if I have made a huge web faux pas.
Ran home last night. Legs felt pretty good. I took it fairly easy, but there was very little soreness and they didn't even feel too heavy. I plan to do shorter runs for the next couple of weeks. Maybe a longer run next weekend when I'm in Leigh Creek for my mate's son's baptism. Hopefully I'll be able to afford to go in the Blackhill Challenge (a 12 km hill run on the 6th of November) since I had a good result there last year.
I haven't tagged anyone yet because I can't find anyone who hasn't been tagged before. Does it die with me or do I start retagging people?
Finally, I must add that this is the first blog entry that I have emailed from my phone, so sorry for the typos and disjointed sentences.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Despite a couple of the guys having some GI problems in the middle to second half of the course, we finished the event as a complete team. Those digestive problems cleared up eventually and we finished strongly.
Not sure about the other team's results yet, but we were the first team in ahead of an incomplete team about 30-40 minutes after us.
We finished in 16h 14min. This time was a couple of hours slower than our goal of 14 hours, but the GI problems put paid to that. It is also about 35 minutes slower than last year's Power of four time. I think it was a pretty good time given the problems we had on the day, plus the fact that we hadn't run together as a team before the event. It's also not too bad for my first 100km event. I felt like I could have gone quite a bit faster on the day and could have run a lot more of the course instead of walking, which is a good sign for future events.
Overall, I'm very happy with the result, and I had a great time over the whole day. I didn't have any 'moments' out there which is largely due to the efforts of the support team for continually shovelling food and drink into me - thankyou Murray, Darryl and Tim (and Dad for picking us up in the morning).
After the event, RunCarly picked me up and we went home. Thankfully we had the kids staying with grandparents. In the morning we went and picked them up and I went for a swim at Aldinga Beach which did wonders for the aching legs. Today the legs feel tired and heavy but not too sore. I still have a bit of a sore throat and sniffly nose (made worse by the bad hayfever conditions in Adelaide today), but I should make a full recovery by the weekend.
So there are my thoughts about the event. Now I must get back to work.
But before that, here is a photo of the team before the race. L to R back: Me, Tim (support), Murray (support), Steve, Erik. Front: Phil, Darryl (support).
And me before the race.
Monday, October 10, 2005
Went for a 50km run on the first (and hardest) half of the trailblazer course yesterday with Phil. Legs and fitness felt good, so I feel confident that I'll be able to complete the 100km on Saturday. All I need to do now is stay well and recover from this weekend's run.
RunCarly and I bought new 3 phones on Saturday so now we can call each other cheaply, take photos/videos, send emails and a plethora of other things. I took a photo and video clip of the top falls at Waterfall Gully during the run yesterday.
Edit Tuesday: How stupid am I? Must have been a bit delirious when I committed the moment to memory. These are the third falls in Morialta. We didn't even run through Waterfall Gully! Thanks for the pickup Phil.
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
I'll take it easy for the next couple of days then do a couple of shorter runs and then another similar length run next weekend. The good news is that I don't feel like the illness has come back after the run, so I think I may have beat it.
I got a virus on my home PC on Sunday and spent a lot of Sunday night and half of Monday afternoon getting rid of it.
Friday, September 30, 2005
PS. Yay, 50 posts.
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Thursday, September 22, 2005
I love coffee. I drink truckloads of it. I have a loyalty card for every coffee franchise in existence. I only drink "good" coffee. We have a percolator in our office at uni with all the supplies we need to keep us caffeinated for at least a week. I won't drink 'Bland 43' or 'Intestinal Roast' or any other forms of 'instant death' unless I get really desperate and I'm a long way from a source of good coffee. My regular morning coffee is from Bravo Expresso underneath David Jones in Adelaide. Earlier this year I stupidly tried to reduce the amount of coffee I drink. This resulted in headaches and a severe sense of longing for my good friend coffee. I think I lasted two weeks. Enough ranting about coffee, back to work.
PS. Still sick, but I'm recovering now thanks to a day off work and a trip to the doctor for some antibiotics.
PPS. Sorry about the rude language.
Sunday, September 18, 2005
In better news, we may have found a replacement member for the Power of Four, although she still needs to go for a run with Phil to see if she is compatible with our team. Assuming Andy's knee gets better, we should be on our way to running in the trailblazer event.
Monday, September 12, 2005
We still haven't found a replacement runner, but we are following up some options.
This week: 2-3 runs during the week totalling 30-40km then a long run on Sunday of about 40-45km. I won't be running in the city to bay because I have to look after the kids while RunCarly runs in it. I had considered running in it with the kids in a pram, but I think the cost outweighs the benefit and it also would interfere with me doing my long run.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Ran into uni 10km on Wednesday. Legs still felt a bit heavy so I took it easy.
Ran home 10km on Thursday night. This was the first time my legs felt good since the marathon. No soreness, no fatigue and no sore foot.
Ran into uni this morning then ran over to do two laps of the uni loop, so a total of 15 km. Everything felt good again so I guess I must have recovered from the marathon. Good thing too, because we are doing a 40km training run for trailblazer on Sunday morning.
Some news about the trailblazer. We officially now only have three team members and we need four. If anyone from Adelaide (or elsewhere) knows someone who would like to run in this 100km event, send me an email.
Monday, September 05, 2005
Foot is still a bit sore. I've narrowed it down to a muscle on the outer side of the foot below the ankle bone. If anyone has any idea what this muscle is called or has had a similar injury, your comments would be appreciated.
Friday, September 02, 2005
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
The traffic on my blog has gone up considerably in the last three days, thanks I think in part to George at SARRC who mentioned the blog in the news and notes section (incidentally, this is a great place to catch up on news and gossip about running and walking in SA and beyond). Thanks everyone for your interest and please feel free to leave comments.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Monday, August 29, 2005
The aftermath. After the finish I almost collapsed as I left the finishing area, I steadied myself, got a few drinks and went and laid down for 15 minutes. I went and chatted with a few SARRCs and CRs after my lie down, watched the presentation, then went back to my parents house to recover for the rest of the day. I went and picked up RunCarly from the airport last night then went home and relaxed some more. I managed to get a fair bit of chafing and a couple of minor blisters, but I have also sustained some bruising or muscle damage to the outside of my left foot. I'll have to monitor this injury, it is very tender at the moment and is preventing me from walking comfortably. Other than that my legs feel quite good today.
Sore and happy,
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Sunday, August 21, 2005
I feel like if I can get through this week smoothly, then I will be able to have a crack at 3:05 or faster. I'm not sure about my race plan yet. Should I go out hard and see what I've got left at the end? or should I go out at a steady pace and then try to get an even split or negative split? All my running so far has been to go hard and then see if I can limp home not too slowly. I'm not very good at monitoring pace, so even if I do try to go out slower, I might not get it right anyway. I wouldn't mind anyones thoughts on this.
LL, I don't mind running in the current weather, I find the rain and cold exhilarating. The treadmill is so that my wife can run without having to get someone (me) to mind the kids. I may use it next week as a recovery from the marathon though.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
After buying a treadmill on Saturday, we have very little money at the moment. We'll have to be very thrifty for the next couple of months. We have a few things we need to sell on ebay or the trading post which may help a little.
Thankfully I bought a new pair of my favourite runners on Sunday (Mizuno wave mustangs). They were on special at the athletes foot. I ran in them yesterday and they were just as good as usual. Hopefully I'll have them broken in in time for the marathon.
Monday, August 15, 2005
I didn't run on Friday or Saturday due to some knee soreness. I did my long run with Phil on Sunday from CP1 to CP3 of the trailblazer - 27km. This section involves four very big climbs and three ascents with no flat stuff to speak of. It was a tough workout and took just over 3:15. Legs didn't get too hammered though and they feel really good today. I'll be tapering fairly heavily now for the marathon, which I'm feeling really good about.
I have established a new blog for my Trailblazer team to log and discuss training, tactics, fundraising and any other issues. Check it out if you're interested. http://trailblazer2005.blogspot.com
Friday, August 12, 2005
I epilated the legs the other night (ouch) to make massage easier and less hair pulling (and to get the legs looking good for the marathon : ). Seems timely now seeing that the soreness from extra km is really starting to show.
Also, can anyone tell me how I can insert some text into any of the coloured boxes at the top of this page. I'd like to put a description of the blog up there like I've seen on other blogs.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Ran into work 6km yesterday and the legs felt like bricks. Let's hope they feel better on the 10km run home tonight.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Enough about Monday. Yesterday I had a huge workout on my long run. Ran 35km over hill and dale around the Normanville-Myponga region. Let me just say that the run down to and back up from Myponga Beach would have to be one of the hardest runs around. 20 odd minutes down, 35 odd minutes back up and that was in the early part of my run. Back up the top of the hill it started pissing down and I got soaked through. Finished off the run well, struggled towards the end a bit, but got an excellent 3:05 workout with some huge hills included. This makes me feel much more confident about doing the marathon in a good time. Not too sore today either.
Update: RunCarly just called from home, our son just chucked up everywhere.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Monday, August 01, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
Monday, July 18, 2005
In better news, I won a prize (including $400) for my presentation at the AMSA conference.
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Almost forgot, legs felt pretty good. Should be able to run the River Run next week no problems.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
I'm having a meeting with my team for this year's Trailblazer today. OK, now I have to go and finish my talk for next week's conferences in beautiful warm Darwin.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
I have put a link to the Trailblazer with my other links. This event is very well organised and very challenging, but you can enter several distances. The really good part about this race is that you have to work together as a team, if you don't then it would be a pretty bad day or two. There are a couple of pictures of me and my running partner from last year, Babette, on the website, see if you can find me. We are the odd couple: a tiny 47 year old mother of two and a medium build 27 year old guy (me). We ran most of the 50k event and finished in about 7:15.
Sunday, July 03, 2005
A girl running/ almost running/ sitting on her bum,
30-35km is a long training run for me and it is what I would have liked to be running right now in the build up to the Marathon. I have eight weeks until the Adelaide Marathon and I'll want to ease back on distance on the last week or two, so I have 6 weeks to increase my long run to 35km which I feel will leave me in reasonable shape to run a marathon. Next week I will hopefully run 25km, then the week after is the River Run which is 30km. That sort of increase is a bit fast but I'd really like to go in it. After that I reckon the long runs will go like this: 32, 34, 35, 30, 20-25, Marathon. Hopefully I'll be able to build up my runs during the week as well.
I'm also hoping to run in the 100km trailblazer challenge with a team in October, so I need to get some miles in me for that too.
Friday, July 01, 2005
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Monday, June 27, 2005
Must be the therapeutic effect of the nice meal and wine I had yesterday at the Star of Greece Cafe. Quick mini review.
Food: very good but not many options for vegetarians. We had the roast pumpkin and almond ravioli on bed of spinach with creamy sauce (not sure of name).
Wine: Excellent wine list, very expensive but a lot of 'older' vintages. We had the 2001 Rosemount GSM which was beautiful.
Service: Disappointing. For the price (mains $25-35) and reputation of this place, it could be a lot better.
Views: Possibly the best seaside views of any restaurant/cafe in SA.
Score: 3.5 out of 5
Saturday, June 25, 2005
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Friday, June 17, 2005
The article in RW on sleep was an eye-opener for me . I scored -1 in the sleep deprivation quiz, which may explain my run of illnesses. I will definitely be following some of the recommendations from the article.
Feeling even better today. I think I may even be able to go for a bit of a run on Sunday or Monday.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Monday, June 13, 2005
In other bad news, I definitely won't be running in the Pichi Richi Marathon. There is a writing workshop that I want to go to on that day in Darwin and I have changed my flights to accomodate it. Besides which, my plan to run the marathon, drive 3-4 hours back to Adelaide and catch a 630pm flight to Darwin was a bit shaky to start off with. Also, RunCarly (aka Mrs RunDave) was a bit worried about the lack of funds at the moment since we are renting and paying a mortgage until we sell our land.
Sunday, June 05, 2005
Edit: Didn't do the long run. I'll have to try and fit it in later in the week.
Monday, May 30, 2005
Friday, May 27, 2005
I ran 28km on the weekend and will do another 30km this weekend. I have run home from work three times this week (still 10km from uni). I won't be able to run in the Barossa half marathon due to a big 30th birthday party on Saturday night, but this may actually help me get a few extra km up instead.
Mrs RunDave has cast some doubt over my participation in the Pichi Richi marathon due to lack of funds. I hope to win her over by entering a few less events as a compromise.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
In another blow to my marathon running plans, my mate who lived in Port Augusta has moved up to Leigh Creek, so I won't be able to stay with them now. Hopefully I'll still be able to go and stay in the Quorn Caravan Park.
Friday, May 13, 2005
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Monday, May 02, 2005
"No, try not. Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda
Thursday, April 28, 2005
We'll see how this goes. Ran home from West Beach last night for an 8k tempo run. Did a pretty good time but it was hard work. I just entered the Greenbelt half marathon for sunday. I'll start out at 1:30 pace then push it harder if I feel better. That's 4:15 min/km and my 5k splits should be 21:15, 42:30, 1:03:45 and 1:25:00.
"No, try not. Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Hadn't run for four days not including the walk on the weekend until last night when I ran home the 8Km from West Beach. I know I had been feeling a bit "bound up" over that time, so it was no surprise that as I was about half way home, I suddenly needed to go quite badly. I made it home and made a b-line for the loo. What a relief!
Anyway, legs felt a bit heavy still from the walk, but the blisters and other soreness were OK, so I think I might make it to the start of the Greenbelt Half Marathon on the weekend. I've put on a few kilos and I haven't been logging huge miles lately, so I think I might aim for 1:30 and reassess as I'm running.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
Other teams or individuals chose to do 15, 21 or 35 km events, with a total of around 180 people taking part. At the start, all of those running the 15 and half marathon, and one couple who were aiming to run the 61km took off into the distance, while we kept pace with most of the other walkers. At 15 and 21 km we walked past many walkers who had just finished who showed great surprise that we were continuing on to 60km at that pace.
The day was really warming up, and as we reached the 35km checkpoint, we found out that the couple who were running the 60 had to pull out due to the heat. With 25km to go we were feeling very good, but that changed as our feet started to get sore from walking over the rough roads on the 23km loop around Back Valley. A couple of Neurofens and the realisation that we were near the finish helped us to get through the last 12 or so km. We walked the last 3km along bitumen to the finish in 24 minutes! So happy were we to be just about to finish.
I must say how proud I am of Mrs RunDave to not only finish this event, but also how she powered through it oblivious to the pain in her legs and feet. Being more accustomed to running long distances, I found walking 61km very tough, and my legs were extremely sore at the end (plus a few blisters in odd places). I can't wait to do some more long distance events with her - maybe with some running next time!
Finally, thanks to the organiser of the event, Brad Butler. He does a great job putting this event together largely by himself. The run/walk has a fairly casual feel to it but it is extremely well organised. I would recommend it to anyone wanting to participate in this type of event, and I reckon it would be even better with a larger field. I think it will be on April 8 next year (to coincide with the full moon).