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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Help!!! / Plugs


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

Two Jetties

Woke up to a rather warm day with a screaming northerly yesterday morning (30C at 9am and 35km/h). Ran slowly down to Glenelg to register for the Two Jetties race and then waited the hour or so until it started. The run goes south on the beach from Glenelg Jetty to the Brighton Jetty and back for a total of about 8.4km. Went out hard on the way out (around 16 min) and then found it quite difficult coming back into the hot northerly finishing in 13th or 14th place with a time of 35:38. Was racing against a guy in the last 500m but about 200m out my necklace suddenly came off and I had to stop and pick it and the ring that was attached up (sentimental reasons). It was a shame because we were shaping up for a good sprint finish. Anyway, I was pretty happy with the result considering the conditions. I think I have reasonable fitness now to build on for some better performances early next year. RunCarly met with me at the finish with the kids and Addi and we went and got Boost juices then walked home.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

2000 km

Just noticed that I have clicked over 2000 km for this year. Will probably add up to about 2100 by the end of the year with this weeks and next weeks totals. That'll be 185 km less than last year. I feel like I've run better this year and have been sick less so I'm happy that the lower mileage has actually helped. Hopefully next year I can increase the mileage a little but still run smarter as I have done this year. There are still a few things I can improve upon like doing some speedwork and doing some weights/core strengthening.

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

Not quite a long run, but a long post

I was going to do an hour and a half run around my area for my long run yesterdaymorning, but I decided to drive over to the bottom of Brownhill Creek and run up into Belair CP via the Yurrebilla trail and back down the trail that comes down between Old Belair Rd and Belair Rd. Felt really good during the run although I got off the Yurrebilla trail a bit and ended up running through the park on a different trail. Got back to the car in 1:12, a little less than I'd hoped but I decided to go home after that to get ready for the Christmas shopping onslaught. We got most of the shopping done and then had RunCarly's work Christmas dinner where I proceeded to eat way too much and drank a bit too much as well (feeling less than 100% today).

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


I am vexed! I'm sitting here almost in tears typing this. Where is the overwhelming public outcry over the race riots in Sydney? Where is the fierce condemnation of this behaviour on websites and blogs all around Australia. We should be damning the actions and the people involved.

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

Stupid day to run

Ran 16km yesterday as my "long" run. Ran 6km first with the dog and then picked up my bag and ran into uni. It was hot in Adelaide yesterday By the time I got into the city it was around 34 degrees and I was feeling pretty ill despite drinking heaps before, during and after the run. I probably should have cancelled the run totally, but I've been slack and hadn't run at all since I got back from Canberra. Definitely "ran myself ugly" as I mentioned on Go Girls blog. Feeling much better now, but it really made me feel quite ill for a couple of hours. Oh, and the time was horribly slow.
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

RunDave MIA

OK, I've been in Canberra for the last week and a half working at the Uni there, staying with my Brother-in-law and his wife in Barton. I was very busy for most of the time and didn't really have much access to the internet. I got home yesterday morning but didn't have time to blog then either.

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.

  1. I thought Black Mountain was harder than Mt Ainsley, is that a fair comment?
  2. I was amazed by the number of people walking, running and cycling in Canberra.
  3. 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

Michelle Leslie - Response to A Girl Running et al

As much as I think that what she did and how she did it was morally wrong, I actually think that she did very well to get out of a sticky situation. In contrast to the case of Shapelle, her defence was organised in a very calm, methodical and sensitive way so that it worked in with the conventions and sensitivities of the Indonesian justice system. In other words, she used the limited evidence and legal precedents in the most appropriate way without pissing the judges off. If I were in her position (which I wouldn't be, because I don't have any huge desire to go to Indonesia anytime soon), I would have done exactly the same thing.

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

Off to Canberra

But before I head off, I have to prepare a whole heap of samples to take to the lab in Canberra, so I have been very busy for the last two weeks and will be busy right up until I leave on Monday morning. I've been back into the running too, running most days and doing a 20 ish km run on Sunday. Also ran home from work 6 km on Sunday night making a total of 26 km for the day. Legs were very sore and tired after that.

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

Interim post

Have been sick for the last week or so. Hopefully I'll be able to run home tonight.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


Went in the Blackhill Challenge on Sunday. Bettered the time from last year by about 40 seconds and got in under an hour. A quality field saw my placing drop from 9th last year to 10th this year. Felt pretty good after the race and all day Monday, but today I've been hit by a combination of a minor cold and pretty bad DOMS. I can't believe you can feel so good after a race and then days later feel so sore! I did a warm down run and stretching (sort of), but I don't think the half dozen beers I had on Sunday afternoon would have helped much. Won't be running for another couple of days I think.

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

Annual Review/Leigh Creek

I've had a very busy last week or two so I haven't posted much. I had my annual review last week and I have to say that it went pretty well, but I think that over the coming 6-12 months I won't be able to post as often while I finish my PhD.

Anyway, I went up to Leigh Creek on the weekend for a mate's son's christening. Saw a lot of this...

Went for a run on Saturday morning out to the Aroona dam (Leigh Creek's reservoir) about 11 km out of town.

Saw lots of spectacular views like this...

and 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

I'm it!

It seems that I've been tagged.
The rules are:

  1. Go into your archives.
  2. Find your 23rd post.
  3. Find the fifth sentence (or the closest one to it)
  4. Post the text of your sentence in your blog along with these rules.
  5. Tag five other people.
Here's my post from 01/07/2005.

"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.

Good recovery

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

We did it!

After having to run in the 50km event in the 2004 trailblazer challenge, I set my sights on the 100km event for 2005. When Phil Laing asked if I'd like to join the Power of Four team for this year's event, I knew I'd be in with a chance of meeting my three goals for the event: finishing the 100km as a complete team, winning the event, and finishing the event in a good time. Well the event is over and we have fulfilled at least two of the goals.

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


For everyone who asked, here is a photo of our dog Addi

We're in the 100... Touch wood

Damn, just lost a post that I'd nearly fisnished writing. Here we go again.

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


Made my comeback yesterday with a 36-ish km run from Morialta to Mt Lofty and back via Waterfall Gully. I have lost a lot of from over the last three weeks and the last 10km were a real struggle. The team structure for the trailblazer still isn't finalized, but it looks like the most likely outcome is that Phil and I do the 50km event together. This might be good given that I struggled to run 36km!

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

I see a scary pattern forming.

Have a look at the monthly kilometres table to the right. See a pattern? I don't know how to avoid this horrible cycle of two months solid training then one month dominated by two-three weeks of illness. I've been very careful this year not to increase training too quickly and to have rest weeks following big events. My nutrition has been good and I've been working on my sleep patterns. Stress levels have been high though due to PhD and land division issues, but there isn't much I can do about those things. The pattern is starting to look very strong. Just to back it up further, I was sick in December and September last year too and had pretty good running through October and November. Anyone got any ideas (besides not running)?

PS. Yay, 50 posts.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Still sick, still busy

When will this cough end? Everyday the cough seems to be a little bit better, but not quite enough to be able to get back on the track. I've been very busy too, which probably doesn't help. Trailblazer team arrangements are still looking dicey. We did have a good fundraising event for the AFL grand final though. Gotta go.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Coffee addicts, read on.

I was reading CJ's blog earlier and the picture on it reminded me of this picture. It also prompted me to write a blog about one of my other great loves: coffee.

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.

Mmmm, beans...

Sunday, September 18, 2005


I've had a cough for the last five days. After my long run last week I felt great. On Monday I still felt great then on Tuesday I started to feel like something was coming on. Since then I've had an awful chestcold with a nasty cough. It has loosened up a bit today and I feel like I'm on the mend. The upshot of this is that I will have to miss at least another few days of training.

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

Amber's Gully to Bridgewater

Ran the trailblazer course from Amber's Gully to Bridgewater Yesterday (about 40km, maybe 1-2 km more) . It took a while, but we got there in the end. I felt really good, so at about 28km, I ran ahead to get a coffee and muffin at Mt Lofty Summit. There was a bit of rain and the track was a little bit muddy, but I really hope we have similar conditions for the run. The temperature was ideal for running unlike two weeks ago. At the end of the run my Polar showed that I had burned 5024 Calories over the whole run. I can't eat that much food in a day let alone in 5 hours!

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

Busy Week/ Trailblazer help

This week has been very busy, so I'll be brief.

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

SARRC "Time Trial"

Ran in the SARRC 10km Time Trial yesterday. Legs were still sore, but this wasn't going to affect my performance in this event. The aim of this time trial was not to run as fast as you can, but to judge your pace accurately. The clock was set at 730am with two hours counting down. You start the run at the time that you think it will take you to run 10km and try to get to the finish right on 0:00, and you're not allowed to take a watch or "any other time keeping device" (whatever that could be?). Given the sorry state of my legs, I thought I'd take 50mins, although when the time came, I needed to go to the toilet so I ended up starting at 48 minutes instead. I found it pretty hard going most of the way - I must have really wiped out my legs last weekend. Ended up coming in with 17 seconds to spare. The winner came in 7 seconds under. Almost everyone came in under time they estimated and most finished around 2 minutes either side of 0:00. Free breakfast afterwards went down well. This was a fun event and quite useful to get the soreness out of the legs with no pressure to run fast.

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

Amazing recovery?

Went for a 5km run on the treadmill this morning. I took it fairly easy, taking 25min to finish. At the start my legs felt great. I thought "Wow, I've recovered really well, what was I thinking earlier in the week". Then the legs started to get sorer and sorer. After 4km, they didn't get any worse. The foot didn't feel bad at all, but it was a little sore after the run. Seems OK now. I guess the recovery isn't as amazing as I thought, although I can't believe I could barely walk on Monday. The cold is hanging around too.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Amazing recovery

My legs feel so much better today. I can't believe that I could hardly walk on Monday. I feel like I could break in to a run now. The bruising under my left foot has all but gone too. I still have a bit of a cold hanging around so the rest this week should help to clear that up.

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


Legs - still feeling very sore but a bit better. Foot - feeling much better. Anti-inflammatories are my friends. Feeling a bit congested too, cold might be still lingering a bit. I think I'll be having the week off with a possible 10km run with SARRC on Sunday. Walking to the bus stop is hard enough at the moment!

Monday, August 29, 2005

Too darn hot! - Marathon PB... just!

Woke up on Sunday morning to a stinking hot northerly, this was a bit of a worry as it seemed to be a bit too hot. Found out after the race that the minimum was 19 degrees! Anyway, I went out really hard for the first 10km or so with a couple of guys who were aiming for sub 3 hours. We were running at just over 4 min kilometers which was obviously way too fast for me. I went through halfway in about 1:28 then really started to slow down with the heat, it was going to be a huge struggle all the way to the end. Thankfully I had put heaps of sports drink out on the course, and I drank almost all of it. I got a second (third?) wind at about 10km to go but it didn't last long. I even had to walk up a couple of steep little hills near the end. It was looking like I might not even get a PB with 2-3km to go so with 2km to go I put in one final effort and sustained it to the end, coming in around 3:19.20 - a PB of exactly 6 minutes! I had hoped for a much faster time of under 3:25 which may have been a bit too ambitious, but the heat definitely shelved that idea. The cold from the week leading up to the race may have played a small part too, but I felt pretty good by Sunday morning. So under the circumstances, I am pretty happy with the result.

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

Stay Calm!

Started to develop a sore throat on Monday afternoon, which led to a sore throat all yesterday. I took affirmative action having early nights last night and Monday night, and taking lots of vitamins, fruit and water. The throat feels much better this morning but I am a bit congested now. I will keep being very cautious with sleep, nutrition and NO RUNNING! Fingers crossed I'll be alright for Sunday. I'm pretty confident I will be.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Easing up / Race plan?

Went for an 18km run this morning with SARRC. I was 5 or so minutes late so I went out at a solid pace to try and pick up with everyone else. Caught up with them about half way and then ran back at a good pace with Mandy. Everything felt really good, so I left it at that rather than doing the extra 5km that I had intended, I don't want to overdo things a week out from the Marathon.

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

New stuff = no money

Ran into work yesterday. Legs were sore to start out with, then loosened up towards the end. I'll run home tonight to get the rest of the soreness out then do a faster run home tomorrow night.

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

Well done Mottram

Didn't stay up for the race last night, but woke up this morning keen to hear how the race went. Very glad to hear that Craig Mottram got a bronze medal in the 5000m at the World Champs. What a great effort. Hopefully the significance of this result is recognised by the Australian media and public. He didn't win, but he has shown that he is one of the world's best runners.

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.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Sore legs

Legs were really sore on the run home last night and had a little soreness through the ITB. Probably a combination of older shoes and the higher mileage over the last month. I think I'll retire a couple of pairs of runners now, I was trying to milk a few extra kms out of them. I had a run planned for today but I will give it a miss so that the legs recover for the weekend long run and so that I don't overdo it for the marathon. This weekend I will be doing CP1 to CP3 of the trailblazer = 27km with some big hills. After that, some serious taper for the marathon.

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


We have a contract on the block of land we were selling. The cooling off has finished and now we have the long wait until settlement. It's not subject to any major conditions so we are confident that it will go ahead. What a relief! After that, the fun begins - building a new house.

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


Don't you just hate those Monday mornings when nothing seems to go right. Woke up an hour late (at least) this morning, rushed to get the kids ready for childcare, battled all the other late risers to get the kids to childcare and wife to work, only to get a phone call from RunCarly 30 seconds after dropping her off saying that we have to go back and pick up the kids because they have "school sores" which are highly infectious. Finally got to work and now have to finish off an urgent report. Didn't have breakfast this morning but did have one of my favourite snacks when I finally got to work: a Nana Divers Oven baked Yoghurt and Apricot Mini Meal.

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

Never playing golf again!

Or not until the next time someone asks me to come along and have a bash. After Sunday my legs have recovered from the 34km run, but my back and shoulders still haven't recovered from hitting 70-odd golf balls at the driving range. Doesn't affect the running though, which is going well. If I don't get a blog in before then, I plan to do a 35-36 km long run around the Normanville area on Sunday morning. This will be my longest run before the Marathon on the 28th.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Sore all over

Went out for the first trailblazer training run yesterday, about 34km from Pinky flat to Morialta bottom gate. The run took over 3:30 but it was a good run and it kept me on my feet for a time well over what I want to run the Marathon in, so that is a good sign. The weather was beautiful and the track was quite good given all the rain we've had. Later in the day some friends came over and we went out to the driving range. I don't play golf, but I can hit the ball OK from my hockey background. However, I haven't played hockey for almost two years now, and I have lost a lot of that hitting strength. Consequently, I am very sore in the oblique abdominal muscles, my shoulders and my forearms. My legs are pretty sore and heavy from the run too. No run today, but I'll have to get a recovery run in tomorrow. I haven't caught the flu from my daughter either (edit: I don't think she had the flu anyway)! Woot yay!

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Should I be worried?

Our daughter is sick today, she has a fever and flu symptoms. She isn't too bad really but I am worried that I will catch whatever she has like I normally do. I have been taking lots of precautions such as earlier nights, eating well, taking antioxidants and not eating or drinking from the same bottles or plates as the kids. But the fact remains that I have increased my training in the last few weeks. My running has been going really well too. Maybe I won't get it, maybe I'm worrying over nothing or maybe I should take it easy over the next few days just in case.

Monday, July 25, 2005

Found: 1 wall

Yesterday. With about 3km to go in my 31.5km run I found a wall and promptly ran into it. Until then I was feeling really good for the whole run and then BAM out with the easy fast stride and in with the Cliffy Young shuffle. I think it might have something to do with the 18km run I did on Friday with a fairly heavy pack. Anyway, I'm glad I was able to run through the wall and finish my run. Legs have recovered well which is a good sign. Had an early night too (last night not Saturday night when I stayed up and watched the cricket/cycling/rugby). Looking forward to a 35 odd km training run with my trailblazer team on Sunday

Monday, July 18, 2005

Boozy week in Darwin

OK, so after my long run last weekend, I then had a very busy week of attending conferences/workshops and going out for drinks every night. I somehow managed to put on 2kg over the last week! Must have been all the alcohol. Only got two short runs in during the week and a long run (25-30km) yesterday afternoon from our house (Morphettville) up to the Yurrebilla trail, along the trail to Waterfall Gully, down Waterfall Gully through Burnside to Dulwich. How cold is it in Adelaide?! I had to miss the River Run because I was feeling a bit stuffed after the trip back but I'm happy with the distance.
In better news, I won a prize (including $400) for my presentation at the AMSA conference.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

Darwin long run

I went for a long run this morning with Darwin runners club. It must have been at least 25 degrees and 80% humidity when I left . I ran 6km out to where they started, ran another 16km with them and then ran back to the backpackers, total 28km. I drank about 3 litres of water during the run plus another 1 litre when I got back. On the way back I stopped at the Parap markets and had a fruit smoothie and coffee, and had a browse through the stalls. These markets are definitely worth a look if you are in Darwin on a Saturday morning. Can't type too much because I'm in an internet cafe. Thanks to the Darwin Runners Club for letting me run with them and particularly Ian, who was good conversation along the way.

Almost forgot, legs felt pretty good. Should be able to run the River Run next week no problems.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Trailblazer finish

Here we are finishing the Trailblazer last year. Babette was pretty tired but managed to smile for the camera. As usual, I didn't even notice that there was a camera, but trust me I was feeling pretty good.

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


Went for a run this morning with Addi. Felt better, legs weren't sore and I was able to go at a reasonable pace. HR was still a little high though.

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

Long (sort of) run

Went for a long run this morning: 20k. This was really tough, the heart rate was up, I was running pretty slowly and the legs started to get sore towards the end. I nearly hit the wall too because I didn't take any gel or powerade. I can see that getting up for the Adelaide marathon is going to be hard work.

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

First run back

Ran home last night (10k). It's amazing how much condition you lose over three weeks. My legs are so sore today. My HR was almost 10bpm higher than average for the run home and it took a few minutes longer than usual. Hopefully my fitness will pick up quickly as I get back into things. I'm planning to do 15-20k on Sunday morning then a couple of runs next week before going up to Darwin. Up in Darwin I will try to go for a run on Saturday morning (6.45!) with the Darwin runners club.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Even better

I was contemplating a run this morning, but I am still a bit blocked up so maybe tomorrow after a really early night tonight. I need to get Addi running again. She is getting bored in our small back yard as evidenced by her pulling all of the washing off the line yesterday and eating a few pairs of RunCarly's undies (yes that's right, she ate them!).

Monday, June 27, 2005


The nagging sore throat has gone away, I feel a lot better, now all I have to do is get rid of this runny nose and I'll be back on the road. NO, I didn't go to the doctor, and I'm not going to now unless I get worse again.
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


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Say no more.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Why am I feeling worse today?

Woke up this morning and felt worse than I have for almost a week. I've been sick for almost two weeks now and I haven't been running. I've been taking it easy and having fairly early nights, and still no improvement. I think I'll have a really early night tonight (wife and kids are away) and see how I feel tomorrow. If no improvement, I guess I'll have to get myself off to the doc. Good thing I pulled out of the Pichi Richi Marathon, there's no way I would be ready for it now, in fact Adelaide is looking a bit shaky too.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Not yet

Still no running, still feeling a little sick and starting to get rather pissed off. When will this thing go away?

Friday, June 17, 2005

Runner's World Photo

I was just flicking through Runner's World today and RunDave has made it into the results pages, albeit for an event that I walked in with my wife. We are pictured on page 68 (if you look it up you will reveal my secret identity). We were 35km through when the photo was taken so we look a bit knackered!

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

A little better

Still sick today. Took yesterday off work which was probably a good thing. Now I have to catch up with work. I'm itching to go for a run but I must resist the urge until I'm better. Otherwise I will just prolong the illness.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Fully sick!

I am sick today. It was inevitable I guess. I'll be taking it easy for a few days to see how it goes. I'm glad I didn't run on the weekend, it could have got really ugly.

Monday, June 13, 2005

You are an idiot RunDave!

After identifying that I might be a bit run down and taking it easy, I went and started this last week pretty hard. 16km on Monday, 6km on Tuesday, 10km on Thursday, then couldn't find time on Friday and Saturday. But then I decided to stay up all Saturday night watching trash on TV, the result: woke up Sunday morning feeling shit with a sore throat and slightly productive chest - nothing too bad. So I didn't do my long run again and I won't be running today either. Hopefully after some early nights and good food, I will be back up again later in the week. I am not going to make the same mistake as last year trying to run too early and getting sicker.

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

Easy does it!

Ran 10k on Tuesday and Wednesday, then felt a bit run down on Thursday. Unlike in the past, I took this as a warning and had a couple of days off. I then ran 10k on Saturday with the dog and felt much better. Slept in this morning and then came in to uni so I will be doing my long run (ca 30k) tonight before going home.

Edit: Didn't do the long run. I'll have to try and fit it in later in the week.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Looong run

Went on a long run yesterday and it ended up being a lot longer than I intended (ie 29-30km). First I took the dog out for a run (sorry, still no photos) for 1hr 5min (probably 12km) then I dropped her at home and ran into uni and back (20ish km), stopping to talk to my mum (who I saw watching a hockey game so I went and had a chat for 10min) and to get some books from uni. I went home via our old house to see how some friends were going pulling up some floorboards which added another 2 km to the distance. So I ended up running 34-35 km (35 for the training diary!). The good news is that I feel really good today. This may be because of the recovery session that I did afterward ie. alternating hot shower to 1 minute in cold bath x3 finishing with a hot shower. The bad news is that I didn't get as much done at home as I had intended, oh well there's always another day.

Friday, May 27, 2005

Moving house sucks! II

This is how much it sucks. I haven't had time to update my blog due to: 1) too much work at the moment; 2) PC wasn't set up for a while at home; and 3), no time with all the moving and unpacking. I have been able to run however, and this is feeling pretty good.

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

Moving house sucks!

Well we finished moving house yesterday. Now we can't find anything and we are trying to work out the idiosyncrasies of the new house. I managed to stay uninjured from the moving process although very sore muscles. I didn't get to run over the weekend though. I might try and get a long run in early tomorrow morning. I hope everyone went well in the GO marathon. I saw some photos on the web and I am very envious.

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

Race Envy

Ran home last night and ran into uni this morning. Feeling pretty good. Missed my run on Wednesday due to moving house issues. Don't know how much I'll be able to do over the long weekend since we are moving and clearing a lot of stuff out of the house. Hopefully I'll be able to do a long run on Sunday morning (very early). A lot of SARRC people are going over to the Great Ocean Road Marathon this weekend. Good luck to anyone going in this event. I wish I was there. Fingers crossed that I don't injure my back over the weekend (Must remember to stretch!).

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Getting a bit lazy with the blog, but we are in the process of moving at the moment. Missed my long run on Sunday due to some GI problems, so I moved it to Monday night. Found it pretty hard going in the darkness even though I had my head torch, but clocked up around 24km which was my long run goal for this week. Ran a few hills too. Including last night, I ran 51km last week and I hope to increase that to 55-56km this week. Legs have finally recovered from the half marathon although I did feel the soreness creeping back in towards the end of my long run.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Still sore

Went for a 6-7km run with Addi (a 4 yo female GSP) this morning and found it really tough. Legs are still very sore and heavy from the weekend but I think the run may have helped. We will be packing all our stuff and moving to a rental property over the next few weeks. We'll be staying there for about 12 months. I should be able to keep the running up over the next week or two provided I'm not too sore from moving furniture (Note to self: warmup and stretch before lifting heavy objects). The house is closer to West beach and about the same distance from Uni so if my runs decrease in length I may be able to get in one more session a week. We'll have to take Addi out running more often now anyway because the house has a smaller yard.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Race plan, what raceplan?

Yesterday I ran in my second Greenbelt half marathon. I was hoping for a time of under 1:30. My time last year was 1:22.37, but this year in the lead up I haven't been doing any long runs, just long walks in preparation for the 61k SCC last weekend. I had a race plan and pace wristband printed out and everything, but as soon as the gun went off, I bolted and forgot about tactics totally. Before I knew it, I was running 1:20 pace! Anyway, by about 12-13km I was really feeling it, my pace dropped back and I was just running to finish. I was overtaken by a couple of guys, but I did overtake a couple myself, so my pace couldn't have been too bad. Finished in 1: 28.06. I'm fairly happy with this given my recent training, but I will have to up the mileage (especially on the long runs) if I want to make it to the Pichi Richi marathon in July.
Also, I lost my dog tag during the race (stupid, I know). I'm hoping someone will find it and call me.

"No, try not. Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Email Blog

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

Running keeps me regular

Warning: Do not read if you are offended by bodily functions!

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

Southern Charity Challenge

Yesterday Mrs RunDave and I walked 61km in the southern charity challenge, an event to raise money for oxfam. The course started at Goolwa, followed a bike track all the way to the bluff at Encounter Bay, over the bluff and around Petrel Cove, inland to Back Valley, and around a 23km loop to Mt Robinson and back to Back Valley hall. We started at 9am and finished 10 hours 15 minutes later. We somehow finished first, although there were only five other teams doing the 61km event and I'm not sure how many of those teams actually finished.

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).

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Dog Tag

After reading about the death of a runner in the USA who wasn't identified for 18 hours, I decided to "steal" an idea suggested on coolrunning. I bought a dog tag from Aussie Disposals and had it engraved with all my emergency details. It cost me about $25. A small price to pay to know that if - heaven forbid - I am involved in an accident, the ambos will know who I am, who to contact and what medical precautions to take.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

First Post

Such an anticlimax. Didn't run today, so nothing to report there. Just preparing for the 60K walk this weekend with Mrs RunDave.