Careful What You Wish For

When we were building our new house we contemplated not having a pool, but we thought it would be good for the kids on the summer holidays so we got one put in. As we have only just moved in we also decided not to have a summer holiday for the first time in years.

Well we couldn’t of wished for a better summer, I think it’s rained maybe twice since December 1st and the past week and next week are all high 20’s C and mid 30’s C. As I write it’s 9:30pm and it’s still a balmy 31C. The lows are 19-22C so there’s little relief even at night. The kids have been in the pool everyday and some days it’s an effort to get them out.

The downside to all this heat is the damage it’s doing to my running – I’ve run 4 times in the last 6 days:

Thursday tempo run was an out and out slog in 24C heat.

Friday was insane – I missed the am run due to time constraints so I thought I’d do an easy 7K at 2:00pm in 34C heat. For the first time I felt like giving up, I was over heating, tired, body ached and dripping wet from sweat. How on earth do those 100k runners do it through the desert?

Saturdays long around Princes Park and Carlton was at 8 am but was still 24C and littered with a few walk breaks.

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Yesterday was supposed to be my recovery run at a very easy pace. 9:00am it was 28C and in 40 minutes I only covered 6.2K and it was far from easy.

Safe to say I hate the heat when running, give me 6C any day. As you can see I haven’t fixed my Garmin issue and still using Runkeeper which is a cause of frustration as I cannot monitor the distance or pace as easy as the watch. Still probably wouldn’t have mattered this week as it was so hot, slow and debilitating.

Been logging my stats on “Dailymile” week 1 is January 1st:

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The End!

My last post had some serious questions about my GPS watch – it was playing up, not charging, wouldn’t turn off, wouldn’t download data etc.

I rang Garmin and after being on hold for 32 minutes ( thank God for a speaker phone) I finally got to speak to a real person!

Serial number checked, software checked -synopsis – we can supply you with a new 310XT for $159 as the watch is dead or at least on life support.

OK, it’s probably not a bad deal, but the actual watch is 3 years old and has been superseded a number of times – I’m thinking of getting a new watch with a smaller face and less of the bells and whistles that I don’t use.

Run wise, I struggled this morning as it was so hot- a slowish run yet I was sweating buckets. I really cant wait for the cooler weather for running but I love the warmer weather when I’m not. This week is 30’sC everyday, perfect for relaxing but uncomfortable for running. Had to use the Runkeeper app:

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The deck ha s cost me another $80 as I needed a new chemical anchor to attach the bearers to the brick piers – apparently we have hollow bricks and dynabolts just don’t cut it.

Bearers are in and the joists are in place.

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Is This The End?

The thing that keeps me honest and has been with me since my first ever run seems to be dying:

Garmin Forerunner 310XT – It’s now 2 and a half years old and has had a replacement charging clip in the last year. It’s starting to give me the shits:

  • It wont turn off
  • It wont charge
  • It charges and then turns off
  • The computer has stopped paring with it
  • The computer does not recognise it

I’ve tried a hard and soft reset but to no avail.Surely a $500 watch should last more than 2.5 years? Anyone else these issues with their watches?

So today I had to resort to “Runkeeper” and although it’s not bad, it’s not on my wrist and not readily available to read as I keep it in my waist pouch.

Friday  was Wednesday’s run of 7.3K

Saturday was 9.6K

and today I had my easy/recovery run for the week of 40 mins:

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35K for the week and this climbs to 38K for the upcoming week.

On the home front, I’m in the throes of building a deck by the side of the house. The last time I built a deck was about 15 years ago. I couldn’t have done it or as well if I didn’t have Michelle’s granddad’s assistance. He was 75 at the time and was from the old school – close enough was never good enough for Albert- he’d pull me up regularly and re measure or recut and he had every tool known to man – in fact if you couldn’t buy the tool, he’d make one for the job.

I wish I had him here now to help me but alas he passed away 4 years ago – I really miss him. He was a mate although he supported Nottingham Forest and Essendon ( I’m West Ham and Fitzroy), we’d often get up in the middle of the night to watch England play in the World Cup of the Euro championships.

If he disapproved of anything, he wouldn’t utter a word, the look on his face painted  the picture for you = RIP Albert


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A Few Good Men -Left

I’m not referring to the movie with Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson, but the general public. There are still a few good men left….

I’m building a deck and I was in Bunnings yesterday inquiring about the cost of the timber and the delivery charge. The lady informs me that because I have 5.4m lengths it would need a big truck and will cost me in excess of $100 – the timber only cost $200 and I only live 8K’s from the store.

A builder standing next to me waiting to get served asks where I live and says chuck it on my truck and I’ll deliver it for you. Fifteen minutes later his truck’s loaded and he’s saved me $49 in timber costs as I’d allowed for timber that wasn’t required.

Next thought that entered my head- what if he drives off with my timber? I don’t have his number or name. I felt guilty for thinking this way and quickly decided that my faith in him was worth $151. Delivered, Harry wouldn’t take any money and I had to force him to take 6 bottles of my wine. He’s saved me $150 and the inconvenience of waiting around for the Bunnings truck to turn up.

I hope Karma pays Harry a visit.

Running and walking wise this week is the same story – a 5:30am meet up with Mike and a 5K walk on Tuesday and Thursday followed by a 5K run and a 7.2K (40 minute) tempo run.

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Screen shot 2013-02-07 at 6.53.04 PMI missed Wednesday’s run due to the heat (37C) and not being able to get out of bed at 5:00am.

Next 3 days are a 7K, 9.6K and a 40 minute easy run.


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Wow -Fourteen; who’d have thought?

There were plenty who said it wouldn’t last, but what would they know?

Today is our fourteenth wedding anniversary and we’re approaching 18 years together. I have to say I get happier every day and our relationship is the best. It’s not everyone’s ideal but it works for us and it works bloody well. Some couples we know when they have an argument, a disagreement or are upset with one another will either stew over it or sit and state that your actions/words are making me feel unhappy – bugger that, we come right and say, ” look here, you’re pissing me off so get over it and do it quick smart because I’m not putting up with it” problem solved and real quick.

We also have the ability to take the piss out of ourselves and each other without causing any offense.

People also say that you have to work hard to make a relationship work -we don’t, it works because we love each other and we share the same dreams and goals – it’s easy not hard.

3rd February 1999 – Merville Beach, Grand Baie, Mauritius


Michelle – I love you more everyday…xxxxxxxx

Anyway back to 14 years – I’m very confident that the 14 year present is kryptonite and it just so happens that every jewelers’ in the southern hemisphere has sold out. Some joker bought out all the supplies. I guess I’ll buy her 14 drinks when we go out for lunch today at the Quiet Man – she’ll only have 3 so I’ll take the other 11.

Oh and I ran an easy 35 minutes today to cap off a 33K week.


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Water Week

Continuing on the water theme from Torquay, my first run since I got back to Melbourne and I decided to run the Maribyrnong River – to the red bridge – 6K

At 7am this morning there were about 400 hundred people around the river – rowers, runners, running groups ( one was 30+ strong) exercise groups, walkers, it was hectic.

The Maribyrnong River track is very flat except for the bridges but it can be windy and because it weaves in all directions you get the feeling that the wind is always in your face.

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Back in town

Normally if I don’t blog for a few days, it’s because I don’t run – well I’ve broken that model. This week has been upside down:

On Monday I did Tuesday’s 5K

Wednesday I did Thursday’s 35 minute tempo run and

Today I did Saturday’s 9.6K long run which clocked up 80K for the month and I only started on the 15th.

We headed down to Torquay for a couple of days and stayed with friends – the red A is Torquay, it’s about an hour 15 minute drive from home.


Got up early this morning to run the coastal track and decided to get my long run out of the way for the week – perfect morning; cool, no wind and a flattish track.

What could be better than this at 6:30am?

Great run and then a dip in the ocean to cool off:




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