Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010

Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010
Blackmores Sydney Marathon 2010

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"The Goat House"....Finished!

This morning I helped Steve (teacher at school) finish the goat house by drilling in the last few bolts!

Here it is : 
Awaiting new residents...."The Goat House"...completed 15th April, 2014!

Monday, April 14, 2014


Yes, Shingles!!  Awful thing and very painful! 

Nearly 14 years ago I had the first real attack of shingles and ever since, every now and again, it flares up most horribly!  The past 2 weeks has been one of those times and probably one of the worst recurrences....stabbing, burning pain in my right upper arm, armpit and shoulder blade.  At night it has been intolerable and the only relief has been from holding ice cubes against the skin to reduce the blood flow and consequently the pain.

This morning I sought advice from the pharmacist and now have an ointment which should give some relief.  It's called Xylocaine and I've used it years ago, but didn't know it could now be bought without a prescription.  Hopefully, tonight will be better than last night when I sat in bed, holding ice cubes to the area till around 2:00a.m.!

I can't run until this episode clears.  'Someone' is against me lately!

I did find time, in spite of shingles, to help with stage 2 of The Goat Shed!

Apprentice builder on The Goat Shed!

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Rain Stopped ~~~~~

.....just long enough for me to walk to and back from the school this morning.  Now, at mid-day, the skies are darkening and raining very soon.  Went into the classrooms to wish all a happy Easter and then the same for the goats and cows!


A shelter is being built for the goats and the kids that will be born mid-winter and I'm helping by encouragement and holding posts steady and tramping in surrounding earth!  Next time, I'll take a photo of the 4 posts that now stand as testament to my efforts and then the various stages of construction! 

Today :  4km

 The start of The Goat Shed!
This is 'Mara' and that's the sound she makes!

That's 'Daisy-May with her calf 'Missy, almost as big as her mum!

"Anyone Home?"


I call her "Old Sheep"

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Time Trial....Supposedly!

The less said the better! 

I was carrying bag of potatoes on my, for sure.

I was raining, but that's no excuse.

I did too many drills yesterday.....I don't think so.

I had too large a Thai meal last night.....I'm sure so!

..I walked half the distance and that's all I'm saying!

The program was;
2km warm-up
5km...@ 7:23m/k
1km cool-down.

For today:  8km...jog/walk

5k of 8km

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Not Just Easy ~~~~~

~~~~~  very easy!   Has to be extra easy if I'm to do any good at all in between two hard days :  yesterday, track; tomorrow, tempo run.

This morning at the school soccer field I did a short warm-up followed by 1 set of Magill drills with a stride between each drill, over a distance not quite 100m; short jog cool-down followed by a visit to the cows and goats!  I sat for a while and watched the calf hungrily taking in a flat white happily provided by her mother, Daisy-May!

 It's good to sit sometimes and do nothing, absolutely nothing.

In all :  3km

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Track at Chev College

An overcast and humid morning.  The grounds at Chev muddy from soccer matches.  Ran on the least muddy section..i.e. where markings were for the outside of the soccer field...a rectangle!

The Program was :
10-20 min warm-up
400m (2:44);  600m (4:08); 800m (5:32); 1200m (8:23); 800m;  600m;  400m...times based on 36min 5km F.I.R.S.T. training.
10 min cool-down.

With increasing difficulty, I ran following times:
2:44; 4:04;  5:28;  8:19;  5:34;  4:06;  2:38  (1.5k warm-up + strides; 1km cool-down)

First running in a week, so no wonder I felt like I was about to collapse!

I can't transfer my map from Garmin Connect to Google Earth...something has gone wrong and I can't fix it!

For today : 8.3km

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Feelin' Better!

Should be good to trot by tomorrow.  This reaction to flu shot has been very unexpected and annoying!

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Feelin' Fluey!

Earlier this week I had the flu I always do around this time of year but for the first time I've had some side effects : headache, sore throat, tired etc. and sleeping like a log!  As a result, I didn't get to do the usual tempo run on Thursday or today's longer run. 

Will write the week off and start again on Monday.