Daily Photo – Sunday 30th August 2015 – Fruit at B2B

Today was what is known in the local running calendar as Bridge to Brisbane Day. A 10km event starting at the Gateway bridge, going over it (I’m so glad I didn’t research what that looked like before the day!), before heading towards the City.

So many positives for me to take away…..the fact that the local public transport operators put on free extra services at stupid o clock on a Sunday morning, to get just under 17000 (yes that’s right seventeen thousand!) runners to the start line. A fabulous sight sitting on a train (one every few minutes) in the just after dawn hours and seeing nothing but race numbers attached to the front of every lyra/active wear traveller filling every carriage.

And then, there was the fact that I ran (well didn’t resort to walking anyway) the whole thing without stopping. Yes I have run 10k without stopping before, but not for a long time, and certainly not when the start was up a long hill. And yes I wanted to stop on many occasion, but after ticking off each kilometre marker that thought of….”come on just one more”… kicked in, so when I got to the 7km marker it turned into the ….. “well you can’t stop now”…..thought. Even when at about 9km, another damn hill appeared…. And I stated out loud (much to the surprise and amusement of several strangers running around me at the time)…. “Oh s##t….Right….Come on S!”.

So finish line crossed, T-shirt collected and lots of water drunk, I staggered out into the finish village to check out what was there before heading home (on the free train of course).

My favourite sight……the masses of chopped fruit just ready for the taking. Super refreshing and a nice change to the sugary snack bars usually handed out by some sponsor or other.

Just the odd bit of fruit!

Would I do it again? Of course I would….how else can I get the excuse to eat guilt free chocolate/cake ­čśë

My stats: Finished in a time of 1:14:39, and placed 9885 out of 16784 finishers.

Daily Photo – Sunday 16th August 2015 – River run 100

This morning saw me get up before dawn, and head down to South Bank.

Why? For a volunteering shift at the check-in desk for the River Run 100.

Sun rising on the start/finish line
Sun rising on the start/finish line

By the time I arrived, the sun was just coming up, and some of the runners had already been going for some time.

This event had four races taking place today. Choices of 10, 20, 50 or 100km. All could be run individually, the 50 or 100km races could be done as a relay team.

The course followed parts of the river that I’ve now become quite familiar with from my own training, and is largely flat, and quite pleasant – though I’m guessing a bit lonely in the dark!

For those running the longer races on their own….wow! But then I know first hand that every single person’s target and abilities are their own. For some being able to walk the 10km course would be a massive achievement.

The aim for the 100km race was to finish as close to 3pm as possible, with all team members having to run the last 5km together. Whilst I didn’t stick around to see this, I can imagine the atmosphere that it fostered.

One of the many reasons I like volunteering at events like this…..to see the togetherness, and encouragement thrown at people that have never met, and likely never will do really past that fleeting cheer or high five….but all done willingly in the knowledge that every little bit helps, having allowed ourselves to stand in someone else’s shoes just briefly and provide that empathetic response. A lesson we should all try and adhere to more often maybe, I know I should.

Day 1 of The first 101 days in Oz

Having landed late last night, and being awake for quite some time in the middle of the night, unsurprisingly a nice long lie in occured today. 

Having stuck the laundry on (not actually giving it to someone else in a carrier bag and hoping it came back in a reasonable condition) …..using an actual washing machine…..located in the place we were actually staying…and under our control….. it was time to delight in the use of a shower for which I could control the temperature and pressure, and actually feel like I’ve thoroughly cleaned myself the first time in a long time.

Ok, so Brisbane has just started a very hot and humid heatwave, so I’m not gonna stay like that for long……but then I could have another later!

Just as┬áI think about walking round to the local shop for the basics, we get whisked off to the local supermarket (thanks to a lift from our kind hosts in their air conditioned car), where we go a bit mad for fresh fruit, vegetables (I’ve been craving roast vegetables for quite some time now), and various familiar looking delights and I only realise when heading towards the checkout that I have less than $100 cash in my pocket and my credit card is still in the security pouch it has lived in for the last 4 months, which┬áI had relished that morning at not needing to put back around my waist! Kind hosts to the rescue, we headed back and literally filled the fridge.

Yep, that’s right, a fridge….ours to use as we wish…..in the place we were staying!

Next it was onto the first bit of bureaucracy of moving to a new country – telling the tax man I’m here, and letting him provide me with my unique reference to enable me to pay him in the future (aside, not sure why┬áI stuck with the traditional man label here?), otherwise known as submitting my application for a tax file number. All quite easily done using an online system, and my number should be received in the post within the next couple of weeks…..that’s right……in the post…..to the place where we are staying!

Having picked up every tourist brochure under the sun at the airport (not an untypical habit of a traveller),┬áI started to read through those, ┬áand compiling a list of things I’d like to do……this has now formed the basis of my Brisbane based bucket list.

It seems┬áI had then had enough of sitting, because┬áI decided to go for a run. Yes, a run, in lycra, in the area┬áI’m staying in, despite the heat and the hills. Because it’ll be ‘normal’ to randomly run here. But it is blooming hot…..and the hills are everywhere. ┬áShort intervals it is then. But that’s alright…..I’ve got time to improve and get back to the running ……’cos┬áI live here now!

Without realising the peril, our hosts had pointed out the nearest takeaway whilst out in the car earlier, and oh yeah,┬áI do fancy an Aussie burger! So the vegetables stayed in the fridge for tonight, and that burger was exactly how┬áI remember an Aussie burger to be….yum!

The Burger - with the lot
The Burger – with the lot

Skypeing with my Mum finished the day off nicely.

Oh and I did have that second shower Ôś║