Monday, June 14, 2010
4-0 Plus a Red Card :(
So it's official. Australia pretty much sucks as a football powerhouse. For all of you who aren't glued to your tv's over the next month, the Soccerooos were comprehensively thrashed by the Germans. Yes, we never really expected to win but one goal would have been nice and losing one of our key players to a very soft red card just added insult to injury. I'm generally good at predicting red cards. If I gasp loudly enough to make the dog think he's done something wrong, it's a safe bet that it's a red card offence. Tim Cahill's tackle didn't raise a peep out of me. Still I will sit up till a ridiculous hour next Sunday morning to see if we can regain some dignity against the Ghanaians.
After yesterday's ignominious loss I took myself out for a relaxed 12k run. I was all set to do my usual Monday loop when I got the urge to break out of my mold. Instead of turning off to the University, I ran straight - across the bridge over to the OTHER side of the river. This was exceedingly daring of me. I never run across the river unless I'm in a group! (and there's really no reason why I don't - the people there are perfectly nice) The reason why it was so daring is because I don't know where any of the toilets are over there, whereas here in my comfort zone, I know I never have to run (or walk really quickly depending on my desperation level) more than a kilometer to find a loo. Luckily the toilet gods smiled at me and I didn't have to go.
Today's speed session was quite brutal. Coach Chris had devised a session which involved running loops up and down an incline. It was more like a hill session than a speed session. I found myself running with a new member. I'd break away from her on the rep and she'd catch me on the recovery. It helped push me along and kept me from slacking off.
Tomorrow's a rest day and I get to sleep in (little cheer). This is our last hard week of training before we start to taper for Gold Coast and I'm looking forward to easing back for a while.