Thursday, December 23, 2010


Tis the day before Christmas and I'm finally all ready. Still not feeling the spirit but at least all the presents are bought and wrapped.

A whole week ago Marlene tagged me to answer a few questions. I know I'm a little late but better late than never.

What are you most proud of accomplishing in 2010?

My best running moments this year were running the Sydney Half Marathon in September with my son Josh and running my first marathon in Melbourne. This year was a lot about survival, not so much pb's. After a bout of over training syndrome I was happy to just be running, especially with the major family/work issues that had to be dealt with.

What are your running goals for 2011?

My goals for this year are to continue to get back to where I was running-wise in July 2009. And to continue to enjoy my running.

What was your favorite race?

Without a doubt my favourite race was the half in Sydney. It was amazing to be able to run with Josh, to run over the Harbour Bridge, around most of the Sydney landmarks and to finish in the Opera House forecourt. Plus my time was better than I'd expected.

What is your favorite holiday guilty pleasure?

Naps! I love making myself some lunch and taking it to bed with me. Then reading till my eyes just have to close. Both my dogs think afternoon naps are a must and join me so it gets a little crowded on the bed. And sometimes a little stinky.

What is your most embarrassing running moment?

My most embarrassing running moment involved an urgent call of nature, a lack of conveniently sited toilets and a fire hose. You've all got imaginations so I don't need to say anything more.

I'm going to tag

Stefano and

Talking about running - I've actually done some this week. Speed session was Tuesday and Coach Chris had us do mile repeats again. We did these two weeks ago and they were not so great. I started at 7:09 then things went down hill - 7:17, 7:34 and 7:45. It was a very poor show of consistency.

But this week I was a lot happier with my pacing - 7:09, 7:06, 7:11 and 7:22. I still died a little by the end but the first three were pretty even.

Then we had hills yesterday. The weather has been so wet here that we had to avoid the trails and just stick to the road so we ran the loop of the mountain. It starts with a 2.2k section uphill and then undulates around the top for a while then it's downhill. The first section is tough - I was managing 7 min k's - but you get your legs back once it starts undulating and then you can kick it home. My last three k's were all around the 4:30 mark and they felt great. I wish all my running could feel so good and be as fast. I finished the loop 2 mins faster than I'd done it before!! And I even stopped at the top of the first uphill to catch my breath.

Happy Christmas to Everyone - One Sleep To Go.


  1. I am with you on the naps! I've been indulging in them a lot this week, as I've been off work!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. I bet that half with your son was the best! If it wasn't so late in the day I'd go take a nap! I love them too and I'm due a good one.

  3. It was fun reading your accomplishments and goals, enjoying running is just what we all need to do as our number ONE goal!
    You eating and napping sounds like FUN, I hope I can do that this week!
    Merry Christmas, so happy you're ready for it!

  4. I think that you reached two great goals this year, Char: a Half Marathon with your son Josh and your first marathon :)

    Happy Christmas Holiday!

  5. I love naps too! Good job on your mile repeats. I have yet to do that workout but I hope to soon. Merry Christmas! happy to find your blog this year.

  6. Fire hose? Seriously you cannot leave us hanging. I need more details.

    Naps rule the world. With dogs, even better.

  7. Merry Christmas to you and your family Char!! :)

  8. Half with the son and a whole marathon! The best accomplishments.
    Thank you for the mention. The Black Knight is proud of the tag!


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