Friday, July 20, 2012


I tried a run the other day. Three days of fevers and another couple of days of throwing up randomly had put a little speed bump into my training schedule and left my legs feeling like jelly. But I woke up Wednesday morning feeling the best that I had for a week (which wasn't a very high standard to achieve) and decided that today was as good as any.

I usually run around 10k for my mid-week run but I wanted to be sensible. Seven kilometres sounded sensible. Walking up hills also sounded sensible. And running at a really, really comfortable pace sounded sensible too. And so I had a plan.

And that plan worked great ... for the first 3k. At around 3k there's a kinda nasty hill which I'd promised myself I'd walk up. Of course I deluded myself into thinking that because I was feeling pretty good that I could run up most of the hill. So I did.

Have you ever watched a documentary about zoo animals given birth? Picture the baby giraffe that's just been born and is trying to take its first few steps. Well, that's how my legs felt when I finally got to the top of the hill. Good-bye gross motor control. Hello wobbly legs.

Luckily uphills often come with a matched downhill and this route is no exception. I didn't need too much motor control going down the slope as long as I didn't hit any pot holes or have to change direction suddenly. My watch beeped over the 4k mark and I decided then that 5k would have been an even more sensible first run back. Didn't stop me from running up the second hill though. I am nothing if not stubborn.

It certainly wasn't my prettiest ever run. And I did need a mid-morning nap. But I'm happy to say that a week of virus hasn't set me back too far.


I received a birthday invite the other day. From someone I haven't seen in years. From someone who used to tease me and my friends about being fat. From someone who groped me during a Christian music concert. Funnily enough I don't really want to go. And even funnier than that - he's grossly obese now and when we made contact on Facebook for the first time he commented that I looked scrawny. Seems like some things just never change.


Toby and I have been training together. Not running training - eating training. Toby is a magician when it comes to food. You put the food bowl down in front of him, say abracadabra, and the food vanishes. 
He finishes nearly every meal with hiccups because of the speed that he eats and woe-betide anyone that gets between him and his plate.

Because I want to have grandchildren one day (not yet, boys) and Toby may still be alive, he needs to learn to eat in a less frantic manner - with more restraint. We need to be able to touch him while he's eating and even be able to take his bowl away from him mid-meal. 

So we've been doing a lot of work - patting him when he's eating, removing and replacing his bowl and, most importantly, making him wait once we put his bowl in front of him.

And he's got it ... almost.


  1. glad that you are finally rid of being sick. I hate it when I'm sick! I need you to come teach a few dogs over here how to eat while being less frantic. I think having competition around is not helping our course here. Have a great weekend Char!

  2. Why would that guy invite you to his birthday? Scrawny? No way = you look great. Glad you are feeling better. Your runs will come.
    I am going to try my wet suit today if I can get it on. A friend is going to help me. Yikes!

  3. That guy on Facebook sounds like a total a**hole. He must be insecure about his size to try to criticise you, no doubt he's jealous that you have kept fit and slim as you've got older and he clearly hasn't.

    Steady progress with the running, glad you are back into it!

  4. So glad you are feeling better, Char! What a week for you. And glad to hear you aren't going to the party - what a jerk. I'm always amazed at the people who seem to take such pleasure in saying mean things. And you look fit, not scrawny! Go girl!

  5. OMG I want to come to your house and just love that sweet dog! So cute!! I love the video!

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  6. oh I loved this video of Toby. So funny and cute...good dog. Glad you are running again after that nasty virus. Looks like I'm down for the count now so my turn to be sick. booo. Yeah, no room for people like that in our life...I wouldn't want to go to the party either.

    Thanks for your comment on my post today. I responded on there but here it is here too since your comments aren't connected to e-mail for a response:

    "Maybe it is laying here with a fever and being overemotional but this made me cry. So beautifully said about your miscarriage feelings. I definitely think you needed to grieve and so glad you did. Thank you Char. "

  7. People who have to criticize you just has insecurities. Glad you showed your scrawny ass off, he's just uber jealous is all :). Glad you're feeling better; those legs will bounce back quickly, don't worry! :)

  8. I always worry about losing some of my running power, whenever I've missed a few runs. Good to read yours is still intact, even if you felt a bit wobbly!

  9. I did this training in drive thing with Lucy and she now sits and waits for her food until I give her the signal. It's one dog training thing that I've done that's worked well!


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