Dog walking really is a full time job.

OMG. September 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 10:06 am

Hi gang,

I’m feeling really sorry for myself today. For no real reason other than I had to work through the grand final (Ped was happy because mum was home to give him pats while dad drank beer and ate pies with his mates), and now I’m contemplating a 29km run tomorrow morning. I’ve just spent some time on good ol’ mapmyrun, so that was fun. I’ve got our route planned now. We’ll be starting from Cott, running down to Freo (the end of Marine Parade in South Freo), turning around and retracing our steps, then continuing on past the start point out into Swanbourne, then back on ourselves again. Eek. Anyway, it’ll be interesting if nothing else, and I’m sure getting our nutrition right will be a big part of how painful it is.

I haven’t done much running since my sore bum – we did a 6km run with Ped at the river during the week and I felt fine for most of it, but started to feel a bit sore towards the end. So I’m really hoping that all the magnesium I’ve been downing will help out tomorrow. I’d hate to get sore and stuff up the long run. I’m actually looking forward to it in a perverse sort of way.

Tomorrow is also Mhairi and Spencer’s wedding! So we’ll have a nap after the run to make sure we’re not falling asleep at the tables. Exciting!

Will update after the long run tomorrow..



Pain in the bum. September 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 8:55 am

Hey team,

As mentioned in the last post, my right glute decided it would take centre stage for the week. After pulling up too sore to run on Wednesday, it didn’t get better quickly. I didn’t run the Freo half on Sunday which I was really bummed about (boom boom!), but quite a few friends did it, and all did really well. Lisa PB’ed at 1:50 which is such a killer effort, her mate Kim ran an incredible 1:43 and a bit, and Muz did a fantastic 1:53. Also good news is that Lisa’s hubby Sean won the Goldcoast Anaconda on the weekend!! Amaaazing. I haven’t got the times from Lis yet, but I do know he came out of the swim first, so perhaps he dominated the whole way! Wouldn’t surprise me if he did.

So the last week was devoid of exercise as I hoped the glute would heal itself. Muz and I hit up bikram yesterday arvo and I’m going again with Nathan tonight, with a run planned for the morning (if the weather decides to become less foul).

Weekend highlight was getting Ped a giant tennis ball. He kicks and noses it around the park like he’s playing soccer. It’s totally hilarious and really cute. Because I was flat at having a week out of training (with only 5 training weeks and one taper week to go!), I drowned my sorrows on the weekend. Literally. We had wines with our lovely neighbours Marcus and Amanda, and then went to Ash and Ron’s new Anzac pad (it’s the street to be on) for housewarming drinks. Bea and Andrew (they put the NZ in Anzac) were there too which was great. I, in true style, knocked a glass out of my own hand and smashed it all over the floor, not before cutting my finger in the process. Classy. I suppose I deserve this hangover-type feeling I’ve got.

Muz and I have decided, yet again, that perhaps we need to really try and be better with the whole food and booze thing, especially with so little training time yet. So when we have a concrete plan that we have to stick to, I’ll post it so you all hold me to it (this is going to be fun).

Onwards and upwards team.

x em


One foot after the other. September 16, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 1:20 pm

Hi everyone,

Sorry there’s not been much action on Wheaterville lately. Since our weekend in Sydney where not much running was achieved, and even less healthy things were done, we’ve had a pretty good week of training. Last Sunday was our longest run yet – 26km. We decided to employ our good friend Galloway, and ran 9 min, walked 1 min for the duration of the run. It was still hard, and I very much felt the extra 5kms difference from the half marathon distance.

Anyway Sunday was a lovely morning. We started at Beaches, ran to Port then across the Freo bridge, turned around, went back to Cott (stopped for drink top ups), along West Coast Highway to Challenger Parade, along the parade a bit and then headed back to Cott. Just over 2 1/2 hours all up. Certainly not fast by any standards, but good to get the legs over that distance.

We then lobbed at Steph and Pete’s for a very late brunch (ie it was lunch by the time we got there). It was so great – Steph made a fruit salad, Pete filled us with coffee, and then Steph brought out the big guns – scrambled egg and bacon in a fresh French stick roll, with coriander cherry tomatoes on top. Nom nom NOM.

By evening we were falling asleep on our feet (muz went to the soccer while I did stuff at home, then we had my cousin’s daughter’s birthday party), so we got fish and chips for dinner. It was brilliant. We really needed the salt and carbs and it totally hit the spot. We rolled into bed totally exhausted.

Monday we had a rest day after our big effort, but thankfully didn’t feel nearly as sore as we expected. Tuesday night I was very much looking forward to – intervals with my pal Lisa. I’d been thwarted by rain and work the last few weeks but nothing was stopping us this week. Lisa’s hubby Sean had set out a session for us, and I was stoked that Kimmy was also going to be there (the girls need some support with all those fast boys!). As per usual Sean lapped me four times, and that was WITH a toilet stop! Too funny. He runs past like an effortless gazelle. I run more like a wombat (red panda). We did warm up followed by 1600m, 1200m, 1000m, 800m, 400m. We had our goal times and I’m really pleased to say I went under for my 1600, right on the money for the others, and went under again for the 400m (1:38 instead of 1:47!).

I always find intervals horrific though – and my lunch of chickpea salad was very much jiggling around and making itself known to me. Ugggh. Plus I spent most of the time feeling like I want to throw up, and my brain keeps telling me it “really doesn’t like this, could we please go home now, stop it, you’re really not a natural at this, okay I asked nicely now STOP or else I’ll trip you in front of everyone”. So I have to battle that a bit. I know it’s so important though so I really want to get more in. Also a highlight of the session – I bought a top like Lis’s new lululemon top, and we both turned up in them, with our grey running shorts, so we totally looked like we had workshopped our outfits. Oh also I totally got the giggles on one lap which makes it really hard to run – Lisa and I spent some time in the afternoon losing it over my imitation of a greyhound who had just run a race (long story, but it was funny). And while I was running I started thinking about it and really had to concentrate not to totally lose it again. pee hee hee.


After running I headed to Julian and Kate’s to meet Muz and have a beautiful massaman curry that Kate cooked. I spent too much time bemoaning that training for a marathon hadn’t made me skinny (as I shoved more food into my gob…). It was so good though – s’if I could stop when I was full.

Woke up Weds with the plan to run Ped around the lake, but a really sore right glute literally stopped me in my tracks down at the dog park. I felt it tweak last night but hoped I’d stretched it out. Alas no, so I limped home and still have a really sore bum. Muz took the pup around the lake though, so at least the boys got a run. I think I might need to take a couple of days R&R…

Also Lisa convinced us to run the Freo half this weekend, so now I’m hoping this sore glute isn’t going to be much of a problem. Just when I felt like I was in the swing of things!! Man, I’m not exactly an elite athlete, you’d think the world could give me a break just when I feel like I’m getting on a roll…

Anyway, dinner tonight is Marsha’s salmon noodle soup. Just waiting for the husband to get home, hurry upppp.

Hugs to you all gang.



Milestone reached. September 1, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 2:16 pm

Hey teamsters,

So it was a big weekend. The City to Surf half marathon came and went, and it was a great day. I did 2 min better than my Busso half time, which I was stoked about as I expected to go significantly slower with a hilly course. I loved the course – it’s scenic and such an awesome atmosphere. My buddy Sonja ran it too and we both think there weren’t enough drink stations, and the lack of kilometre markers was a bit of a downer. But overall it was great. Muz and I had a really nice massage from Lisa’s friend Vive that afternoon, which definitely helped. That night we celebrated our success at Stanley’s with Ruiz, Clare, John, Lisa, Sean and of course Muz. It was so great to relax with some riesling and a burger from Flipside next door.

Muz followed instructions from the physio and ran slow and easy, and did the 12km really well. He maintained a good pace and felt totally comfortable. So it’s a good sign for recovery.

In the previous week I’d had an awesome run with Lisa and Clare – a nice easy 8kms at Scarbs, and I felt the best I’ve felt, ever on a run. Just light, easy, effortless, it was so great. I’ve tried to keep up the bikram and I really think it’s helping so much. Both with keeping my legs injury free but also with lung capacity. The day after City to Surf I did an evening session which was hard given my legs were so tight, but really worth it.

So tonight I did a nice run with Lisa and her buddy Mark. We were supposed to do a killer interval session as designed by Sean (2 by 1600m, 2 by 1200m, 1 by 400m), but it was raining and the track was slippery. With sore and tired legs we decided to be kind to ourselves and do an easy lap at Perry Lakes – just over 5km, just under 30min. I’m really feeling it now, even after I jumped in the bath for a soak when I got home.

On lighter matters, Ped’s taken to sleeping on the couch. The bad thing is, he looks totally cute when he does it, but it’s really naughty. I’d say it’s my fault for letting him up with me while Muz was away, but then I’d be in trouble. We’ve told him off a few times so hopefully he gets the message. He’s sleeping in his bed right now. Cute.

Thurs night we’re off to Sydney for a birthday of Muz’s friend Ben’s girlfriend Tash. So the plan is to do yoga tomorrow night, run Thurs morning, run 13km Fri, 14km Sat and yoga, Sunday morning off, Monday easy run. The following week the long run is a whopping 26kms. But seeing as we’ve only got 8 weeks to go, it’s about time we got a wriggle on.

Also we went to a really interesting nutrition talk a week or so ago – so we’ve been trying to eat lots more fruit and veg, drink more water and eat smaller dinners. So far I feel good for doing it, so we’re going to try and keep it up.


em x

ps isn’t 30 too old for pimples?? come ON, face…