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The big apple. October 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 12:29 pm

Hey team!

We’re here  – after around 30 hours of travel and three time zone changes, but we’re here. And New York is fabulous.It’s so exciting to be here, and the city has such a buzz about it. This is our third day – our first day was spent wandering 5th ave not far from our hotel (we’re on Lexington near 37th which is Mid Town – Empire State is on 34th and Chrysler is just up the road in the other direction). Of course we shopped on 5th – the weather was wet so it was the only thing to do (ahem). Muz of course shopped me under the table again (he bought more in H&M and Zara than I did and then went and got a Zegna suit in Saks). The shops here are fantastic though, and we’ve not even scratched the surface.

Yesterday we got the bus to the marathon expo which was actually great fun. Registration was pretty full on with people everywhere, and we signed up for our bus to take us to the start line. It leaves at 5:30am on Sunday (that’s 5:30pm Sunday night Perth time – we’re exactly 12 hours behind Perth). We don’t run til 10:20am. UGHHH. It’s pretty cold and likely to rain, so standing around for four hours doesn’t exactly fill me with sunshine. But we’ll be okay.

So at the expo I went totally nuts on merch – I think I’ve got a couple of running tops (Asics did all this co-branded gear which is actually great – all good material and cuts), some running shorts, a cap and a rain jacket. Muz did the same, and we got some new sneakers (they were much cheaper than at home). Fun! I was hoping they’d have Garmins on some sort of special deal but they didn’t – the cost is a bit cheaper than at home but by the time you convert and add credit card charges it’s probably pretty similar.

Also – this is hilarious – the area of Mid Town we’re staying in is called Murray Hill. So there’s the Murray Hill hotel, the Murray Hill diner, the Murray Hill market etc etc. Muz is loving it. It’s his town.

There are loads of diners around here (I actually can’t believe how much food there is – there’s a place to eat every second shop), yesterday we went to the Murray Hill diner (of course) for breakfast. It was the total experience. We had the number 4 (pancakes) which came with bottomless filter coffee with milk in disposable containers, maple syrup and juice. The pancakes came out in this huge stack (Muz got extra bacon), but they were fantastic. I don’t want to know how they got them so light and fluffy. But today we’re going to be a bit healthier, and get some yoghurt and fruit from the market nearby and visit Starbucks on 3rd (you’ve got to).

It was great to see all the runners at the expo though – it really is all shapes and sizes doing it. Some people you look at and go “yep they’re a runner” (ie stick thin) and other people (me) you go “um they look just like everyone else”. So really it goes to show that if you train anyone can do this…

We went to a party last night – our friend Kevin has a sister who lives here (she’s hilarious), and one of her NY friends was saying that she’d done the run twice and said it was ‘gruelling’. Uh oh. But you know, it’ll be whatever it’s gonna be. On our flight into LA the Qantas pilot wished everyone luck who was running the marathon – it was so cool and so Australian. I think it’s going to be amazing.

Okay we’re off to do a little run then get some food. We’ve got massages today and will go check out Central Park (where the races finishes) at some stage. This is such a great city.

TWO SLEEPS TO GO!!

lots of love

em xx

 

Be alert. October 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 10:28 pm

Hi gang,

We’re waiting for our flight to LA/NY, so I’m killing some time in the business lounge. If you want to sign up for the athlete alert, the link is:

http://athletealert.ingnycmarathon.org/Alerts.aspx

So far the travels go pretty well – other than running on two hours sleep (thanks red eye to sydney!) we’re good. Got a 13 hour flight to LA, then a two hour wait, then a five hour flight to New York, arriving local time around 5pm Tuesday night (5am Weds Perth time).

Okey dokes I’m off to inspect the pikelets at the breakfast bar (carb loading…).

lots of love

xxx

 

Peace, love and all that stuff.

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 9:37 am

Hey team!

lily

We’re off to the Big Apple tonight…here’s a lovely waterlily from our pond to keep you all zen.

There is this great service offered by the New York marathon peeps – where you can enter our bib numbers and track us. So if we stop passing check points you’ll know something has either happened, or I’ve gone shopping instead.

Go to ingnycmarathon.org and look for the below… Athlete Alert to Open on October 26 at Noon EST
This service, sponsored by Time Warner, allows anyone to subscribe to track their favorite runner via e-mail.

So it’s not open at time of my writing, but it will be soon. My registration is under Emma Green, bib number 49366, departing 10:20am. Murray’s is 42884.

Also – very auspicious, while on the phone to Caro today her little boy Remy took his first steps!! He walked the length of the room, which is just incredible. So we totally think that because his marathon journey went well, so will ours.

I had the cortisone injection this morning which was fine – under a tendon, under a bone and there you go. Ewww.

I’ve been told by Boris the nutritionist to only do minor carb loading 1-2 days before the race, and to add salt to my diet 1-2 days before (that equals a green light for hot chips for me – okay I might be joking. Pretzels?).

So this is the last Australian post before the big run in the Big Apple. Thanks for all your reading, words of support and loads of love team. This race is yours too.

lots of love and talk to you from the States!

xxx


 

Belated lunch post. October 25, 2009

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All week I meant to get online and write about our gorgeous lunch with Drew and Liam last Sunday. Drew cooked up a storm (natch), and it was so good to see them. This is the amazing Nigella sponge Drew made (ahem, he made the sponge, meringue, and we had special double cream from a cow called Annelise). Nom nom and nom.

sponge

drew and liam

We also got to see Drew’s new pad, which is totally cute. They’ve just done a whole new kitchen and it looks awesome. Note the leafy outlook from their lofty heights…

 

Start spreading the news…

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 10:20 am

We’re leaving tomorrow!

In true Wheater style, we’ll be making a mad dash for the airport. I’ve got a stack of work to finish off on Monday, Muz is in the office all day (ie til night), I’ve got to go get a cortisone injection in my ITB (eek I’m scared about that) and we’ve not packed. But would we do it any other way? Of course not. So I’m in a mild panic about getting everything done, but I would be someone else if I had all my work done and wasn’t worried about getting it done.

Our friends The O’Neills raced in the ITU long distance triathlon world championships today. It was a tough day – choppy water, strong winds on the bike and by the run the wind had died and it was hot, hot, hot. My gal Lisa did great – she’s reported back saying it was the toughest race she’s ever done. Well done honey, we’re so proud of you. Here’s Lisa on the run…in her green and gold!
lisa worlds

Okay team, Muz and I are off for a dinner at The Cabin. I’ve not drunk anything since last Sunday! Go me. The aim is to not drink anything til the race. I think tonight is going to be my toughest challenge so far…

Lots of love to you all.

mrs dub xx

 

Sign of the times.

Filed under: Uncategorized — wheaters @ 10:01 am

In just one day, I saw the following things:

1. Running Ped along the river foreshore. We always run past Nedlands Yacht Club, and always take the path near the road. For the first time ever, for no real reason, we ran straight along the front of the club instead. As I was thinking of my friend Lisa saying “to smile lots” at the marathon, I looked up and saw that the Nedlands Yacht Club writing on the building was, in big red painted letters, NYC. So I smiled.

2. Waxing. Not really the sort of place you’d expect to see anything much, but as I was lying back talking to Connie, I noticed the little collection of framed pictures she has on the wall. I look at them every time, but today one of them leapt out at me – a little framed graphic of “New York” written out.

3. Waiting for the physio. I grabbed a copy of Men’s Style and started flicking through it. Lo and behold…a story on New York.

4. Driving on the freeway. I glanced across at a black Range Rover Sport in front of me on the freeway…it’s number plate was a custom plate. NY 09 WA.

All that in just one day…now I’m really excited.

xx

 

Nail it. October 16, 2009

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nailpolish

In a weird bit of kismet, yesterday Lisa offered me a nailpolish. Thrilled by the prospect of pretty claws, I happily accepted (thanks Lis!). Just before giving it to me, Lisa said “and the colour is called…” and flipped over the bottom to read it. Open mouthed, we couldn’t believe its moniker – “Dream Run”.

So we all know what I’m going to be wearing on my feet on November 1 (other than sneakers that is).

xx