First training run done. July 6, 2011
Instructions from the physio re pelvic floor: two weeks of flat running, distance around 3km per run.
This morning’s run: 4km on flat at Rushcutter’s Bay, with occasional stopping to pick up dog poo.
Felt pretty good this morning. It was cold and took me a while to relax my shoulders, but it was lovely to get out. I feel so lucky that a morning training run involves a view of the Harbour Bridge. My ITB feels a bit tight so I’ll roll that out soon, and other tasks for today include doing my pelvic floor exercises, which I’m fairly rubbish at remembering to do. And I have a pimple, awesome.
Thanks to all my early donators – I feel so lucky to have such lovely and supportive friends. You guys are so great, and it totally makes a difference to my thinking when I’m lying in bed trying to decide whether to get up in the cold and go for a run or not.
Til next time!
On the road again… July 5, 2011
Wheaterville is going back to its roots. We started as a way to keep me honest when training for the New York marathon, and now it’s headed back to a training diary (with a few baby photos thrown in). I’ve signed up to run the Sydney City to Surf on August 14. It’s been the one thing I wanted to achieve since having Josie, and I’m pleased to feel like it is achievable. There is, however, just under six weeks to go, which isn’t a heap of time to train. I also still have a niggling ITB and a weak pelvic floor, which is going to limit how I can train. So it’s not going to be the fastest 14km ever, but we’re going to do it! I’d love to have your support as I train for this event. The Perth City to Surf was the first run I ever trained for and it remains a special race for me. So I guess running Sydney C2S is a rite of passage for me too, and marks a return to the me of days gone by.
ps I’m fundraising on this run too, which admittedly involves asking my friends and family to cough up to support me (and my chosen charity, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation. humpty.com.au). The Humpty Dumpty Foundation purchases medical equipment for children’s hospitals around Australia…you can show your support here: http://www.fundraise.city2surf.com.au/emma_wheater
Bunny gets air time. June 19, 2011
On our way to Perth, Bunny got comfy in my seat.
Still in her bag after a nap, she decided to take her dad’s empty gin and tonic glass…
And had a go at mastering headphone technology.
Can someone fill this? Thaaanks!
All fired up. May 31, 2011
I’ve hit my political straps this afternoon (despite Bunny being yowly and upset with her teeth). I’ve signed the GetUp! petition to end the live animal export trade, and sent a letter to the PM. THis is what I wrote (it’s not genius, but it’s something):
Dear Ms Gillard,
As Prime Minister of Australia you are in a rare position to make lasting and impressive change. I can’t say that I love my dog and sit quietly while I know other animals, who are just as sensitive, communicative and intelligent as my dog, are abused. No animal should have to live a life of pain and die in fear.
I would like to think that Australia is a leader in many respects, however in the case of live animal export, we are embarrassingly and horrifically negligent. I believe that once we have knowledge of such abuse, we shouldn’t ignore it, no matter how ugly the fallout might be.
I realise Indonesia is a developing country which struggles to feed its people, and that its knowledge and skills in animal slaughter are not where we would like them to be, however this does not ameliorate the horror of these animals’ last days on this planet. Live export is unnecessary for Australia to be a part of.
In my own life I only eat meat when I can be sure that it wasn’t farmed in intensive conditions, and that it was killed humanely. I do this for the same reasons I beg you to put a stop to this cruelty. I have too much knowledge of how animals are farmed and killed to sit by and do nothing, so I vote with my fork and support farmers and abattoirs who believe in growing (and killing) animals in a humane fashion. It’s not hard to do. Sometimes I can’t eat what I want when we go out, but should my whim be more important than how much pain an intelligent life feels? And I believe that you are in the same position with the live animal trade. You have too much information to do nothing. Just end it, stand up for something, even if it does piss off a whole lot of people.
I just think if I saw a video of my family dog being treated like that, what would I do? What will you do? Please help the helpless Prime Minister.
If the idea upsets you too, it's really easy to send an email to Julia, or to find a voice some other way. It's just not necessary to create such pain and fear in the world, and to be so brutal towards such vulnerable and powerless creatures. You can find Julia here...
- Send Julia Gillard a quick note on facebook and twitter to remind her you want live exports banned:
On her facebook page: facebook.com/juliagillard <http://www.facebook.com/juliagillard>
- On twitter: @JuliaGillard <http://twitter.com/#/JuliaGillard>
- Other ways: Julia Gillard’s web form <http://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm>
- Let your local MP know your thoughts on live export (click here to find your MP <http://www.abc.net.au/tv/qanda/find-your-local-mp.htm> ). Send them an e-mail or letter, and consider asking for a meeting to discuss your concerns. Take along some of these videos <http://www.BanLiveExport.com/#freeStuff> with you to illustrate your concerns about live animal export, and ask them to oppose this cruel trade.
- Get active for animals on facebook and twitter, and help spread the word <http://www.BanLiveExport.com/#shareWithFriends> .
- Order your free live animal export action pack <http://www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/action_packs.php?campaign=2&tr=1032> from Animals Australia.
The BanLiveExports.com campaign is jointly run by Australia's two peak animal protection bodies -- RSPCA Australia and Animals Australia. If you'd like to support our work, please consider making a donation <http://www.BanLiveExport.com/#donate> today. Have fun with your democracy, team! xxx