Half Marathon Run

I should qualify this.

It wasn’t a race

But it was half marathon distance and I did run it – so my goal for (admittedly last year) is now achieved. And slightly unexpectedly.  I didn’t set out knowing how far I was going to go.

But I’ll take it, half marathon is in the bank, accidental or not.   Read More

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Spring into Summer

Bit slack on this blog!

I’ve been a bit hit and miss on the old fitness plan after picking up a back injury lifting wood over winter and then after getting a good solid restart during early spring, came unstuck again – probably a disk herniation this time given the pain and sciatica – that was a hellish month or so.

But after about 4 weeks, I started moving it again and after 8 weeks it’s healed and now it’s all systems go again!

So, spring in this part of the world is rather lovely – the place is so colourful and lush after the winter rains, but we still get some warm sunny days.

Actually, Spring as a western construct doesn’t apply quite so well here! I’ve mentioned this before – Aboriginal people, having lived here for however many tens of thousands of  years, had identified 6 seasons in this area and Spring is really 2 distinct seasons.

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Summer in England 2018 – Cambridge and Flying Home

After I dropped Henry off back at his place and said my goodbyes, I popped into Cambridge to see a good buddy of mine

What’s funny is

  • she’s an Aussie who I’ve known online for years, but I had to wait to get England to meet her for the first time as she moved to Brisbane before we could catch up!
  • she’s only been in Cambridge for a few months, but she acted as my guide (even though been in and around Cambridge many times, I’ve hardly ever stopped there, and never as a tourist

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Summer in England 2018 – Running

I decided to change my running shoes as the ones I got last year are really for running on the road/paths, and I no longer do that – my running, even in the UK, is all trails.

So I picked up some rather snazzy Hoka One One (pronounced on-ey on-ey) which are more cushioned and also famously good for Achilles issues, and went out for some runs Read More

Summer in England 2018 – Ightham Mote

I decided that we needed to combine some exercise with lunch and some local history.

We’ve been here before when Henry was very small and Ella puked ice cream on the immaculately manicured lawns.

Good times

So Henry and I set off to walk the 2.5 miles from my parents house to Ightham Mote Read More

Summer in England 2018 – Part 3: Fossil Hunting

I’ve been meaning to go to the North Kent Coast to hunt for fossils in the Eocene (50-55 million year old) London Clay

The trouble is, the clay beaches aren’t the most attractive that Kent has to offer, they’re kind of a pain to get to.

But armed with some basic tools, my hammer and some bags, we set off aiming for the falling tide – the scent of sharks teeth and other marine fossils in our noses.

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Summer in England 2018 – Part 2

Of course, the weather breaks within days of me arriving!

So we’re stuck inside for a day or so, but soon get bored and go out for a walk.

Classic holiday – Oldbury Woods.

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